Sunday, February 7, 2016

time to review

Holy cow, here we are a full week into February. That must mean this Round of Words is one-third of the way over, or so.

Maybe it is time, first of all, to review my 2016 year-end goals.

1)         Finish editing my third devotional, “Early Ministry of Jesus”
2)         Finish editing my first novel, “Finding the Way Home”
3)         Write second African memoir – I have a start!
4)         Start writing my second novel, “The Novitiate” 
5)         Research getting an agent
6)         Submit 12 pieces – submitted one piece, which is on track, coz that is one per month  
7)         Have 4 pieces accepted
8)         Attend a writers’ conference
9)         Blog three times weekly in the Dino Chronicles – have been keeping up
10)       Blog twice a week here – also keeping up

Wow, what was I thinking when I came up with that list!? Even though I put up some green, there are a lot more things that haven’t been touched. Well, I just reposted it to keep myself on track, or more like get back on track.

But what about last week?

1) Continue to work on my power-point presentation for the medical people - nope
2) Write 1,000 words on the second memoir – yes, 1,245 words
3) Blog twice here and three times on the Dino Chronicles - yes
4) Promote my books on social media once - yes
5) Update the Gofundme campaign for the nonprofit’s trip to Kenya in the spring - yes
6) Send out five letters or e-letters to prospective donors for our trip in the spring – hmm? I think I sent one
7) Walk/run on the treadmill three times for 20 minutes each day – only twice
8) Get serious about watching what I eat – well, this goal just plain needs to be more specific, don’t you think?

Okay, I guess that’s not too bad. I also got two more possible engagements for doing presentations of my trip. First though, I didn’t tell you that the one at my church last week went well. About 30 people were there. Here’s a picture from it.

Wednesday night, our Sunday School teacher asked if I would do a revised, kid-friendly talk about Africa for her class. And then at my cousin’s daughter’s funeral (I hate to even write this coz it makes it sound like funerals are just one more chance to network), a woman who knows a member of my church asked if I would do a presentation for her church. My daughter was there also, so I kind of pawned the woman off on her, coz my daughter needs to do that kind of networking too.

Oh, and the funeral was nice – again, I probably shouldn’t write those kinds of things, but it’s true. Stephanie Nickel in her blog always opens with a Celebration goal, something good or inspirational that happened that week. I would have to say that last week it would have been at the funeral, the beautiful picture of Erin at her sister’s wedding in September. If Sara hadn’t gotten married when she did, when Erin was still doing okay and able to attend, we wouldn’t have those precious memories.

What about the upcoming week?

1) Finish my power-point presentation for the medical people
2) Write 1,000 words on the second memoir
3) Blog twice here and three times on the Dino Chronicles
4) Promote my books on social media once
5) Update the Gofundme campaign for the nonprofit’s trip to Kenya in the spring
6) Send out five letters or e-letters to prospective donors for our trip in the spring
7) Walk/run on the treadmill three times for 20 minutes each day
8) Decide what I am going to do for Lent, as in give up something or do something more inspired
9) I also keep forgetting to add some goals for supporting my fellow ROWer's. I will shoot for reading six other blogs this week and commenting on four, for starters. 

Not much new on that list, I am going to keep plugging away

5 comments:

  1. What a beautiful picture of Erin. That's a reminder to keep putting the most important things first! I love your streamlined list and that steady progress. Networking? Delegate! But great news on getting new invitations. Remember senior centers too and once you have the presentation for school-aged kids, other schools? Kind of hard to fundraise there, though. I hope many are inspired by your work. Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks, Beth, for the support. I think that just getting the word out is another way to fundraise. One never knows where the message will end up. And if I inspire one of those kids to do good in some other way, then it is worth it.

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  2. Nice progress this week. I love the pictures!

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    1. Thanks, Erin. I haven't actually been taking many pictures lately and need to get back at it. Oh, great, another goal!

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