2019 Game Plan

I can’t believe it’s that time of the year again! A lot has been going on in my life and I’ve been trying to make sense of it all these past few weeks, so I’ve been quiet on social media lately in order to tune out some of the noise. I still plan on being off social media until the new year, but I do want to write a few blog post before the end of the year.

Here are a few things I’ve been working on this past month: 

  • Packing, donating and throwing away things for my plans to move in February.
  • Figuring out my writing goals for 2019
  • Figuring out my personal goals for 2019
  • Writing down my goals for each week in my new planner

Here are my weekly goals for 2019: 

Writing Goals

(The first four goals are taken from Scott Myers Go into the Story blog post.)

  • Read 1 screenplay
  • Watch 2 movies
  • Write 7 pages
  • 14 hours of prepping a story
  • Listen to 3 podcast episodes
  • Attend 3 hours of online classes
  • Read 1 magazine from my Hollywood Reporter archive stack
  • Read 1 book a month
  • Write 1 blog post

Personal Goals

  • Eat 100% Whole Food Plant Based (no processed vegan junk food)
  • Workout 4 times a week
  • Write and/or record journal entry every day
  • Dance it out 2 times a week (Yep, I’m taking a tip from Shonda Rhimes and dancing it out just like she had her Grey’s Anatomy characters do so many times. I danced it out a few times this past month and it felt amazing.)

So, these are my core goals for the new year. I’m really excited to see how my new goals are going to shape my progress as a writer and how my mental, physical and emotional health will develop over time. Plus, I can’t wait to share my journey with you all!

I’m Talking To Myself Again

Okay, I’m not crazy, but I did start talking to myself again. I did try an alternative before I took this route. I wanted to journal in a notebook every day, but it’s been a struggle to write out my thoughts and on top of that write other characters thoughts.

When I started my screenwriting journey back in 2012, I used to talk to myself a lot. Okay, now I’m really starting to sound crazy. I was recording myself people! Think of it like an audio journal. Or a one woman podcast with no downloads.

It’s actually therapeutic to just speak freely with no judgement. Right now, I’m just talking about my screenwriting journey, but eventually I want to incorporate other aspects of my life.

I definitely recommend trying it at least once. Have any of you ever done something similar? If so, how has it helped you on your journey?

Finding My New Routine

A week ago I decided to start a 21 day journey of getting back to the basics. I wanted to refocus my energy towards productivity and start focusing on myself mentally and physically.

Here’s what I posted on Twitter and Instagram:


On Monday, I was able to accomplish all of these goals (minus the blog post). I even walked in the rain! I was really proud of myself! Unfortunately, my week went downhill after that. While working my nine to five job on Tuesday morning, I got a running nose, itchy throat and started to sneeze. Yep, I caught a cold and here I thought I was feeling all accomplished from the day before. By the time I got home I couldn’t do anything but help my daughter with her homework, make her dinner and make myself go to bed. That’s how Wednesday played out too. So much for my 21 day challenge!

I didn’t want to give up so soon, so I stayed motivated and hoped that on Thursday I could hit the reset button. Unfortunately for me, I was reminded of how exhausting my day job could be when my co-worker a.k.a. right hand man is off Thursday and Friday. Plus I had a minor surgical procedure done Thursday that left me in discomfort for the next few days. So now I’m wondering why in the hell did I pick this week to start?

Instead of seeing this challenge as an utter failure on my end, I’ve decided to hit the reset button and start again on Monday. I literally have multiple deadlines breathing down my neck right now and I have to make this routine work. I don’t have a choice in the matter!

I could have easily written a post about how my 21 day challenge is going amazing and just secretly started back on Monday, but I have to be honest about my journey, which does include failures. I’m human. It happens.

Now it’s time to stop making excuses and get back on track.