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Most people lose their momentum and drive to fulfill their New Year’s Resolutions by mid-February. Are you still moving forward, or have your goals fallen by the waysides?

If you feel like you’ve been off your game for a while, you’re not alone. Getting back on track with anything can feel overwhelming, but you can do it.

First of all, there’s no perfect time to start, nor perfect circumstances. The stars won’t be aligned one way or another with a giant sign that says “THIS IS IT!”. If you’re waiting for the “right time”, then that time is NOW. 

Then you’ve gotta identify where things went wrong. You can’t fix something if you don’t know what broke it, right? Get to the root of it, see it, acknowledge it, give it a name.

Next, scale it back a bit. It’s harder to go from 0 to 100 than it is to go from 0 to 60. Trying to do too much at once will only set you back further. Start with one thing you can do to course-correct. Then once you’ve got that down, add another. Then another. There are layers to improvement. Ingredients, if you will, to what you’re trying to create. You’re the chef or the baker of your life, and it’s all one big recipe. (Okay, okay, enough with the puns. Now I want to leave the studio and go to the kitchen!)

Last but certainly not least, keep yourself accountable. Know that it won’t always be 100% every single day, but the forward effort will keep you going. Give yourself grace on the days you fall short, but also strive to improve. Command your efforts for when you do stay on target, but at all costs: keep moving forward.

You can do this! 

Hailing from Los Angeles, Bonnie has been acting on the stage, television, film, and a voice actor for over 20 years. Credits include Isabel in THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, Margaret in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, and Glory and Rhonda in ALMOST, MAINE. She also recently performed in COMING BACK FOR ME, the winner of Project Chrysalis 2.0 with Cary Playwrights. Voiceover clients include Amazon, Buick, NC State, Toyota, and K-Swiss. She has a Bachelors in Theatre Arts from CSU San Bernardino. When she’s not recording in the studio, she can be found hanging out with her dog Marcel, drinking too much coffee, and serving on the board at North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre. You should totally check out her website at