It’s time for a new look … and, as you may have noticed, a new tagline.
Here I am at Write Canada 2016 with the fun-loving Brenda J. Wood.
I hope you enjoy your visit to my blog and that you come back often.
Photo Credit: Belinda Burston
And that’s a wrap on Round 3 of A Round of Words in 80 Days.
At the beginning of this round, I rebranded myself. My new tagline is “to nurture & inspire.” Let’s see how I did over the last three months.
These were my original goals and how I did …
Whether editing my clients’ work or writing devotionals and blog posts … whether Skyping or connecting on Facebook and Twitter … I will ask myself how I can be a blessing to each one. Although this is my heart’s desire, I haven’t been as deliberate about it as I’d planned.
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24 NIV).
Hometending, as Shan Jeniah calls it, must move w-a-y up on my list of priorities. It is my desire to bless family and friends by creating a beautiful atmosphere. Currently, things look as if the bomb squad didn’t make it in time (grin). Rejoicing in the small victories.
“An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. … She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness” (Proverbs 31:10; 27 ESV).
Each week I interact with dozens of people in person and many more online. As an extrovert, it’s far too easy to make it about me instead of considering how I can bless others—sometimes with my words and sometimes with my silence (gasp). Comments my pastor made during my most recent performance review (I’m the church administrator) have challenged me to weigh how I can deliberately let others know I truly care about them.
“… let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger” (James 1:19 ESV).
I must tend to my physical, emotional, and spiritual needs if I am to reach out to others.
Therefore, I must …
Exercise more (must do more)
Eat better (Planning ahead is the key, and I haven’t started to do that yet.)
Get enough sleep (I’m doing fairly well in this area.)
Listen to uplifting, inspirational music (I do so regularly.)
Read fiction and nonfiction (I’ve been listening to more podcasts but would still like to read more.)
Pray (I must get back to journaling my prayers. It helps me stay focused.)
Study the Scriptures (Writing three or more devotionals per week helps in this area, but I want to do more.)
Looking forward to getting started on Harry Dewulf’s newest book, Edit Ready.
This week’s ROW80 goals …
Write and upload at least 4 devotionals to HopeStreamRadio
Write 2 blog posts, one for my blog, another for my website
Write 1 or 2 guest posts
Spend at least 12 hours on my current editing project
Work on book I’m coauthoring
Work on the first book in my 30 Days of … series
Upload transcriptions from August 1-16 to HopeStreamRadio
Listen to podcast and / or read article re: indie publishing or other writing-related topic each day (Mon-Sat)
Work on one of the two fiction writing courses I’m taking online
Read for pleasure daily
Work on tidying, cleaning, and decluttering the main floor
Get to the gym twice
Cardio 3-5x (walk with my hubby at least 3x)
Resistance 3-6x (arm challenge every other day)
Spend time with my hubby daily
Spend special time with my daughter at least once
Post on family Facebook group Monday and Friday
Study the Scriptures and pray daily
Looking Back at Last Week
Write and upload at least 3 devotionals to HopeStreamRadio 2/3
Write 2 blog posts, one for my blog, another for my website Wrote a guest post but none for my own sites
Spend at least 12 hours on my current editing project Made some headway but not 12 hours’ worth
Do research for the book I’m coauthoring Didn’t happen
Work on the first book in my 30 Days of … series Check
Prep August’s transcripts to upload to HopeStreamRadio The weekend was too busy.
Create blog schedule through the end of the year I hope to get this done today.
Listen to podcast and / or read article re: indie publishing or other writing-related topic each day (Mon-Sat) Pretty much on track
Work on one of the two fiction writing courses I’m taking online Re-read most of the lessons I’d already done; now on to the new ones
Read for pleasure daily Not every day; some days I vegged in front of the TV
Work on tidying, cleaning, and decluttering the main floor Not as much as I would have liked
Get to the gym twice Didn’t happen
Cardio 3-5x (walk with my hubby at least 3x) This didn’t happen either.
Resistance 3-6x (arm challenge every other day) Three times … yes; on track with the arm challenge … not so much
Spend time with my hubby daily Check … even though we didn’t walk
Spend special time with my daughter at least once Not really
Post on family Facebook group Monday, Wednesday, and Friday Didn’t happen
Study the Scriptures and pray daily Some
I became a big fan of podcasts over the summer. One of my go-to podcasts re: writing is Self Publishing Formula. Here is a particularly helpful episode:
I know this isn’t my typical music video recommendation, but I’m addicted and can’t stop listening. (My apologies if you’ve already OD’d on Meghan Trainor’s “Better When I’m Dancin’.”)
My theme song from this round of A Round of Words in 80 Days …
Here are a half dozen of my favourite places to hang out online …
Compel Training for Christian writers and speakers
The Creative Penn for writers
Toby Mac’s YouTube Channel for encouragement, motivation, and a reason to chair dance
And, of course, there’s Facebook, but if you know me at all, that goes without saying. (grin)
I know I’ve shared this song before, but it seems appropriate since my hubby and I had a mini vacation Sunday and Monday at Niagara-on-the-Lake to celebrate our 34th anniversary. Sometimes you need to take the time to just breathe.
Each week I love spending time with Rhonda Rhea and a number of other wonderful ladies on Facebook, chatting about Rhonda’s books. Right now we’re learning how to “espresso our faith.” You’re welcome to join us for Faith-Pump Fridays even if you don’t have the book.
Online chats. Audiobooks. Podcasts. Physical books. These have all motivated me this past week.
I’m also motivated by participating in challenges such as A Round of Words in 80 Days. ROWers share their writing, editing, and other goals and encourage one another to keep moving forward. Continue reading “Motivation Found”
Oh, I have lots of motivation … on paper. Just take a look at my newest To Do List titled “Do It Already.” But I’ve been weary. In fact, I spent much of Friday sleeping. The heat maybe? (For all of you who live near the equator and are productive … KUDOS! I have no idea how you do it.)
I did get a fair amount done, including crossing some things off my Procrastination List (YAY!), and I got hooked on online teaching and audiobooks.
Although I don’t care for horror, Stephen King’s book On Writing is as one of the best on the subject, so say many industry professionals. I listened to the 7+-hour reading by King himself. He has a unique perspective on many areas of the craft of writing and I learned some new things. Plus, he shares much of his own story, and being relationship-driven, this drew me in. (If you’ve heard Stephen King give an interview, you won’t be surprised that the book includes some “language.”)
Have you listened to any good books lately?
Unanswered questions … I have many. Even so, I choose to focus on what is beautiful.
I hope you enjoy Dan Bremnes, “Beautiful.”