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Looking Back at 2017

At the start of this year, I declared that “grace” would be my word for 2017.  Many people who know me well were surprised, assuming I’d pick a word like “hustle” instead.

But “grace” was my word for the year because I needed a reminder to be gentle with myself, to give myself a break and others the benefit of the doubt.

Sometimes gumption and grit aren’t enough. Sometimes you need grace.

And as I take a moment to look back at 2017 I need grace, indeed.

I need to be gentle with myself as I face the fact that I didn’t completely accomplish any of my major goals for the year.

I didn’t grow See Jane Write to 500 dues-paying members. I didn’t grow my blog traffic to an average of 100,000 monthly pageviews. I didn’t self-publish a book. I didn’t see my byline in one of my favorite national magazines. I didn’t participate in a women’s small group at church all year. In fact, I barely went to church at all. I didn’t take a real vacation with my husband. I didn’t lose 30 pounds.

But here’s what I did do:

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How to Make a Vision Board

If you’re like me, you are so excited about 2018 you could pop! You’ve set your goals for the New Year and even drafted plans on how to achieve those goals and you are ready to slay 2018!

But New Year’s Day will come and go, life will happen and your goals will get pushed to the back burner. Or at least that’s probably what has happened in the past. But we’re not going to let that happen in 2018 because we’re going to manage our mindset.

Related Reading: How to Manage Your Mindset

One way to do this is by creating a 2018 vision board and hanging it in a prominent place in your home or office. This vision board should be a visual representation of the vision you have for your year.

On Saturday, January 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Homewood Public Library I am hosting a vision board party with Black Bloggers United Birmingham. This is a free event, but registration is required. You can RSVP here.

If you can’t make it to the event or if you want a preview of what we’ll be doing, here are my 3 steps to creating a vision board that will keep you motivated throughout the year.

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The 2017 #bloglikecrazy All-Stars

I call it #BlogLikeCrazy. Each year, I challenge the readers of See Jane Write to publish a new blog post every day in the month of November.  And I’m so glad that every year several ladies (and gentlemen) join the fun.

Today I salute the #BlogLikeCrazy All-Stars for 2017 — the bloggers who succeeded in giving their readers new content every day in November.

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December Is the New January

December is the new January. This is a philosophy I adopted a couple of years ago. Instead of waiting for New Year’s Day to work on my goals for 2018, I’m starting December 1.

It’s this philosophy that prompted me to open enrollment for the See Jane Write Members Collective. I have created a bundle of content, which is essentially a 4-week e-course, designed to help female writers, bloggers, and other content creators, lay the foundation for having a purposeful and profitable platform in 2018. To get access to this content, valued at $497, all you have to do is join the See Jane Write Members Collective. Membership is only $19.99 per month. Apply to join here.

Here are the things I believe you should be doing in December to set yourself up for success in 2018.

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