Isn’t it insane how the weather has done a complete 180 on us overnight? Fall is definitely here and so is October! My absolute favorite season of all is the Fall, I love the changing leaves and the bright colors of reds, oranges and yellows. I love the sound of the crunchy leaves under my feet. I love pulling out my Navy blue trench coat and a nice decorative scarf. I love pulling out colorful tights to wear with my dresses. Most of all, I love what the Fall represents. The transition from extremely hot to coolness. It mimics my life. I love the adventure and good times that the summer brings, but I also love the sense of mellowness and that calm and cooling factor that comes with Autumn. Fall is my time to wind down and tunnel in on important things. It’s my period of hibernation, so that when the spring blossom appears again next year, I’ll be ready to bloom. My goals for October do just that. They focus mainly on building my writing and building my audience, partnerships as well as financial goals and tightening in on my career.

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I’ve decided to quit sleeping on my Master’s of Education and start putting it to use in a classroom capacity. I am currently working with Kindergarten at a Newark charter school and I love the little ones to pieces! I come home extremely tired, but I also feel like I am making a difference in more ways than just being an educator. Some of my children come to school hungry, and missing some important things and I try my best to give them what they need.

  1. Continue to be a positive role model for Newark youth. 

I am wrapping up the final chapters of my teen fiction. My goal is to do traditional publishing rather than self as I did for my first book. I am working with several illustrators on cover design. I am researching agents who specialize in diverse teen romance fiction. The process has surprisingly been a lot easier than I thought it would be.

2. Secure a two potential covers for my second book. 

I’ve really found my voice as a writer this year. I’ve secured writing and freelance opportunities that have opened up my network tremendously. I’ve taken some risk and put myself out there. I’ve learned how to be transparent with my writing without over sharing. I’ve learned to not care too much what others think and the feedback that I have gotten is inspiring. I’ve also found ways to get paid for my work which is always good, so I’m brainstorming so other avenues.

3. Generate revenue by offering editorial services (update portfolio).

Last April I launched my “Thinker, Dreamer, Doer” speaking series and it allowed me to go back to my hometown and speak to some of its youth. It allowed me to travel to NYC and other towns to speak to the youth. I loved talking to them and seeing how much we could related to one another no matter the generational gap. It was inspiring to hear about their dreams and goals. To hear about the things they are passionate about. Times have changed, but I do have faith in our youth to be change makers in this world and I’ve seen that through my speaking series. I want to do more of that.

4. Start booking for speaking engagements. 

I’ve also set a goal to go into 2016 debt free, well with just student loans and I’ve enlisted my best friends to hold me accountable. I am less active in the Fall/Winter which means I spend less money. That also means I have the opportunity to save, so I had the idea to maybe return to the nest for the next three months to do so. It would mean sacrificing certain freedoms and it would also require me to balance my life here in Newark and the one in Trenton, but it’s doable. By debt-free I mean paying off credit cards and catching up on bills. Improving my already good credit score so that it’s excellent. I’ve seen where I want to live and what type of life I want so the decisions I make for the next three months will be accordingly.

5. Debt free 2016

What are some goals you have set? Remember goal-setting should be SMART. They should be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely.

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