Checking In

For the last two weeks I’ve been dealing with the side effects of the 2nd Pfizer covid shot.

I’m glad I got the shot but I was darn tired and had stomach issues.

I haven’t felt like doing crap. I barely made it through the day at work. I ran one errand a day. Otherwise I sat in the chair and watched tv.

I feel better today. Finally.

I’m hoping to blog again soon.

I’m going plant shopping. Yeah!

I Checked Four Items Off Of My Finishing The Unfinished List

I am happy to tell you I checked four items off of my Finishing The Unfinished list.

The first two items are figuring out my writing projects and my office. I figured out my writing projects at the beginning of April and I finished my office on April 15.

Here are the pictures of my office.

It feels so nice to have everything organized and easily accessible. I can walk into my office and grab what I want to work on and start working without having to dig for anything.

I’m excited.

The 3rd item is painting the dining room and living room. My sister and her boyfriend painted while we were in Vegas and it looks amazing. When we moved in three years ago it was a light gray. We hated it because it was so dark and uninviting. Now it’s a very light, creamy yellow. It’s warm and inviting and lighter and brighter! We love it.

The 4th item is changing over our truck/home/etc. to a new company which I took care of yesterday and today. American Family’s prices increased every year and we were tired of it. It took me 8 months to do the leg work and get quotes from three different companies because I didn’t want to leave. I had been with American Family for 27 years! The last straw was not being able to look at my accounts on line because I didn’t want to go paperless. I’m old school and like getting stuff in the mail. Anyway, it’s changed and we’re happy.

There are still 25 items on the list to cross off. I’m not sure which one I’m going to cross off next.

Number 27 on the list is to set up a writing routine. Maybe I’ll work on this as I figure out what my May writing goals are.

Sounds like a plan.

Gratitude Saturday

Greetongs from Fabulous Las Vegas!

I am grateful for this awesome view.

I am grateful for getting to spend 5 days with my husband alone.

I am grateful to be able to relax and slow down.

I am grateful for the $95 I won yesterday and the possibility of winning more today.

I am grateful my husband is a shopper. We had a lot of fun yesterday walking around and going in all if the shops. We found some cool stuff.

I am grateful I have a good job and that I am able to able to visit this awesome city!

Have a great day!

March Writing Goals Update

Here’s what I accomplished in March.

If You Didn’t Like How The Election Turned Out

I finished typing the 1st draft yesterday. I know what direction I want the 2nd draft to go in, but I have more research to do. I have no idea about a market yet.

My goal for April is to type the 2nd draft and to have a market to query.

Jane

I’m still working on typing the 1st draft.

My goal for April is to finish typing the first draft and do character sketches and figure out dates and time of year.

5 Minute Memoir

I rewrote this and retyped it. I like the beginning and the end, but I don’t like the middle. I rewrote the middle in my head while walking yesterday so we’ll see how that goes.

My goal for April is to rewrite and retype. Read 5 Minute Memoirs from previous issues. Rewrite and retype.

100 Items In 30 Days

I wrote the first draft, but I need to type it. I didn’t read any Kindle publishing books.

My goal for April is to type the first draft and figure out layout/chapters, read one Kindle publishing book and work on other books.

I’m happy with the progress I made in March.

I have a long way to go, but I’ll get there one step at a time.

My Contact Page

In the last week five people have clicked on my contact page.

Honestly, I didn’t even know I had a contact page.

It’s not an April Fool’s joke.

I’m serious.

I’ve noticed every once in awhile people have clicked on my contact page and I wondered why I didn’t receive anything in my inbox and then I forgot about it.

This week when five people clicked on my contact page and I didn’t get anything in my inbox a red flag went up. Maybe I should take a look at it.

I found my contact page. Untouched and unusable. Unusable is my version. It looked unusable and nothing like what other people had on their blogs.

After an hour or two of guessing and swearing, google and my WordPress helper, I erased the old contact form and put a different in it’s place.

I hope it is usable.

I apologize to the people who might have been trying to contact me or may have clicked on it by accident. Thank you for bringing my contact page to my attention. I appreciate it.

I feel better now knowing if someone wants to contact me he or she can. I hope.

I am also very embarassed that I had no idea that I had a contact page.

Oh well.

Live and learn.

What’s In Your Hand Bag?

Three weeks ago I sent my hand bag out to get cleaned.

Yes, cleaned. And the zipper repaired.

Over seven years ago I spent over $250 on the purse pictured below in Las Vegas. I pondered on it for over a year and finally bought it. I didn’t want to spend the money, but I did and it was totally worth it.

I bought it at Brighton and with my purchase I get two free hand bag cleanings a year. I call Brighton in advance to let them know I’m sending my hand bag and they clean it and send it back to me.

I received my repaired hand bag back yesterday and as I am putting items back in it this morning I’m wondering if I really need to put back everything that was in it.

This is the perfect time to declutter my purse.

This is what I took out of it.

What do I really need?

My wallet.

The next question is do I really need everything in my wallet?

No. I found five cards that either were expired or the store has closed.

My checkbook. I need this, although I am getting a new checkbook cover. One that expresses who I am. I have one picked out, but I didn’t buy it yet. I hate the one I have now.

I have two coin purses. Do I need both?

The coin purse that has fearless written on it has miscellaneous cards in it. Grocery cards. I don’t use them. I usually give the cashier my phone number. Bank ID cards.

There’s also a bunch of junk. A bank card I haven’t banked at in years. A rewards card for a store that closed two years ago. A discount card for a thrift store that I don’t go into anymore. Place cards from a wedding my husband and attended seven years ago. And a card from the jewelry store we bought our wedding rings at 13 years ago.

All of that junk is in the garbage.

The coin purse with the xoxo on it is all of my room keys from the Vegas hotels I have stayed at. I have been to Vegas nineteen times.

Why do I keep them in my hand bag? I don’t know. I think I’m going to put them with my Vegas stuff in my upstairs cubby. I rarely show them to people and I don’t get them out to look at.

I think I’ll be ok.

My hand bag has two pockets on the outside. One on each side. In one pocket I have my counselor’s card in. I haven’t seen her since before the pandemic. I think I’m going to put them in my desk drawer. On the other side are a couple of loyalty cards that I use frequently and gift cards for Wendy’s and Culver’s and my library card. I also put my key fob in one.

I’m keeping my small flash light (it comes in handy), gum and dental floss.

That’s it. I really don’t have a lot in it.

I’m glad I took the time and went through it. It feels good and it’s lighter.

My hand bag looks amazing and I can’t wait to use it today. I missed it.

I’ve had this hand bag for seven years and I have never thought about buying a different one. I love the leather. I love the hearts on it. I love my matching wallet.

I love it!!!

What’s in your hand bag?

I Finished The First Draft Of The Novel I Started For NaNoWriMo!

I’m excited to share with you that I finished the first draft of the novel I started for NaNoWriMo in November!!!

I have to be honest.

I did finish the first draft, but it’s in pencil so I have to type it yet.

I still finished it.

I typed two chapters tonight for a word count of 1,194.

I’m so excited.

20 more chapters to type. I know I won’t reach my goal to have it typed by April 1st, but I will be close.

I will let you know when I finish typing it and what I plan on doing with it. I’m not sure yet.

Who Am I To Be A Writer?

Who am I not to be a writer?

Who am I not to share my talents with the world?

Who am I not to be who I really want to be?

Who am I not to go after my dreams?

Who am I not to express what is inside of me?

Who am I not to be me?

Who am I to ignore all that is within me?

Who am I not to pretend these things don’t matter?

Who am I not to put myself first?

Who am I not to express what matters most to me?

Who am I not to share with you what matters to me both ugly and beautiful?

Who am I not to follow my heart?

Who am I not to listen to my intuition and know things you might not know?

What am I not to answer my calling?

Who am I not to do what is best for me emotionally or financially?

Who am I not to be my best self?

Who am I not to be honest about what I want and what I need?

Who I am not to be who I really want to be?

Who am I not to follow societal rules?

Who am I not to go against people who think they know what is best for me and let my wings soar?

Who am I not to close myself off and let go parts of my life don’t fit me anymore?

Who am I not to be what I was put on this earth for?

I wrote this last week as the negative voices started to invade my head as I was trying to write.

It is straight from my heart and unedited.

My Filing Cabinet

A couple of weeks ago I cleaned out my filing cabinet. I took all of my old writing files out, put them in a tub and in the basement.

This week I decided to put my financial files (credit card, doctor…..) in my filing cabinet. I kept the folders in a bin in my closet. Why I don’t know.

Silly isn’t it?

My files drive me crazy and have for years. I don’t like them. They are old and misshapen. The tabs have been been written on both sides. They look like crap.

My files didn’t make me happy. I hated filing stuff. I hated the way it was organized.

I hated everything about it.

So I took an hour and I changed up everything.

I had a box of new files in my closet so I swapped the old files for new ones. I wrote each file name on a new tab with my very colorful markers.

I renamed some of the files. I changed credit cards to mastercard and american family to insurance.

I changed how I organized them. I used to have the files alphabetically. Now I have them by group. My flex spend account is next to my doctor file. My 401k files are together. My house files are together.

I’m happy.

I now love to file things and look at my brightly colored tabs. It’s so much easier to file paperwork. I file paperwork right away instead of throwing it in the closet.

I love it!

It’s the little things in life.

First Draft of 100 Items in 30 Days Complete!

I finished writing the first draft of 100 items in 30 Days.

As many of you know in October I let go of 100 items in 30 days. About halfway through October I wondered why I wasn’t taking notes for a book about my experience so I started taking notes and sticking them in a file.

I have the first draft written in pencil and my goal for March is to type and revise it.

I’ve decided that publishing (traditional or kindle) is going to be my main goal for 2021.

I”m crazy excited about this book and all of the possibilities. More books. A journal to go with the books. Classes.

The sky is the limit.

I have always loved to organize things and have thought about sharing this, but I didnt know what to do.

Now I do.

How exciting!

I will keep you posted on my progress.