It’s June 1st. How is Your Year Going?

Can you believe that we are half way through 2017? It is crazy how time is flying by so fast! I think it is a good time to take a look at how things are going and revamp some things.

It is funny how everyone makes goals and plans in January just to abandon them a couple (or few) months later. But, the thing is, every day is a chance for a new beginning – and so is every month or quarter. So let me encourage you: If you have made plans or goals in January that haven’t planned out, take a little time to create new ones or to tweak the old ones.

Every Day is a New Beginning

For me, this year is not panning out like I had planned at all. In some ways, I feel really behind but in other ways I feel like I am growing and evolving, which is a good thing!

My word for 2017 is courage. I thought that meant doing certain things for growing my business but it has turned out to be more personal. It was a tough school year for my son, especially academically, and we had to navigate and adjust to the challenge. It wasn’t easy but we got through it! On top of that, Andrew had a lot of activities and events – as well as other events in our family – which forced me out of my introverted self a lot of the time.

Business wise, it has been interesting too. I haven’t spent much time here on the blog like I had expected, but at the same time, I have been growing my personal blog in ways I didn’t expect. I started a coaching mentoring program and am beginning to offer personal life coaching! This is definitely out of my comfort zone but also rewarding. It has been on my heart for a long time and so I will follow the prompting for as long as it leads.

What does that mean for carolda.com? Not much. Writing is in my blood and so is proofreading and editing so I will continue with those! I can’t imagine giving up this part of my life. And, since I have the space to continue with these endeavors, I will. 🙂

I would love to hear from you. Is 2017 shaping up the way you expect? Is it better than you expected or have you been thrown a curve ball or two? How will you tweak the rest of the year to make it what you want it to be?

Next Steps

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If You Could Change One Thing…

If you could change one thing in your life, what would it be? It can be something about your career/writing, your relationships, something personal – anything.

If You Could Change Your Life

How would your life look like if that particular thing is changed? How would your life be better?

Now, What is ONE THING you can do today – right this minute even – to make that change happen. Or to at least start the process?

You see, Big changes – or any change –  in our lives can happen if we take small consistent action, one step at a time. Wishing, hoping, and grumbling only leaves us stuck in the same place, but little action steps keep us in the right direction.

Therefore, for the next 30 days, ask yourself what action step can you take today to move forward. Then, after the 30 days are up, savor the progress you have made and look to see what you have accomplished!

So, again: What is the one thing you want to change in your life today? What little step – what concrete action – are you going to take to begin the process of changing that one thing? Now do it!

**BONUS POINTS and some Accountability if you dare to share that one thing either publicly in the comments or privately through email/message!

The World Needs You

Sometimes we let fear stop us from writing. And by writing, I mean actually finishing that *dream* writing project. Sure, we may easily finish our writing projects for clients or for our blog. However, when it comes to the writing project that has been tugging at our hearts for a long time, it is another story. Instead of completing that secret project, we distract ourselves by having lots of writing projects in the works, by spending an inordinate amount of time researching and planning, or by finding excuses not to write at all.

If this is you, you are not alone.

Putting ourselves out there is scary. We fear rejection, being misunderstood, or even ignored. This is normal and something I fight against all the time. (Or, maybe I’m not normal?!)

Your words have the power to transform the world

Here is the thing: THE WORLD NEEDS YOU. It needs your unique voice and message. It needs to read and hear what you have to say. Your words have the power to transform the world one reader at a time. But, it won’t happen if you don’t get your words out.

I’m not lying in my manifesto. I truly do believe the world is waiting for your special gift. I truly do believe you have an obligation to share that gift. I truly believe your writing is good enough; that you are good enough. And yes, I absolutely believe in you.

So, that project you have been *meaning* to get finished – finish it. The post, article or book you have been meaning to publish – publish it.

The world is waiting.

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