Yes I am on the Leonie Dawson workbook bandwagon! In full disclosure it is an affiliate link. But I love the workbook and unlike other blogs where I have been been paid to link to products, this blog is a completely different type of blog and only has links that I recommend wholeheartedly and have bought (or would buy) myself.
2013 was a year of massive change for me. All my other identities; writer, traveler, partner and teacher were superseded by that of mother. I wondered if anything could really top last year. Yet, despite the fact that 2014 has just begun, it is already one of major change. In December I decided to buy the create your amazing year life and business workbook and calender. I bought it because there was one thing my daughter taught me and that was I no longer wanted to be whispering to others that “maybe” I write a little in my spare time rather than looking at them with confidence and saying “I am a writer” the same way I said “I am an English trainer”.
Writing is who I am, I am a mother and a writer. Although I will admit I was so wobbly on my new writer’s knees that when a baby came along I felt them collapse from under me. (And that is ok! My baby needed to be the center of my life and I needed time to readjust to life as a new mum!). I could see that when my year of being a full time mom was up I would need a little help to get back into the writers saddle.
So at the end of 2013 I found myself with a 10 month old and “only” one book published in that year (and the writing of Mango Unleashed was done before the baby arrived). I say only because I need to be fair to myself in that one book is more than a lot of people do in their lifetime, yet if writing is where you make your money than with only one book you better hope you write a blockbuster. And Mango is not. 😉
On the one hand I was comfortable with the previous year. I gave birth to a baby! So far she is a happy, easy baby and is a never ending source of joy. On the other hand I needed to get writing and organize myself if I wanted to support myself from my writing. That my baby’s first year of life had me focused entirely on her was more than ok. I had maternity leave benefits that allowed me to do just that. Returning to teaching was not something I was enthusiastic about however. The German is supportive. However, my definition of success is to be self-sufficient.
And so I began to take note of what worked and what did not work for me in terms of time management. And then I bought Leonie’s workbooks. She is telling the truth when she says there is something magical about those workbooks. I can not even say what it is and I define myself as a writer. I should be able to communicate my thoughts to you! All I can say is that since I began working on those books back in December something has changed. Something has clicked and given me drive and focus and I have a road map for the next 6 months. (I only went that far as I thought that was a good time to reassess). At the moment it looks like I might be ahead of rather than behind schedule.
This year is already off to a great start, despite snowstorms and blackouts. This is the year when I tell everyone that yes, I am a writer. And I have my roadmap to make it happen.
Thank you Leonie!