Connect is my one word for 2019
The question I asked myself was: How do I plan to intentional connect in January? I could just log activities randomly if they happen to fit the criteria, but I wanted to make this years’ word more of a goal. I did not want it to be an afterthought.
I want to live the word, partially because I NEED to.
Initially, the list held:
- Go to one Write on Hoosiers meeting – This is my in real life group that meets twice a month at a local library.
- Participate in my online writing group at least once a week – This is usually once a day honestly. We have a slack channel which makes it really easy.
- Participate in my editing class (amazing experience – I will sign up again.)
- Email another writer I connected with on Twitter – we talk about writing and check-ins.
- Blog once a week and make 10 comments/week to other writers
- Submit at least two pieces of writing
- Order business cards.
10 Things I Learned
- Being open to connections means I hear differently. At the Write On Hoosiers meeting, one of the other writers talked about a retreat she attended at a local Buddhist temple. I signed up the next day for the one in Feb. I have committed to work on the novel revision.
- I connect with writers on the Two Writing Teachers blog and the Five Minute Friday site link up and WordPress reader. Making an effort for new blogs works for Twitter too, but there are some games on there that I try not to take personally.
- Once I was in submission mode I sent quite a few pieces in. I also contributed to several blog based writing contests which was fun and got my writing out there. It helped make a connection with another writer as well who reached out and sent an email. That was AWESOME.
- With the idea of reflection already a part of the process, I felt tied into the concept of connecting with people more. I sent specific tweets to authors I admire and wanted to make sure I told them.
- I am more visual than I thought. Using my graphic I created for my #oneword is fun to use in blog posts and social media.
6. I participated on a TEACHWRITE Zoom call and was able to talk and see Jennifer and Amanda.
7. I supported a writer friend through Ko-Fi.
8. I was the book fairy at school and gifted stacks so teachers can get them into kids’ hands.
9. I reached out to another teacher writer about IF – Intermittent Fasting.
10. Be persistent- I got into Kathy Fish’s Fast Fiction Class. I am so excited for it – in July.
Moving Forward to Feb:
+I need to connect to more books next month and then reach out to more authors of the books I love.
+Connect with my body more. Yoga, intermittent fasting, running outside, and walking with the incline is how I am doing this.
+Write real letters and participate in a letter writing challenge.
+ Interact with the new “10 things to tell you” podcast recommended by Emily Freeman
+ Continue to marinate on creating a magical gathering. My thoughts are hovering around my Workshop Wednesday concept. A reading literary society?
+ Every day Writing – of course!