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A new year! New goals, new opportunities.

That's how I think of starting any new year. And, as I've done in the past few years, I start with one word and make it my "mantra" for the entire year.

Before I start talking about 2019 goals and opportunities, I want to share what happened to me in 2018.

Last year my mantra was "help."



There were areas in my life that needed help and I'm the absolute worst at not asking anyone for help, thinking I can do it all on my own. Usually, I fail in some way or ways and THEN I ask for help and often, it's too late to do anything to salvage the problem.

So I worked on letting myself ask for help as soon as I realized the situation was more than I could handle on my own. I used this "help" mantra the whole year in both my professoinal and personal life.

In my professional life, for instance, I had extra freelance work that I struggled to work on 24/7, burning myself at both ends (of the candle, figuratively of course LOL). 2017 absolutely wore myself out trying to do everything on my own.

So I advertised for freelance help, sharing the work. However, this also means sharing the pay and keeping track of freelancers can be a bit daunting but then again, ask for help, and they have helped me stay on track as well.

I found the most interesting freelancers who have helped and are helping me with an overload of work (yay! for the work).

What I didn't realize, was what wonderful people these freelancers are and how they are open to networking all over the world. I met freelancers (virtually) not only in the US, but Canada, Singapore, India, the Philippines, Russia, and much more. How cool is that?

2018 was all about "help" -- opening myself up to receive help, not just give it.

I give help all the time, but get it? That was a BIG challenge for me. Believe me and it still is, but I am getting better at it :).

Those freelance friends (one can have friends who freelance, right? and then there are "freelance friends" which sounds like I'm paying people to be my friend :) ) are helping me learn more and more about networking, and allowing myself to be open to making my own mistakes, and to teaching, learning to be more clear and precise in my conveying information (that's hard, believe me), and much more.

Personally, I had some crazy stuff happen. Toward the end of the year, I fell and dislocated my fake hip (not fun) and you know, it galled me to even ask my husband to call 911?? I was in such severe pain and yet a little part of me cringed inside my little brain when I had to yell for my husband for his help, then cringed even more when I had to (again yell, he was far across the house) yell at him to call 911, and then I mentally cringed and was so embarrassed at having the ambulance and firetruck at my house, and then that they came IN my dirty house, and then that I was at their mercy to get help.

Looking back, I think it's funny, how my mental and emotional state warred with my rational brain! While I was yelling for hubby and waiting for the first responders and they were helping me, my brain was telling me all the "bad" stuff that I didn't like.

And it all boiled down to the fact that I didn't like what?

Asking for help.

Just FYI, my hip is fine, it's my knee that's really messed up. I fell directly on it and after 2 months, it's sitll a bit swollen, very sore, but there's nothing broken, just messed up LOL.

So you see, asking for help can be HARD. It seems like one small thing, but it's MY one small thing that works against me.

We all have small things that work against us.

And I am so glad I had networked with other freelancers before all that happened!

Especially because a month after the fall, I had shoulder surgery. Nothing big, but big enough for a few pain pills and a sling for a few days.

And my networked freelancer friends came through in shining colors, picking up the slack, helping me work through the weeks that followed. And thankfully, understanding I was on pain meds trying to work.

So, my 2018 mantra really paid off!

So it paid off in help with work. By asking for help professionally, I was able to have the work continue even when I couldn't.

And it paid off monitarily. I was able to take on more clients and challenge myself to new projects and share those projects, and yes the challenges too, with my freelancer friends.

And it all started with a mantra. A one word mantra that I used all year long and will continue to use as I continue to learn from it.

A one word mantra we could all use but often don't. A word that made a huge difference, for the better, in my life in 2018.

Help.

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Here's my latest blog post +SavvyAuthors.
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Come join us starting Oct 29 to work on your edits like a professional. Online class, self-paced, and lotsa fun.

* Use code EDITPRO2018 before October 22 at checkout and save $5 *

See you there!
Pat
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Terrible terrible news. I grew up reading his work. sigh
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really helps when I leave my phone in someone else's car :)
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My class on Steampunk writing is coming up Monday March 26! Here's a blog post on Savvy Authors​ about Steampunk as a literary genre. Please share and hope you join us in class for some steamy steampunk fun! :)
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