Marji Laine

I Love a Good Mystery!

A Look Ahead

2016Last week, I set my Word for the Year and took A Look Back at what I’d been able to accomplish during 2015. You can find both of those articles at the underlined links. Now, on the first business day of the year, I’m down to business!

Have you set your goals for the year yet? Of course, it’s hard to look 12 solid months ahead, but setting goals will get you closer to achievement even if you don’t completely meet all of them. Like I said before, I break mine into 3 categories: business, family, and personal. Do you have different groupings? Either way you arrange them, do make some – even if only for a 6-month goals or get your feet wet with a one-month attempt.

Business Goals:

I actually have 2 full-time jobs and a part-time one. (Homeschooling and writing are the full-timers and directing our church’s children’s choir is the part-timer.) But for this purpose, only my writing goals go under my business. The other two fall under family goals. I’d like to see at least 5 new publishing projects come out this year.

  • Book 3 of the Grime Fighter series comes out before 1/31
  • New Novella collection comes out 4/1
  • Book 4 of the Grime Fighter series, comes out on 6/1
  • My first full novel should come out by 8/1
  • My Christmas novella should come out as an ebook just before Thanksgiving in mid-November
  • Book 1 of my newest novella series comes out January 1 of 2017!

Family Goals:

  • Get my girls’ learner permits
  • Fill cast for Children’s musical
  • Complete plans for teaching my Psychology class
  • Complete school year
  • Produce Children’s musical
  • Prepare for daughters’ senior year (Yikes!)

Personal Goals:

  • Walk 5 miles per week (and further as the year progresses)
  • Eliminate (again) flash carbs from regular diet
  • Continue with morning Quiet time
  • Reestablish Flylady (house cleaning tips and tricks)

I don’t do resolutions. Just stating something won’t make it so. Instead, I incorporate my goals into my daily life complete with step-by-step plans. Think of this blog-post, for instance, as a public vision board. LOL!

Your turn: What are your goals for 2016? How have you set yourself up for success?

Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a recently "graduated" homeschooling mom whose twin girls have blessed her by sticking around the nest for a little longer. She spends her days directing the children’s music program at her church and working with the authors of Write Integrity Press to put out the best possible version of their books. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

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