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Friday, January 4, 2013

The Zone

 Novel Writing 101

1.  Writer's Block

2. Typical Writing 

3.  All Night Write

4.  The Zone

Let me tell you about The Zone...

Writers in the zone lose all sense of time. 

You might find the writer unresponsive to anything without a hard drive.

Writers in the zone should not be approached, for any reason.

If you ask the writer in the zone about dinner, or clean underwear, expect to be killed off violently in whatever she is working on.  Fix yourself a sandwich and go commando, trust me.

The writer in the zone does not need to eat or sleep.  That's a myth.  Go away.

Should you accidentally approach a writer in the zone the following evasive maneuver might save your life:  See that empty coffee cup?  Approach slowly, cautiously remove it- just long enough to refill it, return it silently, then back away slowly.

The writing zone is for writers only.  It's not big enough for both of you.  Just walk away.

And if the writer is wearing this:

Take it seriously!

This PSA has been brought to you by the Live Another Day Foundation.

 You're Welcome!


Was it the writing zone or some other sort?

Tell me about it below!

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The whole truth and nothing but the truth!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Home. Living room. 2:02 am. 

I'm blogging at 2 am because I've been in The Zone and didn't want to stop to blog.  I would not have remembered to blog at all but my new BMW blog post popped up in my feed.  *Be sure to check it out!  It's not a bad little post if I do say so myself, and I do.  *Giggle*

Weight: 206 lbs... booya!

Food Consumed:  Copious amounts of coffee (heavy on the Gourmet French Vanilla), bagel with industrial sized spoonfuls of cream cheese (not the light kind either). I skipped lunch... in the zone, remember?  For dinner I had a nice NY Strip steak, half a baked potato (with only half a tub of butter and sour cream), and a salad.  Snacks:  1 orange, 2 pieces of Peppermint Bark.

Daily Calorie Budget: 1,200 / Net calories: 1,202 (whoops!)

Exercise: I'm certain that typing burns calories.... *runs to Google*  Why yes, yes it does! 

According to Harvard Health Publications, typing on a computer burns 41 calories per half hour for a 125-lb. person. A 155-lb. person burns 51 calories typing for 30 minutes and a 185-lb. person burns 61 calories doing the same job.  So let me do some math....

If that's right then I burned 852 calories while in the zone.  So, the question is- do writers in the zone get skinnier because they don't stop to eat? Or because of all the calories burned typing?  It's a mystery!

The Truth:

I spent all day in my pajamas, at my computer, writing.  About ten minutes before hubby pulled in the driveway I threw on some clothes (the same ones I had on yesterday), ran a comb through my hair, and gargled with Scope.  I think he's on to me.

Today's moment with God:  I did my morning devotional, prayers, and part of my bible reading for today but then... I got caught up in The Zone.  God's loving reminder came in an email for a daily bible verse I signed up for.

"Listen carefully to my words. Don't lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart; for they bring life to those who find them, and health to their whole body." Proverbs 4:20b-22 (NLT)
Sometimes I forget how much God desires to speak to me.

Every day, He graciously gives us a fresh start, a new opportunity to come to Him.

I'll do better tomorrow!

Time with family and/or friends: Two words-  THE ZONE. 

Word Count Goal: 2,500 / Actual Word Count: 8,422!!! They don't call it The Zone for nothing!

Currently Reading: 

, by Tosca Lee (Chapter 4) LOVE IT!

Don't Say A Word by Beverly Barton (Chapter 4) Didn't make any progress here today.

Bible: Genesis 8:1-10:32, Matthew 4:12-25, Psalm 4:1-8, Proverbs1:20-23

Thing 2 and I are still reading the Magic Tree House Series, by Mary Pope Osborne.  We're still on book three, Mummies In The Morning (Chapter 5).

Bible Study:  Beth Moore's Daniel (Week 6)

It's now 3:02 am. 

I could go back to The Zone... but I should go to bed instead. 
Tomorrow (well today) is another day!

Cybil... err SYBIL Strikes Again!

Before I get ahead of myself...

Someone pointed out the error of my use of Cybil to describe my muse who seems to suffer from multiple personality disorder.  I was referring to the character from the 1973 book by Flora Rheta Schreiber, which is titled Sybil.  My bad. 

From now on Cybil will be properly called Sybil

Thanks reader for the prompt action to correct my error!



Now then...

Sybil strikes again.  She really does seem to enjoy early morning drives.  She popped into my Blazer about 9 am this morning yelling, "Shotgun!"  I'm not a morning person so I just gave her the "don't make me kill you" glare.  Naturally, she ignored me and launched into her latest scheme to start me on another novel.  I threw her my usual, "No Sybil, I must finish the book I've started first.  We can go over your crazy ideas when I get to the part where I type 'the end', okay?"  

I turned up the radio in an attempt to drown her out.  She was sure yacking it up!

Several minutes later, she was still poking me with persistent ideas and I was rapidly thawing to the idea.  She was onto something.  Something good.  I dug through my purse in search of my legal pad and pen.  It wasn't there.  I dug around for a notebook, notepad, post it notes, index cards... anything.  Nothing. 

I forgot to replenish my emergency writing supplies again!

Luckily, there is a Dollar General right by the doctor's office.  I hurried in, counted out enough spare change for a notepad, and hurried back to the car.  (Don't tell anyone but I've rushed into Dollar General's all over the country for this very purpose. You'd think by now I'd remember to always have a notebook stashed in the car, my bag, etc.)I began ferociously scribbling notes at which point Thing 2 chimed in from the backseat, "Mom!  We're going to be late for my appointment if you keep stopping to write!"

I assured him that Dr. D. knew I was a writer and was totally cool with my being late in the name of creative passion.  He quipped something about "that makes two of us" and praised Jesus that he had his DS to keep him busy.  Silly boy.  Oh, how I love that kid.

Anyhoo... we headed over to the doctor's office with two minutes to spare.  Sybil happens to be a germaphobe and decided to stay out in the car.  I was on my own.  After signing Thing 2 in for his appointment I continued to scribble notes and ideas. When the nurse called him back I was still jotting down notes.  When she had him step on the scale I was balancing his DS, my bag, and trying to write in midair.  I barely took note of his height and weight and kept on writing.  I was still at it when Dr. D. came in the room.  She took one look at me, grinned and said, "Still at it I see!" 

Ah yes, she knows me well.  She then reminded me that she'd love to beta read and edit my work, and the work of any of my writer friends.  Coolest Dr. EVER, right?

I put the notepad away long enough to talk medical issues and Thing 2's progress.  I'm not a terrible mother after all... just a writer.  All went well and we were back on the road in no time.  I continued to sift ideas around in my head as I drove an couldn't wait to get home and being outlining.

 And Outline I Did!

I had a basic synopsis and plot outline done in just over five minutes!  With my "map" in hand I went to my friends, family, and fellow writers and began asking for anyone who reads a lot of Young Adult to give me a friendly wave.  I wanted to be sure my idea was as epically original as I hoped.  I got good input.  No one has read anything quite like what I'm thinking.  I then Googled and Imdb'd the story concept and came up with only one series that had the same theme but found it to be very different than what I plan to write.  This was like a big GREEN light saying, GO!

I haven't been this excited about writing in a long time.  I didn't want to stop for dinner.  I didn't want to write this blog tonight.  I don't want to sleep.  I want to flesh out my characters and determine the setting.  I want to write a more in depth outline.  I want to start telling this story!

 If you'd told me a week ago I'd drop my current WIP to begin a new book I'd have laughed in your face.  If you'd told me that book would be in a completely foreign genre I'd have suggested a good psychiatrist for you. 

Low and behold, I've put Final Judgment to the side and flung myself into the world of Young Adult Fantasy/Paranormal. 

I know!  I'm shocked about it too!  Delighted... but shocked! 
I never, ever thought this would be a path I'd take willingly.

For those of you that have been anticipating the completion of Final Judgment, don't panic.  I still plan to finish it.  It needs some restructuring and I need to go on two research trips.  I will be completing it though.  It is a story I still want to tell.

I just have to take action when an idea wriggles into my heart and makes me this excited.  I cannot wait to get this thing going and share bits and pieces with you as it develops!  Not to toot my own horn but I happen to think this is a very good story idea. 

That said, here's your Daily Dose of DM
The whole truth and nothing but the truth!

Thursday, January 3, 2013
Home. Living room. 1:57 am. 

And all through the house, not a creature is stirring... except for the writer.

Weight: 208 lbs... still.

Food Consumed:  Copious amounts of coffee (heavy on the Gourmet French Vanilla), bagel with industrial sized spoonfuls of cream cheese (not the light kind either). I skipped lunch... too busy with my new story idea to stop and eat.  I did make myself stop long enough for dinner- grilled chicken with pasta salad and corn on the cob.

Daily Calorie Budget: 1,200 / Net calories: 1,054 (whoop!)

Exercise: Kidney stone/ sciatica prevented much more than running the vacuum over the living room and kitchen floor.  114 calories burned.

The Truth:

Tonight's blog is being brought to you by Vicodin... again. It's all about the new story idea though so whoo hoo and yippeeeee!

Today's moment with God:  I have been focusing on letting go of the past (completely) and stepping totally into the new thing that God is doing for me, in me, and through me.  

God has a plan. The plan of God is to prosper you and to give you peace. 

In order for God to fulfill His plan in you ... you have to be willing to let all the other stuff go.

I'm so ready to "let go and let God"... aren't you?

Time with family and/or friends:  Uh... I was in the writing zone.  I did have some good times and laughs with Thing 2... before i got in the zone.  Thing 1 and Hubby had their own things going on tonight anyway.  (We're all slipping on the whole family time thing. Will have to work on that!)

Word Count Goal: 2,500 / Actual Word Count: 4,573 (in the zone!)

Currently Reading: 

, by Tosca Lee (Chapter 3) Fascinated!!!

Don't Say A Word by Beverly Barton (Chapter 4) Didn't make any progress here today.

Bible: Genesis 5:1-7:24, Matthew 3:7-4:11, Psalm 3:1-8, Proverbs 1:10-19

Thing 2 and I are still reading the Magic Tree House Series, by Mary Pope Osborne.  We're still on book three, Mummies In The Morning (Chapter 5).

Bible Study:  Beth Moore's Daniel (Week 6)

It's now 2:42 am. 

I really want to pull an all-night-write...

Where were you the last time inspiration struck? 

Did it come like a lighting bolt, knocking you off your feet?

Or was it a gently butterfly lighting on your shoulder?

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Kickin' Rocks & Your Daily Dose of DM

Today was all about kickin' rocks.

According to Urban Dictionary, kick rocks means move on , walk away, leave.  Sounds about right.  I've got some rocks to be kickin'.  The rocks are currently traveling from my left kidney to parts I'd rather not think of just now, and they are moving painfully slow.  I'd sure like to kick them the heck out for good.  
Sadly, this isn't my first experience.  This is round 3 in as many years.  I've got rocks in the right kidney too but for now they seem happy hanging out in there.  It's when they get bored and go moseying down the ureter that they start showing destructive tendencies.  I won't go into all the medical jargon and gross details but for anyone who has never experienced the pain of a kidney stone, I'll sum it up for you. 

Stones move from the kidney and obstruct the ureter or renal pelvis.  This results in excruciating, intermittent pain that radiates from the flank (between the upper abdomen and the back) to the groin or to the genital area and inner thigh.  Sounds delightful doesn't it? 

The bigger the stone the more painful this rockin' field trip.  I've passed large stones before. 

Let's just say,
I'd rather naturally birth a baby elephant
while sitting in an acid bath
with my hair on fire.  

 My current rolling stone is 8mm.  That's considered too large to pass naturally.  After being informed of my surgical options, I have opted to prove the medical community wrong.  Again.  I passed a stone that size before with home remedies.  It's not at all pleasant but it beats the alternatives.

Home remedies it is.

Remedy 1 involves drinking 3 fluid ounces of olive oil and 3 fluid ounces of lemon juice at bedtime tonight.  Tomorrow upon waking I'll begin drinking water-- about a gallon over the course of the day.

 It tastes nasty but believe me there are worse remedies... as you'll soon see.

If that fails to work I'll begin Remedy 2.  It involves a jug of Gatorade, a 2 liter Coke, and a heaping helping of boiled asparagus.  MMM-mmm good! 


And, should that fail to relieve me of my tormenting little friend, I shall turn to Remedy 3, tried and true.  Raw potato juice mixed with black strap molasses, consumed a mason jar full at a time.


Can you imagine how awful it tastes? You can?  

Guess what, you aren't even close. 
It's horrific.  

But hey, it beats the pain of a stone.  

 Ironically, the juice of raw potatoes helps in relieving sciatic nerve pain.  I'm also having a sciatica attack this week, as if a kidney stone isn't bad enough!

 That said, here's your Daily Dose of DM
The whole truth and nothing but the truth!

Wednesday, January 2, 20123  (Don't judge me.  You know you are still doing this too!)
Home. Living room. 11:00 pm. 

65lb foster dog snoring on the other end of the sofa. Three rat terriers sleeping at my sides and back. I'm in no shape to remind any of them that they aren't supposed to be on the sofa.  Thing 1 is in his room... doing who knows what.  Thing 2 is in his room... sounds like he's remodeling.  Darling husband spent all night looking for a car online, got frustrated, and went to bed an hour ago.

Weight: 208 lbs... not that I expected it to move overnight.

Food Consumed:  Copious amounts of coffee (heavy on the Gourmet French Vanilla), bagel with industrial sized spoonfuls of cream cheese (not the light kind either).  I had a slice of baked ham and a half cup of mashed potatoes for lunch with a bottle of water.  Dinner was hubby's famous burgers.  I tricked mine out healthy-style by skipping the mayo and cheese and eating spinach, cucumber and tomato on mine.  I also had hubby make mine smaller than usual.  I did indulge in 4 ounces of caffeine free Dr. Pepper.  Water and burgers are just ewww.  No snacks today.  Kidney stone sidelined my appetite at about 8pm.  I'm nauseous now and doubt I'll do any late night snacking.  Silver lining if there could be one. 

Daily Calorie Budget: 1,200 / Net calories so far today: 1,264 (So close... again... gah!)

Exercise:  I didn't do squat today.  Thank you sciatica and kidney stones for sidelining me on day two.  Well played life.  You crack me up.  >.<

The Truth:

Tonight's blog is being brought to you by Vicodin.  True Story.  In fact my fingers feel like they are working all by themselves without input from my brain.  Interesting.  This out of body writing experience might make for a fascinating mess in my WIP.  I'm thinking I better leave it alone.  Garren is being disagreeable enough already.

Today's moment with God:  I read 1 John 4:18 and resolved to stop focusing on the what ifs of the future and to start focusing on loving to the fullest today. I prayed for the Lord to help me not to have any regrets of how I've lived out my life.  I also did some praying for healing and kidney stone obliteration of the divine nature. 

Time with family and/or friends:  Thing 1 and 2 are well aware that mama with a kidney stone and sciatica means it's best to stay in your room and use the time to play way too much Xbox. I meant to call my parents today... but then the whole stone thing made me too cranky to talk on the phone.  Time with friends... as usual that was limited to Facebook.  I really must try harder to be social.  (Deja vu anyone?)

Word Count Goal: 2,500 / Actual Word Count: 2,286 (Eh, close enough!)

Currently Reading: 

, by Tosca Lee (Chapter 2)  Truly Tosca! So beautifully written and mesmerizing!

Don't Say A Word by Beverly Barton (Chapter 4) I must say, it's so sad reading this knowing it was her last book.  RIP Beverly. I truly enjoyed your work!

Bible: Genesis 3:1-4:26, Matthew 2:13-3:6, Psalm 2:1-12, Proverbs 1:7-9

Thing 2 and I are still reading the Magic Tree House Series, by Mary Pope Osborne.  We're still on book three, Mummies In The Morning (Chapter 4).

Bible Study:  Beth Moore's Daniel (Week 6)

It's now 11:39 pm. 

Looks like I'm going to be in bed by midnight!  Whoop!  Thank you Vicodin. 

Have you ever had a kidney stone? 
What's your favorite home remedy? 
Play along even if you haven't had one
(I pray you never do)
and tell me your favorite home remedy
for whatever ails ya!

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My Amusing Muses & New Daily Doses

Do you remember the movie "It's A Wonderful Life"?  I happen to love Jimmy Stewart and it is one of my favorite Christmas movies. 
*DM Trivia:  My mother named me after Donna Reed.
*  But I digress. 

You know that part in Wonderful Life where George says to Clarence: "Well, you look about the kind of angel I'd get. Sort of a fallen angel, aren't you? What happened to your wings?"

Well, I feel that way about my muses.  Just my luck... One is Cybil and the other is Dori. 

 Cybil can't seem to decide if she wants to inspire me to write the most gruesome serial killer story ever published or the story of Fluffy Bunny Fru-Fru's Candyland Adventures.

Sometimes she thinks I would really love to write my life story and other times she thinks it would be great if I'd tackle rewriting the dictionary in Pig Latin.

Cybil likes to show up when I've fallen face first into my bed, exhausted, and thinking of how great eight solid hours of sleep will be.

Dori is a bit more consistent.  She shows up daily.  Several hundred times daily.  Nine times out of ten, she has no idea why she's here.  She smiles and waves and sings: "Just Keep Writing, Just Keep Writing..."  Then she looks around and asks me who I am, who she is, and if I've seen Elmo.  The sad part is that I'll stop writing and help her look for him.

Sometimes, when I really, really want to write...

Dori invites Cybil on a girl's night out.  They always forget to include me.  I'm left to sit home, alone, staring at the blank screen and blinking cursor.

The only thing that is truly consistent about my amusing muses is that they show up at the most inappropriate and random moments!  I've learned the hard way that they are both back-seat drivers.  Dori thinks she is a shampoo technician.  Cybil likes to torment me while I'm sleeping, studying, or cooking a meal that requires intense focus.

As you can imagine, having such amusingly inconsistent and incoherent muses leaves me too much time to fiddle around when I should be writing. 

Want to know how I amuse myself when my muses are being wishy-washy? 

Lucky you. 

I'm going to tell you!  I'm going to keeping a day in the life diary for 2013.  Think of this as my version of Bridget Jones's Diary.  Of course, I'm not British, I don't smoke, don't drink (often), nor do I consider myself an "average" woman (the horror!).  And unlike Bridget, I'm perfectly content with both my age and my man.  However, dear Bridget and I do have some things in common... I do find myself struggling against my weight, my job(s), and my many imperfections. As a New Year's Resolution, Bridget decided to take control of her life, starting by keeping a diary in which she will always tell the complete truth.  I'm going to take a page out of her book (pun intended) and do the same.

I'll be attempting to post here daily from here on out.  Emphasis on attempting.  With enough coffee I'm confident it's possible... in fact, with enough coffee I could probably conquer the world!

FYI:  I want this mug, a lot.  I think I am going to have to order one.  It is currently at the top of my "writer's wacky wishes" wish list.

If you are into that whole sneaking a peek at someone's personal diary then I'm sure you'll be delighted with a Daily Dose of DM.

That said, here's the whole truth and nothing but the truth...

Tuesday, January 1, 20123 (How many of you did this  today?)
Home. Thing 2's room. 11:56 pm. 

65lb foster dog hogging kid's bed. I'm borrowing kid's desk area. Kid is sniffing my foot.
(Why? I do not know.)

Weight: 208 lbs... post falling off the Lose It wagon, as well as Thanksgiving and Christmas feasting, and let's not forget that I had to help my father with that 3lb box of Whitman's Chocolates.  (Since when is a 3lb box of chocolates a "sampler"?)

Food Consumed:  Copious amounts of coffee (heavy on the Gourmet French Vanilla), bagel with industrial sized spoonfuls of cream cheese (not the light kind either).  I made up for the morning indulgence by having a half-salad, baked potato, and water for lunch.  Then for dinner I had angel hair pasta with marinara sauce, a side salad, a slice of garlic bread, and sweet tea... carb-loading without realizing the err of my ways until I inputted the calories into Lose It.  I was smart on my snacking and had only a Clementine orange.

Daily Calorie Budget: 1,200 / Net calories so far today: 1,270 (So close... gah!)

Exercise:  I wonder... does running my mouth and typing (fast) apply? Probably not, so let's go with some light housework and vacuuming.  Calories Burned:  114

The Truth:

I haven't used Lose It since early November.  I also haven't done my daily-morning-weigh in since then.  So, today I stepped on the scale and scared the poo out of my dear husband who was showering only a foot away. 

I am not sure if I've ever yelled at the scale before.  Today it got an earful.  I've regained 11 lbs of the 30 I lost.  Not happy.  I'm henceforth calling the scale "Honey Boo Boo", as I am thoroughly disgusted with it.

Of course, logically, I know I have no one to blame but myself...

And those evil chocolate factories. 

On a lighter note, night one is winding to a close and I have not given into my nasty habit of late night snacking.  Not a morsel, nary a crumb, since 7pm.  (Disregard that rumbling, growling sound.)

It's just past midnight and I've gnawed my finger down by at least two layers of skin instead.

(Snacking while writing is my Achilles heel, don't ya know?)

I'm doing this whole mind/body/spirit/relationships/creativity & passion thing.  I blogged about it earlier today.  I am going over my daily doings and realizing that I'll need to work on some areas and better balance my time.  Well, really, what else is new, right?

Tomorrow, I'll work on finding a way to break this new habit of finger gnawing.  I need my fingers.  They are pretty important for that fast typing I'm so fond of.

Today's moment with God: Jesus often withdrew to lonely places for prayer. (Luke 5:16) When my life becomes too noisy and too busy, it's okay for me to withdraw to a quiet place where I can regain clarity and focus so that I may hear God's voice again.  I need to find such a lonely, quiet place all my own...  I'm thinking a prayer garden of sorts would be lovely.

Time with family and/or friends:  Hubby, Thing 2, and I traveled to McDonald to look at a couple of cars.  Hubby is having a mid-life crisis and all that that implies.  His lusting is for something made in the 70's, with four wheels, a manual transmission, and some horsepower.  I'm just glad it's not for something made in the 90's with pouty lips and two long legs.  Like one of my favorite childhood stories said, "It could be worse!" (Giggle)  Time with friends... as usual that was limited to Facebook.  I really must try harder to be social. 

Word Count Goal: 2,500 / Actual Word Count: 2,822 (whoop!)

Currently Reading:  Havah, by Tosca Lee (Chapter 1); Bible: Genesis 1:1-2:25, Matthew 1:-2:12, Psalm 1:1-6, Proverbs 1:1-6; Thing 2 and I are diving back into the Magic Tree House Series for our "bedtime story".  We're on book three, Mummies In The Morning (Chapter 3).

Bible Study:  Beth Moore's Daniel (Week 6)

It's now 1:02 am.  I'll let you guess at how many interruptions it took to make it take this long to finish this post.


I'm failing at that earlier to bed earlier to rise already.  Shocking, isn't it?

How was your first day of this new year?  

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

A New Year Of New Opportunities

Whoo Hoo & Happy New Year!

Wait...  New Year?


That was fast. 
The older I get
the faster time seems to fly! 

This will surely be my New Year's ensemble for 2014 at this rate!

But, let us not dwell on the turbo-boosted aging process, and instead set our sights on the good things that a new year brings.  No, no, I'm not talking resolutions.  Does anyone really keep those things?  Don't get me wrong... I resolve to do things, but I refuse to call them "resolutions".  For me, that's a sure fire way to shoot myself in the foot before I even get out of the gate!  I make promises to myself instead.  I hate breaking promises.  This gives me an advantage from day one.  I'll kill myself trying to keep a promise!

This year I've promised to make more time for what's most important...
And to somehow simplify my terribly complex life!


I started by making a list of specific things I want to work on.


1. Finish my novel… and all that that implies.

2. Get back on “Lose It” and finish what I started – 30lbs gone, but I still have 25 to go.

3. I rescued 45 dogs in the last 6 months. I’d like to double that number this year.

4. Write more than the “novel”. I’d like to write a book on homeschooling and autism.

5. Make time in my life for my family/friends. Locking myself away to write is necessary but we all   need some sunlight and human contact.

6. Strengthen my relationship with my hubby- date nights, mandatory.

7. Do the same with my kids, a one-on-one “fun date” with each child.

8. Spend more time with my parents.



The trick is accomplishing this list while still managing to keep it simple.

I pondered how to simplify my promises as I sat scribbling them all down on a legal pad, crossing off ideas, and calculating how many hours in the day divided by how many worthy causes and  responsibilities.

How will I accomplish this? 


Each of my promises pertains to a specific area of my life.  Overall, I’d like to continue developing myself as a writer, a wife, a mother, a daughter, a follower of Christ… and as a human being.

I came across this picture online:

This was the inspiration behind what I am calling my "Life Journal".

I have started a three-ring binder and divided it into five sections: mind, body, spirit, relationships, and creativity/passion.

Each day I will set a goal for each section based on my list of promises to myself for the new year. 

Some goals are listed daily- writing 2,500 words, two-hours of studying, 30 minutes to an hour working out daily... but for each day I will also add one new goal to those "set in stone".  I plan to journal about the goal, make notes of things that inspire me that day, and list positive things that keep me motivated.  I will add prayers, song lyrics, photos, reminders, or whatever I feel needs to go in there. 

Essentially, it is a journal of baby steps that result in great changes in myself and the world around me.  It's a new year full of new opportunities and I believe this is my year!

Here’s to an amazing new year!
What are your goals, plans, promises, or resolutions for 2013?

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