Thank you for your patience. Perhaps I burned myself out posting every day of October by participating in OctPoWriMo … or perhaps that’s just an excuse. Time to prepare a blogging schedule, something more concrete than adding “SBNB post” to my planner each week.
With the holiday season upon us, Christmas will be my theme until the week of December 27. (My apologies to those of you who have not turned your thoughts to twinkling lights and evergreens as of yet.)
What gives me the warm fuzzies at this time of year?
~ memories of Christmas past in the house I grew up in (see above)
~ freshly cut trees that don’t fit in the house (Hey, it looked small in the forest.)
~ white, fluffy stuff (Granted, I’d rather drive on clear roads. And, if it were possible, I would rather snow happened when it was about 25-30 degrees Celsius, but such is not the case.)
~ twinkling lights reflecting off said white, fluffy stuff
~ snowmen and snowforts (My dad built snowmen using an old rusty drum. Who said they had to be made using three snowballs of various sizes—and devoid of rusty metal flecks?)
~ tobogganing down a ridiculously long hill … only to have to climb to the top, never knowing, with each step, if I’d sink through the crusty layer
These are six of my favourite Christmas / winter memories. How about you? What gives you the warm fuzzies during the holiday season?
And now for that ROW80 check-in …
Though I love to have some (lots) of wiggle room in my daily schedule, it’s time to give things a little more structure.
Believe it or not, the more I take on, the more able I am to focus on one thing at a time. Weird, I know.
~ begin each day with prayer and Bible study
Even when I don’t begin the day this way, I must not use it as an excuse not to fit it into my schedule.
~ write a book proposal for Deb Willows’ second book
As I said, our chat adds incentive to get at it.
~ prep at least one ebook for publication early 2016 (This will involve more tweaking, assembly, and proofreading than actual writing.)
I’ve made a teeny tiny start, but hey, it’s a start.
five three devotionals per week for HopeStreamRadio
I’ve decided on a theme for the next 12 devotionals. Planning ahead helps.
~ weekly posts for my website
Restarted today. Woohoo!
I have five to write this week and a sixth that I can write if I so choose.
Write bonus materials for those who sign up for the quarterly newsletter I hope to send out starting in January 2016.
I’ve had a MailChimp account for a while. It’s about time I began to use it.
~ keep up with my clients’ work
I’m making progress on all three projects.
Research info for Deb Willows’ second book and info on self-publishing the five ebook ideas I have chasing each other around in my brain.
Deb and I will be chatting this week. So this gives me extra incentive to get something accomplished before we do.
Research the specifics of self-publishing
COMPEL Training ~ Great teaching … definitely worth the money each month.
~ learn something new 3-5 x / wk (often from my saved bookmarks or “Only Me” Facebook posts)
~ read daily
I read more some days than others, but that’s likely the case for all of us.
ROW80 Sponsor Goals
~ visit my ROW80 peeps once or twice per week
~ come up with 30 ideas for picture books this month as part of PiBoIdMo
I’m back to aiming for one picture book idea per day, but I shouldn’t have any trouble getting 30 ideas listed by the end of the month … not 30 good ideas, mind you. I am reading the posts on the PiBo site each day. There’s some great advice there. You may want to check it out even if you didn’t sign up for the challenge.
take 1-2 photo walks per month
paint 1x per month
add decorative touches as we redecorate each room
walk 15-30 minutes each weekday morning; walk with my hubby 3+ times per week; do resistance training 3x per week
Cleaning the church is my only exercise at this point.
~ eat well 5-6 days per week
I’m eating less and making better choices when eating out. Yay!
~ drink more water (incl. caffeine free herbal teas)
As the weather turns cold, I will get my water by drinking caffeine-free herbal teas.
Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends!