Manifest Your Chapter

I had the intention to write a letter to my 25-year-old self. I wanted to reflect on the 24 years that I have lived on this planet and what I’ve learned and discovered. When I was 23, I wrote a letter to my 16-year-old self and it was cathartic, so after a friend of mine said she did the same at 25, I was convinced!

However, this came through on my horoscope this weekend and it made me look at things in a different light. For those who know me, you know I believe in the Universe and some kind of higher power. I believe in karma and things happening for a reason even when you don’t always know why. I also like to believe in horoscopes–if anything, to give me positive reassurance in my life. I’ve found the Daily Horoscope app has my horoscope spot on, most of the time. Honestly, it becomes eerie sometimes.

As a writer, I often think about my character’s stories and their chapters. I think about how different aspects in their life add up to create an entire book, but while there are chapters within a book, it is only a large chapter of those characters’ lives.

I’ve said things in my life in terms of a chapter closing or a new chapter beginning, but I had never looked at a new chapter in this light. I’m very much so in a new chapter of my life, so instead, I wanted to manifest where I see this next year taking me. I imagine 25 will be a very abundant and prosperous year for me, especially since six days into August it has already started to prove itself. So what will be accomplished?


  1. Go to all Disney Parks more than once (excluding water parks).
  2. Go to Disney Parks to just observe and write (sorry not sorry, excited about season passes).
  3. Read 50 books (reread half of HP series).
  4. Finish 2nd book, be in final stages by 26th birthday.
  5. Hopefully release book 2, summer of 2018!
  6. Have half of 1st draft of 3rd book written.
  7. Go to Book Con 2018
  8. Continue to mentor at my old high school (possibly get into another school too).
  9. (Meet!!!) and have an awesome book signing with Sam, Paul, and Brittany!
  10. Connect with more readers and writers!
  11. Have at least 2-3 other author events–one in NY and one in FL.
  12. Continual focus on self-care and listening to what I need–sometimes you have to say no to others.
  13. Most importantly–be proud of who I am, what I’ve accomplished, and where I am going.

I imagine there will be some travel within there! Hoping to get to a few cities in Florida before I head back to New York, and visit some states on my drive home instead of just driving through! Maybe Philadelphia? Michelle, I’m looking at you! There’s plenty more on the list, but this is what I know I can accomplish without knowing where my world may go! A lot can change in a year, six months, and even a week.

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned in life is manifesting what you’d like to happen in your life. If you place it out into the world and nurture the idea, more often than not, it’ll come to you.


So tell me, what do you manifest for this year? And how do you calculate the year? Is it by January 1st or your birthday? I tend to set goals for both. So these goals I plan to complete by August 2018, but I have other goals set in place for Jan 1st, 2018. So tell me what your year or half year goals are and how you plan to achieve them!

Chelsea Lauren

Chelsea Lauren is addicted to drinking coffee, writing in cafes, and walking the beach. A New York native, she recently moved to Melbourne, FL and found having conversations with her character’s on the beach is the perfect cure to writer’s block. To learn more about her, check out “About Me.” Her debut novel, Underneath the Whiskey, is now available on Amazon.

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  • This is a really great post, Chelsea! I’ve always thought writing letters to your old self is a great chance to really think about the past as well as the future, so I really agree with your thoughts there – it is cathartic, especially when I see how things that I used to worry about in my teen years are not a second thought now.

    I’ve always been horrible at setting goals. I remember when I was in tenth grade and had just suffered a tragedy in my family. I was left feeling very lost, and so when that New Year’s Day came around, I sat down and wrote out a bunch of generalized goals, a lot of having to do with moving on from that event. Did I follow the goals to a T? Not exactly, it’s easy for me to forget them as soon as March or even February rolls around.

    However, you’ve really inspired me to try and sit down and write some goals for not only this year but 2018 as well. I think it’s important to set month to month goals as well as year long goals. Do I do it much, though, not really.

    Like you, I would love to go to Book Con 2018 – everyone who goes seems to love it. So I’m going to try to save up the money for that. I also want to focus on listening to what I need. Saying no to others has always been hard for me (I just want to help everyone!) but in the past it’s worn me down a lot. Besides that I think I really want to focus on making some goals for grad school (I start this month!) as well as my new position as a (TA). I also want to continue blogging through the fall on a day-to-day basis. I view blogging as a relaxation of sorts, and I think that would be important to have as an outlet in grad school.

    So again awesome post, it has really made me think!

    Lauren @ Lauren’s Crammed Bookshelf

    • I used to put myself down quite often if I set goals for myself and I didn’t reach them. I often didn’t reach them either so it left me feeling defeated. But once I started practicing self-care and then readjusting the way I looked at goals, it became easier. I started doing this in 2016 and it’s really helped me so far. I take index cards and I have one for “One year” goal, “Six month” goal, and then “monthly” goal. I’ve also been better at using a calendar, but that’s only because my schedule had gotten too chaotic in the past few weeks that I can’t afford not to. But making sure I write everything down. Especially with goals, if I write them down, I’m likely to achieve them better. But make sure it’s not too big of a goal. Like the yearly ones are always big goals, but then the six month and monthly ones are broken up pieces of those big goals. For reading too, I keep track of all my books read. I use Goodreads, but I also write them down so I can visually see how far I need to go still.

      I went to BookCon 2017 this year, I was able to have my debut novel on a shelf there, and it was really amazing! 2018, I’m planning on going with a few writer friends I’ve met here on Twitter, the ones I plan on having an author event with, so it’ll probably be even better in 2018! And it’s relatively cheap tickets, which I never knew before! I definitely recommend trying to go!

      Congrats on starting grad school though! That’s huge! What are you studying?

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    1. Lauren (@Lauren817) 07th August 2017 at 11:09 pm -

      This is a really great post, Chelsea! I’ve always thought writing letters to your old self is a great chance to really think about the past as well as the future, so I really agree with your thoughts there – it is cathartic, especially when I see how things that I used to worry about in my teen years are not a second thought now.

      I’ve always been horrible at setting goals. I remember when I was in tenth grade and had just suffered a tragedy in my family. I was left feeling very lost, and so when that New Year’s Day came around, I sat down and wrote out a bunch of generalized goals, a lot of having to do with moving on from that event. Did I follow the goals to a T? Not exactly, it’s easy for me to forget them as soon as March or even February rolls around.

      However, you’ve really inspired me to try and sit down and write some goals for not only this year but 2018 as well. I think it’s important to set month to month goals as well as year long goals. Do I do it much, though, not really.

      Like you, I would love to go to Book Con 2018 – everyone who goes seems to love it. So I’m going to try to save up the money for that. I also want to focus on listening to what I need. Saying no to others has always been hard for me (I just want to help everyone!) but in the past it’s worn me down a lot. Besides that I think I really want to focus on making some goals for grad school (I start this month!) as well as my new position as a (TA). I also want to continue blogging through the fall on a day-to-day basis. I view blogging as a relaxation of sorts, and I think that would be important to have as an outlet in grad school.

      So again awesome post, it has really made me think!

      Lauren @ Lauren’s Crammed Bookshelf

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      • Chelsea Lauren 07th August 2017 at 11:35 pm

        I used to put myself down quite often if I set goals for myself and I didn’t reach them. I often didn’t reach them either so it left me feeling defeated. But once I started practicing self-care and then readjusting the way I looked at goals, it became easier. I started doing this in 2016 and it’s really helped me so far. I take index cards and I have one for “One year” goal, “Six month” goal, and then “monthly” goal. I’ve also been better at using a calendar, but that’s only because my schedule had gotten too chaotic in the past few weeks that I can’t afford not to. But making sure I write everything down. Especially with goals, if I write them down, I’m likely to achieve them better. But make sure it’s not too big of a goal. Like the yearly ones are always big goals, but then the six month and monthly ones are broken up pieces of those big goals. For reading too, I keep track of all my books read. I use Goodreads, but I also write them down so I can visually see how far I need to go still.

        I went to BookCon 2017 this year, I was able to have my debut novel on a shelf there, and it was really amazing! 2018, I’m planning on going with a few writer friends I’ve met here on Twitter, the ones I plan on having an author event with, so it’ll probably be even better in 2018! And it’s relatively cheap tickets, which I never knew before! I definitely recommend trying to go!

        Congrats on starting grad school though! That’s huge! What are you studying?

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