Begin Again

I began this year with really excellent plans.  Really excellent. I planned to blog weekly and post a weekly guest article on MyWritersConnection.com. I planned to connect with speakers, authors and coaches on 48 Days Ultimate Advantage Cruise with Dan Miller, Michael Hyatt, Rory Vaden, Sue Detweiler, Chris McCluskey and slew of other fabulous people. I planned to launch new programs and host another amazing MWC Retreat and Workshop. And I planned to connect with you weekly.

Congrats to Paul Solarz on his newly released book, Learn Like a PIRATE!

Congrats to Paul Solarz on his newly released book, Learn Like a PIRATE!

But life didn’t go as planned. My family and I returned to the States from Ireland in early February when a monthly contract abruptly ended. In less than 30 days, we packed up and moved back across the Atlantic. Another four weeks later, we rented a house on Florida’s Emerald Coast, got my son enrolled in a new school, and bought a couple of beds so we’d have somewhere to sleep. And in the middle of all the crying, packing and wondering about what’s next, I helped a fabulous, first-time author get published, edited a soon-to-be-released book, and went on that cruise—and it was an absolutely fantastic place to connect.

And now we’re kicking off April—one quarter of the way through 2015—and, if your life is anything at all like mine, it’s busy and perhaps a bit behind schedule. Not everything went as planned, but a few things did. Isn’t that how life goes?

What now? What do you do when you’re behind schedule? You draft a revised plan, pad it with some margin, and begin again. That’s what I’m going to do. And I hope, if you’re in a similar topsy-turvy boat, you’ll join me in a do-over.

Don’t quit. Don’t beat yourself up. Begin again.

I’m revising my plans and will have information for you in the coming weeks about online workshops and a live event. In the meantime, I’d love to hear from you! What projects do you have in the works? What are you excited about? And what resources or information do you need to make your writing goals a reality? Are you up for a do-over?

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Joanne Miller - April 4, 2015

Oh my did this ever speak to me! Amazing how Life Interuptus can change one’s plans! I was really on a roll to get another book published BEFORE the cruise….in February. However, last October our son and daughter-in-love and their precious 2 year old daughter moved out of Africa and into our Sanctuary. We loved every minute of it and I soon became aware that the five months they were here required my attention. Family comes first. They are now moved to Costa Rica and I am missing them terribly. Having a hard time getting back into the groove…….but I will. Sometimes it is important to give ourselves permission to put the goal on hold while we deal with the immediate issues at hand. In your situation, Erin, I think you accomplished a great deal in spite of all the upheaval. Give yourself a hearty pat on the back. You’ll get back on track in time…I have confidence in you!

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    Erin K Casey - April 6, 2015

    Thanks for the encouragement, Joanne. I’m glad the post resonated with you! And you’re right: Giving ourselves permission to push the “pause” button is essential. Learning to pad my schedule with margin has helped a great deal–making space so that family can come first instead of getting pushed aside. BTW, I can’t wait to read your new book!

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Paul Solarz - April 4, 2015

All I can say, Erin, is that it was a complete pleasure working with you on Learn Like a PIRATE, and if I ever publish another book, I hope to be able to work with you again! You are a consummate professional who is supremely skilled at her craft! Thank you for transforming my chicken scratches into a beautiful, published piece! Everything happens for a reason, so I hope that your “new beginning” leads to much happiness for you and your family!!!

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    Erin K Casey - April 6, 2015

    Paul, thank you very much for your kind words. I got my copy in the mail today… what a thrill!! I wish you amazing success!

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