In Pursuit of Mastery

Every year for the last several years, I’ve prayed about and chosen a different word as my “theme” for the year. This year, 2018, the theme is Mastery.

One of the reasons for choosing mastery is that this has been something I’ve been working on in some areas in my life.

I’m great at starting things, and not so great at seeing things through.

Most of us have this problem, I think.


The Pursuit of MasterySo last year, my theme was on focus — to keep from getting distracted as I started to set up the rebranding of this website and move towards completing some goals I had.

This year, I’m continuing to focus on those goals and continuing to move forward and avoid distraction, while striving towards mastery in a few areas of my life.

I want mastery in my ability to connect and inspire through writing.

I’ve been a writer from the time I could hold a pencil. I’ve taken classes. I’ve studied writing. I’ve practiced writing.

This year, I want to keep moving ahead towards mastery of writing.

I’m pressing towards this goal not to be the best or win a prize, but for my readers.

The more effective I am at writing, the better I’ll be able to help, educate, and inspire you. That’s a goal worth pursuing.

Towards the end of 2017, I finally published my new ebook, Evernote: The Secret to using the Evernote App to Maximize Productivity, Complete Projects, and Organize Your Life. It’s only 99 cents on Kindle.  I also finally finished editing and changing my old book, Shopping and Cooking Frugally. Because I removed the recipes and improved the other content, my editor suggested a change in the title too. So now it’s Grocery Savings Survival Guide: Your 12 Strategic Steps to Easily Saving Big Money at the Grocery Store While Feeding Your Family Well. 

I want mastery of my skills as an artist and designer

For nearly as long as I’ve been a writer, I’ve also been an artist.

As a student, teachers pushed me away from the arts because I was “too smart”. Instead, educators pushed me towards other subjects. Eventually, I found my way back to art and design because it’s a passion.

I’ve designed logos, brochures, websites, book layouts, and more. I want to improve. I want to master the skills in these areas. I want to be able to draw in certain styles I’ve always loved but haven’t mastered.

I want to pursue mastery of art and design in 2018.

I want mastery in reaching out and marketing

For years, in my mind, words like Marketing were dirty words.

I’ve gotten to the point where I have realized creating content and making beautiful designs are only half of Thoughts and Designs. I need to do better sharing what I create and reaching out.

I’ve been taking courses in marketing and business management. I’ve been studying how to be a better freelancer instead of just stumbling along.

Bear with me as I continue this pursuit. 

My goal is to not be overly salesy. I don’t like that. I want to be helpful. I want to be encouraging. I want to inspire. I want to teach. I don’t want to sound like an infomercial.

I’m comfortable with writing and art. I’m very uncomfortable with marketing and sales. I want to be as helpful, encouraging, inspiring and informative to as many as I can, so I’m working to learn and master the art of reaching out, while trying to avoid being icky and annoying. 😉

Your turn. What goals and vision do you have for the coming year?

If you want to find out more about Mastery, check out my Pinterest board dedicated to posts on mastery from around the web. 

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