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
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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.

July Goals (and an exciting announcement!)

Monthly Goals

Can you believe another month is here? I know I can’t! It seems like just yesterday I wrote up my goals for June. A lot has happened, and I’m not just saying that tritely. A LOT has happened. In fact, it was something life-changing. Continue reading

June Goals

Monthly Goals

May is over, June is here. It’s time for an update!

  • Get Blog Tour ready (DONE!)
  • Read one writing book (Failed)
  • He Hideth My Soul edit #1 and send to beta-readers (DONE)
  • He Leadeth Me rough draft finished (Failed)
  • All the Way final edits (DONE!)
  • Publish All the Way (DON!)
  • Total word count goal: 30,000 (Half-done)

Obviously, I didn’t quite get as much done as I intended, but most of my May was spent helping get our kitchen remodeled. And it’s still going on, so June’s goals are getting scaled down a little more than I would like, too.

First, pictures of the kitchen:

Kitchen Collage

  • He Hideth My Soul edits #2 and #3
  • He Leadeth Me rough draft finished and type up done
  • Prep for two tour orchestrations
  • Read one writing book
  • Sew

May Goals

Monthly Goals

April was a busy, but very good month. Here are the goals I made with the completions in bold:

  • Keep up with the Facebook group (Done! If you’re a writer and on Facebook, we’re keeping the Encouragement Campfire going year-round. Let me know if you want to join)
  • Write 2,000+ words per day (Averaged out, yes, for a total of 55,083 this month)
  • Promo books on twitter (Done! And hired a Virtual Assistant to help me keep up with it. Thanks, Naomi!!)
  • Finish two writing books (Done! And reviewed here and here.)
  • Keep up with reviewing books read (Done! One is being reviewed on Friday).
  • Edit All the Way and send to proofreaders (Done!)
  • Get Be Thou My Vision and Blessed Assurance on Pronoun (Done and loving it!)
  • Total word count goal: 50,000 (Done plus 5,000 extra)

And now it’s on to May. Is it just me or is this year going by way too fast? Continue reading

April Goals

April Goals

March went very well for me! I hope it did for you as well. Here are my goals and the update of what has been done.

  • Finish sewing quilt squares (Done!)
  • Finish quilted skirt? (Done!)
  • Promo books (Done!)
  • Edit #2 and #3 of All the Way (Done!)
  • Read 2 Writing books (Done! Mostly. I read and reviewed one and started another)
  • Outline He Leadeth Me (Done!)
  • Finish Blog Posts for Indie e-conference (Done!)
  • Keep up with reviewing the books I read (Done!) #1, #2, and #3
  • Edit #1/Type-up of He Hideth My Soul (Halfway done as I expected to get.)

April is going to be busy for many reasons, but mostly because I am doing Camp NaNoWriMo. I’m a cabin leader on the Camp NaNo website and a friend and I started a Facebook group to help encourage writers. Let me know if you’d like to join. As for my specific goals for April, here they are:

  • Keep up with the Facebook group
  • Write 2,000+ words per day
  • Promo books on twitter
  • Finish two writing books
  • Keep up with reviewing books read
  • Edit All the Way and send to proofreaders
  • Get Be Thou My Vision and Blessed Assurance on Pronoun
  • Total word count goal: 50,000

I think that’s everything for this coming month for me. What about you? Have you made any goals for April?

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March Goals

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March is upon us already! How did you do with your goals for February? I did pretty well.

  • Sew 4 quilt squares (Done)
  • Order Proof Copy of Savior, Like a Shepherd (Done)
  • Edits #2 and #3 of novella (Decided to wait)
  • Read 2 books on writing (Done and reviewed both: #1 and #2)
  • Prep everything for Release Tour and Facebook Party (Done)
  • Do any research needed for All the Way (Done)
  • Finish rough draft of He Hideth My Soul (Done)

My goals for March are pretty simple, but most of them will take a while.

  • Finish sewing quilt squares
  • Finish quilted skirt?
  • Promo books
  • Edit #2 and #3 of All the Way
  • Read 2 Writing books
  • Outline He Leadeth Me
  • Finish Blog Posts for Indie e-conference
  • Keep up with reviewing the books I read
  • Edit #1/Type-up of He Hideth My Soul

How did your goals go last month? Do you have any for this month?