Living Your Best Life

Hello, and a Happy New Year to you, and thank you for taking the time to visit, it's been a bit mad and I've got bogged down with other things, but I'm here now.

Don't you just love the beginning of a new year? We can start afresh, it's an opportunity to rethink our game and make a new plan or readjust an old one.

 I've got three big goals for 2019

BIG GOAL #1  - Define My Writing Life - It's time to establish what I really want to do. Here are three projects I'll definitely be working on this year.

# Non-fiction project - As mentioned in a previous post, I'm teaming up with Wayne Kelly, from over at The Joined Up Writing Podcast, we're collaborating to produce a book together, and we'll be sharing details in the coming months.

#The Novel - I still have a lot to do, and I'll be continuing with it this year.

#Filling my Creative Well - Attending writerly events and other inspiring days out.

BIG GOAL #2 - Health & Fitness - Things have crept up on me over the years, I'm asthmatic, I suffer with horrendous backache from time to time and I'm overweight. I want to take control of things.

#Walking Challenge  - Walk1000miles is a national countrywide challenge,  which involves walking 1000 miles over the year - I've signed up, and yes, it's scary mad, but after speaking to others who have done the challenge, I'm hopeful  I'll become healthier.

BIG GOAL #3 Finding Calm  - Time to get off the 'Busy Bandwagon'  - I've got to for my sanity, and enjoyment of life.

#The Chimp Paradox  - Read and digest this mind management programme.

#Sleep - Go to bed earlier. I'm hoping it's as simple as that!

That's it, three big goals, broken down, the next step is organising them into manageable chunks and doing the work.

What have you planned for the year ahead and how are you going to get there? 



  1. Love your plans and goals for the year, Maria! Wishing you all the best with your creative journey. Sometimes it's good to be less busy but more productive and I suspect enough sleep makes that more possible.

  2. I have a friend who signed up to the 1,000 mile challenge. In the event, she did 800, which is pretty darn impressive. I shall investigate further; it might help shift my writer's bum! Elsewhere, I've been approached by a composer to work on recording some of my short stories to a background of his music. Sounds fun - but do I dare? This would indeed be a Big Goal.

  3. Lovely to see a post from you Maria. I'm really excited about 2019 and I'm hoping to make progress on the fiction front and with the non-fiction content writing business. I have ALL of the plans! Losing weight is in there as well, along with eating more healthily. Bad habits have crept up on me. You have an excellent list, covering all areas but not overwhelming. I can see you doing well on them all, and I'm wishing you every success. Have a wonderful, happy and productive 2019. I shall look forward to following along, and hearing more about your non-fiction book - so exciting! I love all the energy at this time of year. CJ xx

  4. The working out what we really want to do is the most important step, I think. It's easy to work towards things we feel we should aim for without stopping to think if they're really right for us.

  5. Happy New Year Maria.

    Look forward to hearing how this year's goals are going as the months progress. :-)

  6. This is an impressive and exciting list of goals for the year, Maria. I’m glad you’ve left time for yourself too. That is so important.

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