I’m Planning To Elevate In 2018

I picture myself hiking up a grand mountain surrounded by beautiful trees, chirping birds, and wild animals. That peaceful sound of silence with the wind blowing through my hair. In some areas of the hike, you are the ONLY person on the trail. Revitalizing.

I know from experience when climbing a mountain, you can be overwhelmed by the gorgeousness of nature. That’s a good thing, because it helps you forget about the strenuous activity you are partaking in to scale the mountain.

Last year I came up with a word for 2017. It was reach. (On Wednesday, I’ll be sharing a post on how my 2017 word turned out.) When I started brainstorming what I want to achieve in 2018 and what my word for the New Year could be, I started thinking about climbing a mountain and how peaceful it could be.

And yet how tough climbing a mountain can be. With all the things, I am going to achieve this year, I decided the mountain image was perfect for inspiring my word because amidst how hard climbing a mountain would be, it would all be worth it in the end. I’ll make it to the top and look back, seeing how far I’d climbed. I’ll be happier, healthier, and more successful.

So I decided my one word for 2018 is:

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Elevate: | ˈeləˌvāt |

verb [with object]

Raise or lift (something) up to a higher position. • Raise to a more important or impressive level.  Increase the level or amount of (something.)

Why Elevate?

  • I want to get closer to God than I’ve ever been before and to do that I need to climb that Holy Mountain to get closer and spend quiet time with him. Because through that, I’ll be happier and more succesful.
  • I want to elevate to another level when it comes to creating relationships with people. I want people to see my genuine interest in them. Whenever I talk to someone, I want them to have my complete attention. So they feel loved.
  • I want to elevate my physical health and mental thought life so I’m an all-around better person.

What’s your word for 2018?

Happy New Years!

Can you believe it is New Years now? I still can’t believe it that 2014 flew by so fast.


I want to share my 2015 goals with you all. One way of making them real is writing them down and sharing them with someone. So, I thought I’d share it with you all.

BUT FIRST… I’d like to share with you all what I accomplished from 2014.

My 2014 Business & Life Plan 

• Finish The Mason of Hearts (This became a reality earlier in 2014. I was fortunate enough to write full-time.) 

• Send The Mason of Hearts to my Beta Readers. (In November, I sent my book to 6 beta readers and got them back 3 weeks later. I am so thankful for all of them.)

• See Johan for Christmas (This became a reality for the whole month of December. I spent the month with him in South Africa. Miss him.)

• Get in shape. (In 2014, I lost a total of 16 lbs and ran a 5K, 10K, and signed up for a half marathon.)

My 2015 Business & Life Plan

• Final Edit of The Mason of Hearts (The plan is to finish it by the end of the Month of January.) UPDATE 4/18/15 – Finished the 6th edit. 

• Launch the Social Media Blast Class on DancingPoetCreativeMedia.com UPDATE 4/18/15 – Sign up for Dancing Poet Creative Media’s InstAmazing Instagram course for FREE when you sign up for their newsletter.

• Get more marketing out for my website.

• Send The Mason of Hearts to my editor in February – UPDATE 4/18/15 – Sent it off to my editor in February.

• Start writing a new adventure in February.

• Write and share The Mason of Hearts query letter with my beta readers in March.

• Become better at Afrikaans so I can understand it better.

• Start planning my wedding

• Get in better shape and lose more weight. (Sweating for the dress.)

• Read more books.

• Write a few short stories

• Visit Johan (Aussie) and Cassidy (London) both.

• Go to at least 1 writing retreat.

Top Blog Posts From 2014

How to Deal With Copycats 

• My aha moment – The Moment I Knew I Was a Writer

4 Lessons I Learnt From Running My First 10K

Professionalism in Your Writing Career 

• 7 Secrets To Getting Your Novel Beta Reader Ready (There is also a FREE Beta reader Questionnaire in this link.)

Behind the Scenes of My Business 

How To Write Short Stories

• 5 Secrets to Planning A Rocking Blog Schedule (And a FREE 2 month blog schedule tracker.)