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Nothing is Impenetrable – Or Impossible…

December 15, 2013
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Impenetrable – definition: incapable of being penetrated, pierced, breached or broken into

When we think about new directions in our life, there is a tendency to fill our minds with ‘what if’ and ‘should I’ thoughts. Fear of the unknown is nothing to be ashamed of, embrace it. Consider the rock face. Solid and seemingly impenetrable but over time tiny pebbles moved with the force of water, can wear that rock down. At first it is only a shallow dip but then it becomes deeper and deeper until eventually a hole through that rock face appears.

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Whatever goals you want to achieve, they can be realized with thorough research and planning. The trick is to make small steps towards it instead of trying to get there in one fell swoop. ‘Mighty oaks from little acorns grow’  – yes, it is an old saying but nevertheless true. Take time to contemplate what you really want and visualize it. Once you have the goal clearly defined work your way backwards.

What do you need to do now to get there?

Use a graph or a timeline for your goal. Once it is set out visually it is easier to focus and plot your progress. Each step takes you nearer to your ultimate goal and that is encouragement we all need.

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My goal for 2014 is to develop my freelance writing business. I have some doubts – time management, bidding on jobs, building a portfolio – to name a few. I have begun researching other freelancers and gaining knowledge from their expertise and experiences. I have already created a freelance binder where I am filing useful articles, blogs, and any information that is useful. My aim is to be as confident as possible before embarking on this venture. Plunging in blindly will result in failure, so time taken to prepare is an investment. To date, I have collaborated in creating a Vision Statement for the local Council and written articles on a wide variety of subjects on Strathcona Connect, an internet magazine. My blog post per day for 2013 has also given me valuable experience in creating interesting articles from just one word! I don’t expect to be able to leave full time work for quite some time but gradually I will build my business to the point that I will be able to.

Do you have goals for 2014?

Did you achieve your goals for 2013?

How did you plan for them? Care to share your technique?

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Belief…

June 30, 2013
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Votary – definition: a person who is bound by solemn religious vows : a staunch believer

Self Belief

Belief is a deeply personal thing and not something to be forced upon others. Some beliefs are difficult to comprehend, mainly due to their insistence theirs is the ‘best’. Whatever belief gives peace to an individual is the ‘right’ one for them. Acceptance of our differences is the key.

Believing we can achieve a dream is a powerful motivator, but it is the strength of that belief that carries us through.

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Half Way Through…

November 18, 2010
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November 15th marks the half way point for NaNoWriMo and some of us have managed twenty five thousand words and some haven’t – but it doesn’t matter – as we have time to catch up, to revise, to add and to panic. It is a personal challenge and no-one is going to beat you up about it (unless you do that to yourself).

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I have managed to go over the twenty five thousand and feel pretty confident (famous last words – pun intended!) that I will complete the task. My story has changed quite significantly in its format and I have been inspired to add several new chapters that my characters have driven me to write.

This is the fun of NaNo, not really knowing how the story will unfold and letting your imagination have free reign.

Happy writing dear friends – we can make the finish line together.

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