I can’t believe it’s already time for my second quarter update! This year is flying by so fast! But when I went through all my goals this year, I’ve found I’m making pretty great progress! I think it helps to have the goals at the front of my bullet journal for easy reference. It’s a fast reminder to keep pushing forward and make daily progress.
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1. Become a regular at a local cafe or lunch spot in Marburg, Germany.
At Paprika, I found this awesome spinach, cheese, gnocchi combo. At Zur Sonne, they had amazing schnitzel. And I tried cappuccinos at every cafe I came across. Yum!
2. Be serenaded on the canals in Venice, Italy.
… I may have serenaded myself while riding down the canals in Venice, but that totally counts because I was riding the Vaporetti on a canal in Venice! You can check out the ups and downs of our Venice experience here.
3. Visit the Colosseum in Rome, Italy.
Check and double check! You can read all about it here.
4. Munch on a pretzel or kebab in Munich, Germany.
The pretzel was a bit stale, but Munich was lovely. We visited castles and experienced the madness of Oktoberfest. See it for yourself, here.
5. Check out my aunt and uncle’s flat in London.
I did, and it was gorgeous! I seriously want their couch… and the view that comes with it 😉
6. Edit and polish Storm Warning (Book 3 of Herrera Strong series).
Yaaaaaaayyyyyyyyy!!!!!! I was so happy to finish 😀 I’m now sending it out to agents. Fingers crossed!
7. Write Bubbly Schnitzel (How do you feel about that name???) – Book 2 of the International Adventures Series.
Yay! I hit the halfway point of the first draft of this novel last week. As of noon yesterday, I was at 39,451 words. By the next quarter update, I hope to have this novel completed, revised, and off to my publisher! I couldn’t be more excited to share Julia’s adventure in Germany.
8. Outline Book 3 of the International Adventure series.
Da-done! Awesome possum! I am so excited for this one! It’s set in the UK and about a girl who loves to act. Two of my favorite things! It hasn’t got a name yet, but I’m playing around with the idea of Dramatic Scones… or something similar. What do you think? Have you got an adjective that ends in a Y that I could use?
9. Complete publishing process and launch Sketchy Tacos (Book 1 of the International Adventures series) on February 7, 2017.
Sketchy Tacos is now available on ebook! I cannot describe how exciting it was to open up my Kindle that morning and see my own book downloaded into it. It was incredible! The launch was wonderful due to the loving support of my friends, family, and readers. I have to sell 125 copies before I can get a paperback, so if you haven’t already, hop over to Amazon and pick up a copy! It’s only $3.99 🙂
10. Set aside 10 minutes at the beginning end of each day in the Bible and prayer (complete after 4 weeks).
I’ve been doing a pretty good job of listening to my Bible each evening. I’ve got it on audio with my Bible app, so I shut of the lights, close my eyes and listen to a few chapters each evening. It’s a great way to unwind. I’m about two and a half months into this ritual and I plan to keep it up!
11. Set aside special time to pray for friends and family once a week (complete after 4 weeks).
I was great about this for the entire month of January. Then in February I got out of the habit. Over the last couple weeks, I’ve been working on reinstating that habit to middling success, but I’m not giving up!
12. Write 12 letters to our World Vision kids.
I’ve written two letters so far, so I’m waaaay behind. As much as I love writing novels, for some reason letters and cards freak me out. I never know what to say! If I do two letter a month for the next several weeks, I should catch up…
13. Complete 4 blankets for Covered in Love (partnered with Safe Families for Children).
I’ve finished one! It’s not exactly where I should be for the midway mark, but I’ve gotten caught up in making a lot of gifts and other odds and ends that have been on my Pinterest project list for forever! I’ve got a few more Pinterest to-dos that I’ve already bought the yarn for and then I’ll get back to the basics 🙂
14. Post to social media 3+ times a week (complete after 3 months).
Why am I so bad at this???? I’m a millennial. This is supposed to be my jam, and yet… For some reason, getting me to do social media is like getting me to exercise! I have to be dragged there kicking and screaming, but I enjoy it once I’m actually in the swing. I’m an odd person. I’m fine with that. But I could do with a little less odd in this one category.
15. Institute a “Lunch with Friends” or “Breakfast with Friends” in which I respond on social media during my breakfast or lunch hour (complete after 6 weeks).
Not even close.
16. Blog (at least) once a week (complete after 3 consistent months).
Completed!!! Super yay! Consistency when it comes to anything online is not my strong suit. But consistent blogging is key! I finished my 3 months in January, and I’m so glad I’ve kept it up. February got a little dicey with the book launch, but when I wasn’t on my blog, it was because I was guest posting elsewhere. So I’m totally satisfied 🙂
17. Rid myself of 100 things to cut down clutter.
I’m up to 63 things! I’ve done the 100 things twice before my birthday, so it’s hard to cut anything else… but it’s good for me to examine my items and make sure that I really need and use them.
18. Do 1 death-defying act.
My first weekend in Europe, I went on the bike wheel of death (okay, so I don’t actually remember what it’s called). You can see the video here! And I also went go-carting. It was awesome! But I was pretty bad, and got hit twice a race–note that I didn’t hit them, they hit me.
19. Attend 4 plays/concerts/musicals, etc.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Ragtime, Mama Mia
20. Workout for 150 minutes a week (complete after 12 weeks).
I’m at about 6-8 weeks. Getting so close! I love when it starts to get a bit warmer and I can go out walking for an hour or so.
21. Complete 4 online courses.
I’ve started but not yet finished:
Instant Bestseller by Tim Grahl
The Easy Way to Write Short Stories that Sell by Rob Parnell (via Udemy)
List Surge by Melissa Griffin
22. Test out 10 different podcast stations.
23. Learn conversational/necessity phrases in German to get by on the streets.
Okay, so I wasn’t super conversational in German, but I did figure out enough to order my lunch and ask for sugar to go along with my cappuccino, so I’m counting this as a victory!
24. Read (or listen to) 100 fiction books.
First Quarter: No One to Trust by Lynette Eason, Nowhere to Turn by Lynette Eason, No Place to Hide by Lynette Eason, Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie, The Meanest Doll in the World by Ann M. Martin, Replay by Sharon Creech, The Summer of Cotton Candy by Dannie Viguie, Taming Rafe by Susan May Warren, Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Heir by Kiera Cass, Thirteen Days to Midnight by Patrick Carman, The Counterfeit Agent by Alex Berenson, Meant to be Mine by Becky Wade, Wildflower by Alecia Whitaker, Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, The Innocent by David Baldacci, The Hit by David Baldacci, The 500 by Matthew Quirk, The Directive by Matthew Quirk, Hunted by Karen Robards, Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor, Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley, A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade, So Over My Head by Jenny B. Jones, Witch and Wizard by James Patterson, Afloat by Erin Healy, Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor, Witness to a Trial by John Grisham (1/2), Promise Me by Harlan Coben, The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis, True Valor by Dee Henderson, Left Behind by Tim LaHaye, Coma Girl by Stephanie Bond (1/2), The Protector by Dee Henderson, This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti, Gathering Shadows by Nancy Mehl, Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven, Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, Belles by Jen Calonita, Summer State of Mind by Jen Calonita, London Belongs to Us by Sarra Manning, Death by Bikini by Linda Gerber, Winter White by Jen Calonita, The Grass is Always Greener by Jen Calonita, Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins, Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins, Lady Renegades by Rachel Hawkins, The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West, The Distance Between Us by Kasie West – 49 books
Second Quarter: Finding Ruby Starling by Karen Rivers, Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, Pretties by Scott Westerfeld, Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld, Something in Between by Melissa de la Cruz, Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld, The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak, Goliath by Scott Westerfeld, There You’ll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones, Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan, Jackaby by William Ritter, The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan, Insurgent by Veronica Roth, The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan, The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan, The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan, The House of Hades by Rick Riordan, Guy Langman, Crime Scene Procrastinator by Josh Berk, The Neverending Story by Mick End, Specials by Scott Westerfeld, Allegiant by Veronica Roth, The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani, A World Without Princes by Soman Chainani, Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer by John Grisham, The Accused by John Grisham, The Abduction by John Grisham, Take the Key and Lock Her Up by Ally Carter, The Last Ever After by Soman Chainani, Delirium by Ally Condie – 31 books
Total: 80 books read
25. Read 15 non-fiction books.
Step by Step Pitches and Proposals by Chip Macgregor, Nine Day Novel by Steve Windsor, Your First 1000 Copies by Tim Grahl, US Army Survival Manual by the U.S. Army, 279 Days to Overnight Success/A Brief Guide to World Domination by Chris Guillebeau, Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell, How Can I Find a Literary Agent? by Chip MacGregor, Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis, Catch Me If You Can by Frank W. Abagnale,
10 non-fiction books so far!
When do you set goals for yourself? How often do you set them? What are some goals you want to reach in 2017? Don’t forget to check out my Rock Your 2017 Goals Workbook !