First of all, I would like to wish all of you reading this a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year whilst I still have a chance. I know it’s unusual to wish such things on 3rd January but I decided to take a step back from work this festive period and allow myself some time to relax and treat myself alongside my friends and family, making this the first time I have checked back in with the blog. I hope you all had a wonderful time with your loved ones and have just about recovered from the food comas this time of year excitingly brings with it!
2017 was a bloody tough year for me. From being evicted from the flat I loved to seeing the workplace I loved being torn apart by new owners (effectively showing me the door), there have been some massive changes for me that were certainly not on my radar this time last year. When December rolled around, I will freely admit that I was left exhausted and a little bit lost in my life. I knew that I needed to take a step back for some much-needed perspective, and now I’m immeasurably pleased that I did!
Whilst some aspects of my life stuttered and stalled, reflection showed me that my writing career has gone through one of the most successful periods since it started nearly a decade ago. I produced and directed my first short film. I reached the semi-finals of an international screenwriting competition. I’ve had producers interested in optioning my work and have some really interesting opportunities on the horizon that I’m tremendously excited about. If you consider my life by one set of standards, you’d think I was in pretty rough shape. Lost my job. Lost my house. Lost a significant chunk of my social life. But if you consider it another way, as of this writing I am as close as I have ever been to turning my passion into my career, which is something I have striven for since I was first bitten by the writing bug, many moons ago. That can’t be all that bad.
Negatives naturally force their way to the front of your mind in daily life. Even the most optimistic among us will find that. But when you give yourself some time to reflect, and allow yourself to look for the positives, they make themselves known to you and you may just find there are more lurking there than you may have thought. If you haven’t already done so, do yourself a favour and let yourself have that little moment of positive reflection. Then get out there and kick 2018’s ass!