Posted by: Judy | December 30, 2019

Gifts 2019 Final Follow Up

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.

38 Let go of my LOTR webpage, after 16 years. 4 Dec Done. I haven’t worked on it in years. I didn’t expect to cry.

37 Make it through Christmas and New Year ~ Aside from eating badly and not sleeping particularly well, I did okay, so far. No meltdowns. 

36 Giveaway more books and things that no longer “fit” me. Done, continue

35 Enjoy Christmas stories and movies, this month and next Done

34 Make it through Thanksgiving Done

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! Not up to 3 hours, yet, but doing better.

32 Track New Start Food Plan for 1 Month Done

31 Participate in Bridget A. Thomas’ Redeemed Challenge Done

30 Re-read “The Battle Plan for Prayer” Done

29 Read “Defined” Done

28 Create a formal daily devotional for me. Done

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 and improving

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. Did until my ear infection.

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 October: Doing, though it doesn’t look like it or, at least, how I envisioned it. I’m changing my expectations.

19 Add Stretching into my routine, take it slow and easy. Had to cut back but doing more than I did. Realized that most of my exercises are considered stretching.

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 Considered Done

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) Done

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

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. Done

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: Instead of a DVD, I bought a handmade in Bethlehem, olive wood Nativity set Dec: The Passion of the Christ (the end for which the first was made) Done

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

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: 29 Dec 261.4 30 Nov 258 / 3 Nov 260.8 / 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 Failed to lose weight; however, I’m eating healthier, which is more important. I’m eating more veggies and fruit, every day, than ever before. Success! I’ll keep working on losing weight i.e. becoming healthier.

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 this post each month. It is so inspiring to make changes in my own life, one step at a time.

    • 🙂

  2. These are great, Judy. I was encouraged by reading your accomplishments.

    • Thanks. ❤

  3. Oooooooh Courage! That’s a great word. It gives me a little shiver up my spine. ❤

    • 😀

  4. Thank you for sharing about Lent. I attended Lutheran churches for many years before marriage took me to a new church. I should consider some type of Lenten journey in the coming year.

    • You’re most welcome.

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