Monday, January 6, 2014

January Letter From the Editor

The holidays have finally come to a close. Whether that's cause for celebration or mourning for you, hopefully it's at least a window into a calmer time. A time many of us use to reflect on the previous year and look forward to what needs to be accomplished in the coming months.

Did you make resolutions? Is goal setting a part of your January each year, in any way, shape, or form?

For some, goal setting is a good idea, even if it isn't done in January. If you do it annually, you should do so with the idea that your goals will have to be somewhat flexible. Often, by the end of the year your goals and intentions have changed, and something that seemed important in January no longer matters to you in June. Re-evaluating quarterly can help solve this problem, allowing for adjustments or tweaks in the goals you previously set. In addition, this gives you a refresher in what you had hoped to accomplish; otherwise, it's too easy to forget or let projects fall by the wayside.

If you don't want to set regular goal reviews, maybe consider reviewing the whole shebang any time you realize one of your goals has changed or won't be achievable as you originally set it. Otherwise, just remember you're human, and that things will change. Don't beat yourself up when you drop a goal or have to modify it. Keep going, and make it what you need it to be.

Our goal here at Writing From the Peak is to continue bringing you great original content from your fellow Pikes Peak Writers members. We hope there's something here for everyone. Let us know if there are any topics you'd like covered that we haven't done yet, or haven't done enough. Are we overlooking an important subject?

On a related note, if one of your goals is to make it to PPWC 2014 this year, you might like to know that our scholarship applications have opened up as of this past weekend. The application period ends February 15, so be sure to get your application in!

Good luck with your goals, writing and otherwise, as we cruise into 2014. And Happy New Year!

~Shannon Lawrence
Managing Editor, Writing From the Peak
PPW Director of Non-Conference Events