The New Resolution: Finish What You Started

I could write another blog about new beginnings and “new year, new me”, but this year feels different.

2018 has a trend of no more new year, new beginning resolutions.

I understand some may need a fresh start after last year because, for many, it was a whirlwind of the highest of highs and lowest of lows. Nevertheless, I am embracing the new anti-new beginning. For me, this year is not about beginning something new.

To clarify, I have a horrible habit of procrastinating on things that do not have an instant reward. I know, how millennial of me. So, this year will be a “picking up the pieces” kind of year.

Also, it is the year I’m choosing not to share details of what that looks like. We all have something we’ve planned and for whatever reason (fear, disappointment, lack of motivation, fear, etc)  did not follow through

Consider what you have left unfinished: a weight loss goal, an unwritten story, a job application, your degree, dating, finally quitting the job you hate, _______________.

Let the ringing of the new year be motivation to refuse to celebrate another new year with that dream unfulfilled, that project left unfinished.

You may not reach every goal or be where you want to be by December 2018, but you will be closer than you were last year. Progress matters too.

So, get out of your funk, stop feeling sorry for yourself, stop being afraid of what may or may not happen. Beginning today, create a plan with realistic steps towards your goal. It does not matter how long you have been procrastinating, get out there and finish what you started.

-Ebby LeBlanc

Philippians 1:6 “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

James 2:17 “Faith without works is dead”

A Vision Board for 2016

Right now, you are probably still being bombarded with post on how the New Year is the impetus to a fresh start. You know, the whole trite New Year, New me motto. By the way, I’m guilty of using that in previous years. Yes, I know the turning of the number tends to invoke motivation and a sudden drive to accomplish those goals that you’ve postponed for years. Nevertheless, it can easily be a trap,

a repetitious cycle of short-lived ambitions that fade as the months float by and before you know it, it is December again.

Nope, I refuse to write another post about fleeting determinations. So, how do we change this detrimental, yet common habit? I have an idea. It may seem mediocre, but since we are visual creatures by nature. You know, the whole eyes being the entryway into our… you get it.  Either way, oftentimes, seeing is truly believing.

My sister- in-law showed me her vision board over the holidays. A hot pink cardboard poster tatted with magazine printouts of symbols and letters that kind of, sort of resemble the stalker letters in the movie, “The Body Guard” when I think about it. Nevertheless, I was immediately intrigued and inspired. I have much I desire to accomplish, or finish up for that matter in 2016. The main thing is publishing my third novel. I am beyond excited about that! There are plenty of others things too.

  1. Become a better writer
  2. Focus more on my blog
  3. Network
  4. Market
  5. Apply for the Master’s program
  6. Attend the DFW Writer’s Conference in April (BTW, IS ANYONE ELSE ATTENDING?)

Okay, so it ended up being another post about a fresh start to the New Year. However, a vision board mapping out our plans may be that extra push we need to ensure we reach the finish line this time.

So, what about you? Have you ever created a vision board? Do you plan to?


Living in the Moment,