Friday, January 19, 2018

This I know for sure...

I've always collected quotes. Not just motivational quotes, though those do seem to make up the majority of my collection, but quotes of all kinds that I can identify with in some form or another. 

Here are a few of my favorite non-motivational quotes:

"Every diet I ever fell off was because of potatoes and gravy of some sort." ~ Dolly Parton   I feel the same way about bread, not sandwich bread, but good bakery bread like baguette, batard, ciabatta, a loaf of sourdough. I could go on and on with the different types of bread that I can't say no to.

"Karma's a bitch only if you're one." ~ Unknown.  I agree completely with this quote.

"When you have got an elephant by the hind leg and he’s trying to run away, it’s best to let him run." ~ Abraham Lincoln.  This quote reminds me to let things go that I can't change or do anything about.

Do you have a favorite quote that may not be motivational, but that you identify with? 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

What's Up Wednesday

This week...

My Current WIP (Work In Progress): I got a slow start last week, only managed to do 20 pages of revisions. I also started meeting with my critique partner again.

Quote of the Week: Focus, gather your strength, work hard, and success will come.” ~ Unknown

What I'm Reading: I still reading Pipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen. I hope to finish it by the end of the week. 

Random Thoughts:Random Thoughts: The weather has been crazy in my area. Last Thursday it was 60 degrees and sunny. Friday was in the low 50's and overcast. Saturday, we woke up to 18 inches of snow and a high temperature of 18 degrees. This week the forecast is for highs in the 20's and a chance of some snow every day.

Random Photo of the Week:

                                 Somebody caught playing with his sister's new toy.

Monday, January 15, 2018

A Look Back

I was looking through old posts for an item my friend wanted me to print out and came across a post from a couple of years ago that reminded me that wanting something and working for it go hand in hand.

The old post:
Sometimes you hear or read a piece of wisdom and you think how sensible it sounds. You decide you're going to incorporate it into your life to help you lose weight, quit smoking, or something else you want to change or improve on. You might even start out following that piece of advice but soon you're back to those old, familiar habits, the advice forgotten or ignored. I know I'm more than guilty of doing this.

A week or so ago, my nephew stopped by for a visit. He competes in amateur boxing and is in training for a fight coming up in March. After he outlined the diet he's following (no dairy, no bread, no sugar, basically nothing other than plain poached chicken breasts, plain tuna, egg whites, steamed vegetables, and fruit) and how many hours he's in the gym per week, I said I was impressed. There would be no way I could give up dairy (I eat a lot of greek yogurt) or bread. I love bread. (Not the sandwich kind you buy from the grocery store, but the good bakery type.)

He laughed and said it's hard and that he dreams about doughnuts and is craving pizza. I praised his willpower. He pointed to his head and said, "It's not just what's in here, the whole mind over matter or willpower thing." He moved his hand to his chest and pointed to his heart. "It's what's in here. How badly do I want it? How badly do I want to win my match?"

While some of the post has changed (my nephew no longer boxes competitively, but now just to stay in shape), what he stated about his competitions still is important to me in achieving goals. Last year was a hard year for me in terms of meeting goals and reading this old post has reminded me that when I find myself getting off track, maybe the best thing I can do is ask myself how badly do I want to achieve my goals.

Friday, January 12, 2018

This I know for sure...

I mentioned in Wednesday's post that I was having a hard time getting back into the swing of things in terms of writing and working on revisions/edits. Apparently, other people got used to me being free during the time I was using for writing time as well.

My sister called on Tuesday and asked if I would please pick up her son from an event because she was stuck at work due to an unscheduled after hours client appointment. My other sister dropped by unexpectedly on Thursday to visit and stayed for 2 hours. While it was a nice visit and I was happy to see her since I normally only see her a couple of times a month, I couldn't help feeling like my writing time was draining away.

This weekend I'll be working on a plan to let people know I'm back to my writing routine without sounding like I don't want visitors or that I'm not available when needed.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

What's Up Wednesday

This week...

My Current WIP (Work In Progress):  I started working on revisions of Honor Bound on Monday. 

Quote of the Week: "Make it happen. Shock everyone." ~ Unknown

What I'm Reading: I started reading Pipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen. This is the third book in the Brooklyn Bruisers series. I really like this series and am hoping it continues.  

Random Thoughts: It's been really hard to get my brain back on the editing/revision wavelength the last couple of days after taking so much time off from writing. I know it'll get easier as I get back into the swing of things, but right now my thoughts are hopping around from one editing thing to another making it hard to concentrate on one issue at a time.

Random Photo of the Week:

I came across this on the internet and had to use it as my photo of the week because it perfectly depicts how I'm feeling as I get back to work on my current manuscript. 


Monday, January 8, 2018

Staying on Track

I set goals last year that I didn't come close to meeting. Not one. It's utterly depressing to state that here much less admit it to myself. I could use the excuse that life got in the way a good part of the time or that I worked in such a toxic environment the first half of 2017 that it was a wonder I was able to accomplish anything given that I was constantly consumed with how to cope with the worst of the toxic offenders whom I had to work closely with on a daily basis.

But then in the first part of June I took a position with a different company that is amazing to work for. There is no real stress to speak of and I now work with wonderfully supportive people. So that being said, one would think I should have made great strides the second half of 2017 in achieving my goals. Unfortunately that wasn't the case.

This year I made similar goals to those from 2017. To help keep myself accountable, I made a motivation notebook with sections for each type of goal. For example there is a section for writing goals, a section for healthier living goals, and a section for goals to help me overcome my bad habit of procrastinating or avoidance. I have tracking sheets in each section for each goal set up in a bullet journal style, two pages in each section with pictures and quotes to help keep me inspired and motivated, there are sheets in each section where I can do a brain dump related to that particular goal. I have a few more things in each section, but you get the general idea.

I'm really hoping that my notebook with its tracking sheets etc and my SMART goals written out in quarterly, monthly, and weekly breakdowns will keep me on target or help me get back on track when I inevitably lose my way.

I'll post on Fridays now and then and let you know how it's working out.