Updated: Jan 16
First things first...Happy New Year!!!
This might be the understatement of the year, but 2020 was full of surprises. Although it was rife with uncertainty and threw many unforeseen (and unprecedented) challenges our way, it had some bright spots, too. In many ways, 2020 brought us closer together and gave us time to reflect upon our lives, encouraging many of us to chart new paths or explore new passions. For me, this meant embarking on a new and exciting journey to self-publish my first children's book, The Train Rolls On (read description here).
As I reflect on the last year and my self-publishing journey thus far, one of the overriding emotions that comes to mind is fear: fear for the health and safety of my loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic, fear of the widespread social and political unrest that has taken root around us, and fear related to striving for an unprecedented personal goal. Then, I think about how freeing it has felt to face those fears head-on and overcome many of them, particularly the ones associated with self-publishing my first book. I am stronger and wiser because of these experiences, and I am more determined than ever going into 2021.
As we all prepare to move forward in the new year, many of us (myself included) will be setting new personal goals and resolutions. Some may be small, while others may transform our lives in ways that even we cannot yet imagine. Being on a life-changing journey right now, I want to use my experience to help others who are in the same position that I was at the beginning of last year. With that in mind, the goal of this three-part blog series is to inspire all of us to aim high with our 2021 personal goals and to offer some simple strategies for starting and achieving those goals...whatever they may be.
But first, let’s take a look at where I started one year ago and just how far I’ve come since then.
When I initially decided to self-publish a children's book, it felt like I was stepping into unknown territory. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. Although I believed in myself and my ability to learn about and navigate the self-publishing process, I faced two incredibly daunting fears: a fear of the unknown and a fear of failure.