Happy New Year!!!
It is here. A new year, a new beginning, a fresh start. Go out there and take hold of this new year you have before you.
We all make them. Everyone has different ones. But most peoples are about weight or exercise.
I read a few quotes and blessings to say at the new year and this by far was the best one for me.
A year from now, you’re gonna weigh more or less than what you do right now. – Phil McGraw
We never know what our future holds, but I choose to have hope and expectation for mine.
Many people have had a challenging year in 2016. It has been a tough year for me as well. I can’t change anything that happened in 2016 but I can change my 2017.
I learned many things this year and I hope I will take them with me into the new year.
One of the main things I learned this year is to go after what I want. Take the risk and go for what I really want and realize failure is never as bad as you think it is.
A few months ago I submitted a short story to a Writer’s Digest competition.
It was an experience. I spent weeks trying to decide on a subject. Tried to pick every other genre than the one I chose. But after a few weeks or trial and error and the deadline approaching I picked the one genre I never wanted. Romance. I didn’t want this one for many reasons. But the main issue is you are supposed to write what you know and what I know about romance is not getting who I want.
I did it though.
The short story was about a heartfelt conversation with a person who I cared for, deeply. It was painful to write, of course, it was fictional but some parts were true. When you care for someone and can’t be with them thinking about the times you shared is not helpful. Either way I did it and I put my all in it. I left nothing out I wanted in there. I completely exposed my heart, I placed all the emotion I could.
It was my story, raw, vulnerable and the best I could do.
Today was the day they send you an email to let you know if you placed in the competition. If you do not receive an email, you didn’t make the cut.
NO email. It is sad to not place. All I wanted was an honorable mention. But nothing.
It was truly my best but it still wasn’t good enough. It is hard. But the reality is even though I failed. I am going to write more tomorrow, because with practice I will get better.
Everyone fails at something. Everyone gets rejected. Everyone has felt scared, embarrassed, pain, heartache, fear but we must try again. Otherwise we will never get anywhere.
My charge or blessing to you for the New Year is to get up and try again. I know I am going to. You can do it! I have total faith in you. Get up and try again.
Be who you want to be. Quit letting your past define your future. Tomorrow is a new day and a new year. Go out there and be the Captain of your life. Face the storms, brave the darkness, and push forward. Come on 2017! I am ready for you!
What are you New Year’s Resolutions? Are you going to try again? Are you willing to maybe fail again?
Also, my editor was unavailable was busy celebrating the New Year with friends. I apologize if there is spelling and grammar errors.