Sunday, March 6, 2016

just a little inspiration

I don’t know how much time is left in this Round, but I didn’t have set goals for the entire Round anyway. These are my goals for the entire year and what I have accomplished so far, just to keep me on track:

1)         Finish editing my third devotional, “Early Ministry of Jesus” – I think I may ax this goal. My second devotional has not sold well and I don’t see spending any more time on this project right now.
2)         Finish editing my first novel, “Finding the Way Home” - Nope
3)         Write second African memoir – Almost half done with a super rough draft.
4)         Start writing my second novel, “The Novitiate” – I may ax this as well, since I am getting nudges to write a novel based loosely on some of the events my husband has going on at work.  
5)         Research getting an agent – Nope, but want to figure out #8 first.
6)         Submit 12 pieces – Have submitted three, so am right on track.  
7)         Have 4 pieces accepted – None yet
8)         Attend a writers’ conference – Have been researching. The one I want to go to (because they have a variety of agents in attendance) is so expensive and far away and I can’t get any time off from work. I need to pray on it.
9)         Blog three times weekly in the Dino Chronicles – Have slipped a few times, but in general am on track.
10)       Blog twice a week here – Again, have slipped a little, but usually on track.

I wasn’t going to color-code it, but I need that visual. The green finished goals and yellow worked on goals pop more than the red not-even-close goals.

So how did my week pan out:

1) Work on a new power-point presentation, “Kenya for Kids”. I have not worked on it, but heard back from the assisted living home and we just need to set up a day for me to do it.
2) Write 1,000 words on the second memoir. Not
3) Blog twice here and three times on the Dino Chronicles. Only posted here once, but did three times on the Dino Chronicles.
4) Read eight ROW80 blogs and comment on four of them. Done
5) Promote my books on social media once. No
6) Update the GoFundMe page for our nonprofit’s trip this spring. Yes
7) Walk/run on the treadmill three times for 20 minutes each day. Done
8) Find something inspirational this week. Umm, nothing sticks out.

We also had a meeting of the nonprofit yesterday, which didn’t turn out as productive as we had hoped. Long story, but the meeting actually didn’t even go well. Our team leaves for Kenya in less than four weeks, and maybe we are all just feeling the stress. I have also been working on updating my inventory list of items we have for sale yet, so that when they return with more merchandise I can more easily plug it in. And I guess that’s about it.

I am going to be more positive in the coming week. I am going to try, at least, but on top of everything else there is a new stress at the day job. I need to stop letting everything cause me to lose sleep.

1) Work on a new power-point presentation, “Kenya for Kids”. In addition to compiling it, I need to call our Sunday School teacher and the Kinship director to set up dates to give the presentation for their kids.   
2) Write 1,000 words on the second memoir.
3) Start the new novel. This is pretty ambitious, but three characters have stumbled into my head wanting their stories told.
4) Blog twice here and three times on the Dino Chronicles.
5) Read eight ROW80 blogs and comment on four of them.
6) Update my author website.
7) Contact five new people for donations to the trip to Kenya. We gave everyone at the meeting yesterday this assignment, so I really need to get on it.
8) Walk/run on the treadmill three times for 20 minutes each day. The weather is supposed to be warming up and the snow is off our road, so I really want to run outside at least once this week.
9) Find something inspirational this week.

Ok, not an exciting inspiration, but I have been looking for months for something to display our necklaces on at our sales. Came across this at Walmart yesterday. I was pretty excited. 


  1. Ooh, pretty necklaces!

    Hugs on the day job stress. My day job is super stressful all the time, so I know how you feel.

    You did make progress and that's what counts!

    1. Thanks, Erin, for the support. Wouldn't it be nice if we didn't need those darn day jobs. In the meantime, we power through, right?

  2. Plenty of green there:) sounds like stress is creeping in can spoil the mood of any meeting in my experience - all will be well - keep smiling :)

    1. Thanks, Alberta, yes, it is easy for stress to creep in and ruin a good day. But we got it done and will keep getting it done.

  3. Love all your green, despite the stress. I went color-less this week! Maybe spring is that time we can just let go of goals that don't seem to fit, especially when so many commitments are swirling around and generating stress. I'm surprised to be adding a new writing project because I've never really been able to balance more than one at a time . . . Maybe this time! I appreciate your commitment and positive energy and hope for a good week ahead.