After Losing My Brother, It’s Slow Going, But I’m Getting There

I really haven’t done much since my brother’s death just over a week ago. It’s been difficult to get myself back into the swing of things. Though lately, I’ve wrapped my mind around a specific technical issue on one of my blogs, which helps by keeping me occupied. Still, I’m working back into getting this year going again.

What does this mean for my 2022 goals? Actually, there is still plenty of time to right myself and keep moving forward. It’s just a bit difficult to stay focused on things at the moment.

Yet, I still have a job to do, people to help, and books to write. Unfortunately, my mortgage won’t pay itself.

Not to mention that my brother would be disappointed if I didn’t keep up the momentum of doing great. He was always telling me how proud he was of everything I’ve accomplished over the last six years.

Getting Back to Some Sense of Normalcy

It’s difficult to get back into a rhythm when dealt such a blow to your soul. But it’s important that you keep your wits about you and keep moving forward.

Because it’s exceptionally easy to get sucked into despair and dwell on the negative.

You have to remember that life goes on, and there are responsibilities you still need to manage throughout the day. And for me, throwing myself back into work is a coping mechanism.

So, as sad as I am, I will keep moving in the right direction. I’ll keep up the good fight and continue to make my brother and my son proud of who I’ve become.

Still Lots of Time to Catch Up On Writing

It’s only been a few weeks since 2022 started. Although I really haven’t done much in the past week or so, I still have plenty of time to meet my writing goals.

Yes, I am still focusing on publishing three books this year while exploring more of self-publishing. And it would be kind of nice to hit the one-million-word mark, which I was on track to accomplish by the end of the first week.

Even if I don’t, I would like to say that I at least gave it my best shot. As I’ve said before, I’m simply more interested in self-improvement. Any words I write that go beyond what I wrote in 2021 will still be a win.

Not Stressing About Setbacks

I know a lot of people who wind up stressing over setbacks. In many cases, they give up because the task just seems too great when something like this interrupts their flow.

Not for me.

I’ve learned that life happens, and having setbacks is all part of the process of growing, both as a person and as a professional. It’s how you handle those setbacks that truly makes the difference.

So, no, I’m not going to beat myself up over not following my schedule precisely or missing a few days here and there of writing. If I do, I’ll wind up being more miserable than I already am.

Instead, I’ll learn, grow, and continue to do the best I can. In the end, that’s all that really matters.

I Have Some Awesome Fans and Supporters

I have some incredibly awesome people who attend every live stream, watch all my videos, and even read nearly everything I write. Their support during this time has been nothing short of amazing.

While I do have a strong, family support structure, it’s nice to know that people I’ve never met in person are so willing to support me during the hardest of times.

Seriously, a kind word goes further than what you might imagine.

You never really know the lives you’ll touch when putting yourself out there in public. Even if it’s solely online, most people are inherently good and truly care about your mental and physical health.

I wouldn’t call myself an influencer. I mean, I don’t have a massive following on any social platform. But the connections I’ve made as a writer and YouTuber have been worth every moment I’ve spent online.

I would like to thank you all from the heart. You are some amazing people!

I’m Still Positive About 2022…

Even though the beginning of the year has been 10 shades of crap, I still feel positive about where things are going this year. As soon as I am wholly back at full speed, I’m sure some great things will happen.

It’s important to keep that mindset. Because once you start believing this year is going to suck, that’s all you’ll focus on…the negative aspects.

Let’s make this a positive year despite the bad things that have happened or are going to happen.

Never give up, never surrender!

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Michael Brockbank

I've been a freelance writer since January 1, 2012. I've worked with a myriad of clients and currently the Content Marketing Team Lead for GreenGeeks web hosting. My fingers are also in a lot of different industries such as gaming and fitness.

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Joanne
3 months ago

Thank you for sharing this! I checked out for book on Amazon and it brought me here. Congratulations on getting that done 🙂 I have a few books on Amazon that I need to work on a bit but they are only .99 right now lol! I want to add more chapter and give em a once over. Any way I followed you there. Sorry to hear about your brother. I know how it is, my sister died 6 years ago at 32. I wish you all the best.

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