The Fourth Quarterly Goals For 2017

Wow, I can’t believe it’s the last quarter of 2017. How did the year go by SO FAST.

I have so many things I want to get done before the end of the year.

Something I’ve been realizing about my goal making is that in the past I haven’t been as specific as I should have been. So this quarter, I’m setting goals along with time goals to have things done by so I can keep myself accountable better.

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In the business world, I’ve known some people who set these goals to have things done by, and then they never reach their goals because they aren’t SMART goals. They aren’t specific, they aren’t realistically measurable, they aren’t achievable (because no one knows what they are supposed to be doing by when), they definitely aren’t realistic, and they aren’t timely.

So I’m not going to be like that. I’m going to be SMART with my goals, so I can accomplish MORE. Continue reading “The Fourth Quarterly Goals For 2017”

Third QTRly Goals: How’s This Quarter Almost Over?

Can you believe there are only a couple months left till it’s 2018??

That pushes me into high gear. I need to accomplish many things before the new year! How is it that the month has vanished so quickly? The time disappears in the small moments throughout the day. It went by so fast that we are almost done with the third quarter of this year, and all before I even had a chance to share the 3rd Quarterly Goals post with you guys. So here it is.

In order to review, my 2nd quarter went pretty well. There were things I did pretty well, and there were other things I wish I would have done better on.

This week and weekend we had a lot of fun. We were able to finish our green card process with the green cherry on top of the immigration sundae: the green card interview. 🍒 __________ Besides that we were really happy to get away for a long week/end away. We’ve needed it. We slept in, had breakfast in the mornings, set off at our leisurely pace, went on hikes, and took a surprise trip to Wisconsin, went on a lovely dinner cruise, and last but not least spent an amazing time with my husband chatting about our lives and dreams! _________ This weekend showed us more than ever how much we want to work for ourselves so we can live the lives we’ve always wanted to. No waiting till 50 to live the dream. We are starting now!! ⭐️

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Review: The Second QTRly – 2017 Goals

January, February, and March:

  • Wake at 5am. (Haven’t perfected.)
  • Write a minimum of 6 hours a week. (I did get about 6 hours of writing done a week in this quarter.)
  • Finish current WIP. (Yep, dunno!)

Finished my WIP read through today! Whoop whoop! Tomorrow I begin the first round of revisions!!! 🖍

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  • Do something special for someone I love every week. (12 month goal: Relationship. Be a better wife, daughter, sister, and friend.) (Didn’t do as good as I’d have liked to.)
  • Run 4 days a week. (Nope, didn’t do as well as I’d have liked to.)

  • Market basic product. (Nope.)
  • Start creating a roadmap for a second product. (Nope.)
  • Guest post on blogs and podcasts. (Not Yet)
  • Do a Bible study daily. (Not as well as I’d liked to.)
  • Read more. I want to read a minimum of 10 books. Really want to start focusing on getting more words read so I can improve my own writing. (Didn’t do as well on this sadly.)

This is a really good book! Absolutely love C.S. LEWIS! I would have loved sitting down with him over lunch to talk writing and life! Total role model!

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Since last quarter was both good and bad, I want to break down this next quarter into smaller chunks. Because it seems that I am thinking I’ll get more done, than I actually am.

This Quarter: Third QTRly – 2017 Goals

July, August, and September:

  • Wake at 5am.
  • Minimum of 6 hours of writing a week.
  • Grow my business on and offline.

Had an amazing skin-care party today! It was brilliant! Had 6 lovely ladies trying on skin-care products and makeup! 🙂

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  • Blog Consistently
  • Get current WIP edited and to critique partner and beta readers.
  • Lose 10lbs by walking 10k steps a day and tracking my food intake.

  • Fully chase freedom. (I’ll share more on this in a later blog post.)

Last night, I had a lovely evening with my Mary Kay sisters. We made vision boards for the upcoming months. Some of the things I focused on with mine are: 1. I want to grow my business and achieve the red jacket position before the end of the year. 2. Ultimately I want to work for myself full time so I can spend the majority of my time with my family and doing stuff I love. This will give me flexibility and allow us to live the life we’ve always wanted to! Working for myself will also get rid of the person on top and allow me to run my business how I like. 3. Want to get our house and pay it off quicker than 30 years. 4. I want to get my book edited and submitted to agents still this year. 5. We want to get Johan’s parents here for Christmas. Right now, in my business I’ve been working to raise money for number 5 on my list.

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  • Start the first draft of SOHCAB

Even though this QTR sort of snuck by me. I am going to accomplish great things. I’ve learned a lot lately about setting goals and making sure to meet them without setting a new date for the goal to be accomplished. No more of that.

My Summer So Far…

My summer has been busy.

How about yours?

I wish that my summer could be as carefree as they were when I was little. They were the days of laying on the hammock reading all day, while listening to the birds singing and the wind whispering through the tree’s leaves. But now, summer… is a lot like all year long.

Summer, Las Vegas, Life, Devin BerglundI wake up at around 7 am. Go for a run or a walk with my fiancé and then take a shower. This summer I was lucky to have my fiancé here with me for 6-weeks. He spoiled me with amazing breakfast and surprised me with lavish dinners when I came home from a long day at work.

By 9 am, I’m at work. I really love having a job. It really creates a sense of financial peace knowing that you can make enough to meet needs, but also to enjoy life.

But, I’ve also found that I want to have more of a passive income lifestyle. That would allow me to live the way I want to.  Continue reading “My Summer So Far…”

It’s my MAY goals

It’s May!!

Can you believe how fast this year has been going so far?

We’ve only got 7 months left?

I have so many things I want to finish before the end of the year. So today, I thought I’d share my goals for the next few months. Johan is coming to see me June 30th. I am really excited for him to come here. I am definitely going to need  to buckle down starting now, so that I finish some things before he comes. Then I can relax with him while he is here.

May, goals, writing, Devin Berglund


  • Finish a novelette
  • Send novelette to beta readers
  • Edit novelette
  • Submit novelette to anthology
  • Outline Dancing Poet Creative Media‘s Instagram book into PDF format
  • Do an intro video on the Instagram class & upload it onto Indigogo.
  • Get to at least 30,000 words on a new writing project. (More to come about it later.)
  • Plan wedding venue.
  • Help Dancing Poet Creative Media set up their blog network. (Interested? Check it out here.)

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Running & Writing in Viva Las Vegas

Devin’s Las Vegas Update:

I’ve been running tons and writing tons. Also feel like it’s been a while since I last gave you all an update on living in Las Vegas.


Just got back from Florida. I did the Disney Princess Half Marathon at Disney World. Went there for a week and enjoyed family time with my parents and brother. It was really nice.

A picture I snapped from the air looking down on Vegas when I got back.

List of things I’ve done since being in Vegas

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