What’s next? Do you know?

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What’s next?

Valid question right? One we probably ask ourselves countless times a day. It doesn’t usually lead to a stressful answer. Tea or coffee, lunch, nap, a walk, how about that next task that needs handling, maybe even the everlasting laundry. There’s always something next.

The question starts to get a little more daunting when you look a bit further than the next 10, 15, 20 minutes ahead. What’s next for tomorrow? For next week? For next year? Heck, how about the next 10 years?

Are you heading where you want to go? Are you on the path you always thought you’d want to be on?

It’s so damn easy to get caught in the maelstrom of the day to day chaos. So easy to get stuck in the quagmire of stuff that needs to get done now. You lose the big picture. You lose your ‘why,’ your end goal.

And how do you combine living in the now, not frittering away the tiny important moments with keeping an eye on the big picture? Is it possible to enjoy the trees while noticing the forest?

At the end of the day my goal has always been, will always be, to write novels. I’m a storyteller. I tell stories here on my blog, on Twitter, on Facebook, and yes, in books. Only the job of a storyteller has changed over the years. It’s no longer enough to just tell stories. You also have to market them. And I get lost in the marketing.

And if we’re fair, I also get lost in the quest for the ever elusive dollar.  Because storytelling, much like parenting, might be incredibly fulfilling and time intensive, but it doesn’t exactly fill coffers.

Every so often I catch myself chasing the wrong carrot, turning down the wrong path, losing my perspective.

Social media marketing is a means to an end for me, has always been so, and I need to remember that as the pull to turn it into more tugs at me. Anyone who’s ever been on Facebook knows how strong that pull can be. If you work in the space the pull is even stronger, the web even stickier.

My goals are not your goals, which are not her goals, which are not his goals. I need to remember what my goals are so I can stay true to them and to me. So I can stay happy.

I can do more than one thing at a time. But I still need to keep that end goal in mind so I remember why all of this matters. So I remember why I bother in the first place. 

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