Posted by: Judy | October 1, 2019

Gifts Oct 2019

Reminder: Word of the year is Courage

I want to be better. If you don’t know what it means to be better how will you know when you’ve become it? If I don’t define it for myself, the world will define it for me. Guarantee: The world will get it wrong.

33 Write 3 hours a day, on anything, rewrite, journal, blogs. I’m so easily distracted. Some days I do great, but other days I need more encouragement. Squirrel!

Previous Gifts:

32 Track New Start Food Plan for 1 Month Done

31 Participate in Bridget A. Thomas’ Redeemed Challenge Done

30 Re-read “The Battle Play for Prayer” Doing

29 Read “Defined” Doing

28 Create a formal daily devotional for me. At least a half hour

27 Sing one hymn, every day Sometimes

26 Use flour; I need to start using what I have. Slow but doing

25 5 minutes of positive self talk every time the negative tape turns on Working on it

24 Format page numbers on “A Promise of Possibilities” Sent to my sister 7 Sept Done

23 Send “A Promise of Possibilities” to Beta Readers Done 7 Sept

22 1st Edit “A Promise of Possibilities” Doing

21 At least once a week do girlie-girl, i.e., wear makeup and jewelry. Doing

20 Get my life back under control. It’s about self-discipline. Yes and No… as of the end of June: Better; End of August: Better; End of September: Better

19 Add Stretching into my routine, take it slow and easy. Had to cut back but doing more than I did.

18 Finish “Can’t Hurt Me” by David Goggins ~ Reading and Challenges Done

17 In bed before 10PM, every night. 4-5 nights a week.

16 Give away one item every day, for Lent Done

15 Lent Devotionals ~ A book and DaySpring. I’m not Catholic but I like the 40-day practice of preparing for Easter Done

14 Attend ALEP Done

13 Updating my water drinking habit: 8-10 cups a day (1 cup/8 oz) Doing

12 Play piano 2-3x a week, reviving an ancient habit. Yes and No, more no in August and September

11 Add an open cup of water to my room to see if that helps with dryness. I don’t know if it helps, but it’s Done

10 A cup of water every waking hour to help me stay hydrated. Done

9 Write faster. It will take years to re-publish my books at my current rate. At present, I have no idea how I’m going to accomplish this, so maybe this month is Formulate a Plan, even if it doesn’t work. Every time I sit at the computer, I have to work on the story first. Doing

8 Begin the day with thanking God. Some days are better than others, and the days I remember are better.

7 Listen and obey when I feel those little nudges, like send her a gift card, help him, call them, take this there. I do well sometimes, but it’s one of those things that requires mindfulness. Doing

6 Become a Slave Stealer/Abolitionist, join O.U.R. Operation Underground Railroad. Start low and every year increase the amount. What they accomplished in 2018:

Done. 1 January

5 Add to my savings, even if it’s only a few dollars a month. So far so good.

4 Collect my own Christmas movies a) buy a movie a month b) keep them in their own box to be brought out in December. This falls under the category of Fun. Started with The Polar Express. End of Dec, added: The Man Who Invented Christmas and It’s  Wonderful Life. Jan: Silver Bells Feb: Finding Father Christmas Mar: Engaging Father Christmas Apr: Saving Christmas May: White Christmas Jun: Love at the Thanksgiving Day Parade Jul: Operation Christmas Aug: Christmas Tail Aug: Christmas Lodge Sep: Meet Me in St. Louis Yes, I’m ahead, but I don’t want movies delivered during the summer months when the heat would damage the disks. Oct: Christmas Homecoming Nov: ???

3 Start a Christmas fund a) put a little money aside every month b) keep my eyes open for gifts So far so good.

2 Publish A Promise of Possibilities As of 30 Dec, on chapter 22. As of 1 Feb, on chapter 28 of 37. As of 3 Mar, on chapter 29. As of 30 Jun, on chapter 36. As of 31 Jul and 31 Aug, on chapter 37, the last chapter. Rewrite finished 7 Sept. Formatting done and editing in progress.

1 Lose weight a) 1 lb at a time b) 1% of my body weight c) 60 lb. Numbers I need to track, once a month: 30 Sept 263.8 / 2 Sep 257.8 / 31 Jul 262.6 / 30 June 260.8 / 31 May 261 / 30 Apr 257 / giving myself a break since I’ve been sick most of the past month  2 Mar 257 46 42 54 / 3 Feb 258 46 42 55 / 30 Dec 256.6 46 41 54

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.


  1. I really love your monthly gifts posts. Such a fabulous idea. If we all did something similar, I think we would be more productive and focused on the things that work well in our lives. 💜

    • I started the goals December 31, 2013, with two goals. It’s really grown since then. I started the Word a year in 2013. It really does help to share. I feel more accountable; I can’t quietly sweep things under the rug. 😀

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