Motivated Monday: A Goal Without A Plan is Just A Wish

A Goal without a Plan is Just a Wish

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” – Unknown

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Sending Love and Light to all of you.

©Atina Atwood 2019 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™

– Atina Atwood is a southern girl who moved from Europe to the West Coast. A former university professor in Germany and California, Atina stepped away from Academia to focus on her miracle child, life, love, food, quilting, and of course, Romance. She is the author of the Holiday Heartbeats series. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook for more, and sign up for Atina’s newsletter here.

When You Don’t Hit the Mark

Almost – But Not Quite

First of all, Happy June! It’s hard to believe that we’re already halfway through the year. (No pressure, calendar goal-setters.)

I went for some pretty big things last month – and two out of four times, I didn’t get what I wanted. Granted, on those two occasions where I didn’t get what I wanted, both times I was “close”. To me, being “close” is more aggravating than missing the thing by a long shot.

You’d think I’d be concentrating on the two awesome things that totally went right, but no. That’s not the way we humans are wired. Instead, I’ve kinda brushed off the two victories and moped around focused on the one thing out of the four that I sort of wasn’t sure I wanted in the first place (because it has nothing to do with writing) but went for it anyway… and almost got. It’s the “almost” part that I’m obsessing over.

It’s when you can see your target clear as day. You take a deep breath, aim and shoot – and you miss it by a quarter of an inch. You ask yourself why things went only slightly off-kilter. Was it something you did? Was it the wind? What happened in those last seconds before you let the arrow fly?

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Now, you’re at a crossroads. Yes, it feels quite comfortable to mope around for a little while, get some extra confirmation that the ones who “wronged” you are jerks and be reminded by the inevitable cockeyed-optimists that “Rejection is God’s protection”. (In that case, I’m incredibly sheltered, lol.) But what happens after that?

Set a Time Limit for Getting Over Rejection

As for me, I like setting timelines for my pity-parties. I can wallow and mope all I want for that set length of time, and then when that time is up, I can look at the situation from a more pragmatic perspective. After that, I reassess my goals, tweak my strategies, set my targets and go for them – again and again, and again. If I don’t use this method, I can imagine that it could become difficult to emerge from the self-pity cycle. So I don’t give it a chance to stay long.

I think this method worked perfectly for me when I was a performer, and at this stage in my life, I can already see how useful it’s going to be as I start approaching larger, more intimidating entities as I start asking for what I want. Sound crazy? Well, in a way, it is. But, if your goal is really what you want, you’ll do what it takes to get to it. The challenges are simply a means to an end.

What methods do you use to help you stay track towards achieving your goals? What do you do when you reach a setback that distracts you from appreciating the progress you’ve already made? I’d love to hear from you. (I’d also love some ice cream, so send some over. I already have a spoon in my pocket.)

Sending Love and Light to all of you.

©Atina Atwood 2019 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™

– Atina Atwood is a southern girl who moved from Europe to the West Coast. A former university professor in Germany and California, Atina stepped away from Academia to focus on her miracle child, life, love, food, quilting, and of course, Romance. She is the author of the Holiday Heartbeats series. Follow her on Twitter for more, and sign up for Atina’s newsletter here.

Romantic Quote: I Want Better for You

Romantic Quote:

“Never underestimate the importance of having someone in your life who makes you want to be a better person.” – Dauvoire

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Sending Love and Light to all of you.

©Atina Atwood 2019 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™

– Atina Atwood is a southern girl who moved from Europe to the West Coast. A former university professor in Germany and California, Atina stepped away from Academia to focus on her miracle child, life, love, food, quilting, and of course, Romance. She is the author of the Holiday Heartbeats series. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook for more, and sign up for Atina’s newsletter here.

 

Thanks to All for Giving Your All – Memorial Day

If there is nothing else we can do to show our appreciation for our Veterans and Service Members on this Memorial Day, we can do these three things:

1. Say thank you – and mean it

2. Donate time and money to local Vet services

3. Remember and acknowledge the unfathomable sacrifices vets, service members, and their families have made for our country.

THANK YOU.

Sending Love and Light to all of you.

©Atina Atwood 2019 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™

– Atina Atwood is a southern girl who moved from Europe to the West Coast. A former university professor in Germany and California, Atina stepped away from Academia to focus on her miracle child, life, love, food, quilting, and of course, Romance. She is the author of the Holiday Heartbeats series. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook for more, and sign up for Atina’s newsletter here.

Motivated Monday: Make the Most of It

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“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs

Sending Love and Light to all of you.

©Atina Atwood 2019 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™

– Atina Atwood is a southern girl who moved from Europe to the West Coast. A former university professor in Germany and California, Atina stepped away from Academia to focus on her miracle child, life, love, food, quilting, and of course, Romance. She is the author of the Holiday Heartbeats series. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook for more, and sign up for Atina’s newsletter here.

Motivated Monday: Determine Your Destiny

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“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sending Love and Light to all of you.

©Atina Atwood 2019 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™

– Atina Atwood is a southern girl who moved from Europe to the West Coast. A former university professor in Germany and California, Atina stepped away from Academia to focus on her miracle child, life, love, food, quilting, and of course, Romance. She is the author of the Holiday Heartbeats series. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook for more, and sign up for Atina’s newsletter here.

Write Like You Mean It

Go Big Or Go Home

Last month, I had one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had as a writer. As you likely know, Twitter is my favorite social media outlet (@Atina_Atwood). Well, I learned about a program called #WriteMentor, which specializes in paring writers with authors who are slaying it in either Children’s Fiction, Middle Grade, or Young Adult fiction. During a few promotional chats, I met two really inspiring mentors – Brandy Woods Snow and Haleigh Wenger.

Brandy is the author of Meant to Be Broken (Carolina Clay, #1). Check it out – it’s like a masterclass on writing gripping YA contemporary romance, sans kitsch. She’s a naturally inspiring person – to that, I can attest. During a chat, I don’t quite know how she did it, but ultimately, she inspired me to stretch out a YA short novella that I had into a full-blown novel. I walked away from the chat totally convinced that I should enter an international competition within TEN DAYS. And I went for it.

Let me elaborate because I still can’t believe I did this myself:

IN ONE WEEK, I WROTE 25,000 WORDS. I made a huge developmental edit and a complete overhaul of my manuscript within 8 days. By the time those ten days were up, I walked away with my very first full-length Young Adult novel on my desk.

 

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(Alright, after those ten days, I kind of hobbled away, looking like a frazzled, obsessive cat lady with slightly crazy eyes. But I did it. Of course, I couldn’t have done it without my husband, who is a rockstar, and my little rocking toddler!)

Mentorship is a Gift

Let me go ahead and say that although I was a finalist, I ultimately wasn’t selected for the coveted position. Interestingly, I’m okay with that. To me, it simply means that it was someone else’s time to make such a meaningful connection, and I genuinely wish them the best. My time will come in its own way – but I can assure you that I won’t wait for it sitting down. Also, Brandy has continued to be supportive in ways I never would have imagined, and Haleigh (author of The Art of Falling In Love) took the time to offer me some helpful advice that I really appreciate. Both of their mentees are fortunate to have them.

But y‘all – I’m walking away from this experience knowing that within a week, I slammed out 25K words in a genre that I don’t usually write in like a boss (okay, so let’s not talk about copyediting & A1 proofreading on this particular post, please – I did my best with the time constraints, *cough, cough*). Still, I got a request for a partial and a full, and got shortlisted. No, I didn’t win the medal, but I did finish the race. And what a hell of a race it’s been!

Don’t Stop, Won’t Stop!

To me, this is just the beginning. As long as I keep an open heart and mind, the right opportunities and people will come into my life. As that continues to happen, I’ll be more than happy to share these experiences with you, right here on my blog. This moment is exactly where my Faith and Confidence enter Stage Right, and I’m happy to say that both are shining boldly in the limelight. Now it’s time to wash, rinse, and repeat somewhere else – with hopefully more stellar results.

Do you have an example of where you’re currently slaying at the moment – or intend to slay at any minute? Come on and share! You’ll be surprised to see how many of us are rooting for you. 🙂

Sending Love and Light to all of you.

©Atina Atwood 2019 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™

– Atina Atwood is a southern girl who moved from Europe to the West Coast. A former university professor in Germany and California, Atina stepped away from Academia to focus on her miracle child, life, love, food, quilting, and of course, romance. She is the author of the Holiday Heartbeats series. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook for more, and sign up for Atina’s newsletter here.

 

Motivated Monday: Dare to Achieve Greatly

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“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy

Sending Love and Light to all of you.

©Atina Atwood 2019 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™

– Atina Atwood is a southern girl who moved from Europe to the West Coast. A former university professor in Germany and California, Atina stepped away from Academia to focus on her miracle child, life, love, food, quilting, and of course, Romance. She is the author of the Holiday Heartbeats series. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook for more, and sign up for Atina’s newsletter here.

Motivated Monday: Build Your Confidence

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“The best way to gain self-confidence is to do what you are afraid to do.”
                                                                               – Swati Sharma

 

Sending Love and Light to all of you.

©Atina Atwood 2019 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™

– Atina Atwood is a southern girl who moved from Europe to the West Coast. A former university professor in Germany and California, Atina stepped away from Academia to focus on her miracle child, life, love, food, quilting, and of course, Romance. She is the author of the Holiday Heartbeats series. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook for more, and sign up for Atina’s newsletter here.

#MotivatedMonday: Do All Things with Kindness

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“Do all things with kindness.”

Sending Love and Light to all of you.

©Atina Atwood 2019 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™

– Atina Atwood is a southern girl who moved from Europe to the West Coast. A former university professor in Germany and California, Atina stepped away from Academia to focus on her miracle child, life, love, food, quilting, and of course, Romance. She is the author of the Holiday Heartbeats series. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook for more, and sign up for Atina’s newsletter here.