As always, the first check-in of a round can feel a bit… well, pointless might be a good word. It’s not as if we’ve had time to make serious strides on our goals, nor have we had a chance to see what is working or what isn’t yet… not really.
Thing is, it is important to take stock regularly. Everyday can be perfect for some people. Others manage just fine with a once-a-week or monthly schedule. It’s the consistency that matters. And… it also helps to not wait too long before the first review. The sooner the first chance you take to check in on yourself, the sooner you can see if things are working or not.
The sooner you can figure out if the path you’re on will get you where you are trying to go, or if you’ll have to backtrack a mile or more to find the right exit on the expressway.
Not that missing a turn is always a bad thing either. Sometimes there are new and fascinating discoveries to be made.
Even then, it helps to know where you were intending to go and how far afield you might be.
So here it is, the first check-in and first linky of a new year. May you be exactly where you want to be, whether you’re right on target or meandering peacefully for a moment or two.
Oh, and here is a lovely advice/opinion piece a fellow writer from the Facebook iWriteNetwork group posted with an eye to the journey and what it means to be a writer… Roxanne Gay: Advice to Aspiring Dreamers