Carol Collett

Life as I know it

The Slow Road or Adjusting on the Fly to a More Realistic Goal

So on October 2 I started out on the #FirstDraft60 challenge started by Kaye. You can check it all out on her blog. The planning month went okay-I wasn’t too far behind, really.

But when Kaye and I met for our weekly writing session last Thursday we both admitted that neither of us was comfortable with the November 30 deadline to complete our drafts. This gave rise to an adjusted challenge.

Welcome to #FirstDraft120.

Sigh…big, huge sigh. This, this is doable.

Sunday, Kaye posed some questions for reflection. They made me think. One thought was that my answers might be a little too much for a simple comment on her post. I think these are good questions for any goal adjustment, not only writing. Just tweak the questions to fit the situation.

So here are Kaye’s questions and my answers.

1. How was your writing going before the challenge’s end date was extended?

Honestly, slow. And difficult. Not flowing at all.

2. If you weren’t going to meet the original end-date goal and knew you needed more time, but had that date of November 30 hanging over your head, how did that make you feel?

Stressed and defeated. That simple.

3. Now that we’re taking more time for this challenge, how do you think that will affect your writing-both your writing time (work) and your writing craft (story)?

I think my writing time will be more relaxed which typically leads me to be more productive and creative. Hopefully this will help the story come to life a little more in my mind.

4. What are you looking forward to most about having more time to write? What do you think will be the most challenging about the extended deadline?

I’m looking forward to less stress and more relaxed writing. The pitfall for me will be, as always, procrastination.

Do you have a goal or deadline that you know you’re not going to meet as originally planned? Do you have the luxury of giving yourself more time? How might you tweak these questions to help you explore that option?

Fall Creek Falls Trip

On Friday 11/4 we left the house around 8 am for a surprise day trip Daniel planned. All I knew was we were leaving early, I would be doing some walking, and I should dress comfortably.

We headed down old highway 70. Daniel drove through several quaint little Tennessee towns on our way. Once we got close to the park he finally told me where he was taking me.

I’d always thought Fall Creek Falls was a little park with a waterfall.

I was wrong.

I now consider Fall Creek Falls one of my supreme happy places on earth. It’s that breathtaking.

Sunday Reflection on #FirstDraft60

Every Sunday Kaye posts some questions for reflection on her blog. You can check out today’s post here.

Today’s questions made me think hard about this challenge/project and about what place I want writing to have in my life. So I thought I’d share my answers here.

What are your key responsibilities that cannot be put aside for writing? 

  • Marriage
  • Day job
  • Pet care (although I do have help with this-I get home before Daniel so must take the dogs out and feed them-that takes 30-45 minutes as soon as I get home)
  • Housework (again, I have help, but Daniel can’t do it all, though he will willingly do more)

What priority does writing take in your life? 

Writing is important to me. Has been for years. But for so long it has scared me, so I pushed it to the back of my life even when I said I was working. But now I’ve released all those old expectations. Now I just want to write for the sake of writing. So writing is important to me, but not the most important thing.

What would you be willing to give up, for just 30 days, in order to have more time to write?

  • Riding the train (I learned over the summer I don’t write well on the train-my good intentions fail miserably-I often doze off or read on the train)
  • Mindless TV watching (you know how you turn on the TV just to have background noise but end up binge watching old episodes of Law and Order SVU that you’ve seen 300 times already instead of doing what you intended to do)
  • Getting home from work earlier (so giving up the train would get me home about an hour earlier-tested this out last week-what if I take that hour to sit at Panera close to the hospital and wait for traffic to thin out a bit and write)

What are some obligations and commitments you currently have that you can reprioritize and/or reschedule in order to build more writing time into your daily schedule and give your writing the priority in November?

  • Easier meals and/or weekend meal prep
  • Write at least two hours per day while we’re on staycation the week of 10/31-that should get me a good head start

One thing I’ve recently realized is that I’m okay if my dream of being a traditionally published novelist never happens. I used to think I would die if that never happened. But I have no control over that. What I can control is my work, my writing. And I’ve realized that writing for its own sake is worthwhile for me. But a haphazard approach is not. Therefore, I’m taking this #FirstDraft60 challenge seriously, putting myself into it, and learning to enjoy the journey instead of looking toward the destination.

Writing is Hard and Frustrating and I Can’t Make Myself Stop

Sigh…that moment when you realized you antagonist has a more interesting story than your protagonist. Head-desk to infinity.

Thankfully I’m still in the early planning phase of Kaye’s #FirstDraft60 so hopefully I can get this all worked out.

Or I could just make the antagonist the protagonist…

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First Draft in Sixty Days

It’s time!!

During October and November I’m joining my friend, Kaye, in a writing challenge to complete the first draft of a novel by November 30. We’ll spend October planning and November writing.

If you’re interested in joining the fun check out Kaye’s day one post here.

Start Where You Are

My It Works Update

I’ll be honest. My It Works business is not going at all as planned. I love the products I’m using. I’m super excited about them. But I have get to sign one loyal customer.😦 I’m not sure what else to do? Okay, that’s a lie. There are several things I have not tried in order to share these great products with others. I’m just feeling sorry for myself.

One thing I’m thinking about doing is just going to Panera for a couple of hours after announcing it on social media. Just tell folks I’m there in case they have questions. I could maybe hand out some blitz cards while I do that.

Anyway, I’m a little discouraged, but I’m not giving up!

Start Where You Are

Start Where You Are

Blogging seems to be my nemesis. Not sure why. But I’m picking back up where I left off.

Just wish I could do that with the story I was working on in July. Frankly, it’s a mess. Really. A hot, stinking mess. I don’t even want to look at the file, let alone open it. So I haven’t opened it. Since July.

Sigh.

But here I am. Starting right where I sit.

My Exciting New It Works Adventure

fb-byb-re-dream your lifeA week ago today I stepped out in faith into a new business-I signed up with It Works Global as a distributor because of my experience with their facial cleanser. I’ve since tried several other It Works products and remain impressed with them.

Before I started this business, Daniel and I talked, I prayed, I researched. But my decision hinged on two factors. First, my why. Next, my personal experience with one of the company’s products.

My Why

Traditional healthcare in this country really isn’t about healthcare. It’s about diagnosing and treating disease. Change is coming, but it’s slow. My personal passion for healthcare looks different. My dream is to help people reach their highest level of health and well-being possible so they can live life with exuberance and vitality. That’s where I got the name of my personal business page within the It Works company-lifeNhealth-there is life in health.

Within this company, I can start to do that. It Works products can help folks to look and feel their best. I can point people to products that will help them on their road to feeling good as they add the products to a healthy lifestyle.

Personal Experience

I have rosacea. I’ve tried multiple prescription products with less than positive results. I have a post from last year about trying Soolantra cream that was prescribed by my dermatologist. I used it faithfully for 6 weeks even though the active ingredient is ivermectin-the same active ingredient in my dogs’ heartworm preventative. My face actually looked and felt worse. So much so that I did not do a follow up post.

After consulting with an It Works distributor, I agreed to try the company’s facial cleanser. Within six days my face felt so much better. As in better than my skin has felt in years. I still have redness. I always will. There is no cure for rosacea. But I have much less sensation of burning and stinging. My face is less oily. My skin tone is more even. Daniel even noticed my face looked more even toned and felt softer and smoother.

I’m planning an entire post about my experience with the skincare line so stay tuned for that.

Joined the Party

There are other reasons I joined It Works. We need a way to get out of debt. It Works leaders are running the company free of debt. One of the company’s missions is to help the distributors live debt free. It Works gives back. Their products are natural, botanical, free from animal testing.

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If you have questions, please contact me at carol.lifeNhealth@gmail.com. I will check comments here, but to ensure you reach me, email is best. I’d love to share my experience with you. I’d love to try to help you find a product you will be so excited about you will share with others. Do you need a way to make some extra money for your family, but want to work with a family and team you can trust and believe in? Email me.

It Works! Cleanser Update

Wow! I’m so impressed with the facial cleanser from It Works! My face hasn’t felt this good in years. This product works so much better for me than the prescription creams and gels I was using. Can’t wait to try RepairAge night cream in this line.

Check out my progress in the photos below. I’m not a photographer-not at all. The lighting is a little bit different in the photos, but not enough to account for the difference in how my skin looks. And has nothing to do with how it feels.

imageI’m so happy! Can’t wait to compare after a month. If you want more info, let me know. I’d be happy to tell you how to purchase this product for yourself.

What new product are you excited about right now?

Sunday Round Up

Ah…Sunday morning. Coffee. Hubby making pancakes. Sunlight shimmering through the window. Does it get better?

Kind of, okay, really, fell off the wagon with my daily yoga practice. But getting back on that today. My back is really tight after working hard around the house yesterday.

It Works cleanser…LOVE the stuff!! Will post a more detailed review on Wednesday. With pictures.🙂

On the exciting news front, I’ve joined It Works as a distributor. Excited, and scared, about the opportunity to not only build something positive for Daniel and me, but to help people reach a higher level of health. More on that to come.

Happy Sunday!!

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