Goals & Habits

January: Gliding or Paddling?

Have you heard the idea of a swan, who on the surface appears to be gliding effortlessly, but underneath the water is paddling vigorously to make it happen?

Gliding and Paddling

My January feels like that. On the surface, all is relatively calm and serene. But I’ve started 2018 with a big decision which will bring exciting changes to my life this spring, so I’m definitely in serious planning mode as I sift through my values and priorities with the future in mind.

So far, what I know is I’ll be leaving my day job in March. This is an entirely voluntary decision and although it feels scary financially, I know it’s time to be brave and spread my wings. This creates, of course, lots more time for writing. I’m already working on Indie With Ease, which will be my offering to other authors on the theme of publishing without becoming unduly overwhelmed. But I’m also planning my next Saffron Sweeting novel and considering other book ideas too.

Alongside the writing, I want to leave room for other projects:

  • There’s still far more I want to do on the topic of serenity.
  • I’m keeping my eyes peeled for a volunteer role which truly excites me.
  • The date for the Reykjavik Marathon is in my calendar! (Oh my.)
  • And I sincerely hope to spend a bit more time in England than has been possible in recent years.

The danger, I know, is that I’ll assume my new-found free time will stretch indefinitely. My brainstorm of things I’m interested in has everything from playing the piano to juggling to learning Spanish. Since I know I will be a slave to my To-Do list if I put too much on there, I need to tread carefully as I step over the threshold of the new life I’m designing.

So, I’m definitely paddling below the water line as I figure out what 2018 will look like. I do envy people who have it all worked out by New Year’s Day, but I think this is a time to let my plans evolve more gently.

How has January been for you? Do you feel like you’re gliding or paddling, or a bit of both?

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  1. Reply
    Tracey Gemmell
    January 22, 2018 at 11:36 am

    I truly believe you can’t just wait for all the stars to align – sometimes you need to push them around a bit! Excited to hear you’re going to follow your dreams and write full-time. I’ll be cheering you on from the sidelines all the way. Best of luck to you.

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    January 22, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    I love that suggestion of pushing the stars around a bit, Tracey! I hope your stars are behaving themselves too 😉

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    April J Harris
    January 23, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Definitely a bit of both, but perhaps more of the latter!! Hoping I’ll get my act together soon. I’m so excited to read about your plans, Pauline! Indie with Ease is definitely something I’d like to read – and the Reykjavik Marathon – wow! That’s fantastic! Wishing you all the best with everything!!

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    Jean | DelightfulRepast.com
    January 26, 2018 at 9:02 am

    Pauline, “the new life I’m designing” is a beautiful string of words, isn’t it? Congratulations on making the break from your job — scary, as you say, but scary in a good way really. So glad you’ll be working on another Saffron Sweeting novel — I really want to go back there! I’ve been doing far more paddling than I’d like *and* than I’d expected to be doing this month. I’m just going to have to take myself in hand and sort this out! Glad you’ll be continuing on with the Serenity Project. Those who need it most really need more than a year!

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      January 28, 2018 at 8:09 am

      Thanks for the warm words, Jean. I hope your paddling eases a little.

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