Looking backwards before moving forwards…

I measure life in years. I used to measure it in weeks, even days, but that only lead to me worrying myself to death if I didn’t meet my goals quick enough. When my friends are feeling sad I tell them; ‘Think of all that you’ve done this year and put it into perspective with the bigger picture that you’re trying to create’. I think this more important now than ever before, as everyone seems to fixated on the present they forget all the brilliant things already they’ve done.

I’ve never been a fan of new year, new me, nor any bandwagon trends for that matter. However, I think before we move forward, it’s important to take a look back at our achievements of 2016. I’ve listed my belong, alongside a series of goals for this year.  Why not do the same and we look how far we’ve come in December?

In 2016 I….

Left my job, to pursue my writing career.

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This one was the biggie. I was working full time as a journalist for my local paper, but something just didn’t feel right. I had a half finish novel at my desk and the urge to help vulnerable people through poetry.  So in the end I took the jump and although I’m not where I want to be, I’m definitely on the way.

Finished my novel.

Surprise, surprise after I left my job, I was freed up in between my part-time shifts and could actually finish my book. It felt good to write: ‘The End’.

Got an agent.  

This was extremely difficult but so worth it when I found someone that understood what I was trying to do. I’m really looking forward to working with the lovely Tom Ashton this year.

Performed at Rebellion Festival in the Opera House

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Rebellion is a huge festival, the biggest punk festival in the UK to be precise and The Opera House was the biggest stage that I’ve ever performed on. Going on before Steve Ignorant was amazing.

Played my first roller derby game.

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This was extremely scary, it was against North Cheshire Roller Victory Rollers and about half of our team dropped out last minute. I’ll blog more about roller derby, but for now I’ll just say it was an amazing rush.

Went on a road trip to Berlin.

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Yes, me, my best friend, boyfriend and brother all went on a road trip to Berlin and back again. I’ve always wanted to go on a road trip, so I was thrilled when we actually managed to achieve it. I was even more amazed when me and Emily managed to plan it. I really wanted to go again, but it’ll be a little while now!

 

In 2017 I want to…

Get a publishing deal.

Yes it’s the dream, but it’s not going to slip away from me this year. With Tom at my side, we’ll see if I can finally achieve my number one goal!

Running a successful workshop business.

I have always wanted to use writing to help other people. That’s why this year I aim to use what I know about poetry and writing to help people develop their creativity.

Put together my first poetry collection.

Yeah, I’ve been waiting a longgggggg time to do this and there’s some exciting news around it. So I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

Produce more radio documentaries.

As well as writing, I also love making audio documentaries. We shall see what’s in store…

 

Soph x

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