New Year, Old Me?

Here's to new beginnings... or just finding my way again.

Twenty seventeen was a fast year for me. Hot on the heels of the release of “My Daddy, the Amazing Nurse!”, I moved into a new role at my 9 to 5 gig, working as an Epic Clinical Analyst. No, I’m not saying that I’m epic (but, let’s be honest, I am). Epic is the EHR software my organization uses. Anyway, I’m getting sidetracked. Back to the point.

So, here I am, a freshly-minted children’s book writer (I’m not comfortable using the term “author” to describe myself just yet), and just about to release my second book, “Mighty Mommies and Their Amazing Jobs”, and I’m completely caught up in this new position. I’m spending loads of time absorbing as much as I can about this new job, because that’s just what I do when I’m offered the opportunity to learn something different. As a result of my newfound passion for this clinical analyst role, my writing goals and aspirations suffered.

“I’d all but forgotten that I was supposed to be . . . creating some kind of legacy beyond being a cog in the wheel of the corporate machine.”

Fortunately, I did end up releasing “Mighty Mommies”. Unfortunately, by getting caught up in the work of learning my new job as well as pursuing other artistic endeavors (that I ended up just not being passionate about), I’d all but forgotten that I was supposed to be clawing my way up the Amazon rankings, writing a bunch of freakin’ awesome books to read to my two daughters, and — just maybe — creating some kind of legacy beyond being a cog in the wheel of the corporate machine.

So, yeah, here I am — over a year after the release of my first book and eight months after the release of my second, kicking myself in the butt for not giving 100 percent to my literary dreams and goals.

Well, it’s 2018, and the time for butt-kicking is over. Well, maybe I’ll kick 2018’s butt, but I’m done kicking myself. It’s time to buckle down and start working on some amazing new projects.

Writing goals for this year:

  • Release at least two children’s career books based on characters from “Mighty Mommies”
  • Publish my RN-to-BSN fast track book, which will tap into my own educational successes (and failures!)
  • Begin work on the first book in a young adult sci-fi triology

Of course, I have plenty of other goals this year for my family, my career, physical fitness, education, and other important aspects of life, but that would require a fifty-page essay. So, since this is my first blog post on the new site, I’ll hold off on the dissertation — for now.

Having said all of that, what are your goals this year? What are you doing to make those goals happen? How do you keep yourself focused and motivated? I’d love to know your thoughts — let me know in the comments.

Here’s to a fantastic 2018!

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  1. Maresa Huggins says:

    I live vicariously thru you. You embrace and embody everything my mind wants to accomplish. Great parent, great spouse. Successful career. Follow thru on your dreams etc. You really have it going on!
    Sometimes, it’s hard to look INSIDE the box and realize we are living our legacy and it’s pretty dang awesome. Keep up the great work !! Looking for exciting things in 2018

    1. Donald Jacobsen says:

      Thanks, Maresa! We’re definitely building and living our legacy, whether we realize it or not. I never thought I’d be writing any kind of book, let alone kids’ books, but it’s a fun journey to be on. Around autumn of last year, a school district in California contacted me and ended up buying 70 copies of “My Daddy, the Amazing Nurse” for distribution in one of their children’s career exploration programs. I thought, how awesome would it be to have 20 different kids’ books, and how much more often would I get contacted by schools and other programs for stuff like that? It’s really fun to think about, and I’m looking forward to putting more work out there!

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