Sunday, May 17, 2015

i didn't cave

Even though I had a lot going on last week, I managed to get a lot done. I didn’t even cave to stress, well, almost one time, but you can read about that here.

Goals for last week:
·         Post to this blog twice, post to my other blog three times. Accomplished.
·         Read six blog posts, commenting on three of them. Accomplished.
·         Write one entry in “Early Ministry”.  Accomplished.
·         Run two times. Accomplished. I actually got in three runs, going three miles once, one mile once and a half mile once.
·         Promote my writing on social media two times. Gosh, I don’t remember. I didn’t mark it off on my white-board, so I guess not.
·         Promote our nonprofit on social media two times. Accomplished.

I actually worked on the nonprofit, Tumaini Volunteers, four different days last week. I really do not know how I fit that in. My daughter and I were pushing to get our business plan finished. She seems to think we are really close, but I just look at the file and go, “what?” I mean, until ten months ago, I had no idea what a business plan was or why any organization needed one (except that even as a writer, I could probably use a personal business plan of my own).

One cool thing happened. Tuesday night we were working on the business plan with this woman who is in marketing for a large corporation and I’m sure she has an MBA or other degrees. She asked my daughter where she went to school. Val knew what she meant, but answered the name of her high school. The woman replied something like “but you come across like such a professional and you are so knowledgeable.” As much as I want my bachelor’s degree, sometimes I just rather stick people’s degrees where the sun don’t shine. Moving along…

Next week, I don’t have too much going on, so I hope to be ubber-productive. 
•        Post to this blog twice, post to my other blog three times.
•        Read six blog posts, commenting on three of them.  
•        Write two entries in “Early Ministry”.
•        Edit the next section of “Hope” which the author is sending me today.
•        Run three times, at least one time for three miles.  
•        Promote my writing on social media two times.
•        Promote our nonprofit on social media two times.
•        Submit a piece somewhere, because I haven’t done that in a long time.

Finally, my Goals for the Round: 
·         Finish writing “The Early Ministry of Jesus in 40 Days” Have a very long ways to go.
·         Edit seven chapters of “Hope Through God’s Redemption” Have edited two chapters.
·         Submit four items for publication Have submitted two items.
·         Have worked up to running a full 5K Ran/walked the distance once, now need to run it all.

What plans have you got for the upcoming week and for Memorial Day weekend? 
IDP camp at Maai Mahui. Why I believe in Tumaini Volunteers, because kids should have more than this on their playgrounds. 


  1. You did a good job meeting your goals. I have the same problem remembering what I finished if I don't write it down.

    I know how you feel about the degrees. I was once told by someone who has several degrees, but lives at home with her parents because she can't get a job, that people who haven't been through college shouldn't be able to vote. It irked me because I know that I am at the very least her equal in intelligence and am significantly more informed about local, state and national politics. Like you said we keep moving.

    1. Thanks for the comment. I guess we are all just graduates of the school of hard knocks!

  2. What a balancing act between writing, marketing, and taking care of you. Even with a misstep (don't we all have them?), you are making great progress. That big goal of finishing "The Early Ministry . . . " by the end of this round may seem daunting, but by working a step at a time with weekly goals (as you are doing), that big goal becomes attainable -- or at least a nice chunk ready to go. Have a great week.

    1. Thanks, Beth. I do feel as if I have more "missteps" than progress, but it is what it is. I will keep moving forward, no matter how slowly.

  3. You're doing great! And it looks like the week ahead has lots of potential.
    It must be wonderful working on such an important project with your daughter. Keep up the good work . . . in this and all areas.

    1. Thanks, Steph, for the comment. If nothing else, working on the nonprofit has brought my daughter and me even closer together. She is an amazing young lady, for which I take only a small bit of credit.