This year has been about regaining control over my life.
First, it started by fixing my writing.
I listened to myself when I was writing more often, thought through sentences more carefully, and paid attention when a story went off the rails.
Today my wife will be finishing her first read-through of a novel. I’ll start revising it next week.
I started a new novel yesterday. I’m currently outlining it and creating a beat sheet.
It’s something different from my other stories, in structure and content.
Second, I’ve been exercising more.
The end of last year was a tough one. My brother passed away from an aneurysm.
Technically we weren’t blood, but he’ll always be my brother.
When he passed, I realized I wasn’t taking care of myself as well as I should.
I’ve worked to correct that.
I work out four to five days a week, restrict my caffeine intake and make sure I’m eating decently.
Third, I spend more time with my wife and kids.
Three years ago I lived in Las Vegas. I worked a job I hated and was stressed all the time.
The hours I worked made it nearly impossible to get any time with my wife and kids.
I’d spend a few days here and there with them but it wasn’t quality time. It was usually in a movie theater.
After we left Las Vegas our goal was for me to write more, spend more time with each other and give our kids a better environment.
We’ve managed to do all of those things.
I’ve written four novels since we moved, over a hundred short stories and with each I see improvement.
Our kids are doing better in school. My son almost made the honor roll, which was unheard of in Las Vegas.
We hike, spend time outside and sometimes we go to the movies. The movies used to be our family time. Now its secondary to doing other things.
I have no doubt I’ll be published soon. I know I’m in better physical and mental condition than I was three years ago.
My relationship with my kids and my wife is stronger than its ever been.
If we wouldn’t have left Las Vegas all of us would be miserable.
I fight my way through depression daily, my wife does too.
There are moments when life seems hard. At those moments I look around and compare the life I had three years ago to my current situation.
Things are better.
I took control of a lot of things this year. I’m also working harder at my prose than I thought possible. I never would have had the time to focus during our Las Vegas life.
Today, I have the time, the strength and the ability to push towards my goals.
It all started by taking control.