Dear Me

Dear Me,

I’ve been thinking about you recently and all we’ve been through together this year. As you know, it’s not much fun to sit and reminisce by yourself, so I decided to share the fun by dropping you a line.

It all started back in January – do you even remember it now? It seems like forever ago. Remember how you had your year all planned out and organized, like you always do? There was a grid for your anticipated blog posts – one per week, each. What on earth were you even thinking??? I have tears in my eyes right now from trying not to laugh out loud! I’d better get myself under control before my office-mate thinks I’ve finally lost it. If only you knew back then how far you would come this year on the blog front. All I can say now is I’m just glad you stuck with it, despite the painful learning curve.

That’s not even the best of it. Think back. Remember your novel writing plan? You agonized over how much time you should allot to each book. Goodness, gracious – you even “researched” it! You know, you’ll never get that time back. I can’t help but giggle a bit at your naivety. Thankfully, though, you eventually came to the realization that you were procrastinating, despite how “necessary” and “productive” it may have felt at the time.

I remember the very moment you realized you were holding yourself back. After that, you just picked a draft and started to write. That’s when the magic happened. Of course, it’s all well and good to have that under your belt now, but it’s also important to remember those very humble beginnings so you can recognize the organization trap before you fall into it again. Keep it simple, just write.

Unless we’re talking about Twitter, of course. We both know how that little experiment worked out. Live and learn, right?

I must admit that I was pretty impressed at how well you kept up with the “I Write in 2018” challenge. As I recall, you signed up on a whim in late December because it “seemed like a good idea”. Well, now we know that it actually WAS a good idea. It gave you just enough accountability to keep the momentum rolling, with regards to contests and reviews, yet it didn’t suck up all your time. Plus, socialization (even the electronic version) is more important than you seem to think. We might need to keep working on that.

Socialization aside, I must say that 2018 has been a mighty good year for us, especially considering that it isn’t even over yet! I can’t wait to see what else we can accomplish.

Take care,

Your Self

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Written for: A contest called “Dear Me” where you write yourself a letter from the future to refer back to during the year in order to stay motivated toward your goals.

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