August 2018 Goals

Happy August! Summer is almost over. Of course, here in Wisconsin, August is usually the most consistently hot of the summer, but I’m curious to see what this one is like since the other months have been so weird.

How was your July? Mine was pretty busy. If you are a newsletter subscriber, you’ll have seen this picture before, but I thought I would share it with the rest of you, too.

July 2018

It was a busy, but fun month. And I wrote an average of more than 1,000 words each day! Which means my total for the month went over my goal of 25,000 words by over 6,000 words! It’s been a great month of me trying to be more consistent and intentional in my writing. Doing these blog posts has been a great help to me.

What else did I accomplish? Well, here’s the list I made at the beginning of July and how well I did with each.

  • Edits #2 and #3 of Lo, How a Rose (Done!)
  • Finish writing rough draft of Christmas story collection (Done by July 17th)
  • If those stories don’t reach my 25,000 word goal, start writing The Haven of Rest (Done, and 2/3rd through – as it stands, I think this might be the shortest of the series)
  • Continue working on Un Sospiro and get past the 4th page (Mostly done, I got past the 4th page, but it’s not polished up yet)
  • Finish beta-reading Bitter Winter (Done! And it’s really good!)
  • Continue WWI research (Done, though not as much as I should have)
  • Stay cool!! (Done! The last week or so, I’ve even had to wear hoodies to stay warm. Like I said, it’s been a weird year weather-wise)

August Goals

  • Go through HLM proofreader edits and send to formatters
  • LHaR edit #4 and send to proofreaders
  • Edit #1 of Christmas stories, send to beta-readers, and then edit #2
  • Finish writing The Haven of Rest
  • Work on book covers with Perry
  • Work on novella release
  • Polish up the first 4 pages of Un Sospiro and start working on pages 5 and 6
  • Exercise at least 3 times per week

I’d love to help encourage you in your goals. Feel free to comment here with them, or email them to me using the contact form. Have a great month!

 

A New Chapter

Today is the first day of September. Where did the time go? Tomorrow I start a new chapter in my life. The title? Married Woman. I’m a bit scared, but not really nervous. I know God’s been in control of this entire journey and He will continue to be as long as Bill and I keep Him at the center of our lives.

That being said, I’d like to reflect a bit on August and then move on to my September goals. There will be quite a few pictures.

August Goals:

  • Make veil (DONE!)
  • Make decorations (DONE!)
  • Pack everything (DONE!)
  • Move most things to Bill’s (DONE!)
  • Read some marriage-y books (DONE!)
  • Read a fun book (DONE! I actually read more than one)
  • Finalize Gestern blog tour (DONE!)
  • Sew a couple other things (undecided as to what they are yet) (DONE!)
  • Have fun at the Bridal Showers (DONE!)
  • Try to relax a little bit (DONE!)
  • Finish wedding favors (DONE!)
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Our favorite from the photo shoot

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And the second favorite

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Roses made from extra proof copies

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My little brother is packed and ready to move with me. 😉

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Rehearsal bouquet!

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I couldn’t resist this picture…

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My office

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Office with one color (one wall still looks like this)

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The other three look like this

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My wrist bouquet

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Party favors being blocked.

It’s been a busy, but productive month. The best part is that everything went smoothly and here, the day before the wedding, I am barely stressed. Praise God!

September Goals

I’m honeymooning for about two weeks, so my goals will be fairly minimal, but here they are:

  • Have fun (shouldn’t be hard)
  • Get used to married life at least a little
  • Start Ta’Mara’s blog tour set up
  • Edit Sing the Wondrous Story
  • Edit He Hideth My Soul
  • Figure out cleaning schedule for my new house
  • Read three or more books, not counting the audiobooks Bill and I are bringing

August is here already?

Can you believe it’s almost August? And yes, I am posting this a day early. Because I have a post going up tomorrow that I didn’t want to overshadow. And I have time today, but not much tomorrow.

I actually completed all my goals in July!

  • Write 15,000 words in Sing the Wondrous Story (or until it’s done) (DONE! Finished with 17,633 for the month)
  • Complete two tour orchestrations (Only did one because the other person bowed out)
  • Read something for fun (DONE! And reviewed it here)
  • Sew wedding dress (FINISHED!!!!  Except the veil, but that wasn’t technically part of the goal 😉 )
  • Write a little bit every (Mostly finished. I missed two days due to busyness and being stuck)
  • Do something fun every day (I think I did this. I at least tried to.)

August Goals

In August, I’m going to try something really hard. Something I haven’t done since about January 2013. I’m going to take about a month off of writing and editing and basically anything book related. HELP! I do have a novella I need to do an edit of, but that should only take a day or two. Then I’m going to concentrate on packing, sewing, wedding planning, and whatever else I need to do to be ready for marriage.

So my goals for August are:

  • Make veil
  • Make decorations
  • Pack everything
  • Move most things to Bill’s
  • Read some marriage-y books
  • Read a fun book
  • Finalize Gestern blog tour
  • Sew a couple other things (undecided as to what they are yet)
  • Have fun at the Bridal Showers
  • Try to relax a little bit
  • Finish wedding favors

And there you have it. Any advice? What about your goals? I love hearing from you, so feel free to share.