2013 Professional Goals

I’ve spent the past few weeks starting to evaluate my life, getting too overwhelmed or too busy to focus, trying to plan and giving up. I’ve seen a dozen blog topics fly through my brain at the speed of light with no ability to snatch them up and I have wondered if I am just in way too deep; totally over my head and gasping for air.

I like to use sports analogies whenever I can because 1) it makes me appear knowledgeable and 2) it makes me appear athletic. I can assure you that I am neither of these things. Nevertheless, I started to feel like I was drowning. You know that gasping for air and thrashing thing they do in the movies? “I feel like I’m drowning!” I would cry out in my mind-movie. And then I remembered that actual drowning looks nothing like the movies. Actual real and tragic drowning looks like someone quietly slipping under the water. Calmly being overcome until they disappear. The very thought sends chills down my spine.

So I think of my brother-in-law who runs marathons for fun (!?) and I remember the things he says in passing about mile 20-something being this almost insurmountable wall when you think WOW! I’ve done 23 miles! but you still have 3 left before you can collapse. It’s heartbreak and exhilaration wrapped up into one big sweaty mess. And I think that is more where I am in my life. I’m at the end (but not the end) of my marathon. I am not quietly disappearing. I am flailing and praying and trying to focus on the positive instead of the insanely difficult.

I’ve turned in 75% of my book (Klout for Dummies – coming May 2013 *cough*). I am elated that this is true, but my excitement is dampened by the 25% still left to turn in and of course, the editing process. This is fuel for the fire however because I am ready for 2013 to be my best year yet. I have a lot of high hopes for this year and I am going to give it my best shot! Because when you run a marathon, to finish is the greatest reward. And I can’t wait to finish!

So with all that said, let’s take a look at 2013 and all it has in store for Lil-Kid-Things, me, and my family!

Professional Focus

2013 is shaping up to be a great year as a freelance writer. I will continue to write for The BabyCenter Blog and I am thrilled to announce that I will also be contributing to P&G Everyday and Home Made Simple! Klout for Dummies will be out in the Spring and I am still pinching myself on that one!

Lil-Kid-Things isn’t going anywhere. My goal for this blog is to be more personal and continue to share about the joys and challenges of parenting small children. I will no longer have other contributors, so while you may still see a sponsored post or giveaway, the stories will be my life and thoughts. I hope to take more time here because this blog is what started it all and in the past few weeks I have really missed opening up. Plus, I just miss you guys!

If you have any questions or want to discuss freelance writing opportunities, please feel free to email me!

Travel & Conferences

This year I plan to attend the Type-A-Parent conference in September. I may add a couple more to that list, but right now that is the hard and fast plan (i.e. I am already registered). My family had the amazing privilege of attending the Disney Social Media Moms conference last year and I am hoping that I still have enough pixie dust on my shoulders to be invited back this year :). I am also considering the Mom 2.0 conference in California, but since I am waaaay over here in NC, that one might be a little tricky.

I intentionally decided not to plan too many conferences this year, because I want to be open to what it might bring. This is the year our family travels to the mountains for Christmas and I would love to getaway at some point in the summer too so I want to be realistic. I guess I am in the non-committal stage when it comes to conferences. I’ll keep my eyes and ears open. And I am always open to conversations about brand sponsorships if there is a good match.

TV and Speaking Gigs

This one takes me a bit outside my comfort zone, but it’s all about the honesty right? A few weeks ago I taped a segment for a local television show that should air sometime soon. I also applied to speak (about Klout for Dummies) at one conference so far and will probably apply to one more. I have spent my fair share of time singing in front of people in my life, but speaking is totally different. It’s totally scary and risky for me. Which is why I am pushing in that direction. In 2012 I learned a lot about taking risks and I know it made a difference in the kind of year I had professionally.

I can’t say it’s my dream to be a speaker or to be on TV, but I think anything that comes my way and is a good fit for me at the time will be an awesome learning experience. I am keeping an open mind this year as I pursue these avenues a bit more.

Even as I sit here writing all this out, I am still in awe of the blessings that 2012 brought. What a stark contrast to 2011, which had far too many hardships for my liking. In fact, I am still recovering from some of those! But it is with open arms that I welcome 2013 and I pray that it will be our best year yet!

Happy New Year!!

Have you made goals for 2013? Link up or share them in the comments so we can encourage each other!

Stay tuned tomorrow for my personal goals!



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