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Resurrection

I’m back!! I have no idea where this will go. But I’m planning my editorial calendar for 2018. I’m not sure if I’ll post much between now and January 1. But I do have a plan.

So, stay tuned.

And, I really have not given up on my writing goals. They have been adjusted, however.

More on that later.

If you’re still here, thanks. You deserve a prize.

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#2017WritingGoals

So my personal goals are set for the year. But my writing goals have been in limbo. Until Thursday night, anyway. During my somewhat weekly writing meeting with Kaye I pretty much defined my #2017WritingGoal: I want to have a submission ready manuscript in one year.

Big freaking goal.

Gulp.

Double gulp.

But, when I break it down into smaller goals it looks like this:

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Still a HUGE FREAKING GOAL. But it’s doable. Not easy by any estimation, but doable. Actionable. Within my control.

Let’s do this. What are your #2017WritingGoals?

Baron of Godsmere: A Very Short Review

Baron Of Godsmere (The Feud #1)Baron Of Godsmere by Tamara Leigh

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Packed full of intrigue, action, romance, Baron of Godsmere has it all. No one writes medieval romance like Tamara Leigh. The action in this book is at least as fast paced as an international spy thriller. And the romance? Oh my!!! I’m not sure how she does it, but Ms. Leigh writes a toe tingling love scene that is in no way explicit.

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2016 Goodreads Challenge

My year in books-2016. For a full list, click here.goodreads2016challenge

I read some really, really good books this year. A couple not so great ones, too.

The War That Saved My Life was my favorite read of the year. What a book! One of the best I’ve ever read.

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.

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 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.

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!!

Playing Catch Up

This seems to be a week of playing catch up. I’m totally off schedule with my blog posts. Feel like I’m way behind on sleep. Can’t keep straight in my brain even what day of the week it is. Sometimes life just gets too busy, and I totally let myself get sucked under. 

So I’m going to spend the rest of the week trying to practice mindfulness, to be present in each moment, to explore what each moment teaches me. 

Right now I’m on the Music City Star train on the way home from work. The gentle sway and rhythmic clickety-clack of the wheels on the track are soothing after a long day in the clinic. 

How do you make yourself slow down when you get caught up in the busyness of every day life?

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