Get the Party Started!

I’m happy to say I’ve finally completed my 2017 business paperwork, so I can get my taxes done today and kiss 2017 good-bye! It may not seem like a big deal, but having that big weight off my shoulders means I can finally move forward and make this the best year yet. And I’m determined that THIS WILL BE MY YEAR! It’s going to be a busy year, for sure, because I have a long list of things I want and need to do: in my personal life, for my household, and for my career. But I’m ready to get started!

Personal Life

As I’ve mentioned previously, Kevin and I are getting a divorce. While the decision was made a couple of weeks ago, however, not much has been done to actually proceed with this decision. I’ve met with a divorce mediator to discuss what needs to be decided, and he also recommended a book that I’ve started reading, to assist with the process. I met briefly with my insurance agent to see what would need to be done to get our accounts separated. And that’s about it.

Kevin and I have arranged to meet tomorrow night to discuss some details, and I’m hoping I can start working on the paperwork this week. When, exactly, I’m not sure, but I’ll get there! I’m hoping the meeting will get things moving.

The one negative about getting the ball rolling? Having to tell the kids. Emily will likely just take it in stride — she’s too young to really understand. But Avery is another story. I worry about how he’ll take it. We’ve already been struggling with his behavior lately. Will this make it worse? Will having a definite answer help in some way? Will he get overly emotional (I have a feeling he will)? I know he’ll get through it, but I worry about him in the meantime. Hopefully his therapist will have some suggestions.

Household

Oh, where to begin? There is, of course, the never-ending money crunch. I’ve started playing with money again, arranging balance transfers in an attempt to save on interest. And I’m doing what I can to stay afloat. I’m hoping once details are worked out with Kevin that I’ll be able to better plan moving forward. I’ll need to know what I’m dealing with to know what gaps I have to fill. Then I get the joy of figuring out where the rest of the money is coming from. That’s always the challenge. Fun is!

There is also, of course, the mess that is my actual house. I’ve made little bits of progress, but you wouldn’t know it! I’m hoping that now that a good chunk of paperwork is done I’ll be able to get back to the schedule I had made and start making progress. I really need to get this house in shape! I hate living like this (and Avery has indicated he does, too, which makes me sad). So the next full free day I have (aka the next day Kevin has the kids), I’m going to attempt to go on a cleaning spree. And then most free days moving forward will likely be the same, until this house is at least somewhat clean and organized. Then maybe I can breathe a little easier!

Career

This is probably the only “fun” stuff on my to do list, now that I finally have a firm direction in which to head. First things first: start the year off right with paperwork. I’ve got to stay on track with paperwork this year so I don’t end up with a headache come tax time. I say this every year, but this year I really mean it. I’m determined to stay on track this year so I can move forward instead of constantly play catch-up. It shouldn’t be too hard. January wasn’t exactly a big time for business! But I still have little things to do for Usborne Books & More, and some adjustments to make to my Creative Endeavors inventory. And, of course, I have to get my binders set up so I can keep track of all my reports and paperwork for the year. If I can keep it up, though, it won’t turn into a monumental project.

I also want to finish re-creating and adding to my A Life You Want site. I have an author event scheduled in the middle of March, and since I have a book related to the blog, I feel I have to get the blog back up and running! And I should probably update my professional website, too, so that’s in tip-top shape for the event. I work well with a deadline, so here goes nothing!

And, as I mentioned last week, I have a new project I’d like to get started on. That blog and site will be a big undertaking, but I have high hopes for it, and I’m excited. I think for now my Saturday morning project, which I had assigned to “writing,” will be devoted to writing content for the new site. And I’ll have to design a logo and create a website design and set up the blog template…..

A Great Year

Whew! I have my work cut out for me. But this is good. Having a plan in place, knowing what I have to do to get where I want to be, is good. I really am determined to make this a great year. And while that will require a lot of effort, a lot of optimism, and a lot of commitment, I’m excited to make it happen!

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