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#100DayChallenge #OperationFindVoice – Day Eight #100DayChallenge

Voice I’m Studying – Leigh Bardugo – Shadow And Bone

(Excerpt From Shadow and Bone, Page 1)

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What I Wrote – 

The governess called them her little monsters, because they were the kind that frequented people’s nightmares. They were misunderstood. Many humans judged and got the wrong idea about them, because they are different, as one does with unseen creatures in the darkness. Once you shine a light onto the subject, they don’t seem as scary.


I’m absolutely excited about this story! I love with it and can’t wait for more to be released when the book comes out!!!

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Tips For Planning Your Goals

Dreams are fun aren’t they? I put goals up there with dreams a lot of time. Honestly I’m the kind of girl who has to dial it back a bit when it comes to goals or I’ll end up feeling overwhelmed. But funny enough, I love writing up huge lists of dreams and goals that I want to have accomplished by last week. 

Yep, you read that correct. Not meaning that I actually want to go back in time and somehow have things accomplished in the past by a time in the future. Now that’s getting way more confusing than it should be. I overdo myself when it comes to all the things I want to accomplish and honestly, it’s not doable. The worst thing I think is that when you set yourself up for this disaster, you feel really deflated like you won’t ever accomplish anything. And that’s not true, it’s just because you didn’t set yourself up for success while you were setting your goals.

I remember in middle school a teacher asked us to write out all our dreams and goals. I filled a sheet of paper with things I wanted to do, places I wanted to go, and other magnificent things I wanted to do. At the beginning of the class, a kid in piped up and asked “What if you don’t know what to write?” In my middle school mind, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for them. How could they not have goals or dreams? 

I know that setting goals for the future so you can reach your goals can be hard so stay with me here. I will help you brainstorm your goals for your life here.

All you have to do is get a notebook and write down these three categories:

1. Physically 

2. Mentally

3. Spiritually

4. Creatively 

Now, under each of those I want you to push yourself to come up with a minimum of 5 areas/things you want to improve about yourself and your life?

After that I want you to ask yourself this “What do I need to do in order to make this really happen.”

So if I listed I want to lose weight under the “Physically” spot then I’d list out 5 things that I’d have to do in order to lose weight. I’d have to ask myself how much weight I want to lose so I know how far I have to go. I’d write down 1. Work out every day for 30 minutes. 2. Cut out excessive sugar. 3. Only have 1 portion of something sweet a day. 4. Get 8 hours of sleep. 5. Drink at least half my body weight in ounces a day.

Then you’ll sort of know where you need to go from here.

Next step: SMART goals 

I want to help you set SMART goals that won’t become a list of things you want to have done by last week. In the past, I remember reading books about setting SMART goals and rolling my eyes thinking that this didn’t really work. They do work though. Setting aside time to actually set goals like this will help you achieve your goals. I didn’t create the SMART goal system, but a man named Paul Meyer did. 

Here are some things to think about when it comes to setting goals a smart way:

S – A goal should be Specific. If it’s vague, you’ll never know exactly what you need to accomplish to mark a goal as done. One of my goals this year, was to workout every single day for just a minimum of 30 mins. 

M – You’ll also want to make sure that your goals are Measurable. In order for a goal to be measurable, you must be able to track it. For example, as a writer, I write books. So for the book I’m currently writing I can say “I am going to write 1,000 words everyday during the week.” Then since I can track it, it is a measurable goal.

A – It’s also important for your goal to be Actionable, which means that you’ll always know what you need to do next to finish your project/goal. Something that always helps me do this is by writing down the goal and then listing out the steps that will need to be done in order to call this project done. Then you’ll know all the steps that you have to accomplish. That makes your goal actionable so you can get it done.

R – You’ll want to make sure your goal is Relevant. Since my health has been quite important to me, my husband and I did the Whole30 plan. It’s not a diet, but is basically a 30 day challenge to help you figure out how certain foods affect you. This plan was relevant to where we were at that time in our lives. We wanted to eat healthier so that worked perfectly. 

T – It’s a good thing for a goal to be Timely. In other words, when I’m writing my books, even before I’ve started writing them I need to sit down and figure out some things. I figure out when they will publish so I can figure out when I need to be done writing them. This also helps because I know when I need to send them to critique readers and editors, as well as when to send to print. A trick I use for figuring this out, is by starting in the future with when you want the project to be completely done. So for an author that would be when the book publishes. Write that date down. Then work yourself forward to where you are now and you’ll have a timely step-by-step goal of what you need to have accomplished to reach the end.

Whenever you sit down to figure out your goals make sure you go over those five-step system to make sure those goals are doable. You’ll be a lot less likely to feel like a failure if you stick to keeping your goals specific, measurable, actionable, relevant, and timely. 

Check out my book, which is coming out in print soon! This book is so near and dear to my heart. It’s currently on pre-order!!

If you’ve ever thought . . .

  • I feel like a failure.
  • Why can’t I ever lose weight?
  • I wish I loved myself more.
  • I wish I was happier.
  • Why don’t I ever accomplish my goals?
  • I hate my job and would love to quit.
  • I wish I’d stop staying I wish…

. . . Then you’ll benefit from the bold, yet inspiring stories filled inside Creating The Best Me. In this encouraging and motivational book, Devin shares stories of hope, heartening interviews with women on life, creativity, business, abusive relationships, and even some who battled eating disorders.

Devin talks conversationally about the moments that build up our lives. She reveals beneficial truths and actionable steps to help you create your best life —physically, mentally, spiritually, and creatively. Buy “Creating The Best Me” to help you live your happiest and healthiest life, today!

The book is currently on Pre-Order and when you pre-order it you’ll receive:

  • Printable quote art
  • Book Club Guide & Creative Activities
  • Behind the scenes Videos from each part (There are 5 parts in the book)
  • Digital versions of the book
  • Print edition signed by the author

You get all of this for $20.

PRE-ORDER THE BOOK TODAY!

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Must-Read Indie Books To Add To Your Reading List!

As an Indie author I know a bunch of other great Indie authors out there that I’d love to highlight today. What’s amazing about indie authors is that they have control over the design of the cover, finding an editor, the release date, marketing, and more. Which is a lot of work. I think we should showcase more Indie Authors, more often. Because they work VERY hard.

Metal Bones – Kathleen Contine

“Leo Spearman cares about one thing: finding a cure for his brother Gaeth’s “Steel Elbow,” a deadly disease that is slowly turning his bones into metal. Yet when they decide to leave Earth to cure him, they find themselves breaking galactic law to get it. Tank has always dreamed of escaping his village and finding his father, but the only way anyone can leave the village is to win the Ceremony, a bloodthirsty competition with a sole survivor.After surviving at a terrible cost, the bargain for his independence takes a dark turn, and Tank must decide if the price of his safety is too high to pay. Neither Leo nor Tank knows it, but their paths will collide in the middle of a galaxy wide plot, and only their combined knowledge and experience have a chance of destroying it. Metal Bones is the first book in a series. The adventure continues in Book 2: Space Junk, coming in 2021″

Want to Get this book? Amazon has it!

Miss Mabel’s School Girls – Katie Cross


Never underestimate the power of a determined witch.

Letum Wood is a forest of fog and deadfall, home to the quietly famous Miss Mabel’s School for Girls, a place where young witches learn the art of magic.
Sixteen-year-old Bianca Monroe has inherited a deadly curse.

Determined to break free before it kills her, she enrolls in the respected school to confront the cunning witch who cast the curse: Miss Mabel.

Bianca finds herself faced with dark magic she didn’t expect, with lessons more dangerous than she could have ever imagined. Will Bianca have the courage to save herself from the curse, or will Miss Mabel’s sinister plan be too powerful?

Miss Mabel’s School for Girls is the first novel in The Network Series, an exciting new fantasy collection. A gripping tale about the struggle to survive, it will take you to a new place and time, one you’ll never want to leave. Katie Cross also has a dragon series and a chick lit series as well.

Want to get this book? Amazon has it!!

Goldwater Ridge – Hannah Kaye

The West is a lawless place…

Arizona Territory – 1889

Billy Bob Clyde sets off West after receiving a cryptic message from his long-lost father. Although Clyde thinks Pa found the California gold he went searching for years ago, he also suspects Pa is in danger, and he’s determined to help.

But Clyde’s journey is waylaid in the ghost town of Cactus Poke when he gets arrested as a suspect in a recent robbery—the town’s claim to fame, a solid gold nugget known as the Goldwater Potato, has gone missing, and they think Clyde took it! Desperate to prove his innocence and get on to California, Clyde strikes a bargain for his freedom with the town’s crazy one-legged sheriff—if Clyde can recover the stolen Tater and track down the real thief, the notorious Outlaw Jack, the sheriff will let him go. Assisted by Sadie, a fearless young gunslinger with more than one trick up her sleeve, Clyde embarks on a mission to hunt down the gold nugget and clear his name.

But all is not as it seems in Cactus Poke…

Want to get this book? Amazon has it!

Fog & Mist: The Canens Chronicles Book 1 – Kelsie Engen

“A curse of death upon the one who kills the heir to the Canens throne.”

Only the Canens Curse has stopped my stepmother, Queen Blanche, from killing me. I’ve always thought of the Curse as my protector, but now on the eve of my coming of age, it’s somehow made my life worse-if that were even possible.

For despite her abundance of magic, Blanche can’t find a way to kill me without evoking the Curse. Unfortunately, that hasn’t stopped her from making my life absolutely miserable. First it was lying to the country about me, then imprisoning me in my rooms at the palace, and now it’s selling me into slavery. I’m certain that if the Curse weren’t tempering her wrath, I’d already be dead.

It would almost be a relief to be enslaved, to escape the torture that daily faces me under her thumb. The only problem is, she’s sold me to her huntsman-a man who would willingly give his life for hers. And I can’t tell if he cares enough about Blanche to take both our lives just to secure her as Queen. Wherever his loyalty lies, I’m certain it doesn’t belong to me, the true heir to the Canens throne.

But as I learn the complicated new world of slavery, an enemy prince enters my lands, chasing after his wayward sister. And their journey is soon to collide with mine in the strangest of ways…

Want to get this book? It’s on Amazon!

Across The Distance – A Collection of Long-Distance Relationship Short Love Stories – Devin L. Joubert (Of course had to include mine.)

Inspired by her own long-distance relationship, author Devin Joubert has crafted a delicious collection of short love stories filled with love letters, characters who are expats, study abroad students, and military couples.

Follow six couples through a moment in their long-distance relationship journeys.

If you love sweet romance, adventures abroad, long-distance relationships, and love letters then you’ll love this collection of short stories by Devin Joubert.

Unlock Across The Distance to take part in six adventure-filled love stories!

Want to get this collection? It’s on Amazon!

P.S. A new book is coming out via print. It’s called “Creating The Best Me” which is a creative plan to help you live your best life! This book is so near and dear to my heart. It’s currently on pre-order!!

If you’ve ever thought . . .

  • I feel like a failure.
  • Why can’t I ever lose weight?
  • I wish I loved myself more.
  • I wish I was happier.
  • Why don’t I ever accomplish my goals?
  • I hate my job and would love to quit.
  • I wish I’d stop staying I wish…

. . . Then you’ll benefit from the bold, yet inspiring stories filled inside Creating The Best Me. In this encouraging and motivational book, Devin shares stories of hope, heartening interviews with women on life, creativity, business, abusive relationships, and even some who battled eating disorders.

Devin talks conversationally about the moments that build up our lives. She reveals beneficial truths and actionable steps to help you create your best life —physically, mentally, spiritually, and creatively. Buy “Creating The Best Me” to help you live your happiest and healthiest life, today!

The book is currently on Pre-Order and when you pre-order it you’ll receive:

  • Printable quote art
  • Book Club Guide & Creative Activities
  • Behind the scenes Videos from each part (There are 5 parts in the book)
  • Digital versions of the book
  • Print edition signed by the author

You get all of this for $20.

PRE-ORDER THE BOOK TODAY!

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How To Deal With Toxic People

Have you ever gotten home from hanging out with someone and you feel like you need a big nap? Or a spa day? Or need to sleep for a year?

Yep. If you know that feeling…

You’ve just dealt with a toxic person.

That’s a really good sign that you’ve just spent time with a draining person.

How Do I Deal With A Toxic Person?

Did you know that Pablo Picasso was an energy vampire?

I found this out while reading Austin Kleone’s book Show Your Work!

I guess Picasso was a toxic person.

Austin Kleon said that most people dealt with it because they liked hanging out with him because he was a famous guy.

But there was a sculptor named Constantin Brancusi who didn’t like Picasso and was unwilling to hang out with/tolerate Picasso’s energy-vampire-ness. He seems like a smart guy, right?

“Brancusi hailed from the Carpathian Mountains, and he knew a vampire when he saw one,” Kleon wrote. “He was not going to have his energy or the fruits of his energy juiced by Picasso, so he refused to have anything to do with him.

He was indeed VERY smart.

If someone leaves you feeling this way, it’s your body telling you that the person you hung out with is an energy thief/energy vampire.

This may be hard if the person is a good friend or a family member, because then you’ll have to see them more often. With friends it might be easier, to let them go if they are very toxic. But when it comes to family, it’s a lot harder.

Now, you have to remember that there is a difference between annoying and toxic. Katy Christian Magazine said “Keep in mind that toxic doesn’t equate to annoying. We all have LOTS of annoying family members, or at least family members with annoying habits. No, toxic is different. It’s poison. It’s insidious. It weaves its way through your life, eating away at your happiness.”

Toxicity is described as the quality of being poisonous or toxic. Just think of Chernobyl and how it was considered toxic. They sectioned the place off and encouraged people to not go there for the longest time.

Is My Family Member Or Friend Truly Toxic?

If your friend or family member are:

  • bad for your emotional well-being
  • Abusive and hurtful with their words.
  • Extremely negative and demeaning.
  • Reminds people of past mistakes
  • They are unlikely to change or improve.

What Can I Do?

  • This might come off as too easy. First off, you can forgive them. But you do not need to accept this behavior if it continues.
  • Talk to them and tell them how they are hurting you. Some people will honestly listen and strive to be better so they can have a better relationship with you. But you might cringe at the thought of talking to someone about it, because you know they won’t listen to you or will use it to hurt you down the road.
  • Pray for them. Lift them up to the Lord.
  • You can choose to spend less time with them. Or no time with them. This isn’t easy or wanted, but sometimes you have to step away from a dangerous relationship. Your health is important too and it’s not alright that they keep treating you this way.
  • Keep praying for them. It’s important, because God is the only one that can truly change a person or spark a change in them.
  • Equipping Godly Women saysLoving someone well does not mean always playing “nice,” always being the peacemaker, or just letting other people walk all over you. This isn’t love–it’s called enabling.[….] My point here is ONLY that the Bible does not teach us that we need to be super polite, calm and passive to the point of being walked over and enabling others in their sins.
  • Set healthy boundaries with friends and family who are toxic if you still want to see them. (Healthy boundaries can be: limiting visits, visiting on holidays,

Want Other Ways To Deal With Toxic People?

Check out my book, which is coming out in print soon! This book is so near and dear to my heart. It’s currently on pre-order!!

If you’ve ever thought . . .

  • I feel like a failure.
  • Why can’t I ever lose weight?
  • I wish I loved myself more.
  • I wish I was happier.
  • Why don’t I ever accomplish my goals?
  • I hate my job and would love to quit.
  • I wish I’d stop staying I wish…

. . . Then you’ll benefit from the bold, yet inspiring stories filled inside Creating The Best Me. In this encouraging and motivational book, Devin shares stories of hope, heartening interviews with women on life, creativity, business, abusive relationships, and even some who battled eating disorders.

Devin talks conversationally about the moments that build up our lives. She reveals beneficial truths and actionable steps to help you create your best life —physically, mentally, spiritually, and creatively. Buy “Creating The Best Me” to help you live your happiest and healthiest life, today!

The book is currently on Pre-Order and when you pre-order it you’ll receive:

  • Printable quote art
  • Book Club Guide & Creative Activities
  • Behind the scenes Videos from each part (There are 5 parts in the book)
  • Digital versions of the book
  • Print edition signed by the author

You get all of this for $20.

PRE-ORDER THE BOOK TODAY!

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On Dealing With The Little Critic We All Have

Have you ever heard that voice inside your head that says things like:

  • “Aghhh… you are such a failure.”
  • Your face looks like a pepperoni pizza. There’s nothing that will help you feel beautiful.
  • You’ll never find a man to love you.
  • Your writing sucks.
  • Why even bother working out… you know you’ll just quite. You’ll never reach your goal weight.

Know that voice? Me too.

That is your Little Critic. Yep… She loves to sit there inside your mind and make you feel bad about your body, thoughts, projects you create, and about your life in general. She is nitty picky as heck.

There are seven masks she loves to wear. She’s kind of a theatrical person, but it doesn’t feel like that when she’s breathing down your neck with all her rude statements. AmIright?

The seven masks are:

  • Anger
  • Greed
  • Sloth
  • Lust
  • Envy
  • Gluttony
  • Pride

You may recognize these as the seven deadly sins. Isn’t that crazy? Your Little Critic wants to maky you feel like you’ve failed before you’ve even begun. So I want to walk you through the deadly sins above and how she is going to try nitpick you and how you can find out more about combatting your little critic.

Anger

Making you angry is one of her purest forms of joy. She loves it when you hate yourself enough to get angry. When your Little Critic makes you hate yourself, she feels like she’s accomplished all her evil plans.

Greed

If she can make you desire for something (fame, attention, money, or even someone else’s talents) selfishly that isn’t yours, it will relieve her. But she will feel like she’s won the battle if she can turn that into jealousy. She loves bringing out the green-eyed monster.

Sloth

We all know this one as laziness, right? The Little Critic loves making her host (you) avoid spiritual, mental, or physical work.

Lust

She loves making you crave things, even if it’s an unhealthy craving.

Envy

Making you jealous is one of her pride-filled joys. It’s the cherry on top of her poisonous sundae, if you will.

Gluttony

 This one fits very well with greed above. If she can make you hide your feelings by eating more than you know you should, she’s been successful.

Did you know that gluttony isn’t just about food? And eating too much food?

When I read C.S. Lewis’ book “The Screwtape Letters” there was a part where a character is complaining and wanting her drink just right. In the book, Screwtape mentioned how this is actually also a form of gluttony. AKA being a complainer and nit picking everything others do. It’s almost a version of gluttony where nothing appeases you where you are greedy and annoyed with anything other than what you like.

Pride

There is a reason there is the saying “Pride comes before the fall.” Did you know this saying is inspired from a Bible verse?

Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. – Proverbs 16:18

“Haughty” adds a new layer to this kind of pride. “Haughty” is described as arrogantly superior and also disdainful. Words I’d never want to be used to describe me.

If your Little Critic encourages you act like you are arrogant and far better than anyone else, she will be able to retire, because you are now on the one-way train to being your own worst nightmare. And she knows this.

Want To Know More About How You Can Sidestep Your Little Critic And Live Your Best Life?

Check out my book, which is coming out in print soon! This book is so near and dear to my heart. It’s currently on pre-order!!

If you’ve ever thought . . .

  • I feel like a failure.
  • Why can’t I ever lose weight?
  • I wish I loved myself more.
  • I wish I was happier.
  • Why don’t I ever accomplish my goals?
  • I hate my job and would love to quit.
  • I wish I’d stop staying I wish…

. . . Then you’ll benefit from the bold, yet inspiring stories filled inside Creating The Best Me. In this encouraging and motivational book, Devin shares stories of hope, heartening interviews with women on life, creativity, business, abusive relationships, and even some who battled eating disorders.

Devin talks conversationally about the moments that build up our lives. She reveals beneficial truths and actionable steps to help you create your best life —physically, mentally, spiritually, and creatively. Buy “Creating The Best Me” to help you live your happiest and healthiest life, today!

The book is currently on Pre-Order and when you pre-order it you’ll receive:

  • Printable quote art
  • Book Club Guide & Creative Activities
  • Behind the scenes Videos from each part (There are 5 parts in the book)
  • Digital versions of the book
  • Print edition signed by the author

You get all of this for $20.

PRE-ORDER THE BOOK TODAY!

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What I’ve Read So Far in 2021

Do you like reading? I love it, but I think that in the past few years, I kind of stopped reading as much as I did in highschool.

Enter 2020 and I began reading more again. I think it may have been as a way to escape from everything happening in our world. Understandable, right? But anyway, I made a goal to read more, because in order to be a writer you need to be a reader. And you need to read a lot. I’ve carried that goal into this year as well.

So far, at the time of writing this post, I’ve read 13 books. And they are a cross between personal development, contempory, YA, and more.

1. One Word That Will Change Your Life

This book is one that I read every year. So good for re-aligning your goals and thoughts for the new year. And all through a word that you choose for the year.

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2. The Camel Club (Camel Club #1) by David Baldacci

My husband loves all books by Baldacci, and He started playing the audio book when we took off to the South Dakota Black Hills for New Year. He wanted me to listen to it too. I loved it. It’s a political thriller and it is awesome!!

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#100DayChallenge #OperationFindVoice – Day Seven #100DayChallenge

Voice I’m Studying – Ransom Riggs – Miss Peregrine’s School For Peculiar Children

(Excerpt From Miss Peregrine’s School For Peculiar Children, Page 9)

Want to read this book: Miss Peregrine’s School For Peculiar Children:
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What I Wrote: 

I felt even more irritated when I found out I had to work today. Joe called me frantically to tell me his wife’s water broke and he had to rush her to the hospital, and asked If I’d cover his hours for him. I inwardly sighed at his request. It’s not that I hate my job, any nerdy guy would be happy to work with board games, car models, and video games, but I just  didn’t want to work today. I’d gotten myself a new game for my birthday last month and wanted to stay glued in front of the TV in my boxers. I hadn’t bothered to get dressed this morning or rather hadn’t really gone to bed the night before. That’s what happened when you didn’t really have a life or a girlfriend. I’d just passed a new level of the game. The game was set during WWII in Germany. You were a soldier. Honestly, my biggest desire was to get into a room with Hitler and blow his brains out with my rifle. He may have looked like a human on the outside with those dark eyes and his infamous rotzbremse mustache, but he was seething with black snakes inside his heart and even more venomous ideas inside his head.


I’m absolutely excited about this story! I love with it and can’t wait for more to be released when the book comes out!!!

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How To Get Back On Track With Your Goals After Being Sick

Today I wanted to chat about what you can do to get back on track with your goals after being sick. I hate being sick. You almost get this you would have to die to get better feeling, which is awful. Plus, I struggle to work through being sick — so I can’t read because my eyes get all dried and they hurt. So that puts reading or writing out of question.

As you all know, my husband and I had the Rona virus at the beginning of February. I wrote a past blog post about what we did to get over it here. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I sometimes struggle to get back on the wagon with my goals. Sometimes after being sick, I need time to just sit and binge watch a TV series. *Guilty*

But after all that, I wanted to share what you can do to get back on track.

Get Out Your Trusty Notebook

I’ve always felt powerful with a notebook in my hands. Probably similar to how a knight felt holding his sword. Well, maybe not exactly the same, but I always felt like I could figure out anything as long as I could write it out. I still remember brainstorming how to improve things in my life in a notebook during class in college. Being able to figure it out gave me a sense of peace.

Once you have your notebook out just make a list. This list will be all the things you want to get done to reach your goals. Just continue making a list. It can include goals for work, school, parenting, your marriage, and more. But the point is, writing it all down.

Pick One Goal To Focus On First

Look over your list and circle 5 goals that you’d like to focus on. But then pick the ONE you want to focus on first. Narrowing down on one goal at a time is important so you don’t overwhelm yourself.

Take that goal and write it on top of an empty page and fill that page with action steps or tasks that you need to accomplish in order to make that goal a reality and not just a thought. Write the steps it will take to make it happen.

For example: Mine might be “Finish current WIP”

and then I’d write a list of actionable steps:

  1. Figure out 3-5 scenes every week.
  2. Write for 4 hours a day.
  3. Write the misbelief for main characters
  4. Write about main pov characters past to figure out there future.
  5. Once the scenes are planned, sit down and write the book.

There might be more that I’d add to the list, but the great thing about this is that if I randomly think of something else I should add, I’ll do that. That’s what I love about lists. Making them can be so helpful.

Schedule The Action Steps

Sit down with your planner. I usually start with the finished goal. When do you want to have accomplish the goal — finished it? Called it DONE?

Pick a date. Yay! Now that you have a finish date in mind work your way back to today. If you need to push your finish day further away to make your goal achievable, don’t feel bad to do that as well. We want to make sure our goals are SMART. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time Based)

Begin.

Now that you have your action plan scheduled and in the books, it’s time to get to work. Make sure you show up for yourself and your goals every day. If you take a break, make sure it’s a planned break in your schedule. Every day that you inch forward on your goals, you are making progress. And progress over time reaches finished goals — leaving you feeling accomplished.

Want Something To Help You Finish Your Projects?

I love love love worksheets and they are so helpful to have when you are trying to make a plan to accomplish your goals and FINISH your projects. It’s totally doable, but you just have to stay focused. I created The Project Planner and it’s been so helpful for me when planning my projects, coming up with action steps, milestones, and tasks to help you finish those projects. There’s no time like NOW.

Get your copy of The Project Planner Here!

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What You’ll Find Here On Life Writing Wanderlust

Hello, my name means poet. Isn’t that cool? Especially since I’m a writer. When I was in highschool, I read a book that transformed me. Not because of the topic, but because I found out what my name meant. Actually, I went to a book signing of the author Lois Walfrid Johnson for her viking books and she told me to look up what my name meant. She had a character in her books with my name. So when I got home, I looked up what my name meant, and sure enough it meant poet.

It’s kind of funny that throughout my life, when people were saying my name, what they really were saying was “Hello Poet!” or “How are you doing Poet?” I believe words are super powerful. They have an ability to change a person’s life or destroy it. And when you speak words out over people’s lives (even there names) it (the word) has an influence over them.

Like words, stories change people’s lives. I remember sitting at my grandma’s feet as a child listening to her talk about the olden days when she lived on the prairie’s of Western North Dakota and taught in a one-room schoolhouse. Sure were different times, but those stories gripped onto me. So whenever I’d travel out west with my family to visit grandma, I’d watch the prairie grass wave back and forth. It almost felt like the prairie was whispering it’s age-old stories to me, like a friend wanting to tell me all their stories.

Stories. You’ll find a lot of that here, which means you’ll also find: words, travel, lifestyle, and more. I want to shine a light in the world, because I remember times in my life where I was struggling and at just the perfect time I picked up a book and how a couple words or a sentence jumped out to me and gave me hope in my life, kind of like flipping the radio to find the perfect song that speaks to you.

Life Writing Wanderlust is all about story. Sharing stories that transform lives, sharing lifestyle tips and ways to live a life of simplicity, and travel. My husband and I were in a long-distance relationship for 5.5 years, so I tend to talk about relationships, marriage, and long-distance relationships as well.

Here are the topics you’ll be seeing more of:

Life

  1. Making your house your home
  2. Health and Fitness
  3. Journaling
  4. Marriage and relationships
  5. Renovations
  6. DIY
  7. Creativity and art
  8. Organization tips and tricks

Writing

  1. How to come up with ideas
  2. How to write a book
  3. How to get published
  4. The editing process
  5. On Marketing your book
  6. How to revise your book
  7. Finding critique partners and beta readers
  8. Formatting and publishing tips

Wanderlust

  1. Travel
  2. Planning trips
  3. Things you need for your next trip
  4. Places you MUST go someday
  5. How to find inspiration
  6. How to travel on a budget

Now that you know more about my blog and what you’ll be able to find here, I hope you enjoy it here and find it a comforting and safe place in this corner of a crazy world.

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#100DayChallenge #OperationFindVoice – Day Six

Voice I’m Studying – Dan Wells – I.E. Demon

We came up just in time to see a wrinkly green three-year old beating the living hell out of the engineers’ truck, and I want to be as clear as possible about this so there’s no misunderstanding: when I say living hell, I mean the living, breathing, ever-loving hell. He was remarkably spry, that three-year old, naked as can be and jumping around that truck like he was on springs, and everywhere he touched it the truck fell apart, burst apart. (Excerpt from I.E. Demon by Dan Wells)

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What I Wrote – 

My heart pounded inside my chest so loudly that it echoed in my ears. I could almost taste blood. I got this sneaking suspicion that they were close behind me and I didn’t want to look behind, but couldn’t help it. I know that’s always the moment in the scary movies where the people watching scream, “No!!! Don’t look! Just keep running.”  I glanced over my shoulder and didn’t see anything, but I could feel their presence. It was a spirit of terror. As I turned back in the direction I was running I stumbled on a root from a tree that had surfaced the sandy desert ground. My feet were burning from running in the black sand. It was hot, which seemed odd because it wasn’t day. I pushed myself up to my feet and dashed forward. 

The things that were following me were very short, about 2-4 feet tall, but resembled wrinkly toads. It disgusted me to my core. I could hear them yelling and speaking in a garbled speech which was foreign to my ears. If I could hear them, they weren’t far behind. Sometimes you could see them and other times you couldn’t. I feared they’d catch up to me again and overwhelm me. They wanted to hurt me. I could feel it. 

That’s when I saw the door up on a dune. It was a plain wooden door frame with chipped paint. It could have used a coat of paint, but a bright light expelled from the opening of the door. I just new I had to get there. I’d be safe.