Hi y'all! I'm still buried in end-of-the-year deadline stuff, but I'm happy to report that book one of the new contemporary romance series I'm writing (The Ones Who Got Away) is done! Now I'm in revising mode before I turn it into my publisher. *eyes finish line* And for those asking when my next book is coming out, there's been some shifting around with publishers and such, which is why the schedule got a little weird. So, my plan is to have By the Hour (Book 2 of Pleasure Principle - Lane's book) out in the Spring. As soon as I have hard dates, I'll let you know. Cover reveal coming soon!
But outside of book news, I wanted to pop in and share something that I'm finding really helpful as I prepare for 2017. Most of you know that I'm a junkie for goal-setting workbooks and planners. Well, this year I'm using Your Best Year by Lisa Jacobs (which I used last year), and now I've added in Lara Casey's Powersheets. I'm loving those, too.
One thing that the Powersheets ask you to do is to choose a Word of the Year, a one word theme for what you want your next year to embody. Gretchen Rubin also talked about choosing a word of the year in her podcast today if you want to hear more about it.
This is a word (or phrase) that you want to respresent your 2017. I think this can be less intimidating than setting specific goals (though I do that, too). One word can be a motivator and a guiding light. So, say your word is Peace. That can help you as you're making more specific goals and plans for next year--i.e. Will doing x, y, z bring me more peace or is it going to add to my stress? It's a litmus test.
I thought about this over the last week, and I've decided that my word for 2017 is going to be RISE. It speaks to a few different things I want. I want my word count/writing output to rise. I want my career to rise to the next level. And I want to rise above the things that drag me down. So, it's a multipurpose word that hits a number of aspects of my life. And now I have my guiding principle as I move forward and as I decide how I'm going to allocate my time and focus in 2017.
So, I'm challenging you today. What's your word going to be for 2017? I'd love to hear it! :)