Annual Reviews and Plans

What the Hell Happened in 2017 & What the Hell I’m Going to Do in 2018

February! That’s when you’re supposed to write your review of the previous year and your goals for the current one, right? Yes. Let’s pretend that is why I am only just writing this. Although if you keep reading you’ll probably figure out the real reason. Here’s the short version: nothing went as planned in 2017. I’m going to break this down by analysing my (75% failed, 25% flailed) goals for […]

My 2017 Goals: A Quarterly Check-In

I decided to do things differently this year. Rather than slinging together a list of goals – random things it’d be kinda cool to achieve by the end of the year – I chose to focus instead on building up three simple daily practices. The three practices are: writing, reading and exercising. I purposely chose to make them easily doable: Write 400 words a day, no matter what. Paper journalling […]

Phase 5: What’s New at Untamed Writing

Phew. I have been glued to my desk since I returned to Edinburgh, completely overhauling the content on Untamed Writing. I’m talking 12+ hours days, every single day for almost two weeks. I like to do this once a year – go through my entire site and make sure everything aligns with the work I want to do and the way I feel about my business and brand. I think […]

My 2017 Goals

Last year I gave myself a shit-ton of goals. I accomplished precisely three of these in the way I intended: learning how to control my ulcerative colitis through diet alone, exploring more of Scotland, and reading 75 books. This year I’m keeping it simple. These goals are designed to help steer me in the direction I’d like to live my life in. (Wait, can you live your life in ‘a […]

2016: A Year in Review

Well. Well, well, well. In comparison to 2015, 2016 got off to a roaring good start. For me, at least. (Not so much for my beloved Goblin King.) This time last year, I was residing in my beautiful, perfectly situated Edinburgh apartment – and living alone for the first time ever in my life, which has always been a dream of mine. I was about to call it a bucket […]

What I’ve Been Up To

Long time no post, eh? Sometimes I wonder whether I made the right decision to no longer stick to a publishing schedule. Because occasionally things like this happen, where I don’t post anything for over a month. And I don’t like it. Although I didn’t like frantically rushing to publish some piece of crap at 11.59pm on deadline day either. What I really need is to get into the habit […]

My Goals & Plans for 2016

I don’t like to make New Year’s resolutions. Which is a good job really, because it’s February already. New Year’s resolutions are dumb. Pledging to make loads of huge changes to your life, all at once, instantly, is a terrible idea. I prefer to set goals and create plans – so instead of changing everything at the start of the year, I aim to have changed or achieved a few […]

2015: A Year in Review

2015 was a year of big change for me. Actually, growth is probably the right word, since arguably my situation hasn’t changed dramatically. I’m still in Edinburgh, after all. But my life and business have both improved. Let’s dig in. This Time Last Year Oh god, where to start. Everything was going wrong a year ago. I was temporarily living at my mother’s, after escaping life with the flatmate from […]

Phase 4 of Untamed Writing

Since I created Untamed Writing back in early 2013, I’ve been gradually shifting it in the direction that feels right to me at the time. (Which is how I make most of my decisions.) And this year is going to be no exception. After I started my blogging hiatus back in December, I came to think of what I was working on behind the scenes as Phase 4 of Untamed […]

2015 Plans for Untamed Writing

2014 was a good year for Untamed Writing. 2015 is going to be even better. Here’s what I’m planning to do: The Advanced Class So I guess you’ve probably already figured out that this is a big part of my plans for next year. I want to finish up the beta test of The Advanced Class: How to Score Highly Paid Blogging Gigs, get feedback from my students, tweak it, […]