Sunday, January 19, 2014

Some setbacks are worth it

My friend from Minnesota came for a visit this weekend. It put me behind on a few things (mostly housework and dieting!), but it is always worth the setback to spend the entire day sharing stories and chocolate wine!  

A. Weekly goal
1. Read five other blog posts a week.  Yes.       
2. Read ten hours a week in one of the books I am reading.  Yes. I am just over half way done reading “Miracle at Tenwek”, and have resisted the temptation to start something new.
B. Goals for the Round                           
1. Have finished reading five books. Not yet.

A. Weekly goal
1. Work on something five times a week.     
a. Work on “The Early Life of Jesus in 40 Days”, the second book in the Bible Stories in 40 Days series. No.
b. Write on my novel. No.
c. Write my blog posts. No, but I am not going to beat myself up over it. I think that I am going to post on this blog on Sundays and only on Wednesdays when I have something exciting to say. I did miss my Tuesday post on my other blog, but I couldn’t think of anything to write, and I think it is better to skip it then to write something lame.
B. Goals for the Round.  
1. Have finished the first draft of “The Early Life of Jesus in 40 Days”. No.
2. Have written half of my novel.  No.

A.      Weekly goal.
1. Have promoted either one of my books on one other site or in person. No. And I don’t exactly know what I even mean by this anymore. I may have to rethink the whole book promotion thing.
2. Comment on two other blog posts.  Yes.
3. Research markets for an hour.  Yes.
4. Keep up on social media, responding to all messages.  Yes.
5. Have contacted one organization about a speaking engagement.  Yes, actually two in the last week. I sent a proposal to the contact person for a Book Festival coming up in April. She got right back to me that they already have their speakers lined up. And I emailed another Book Festival, which isn’t until September, so hopefully they are just now working on their guests.
B. Goals for the Round
1. Have submitted three pieces somewhere.  No, not yet.
2. Have booked three speaking engagements or book signings. One so far.  

A. Exercise - Continue exercising four times a week, including running on the treadmill.  Yes.
B. Nonprofit - Continue working on Tumaini Volunteers, Inc., applying for tax exempt status by the end of the Round.  My daughter, my sister and I worked on the tax exempt application for a few hours on Friday and we talked to some guy at the IRS with our questions on the form. I also added another item to the Etsy shop.  
C. Sewing - Finish two projects this Round.  Not yet.

As far as my list of 100 things to do this year, which is actually only at 40 right now, I had said that I would clean my office (which I did) and keep it clean. I am starting to backslide on that one. Drat.  
Somebody thinks that everything I do is WONDERFUL!


  1. You've got quite a few things underway and moving along here, and I think there is deep and immeasurable value in hanging with a dear friend - the one who shares stories and wine, and that grinning old friend on the bottom of the post.

    I've been trying to dedicate at least a few minutes a day to moving forward in my writing study. I sill have a long way to go to make of it what I dream for it, but the evolution is exciting. I hope you can get your bright little office back in shape, soon!

    1. Thanks for the support. I am sure you will achieve your goals as well!