Posted by: Judy | December 31, 2018

Gift December 2018 Follow Up

Writing ~ Novellas and novels ~ Schedule deadlines and follow through ~ I want to finish Christmas Lost and the Anthology, write four novellas for another anthology, and outline a four-book Regency series with the first book written.

Creating a home ~ Clean and clutter ~ Vacuum, bath, sweep, dust, throwaway or giveaway to bless someone else. I want a routine I can regularly accomplish. The house is not mine, but I do live here. Nothing can stop me from making things nicer.

Reading ~ Fiction and non-fiction ~ Balance and reduce my TBR pile. I’d like to read 100 books.

Finances ~ Budget, spend better ~ Ledger. I want to be able to meet my financial responsibilities and have a little leftover for fun, while not scrimping on self care.

Faith ~ Bible study, prayer, church ~ War Room ~ I want my habits to be more mindful.

Health ~ Sleep, meals, exercise ~ Consistency and try new recipes. I want to be able to walk up a flight of 14 stairs using alternate feet. Right now, I mostly have to step up using my left because my right has a bad habit of buckling. With slow practice and training, I know I can change this, as long as I don’t hurry things along too quickly, which always sets me back.

Fun ~ Friends and clothes ~ Meals and Holy Clothing ~ I eat breakfast with my sister on Saturdays. I have lunch once a week with octogenarian friends and about three times a month with other friends. However, it’s important for me to acknowledge and celebrate these times.

Every month I want to do one thing in each area. At the end of the month, I want to evaluate if it made life better, made no difference, or made life needlessly complicated.

1 Finish re-write A Promise of Possibilities for re-release, again. Not done.

2 Dog bed, still. Better but not done. Not sure it will ever be done.

~ Clean and straighten.

3 Intersperse reading material with Christmas stories. Final total: 137

4 Keep groceries under $50 a week. This is as much about self-discipline as not overeating. Do it again. Did it again. Keep it up.

5 Bible study ~ Read a chapter a day of Luke, 24 chapters. I want to do this every December.

6 Maintain walking. Keep working on sleep habits. Eat healthier. Focus on losing one pound at a time. In crease weights for PT back up to four pounds. Keep working on this. I’m up to 2 lb. I’m improving faster than I ever have after a fall. Go me!

7 Keep track of the fun things ~ I’m still not good at this.

Self-discipline isn’t about punishment or deprivation. Self-discipline is about self-empowerment, self-control, making the choices that are best for me. Practicing self-discipline builds self-confidence.

I didn’t enjoy keeping track this way. I prefer the way I was doing it before, but I want to make a few changes. I want to keep the most recent additions at the top.


  1. I love the gratitude inherent in this post. Happy New Year!

    • Thank you. And you! 🙂

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