Or, A long overdue update that got held because I was waiting for news to actually report.
Back around New Year’s, I made a checklist of goals to achieve this year. 2016 has reached its final quarter, and I have finally crossed off enough of the items to warrant an update regardless of desire to resume blogging (which has, coincidentally – or incidentally, perhaps – finally returned).
Let’s see how I am faring:
Get divorced Sell the house Move home
- Clock my last day working as someone else’s employee
- Formally start my own business (website up, registered as LLC – to be done only after I am divorced and back in the state where I will be living for the foreseeable future)
Finish updating my wardrobe Figure out the proper make-up Find at least a couple scents to start my “perfume wardrobe”
- Finish writing Anything But a Gentleman
- Write at least one non-romance short story
The list is more than half complete. And, other than item 4, literally everything else on it is both within my control and within my ability to attain yet this year.
No longer having an external employer is still a goal I intend to work toward, but it is going to take longer than this year. My thought was, use proceeds from the house sale to invest in me. As things outside of your own control tend to do, things played out differently in the real world and the amount left over was…if not insufficient to support me not working externally for a few months, insufficient to give me long enough to guarantee a clear answer about whether I *could* generate a sustainable self-employed income. So instead I am going to moonlight with my freelancing on the side of a day job. I should know within a year or so if I will be able to find sufficient work to justify scaling back my external work hours.
I have added at least one goal to the list, which is:
11. Make my first art-sewing project.
Over the course of this year, I’ve realized that I want to do more than sew clothes and costumes. Those are enjoyable and satisfying and often represent genuine challenges I set for myself. But they are also a little unfulfilling. A sort of minor league game, when I am capable of playing for the majors – and want to play at that level, at least some of the time.
That leaves me four goals on my list for the last 82 days of the year.
- Finish ABAG
- Write a non-romance short story
- Start my freelancing business
- Sew a costume piece fabulous enough to count as art
Not impossible. A lot of work, yes, and crossing all of them off will require planning, dedication, and discipline to achieve, yes, but not impossible.
And for the first time in a long, long time, the only impediment is…me.