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I have an update regarding Retribution's release that I would like to share with you. As you might know, I originally scheduled it for a March 26th release, but I made the decision last week to push back the release until June 2020.

I didn't make the decision lightly, but in the end, I felt pushing back the release was the best thing to do for myself, as well as you. You deserve a novella of quality, not one rushed and pieced together in order to make a date set months earlier.

That being said, I wanted to explain the reasons for my decision.

I teach adult ballet classes three time a week for 1.5 hours each time. When I set Retribution's release date, these classes were the only involvement I had with the studio, and there would have been no issue in reaching the 3/26 release. But as the school year progressed, I found myself being asked to do more and more things at the ballet studio, particularly with regards to the Nutcracker rehearsals and performance.

I was honestly glad to help and didn't see any reason that I wouldn't make the release, especially as I knew my schedule would go back to normal mid-December.

Then the new year happened, and I was asked to take over the studio's social media.

Again, I was happy to do it and thought it would only take a couple of hours a week. I had planned to schedule the week's post Monday mornings, which I decided I could do before I scheduled my own social media posts, and then I would have the rest of the week to devote to my writing, blog, newsletter, etc. Well, it didn't take me long to realize that I couldn't have been more wrong!

Without having a good collection of photos/videos to choose from, I'm in the studio almost every night, taking photos and videos so I can build up a collection for all 10 levels, plus contemporary, pointe, partnering, and variations classes. I also spend a good deal of time coordinating with the artistic directors and teachers for quotes, behind-the-scenes info, rehearsal info, student goals, visions, etc.

What I thought would maybe take 2 hours a week at most, is quickly turning into 10-15+ Don't get me wrong! I'm proud to help the studio grow, and I'm honored that they believed in the quality of my work to make me their Social Media Coordinator. But with the added work, I won't have the time I originally planned to dedicate to my writing and Retribution's release.

In a previous post, I talked about the importance of creating goals, but I also talked about not feeling like a failure if they don't happen. This, my friends, is a perfect example!

Life happens, opportunities arise, and sometimes we aren't able to meet the goals we set for ourselves. That's OK! You're not a failure! Set a new goal and keep working toward achieving it. Be open. Be honest. But never apologize for taking on other opportunities or dealing with shit life throws at you.

Have you had a release date or other goal you had to push back? Share in the comments!

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