Posted by: Judy | January 7, 2020

Gifts Jan 2020

Reminder: Word of the year is Beauty

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.

4 Beauty Secrets of the Bible ~ My perspective will never change if I refuse to confront the lies. 

3 Guest on Hallee Bridgeman’s blog Wednesday 8 January ~ I’m honored to be a guest on her blog, as she’s one of my favorite authors and a genuinely nice person.

2 Publish A Promise of Possibilities ~ Having this done will open the door to being able to move on to the next book.

1 Lose weight 6 Jan 260.2 lb starting point. Instead of measuring weight every month, I’m giving the starting weight and the end of the year weight. In between I want to track what I do to eat healthier. For example, I’m eating at least 4 fruits a day 5 days a week, up from 3, something I added in November 2019. Eating healthier is more important than losing weight. It helps me feel better, so I’m better able to do what I need to do, and clears my mind.

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 also have a goal to reach 100 books. And at least 80% of my NetGalley books.

    • Reading is always a favorite. 🙂

  2. Love all of these. I will join you on most of them. But there’s no way I can read 100 books. I’m a slow reader. Last year I only made it through 25. 😬

    • I confess I count novellas as books. 25 is still a lot of books.

      • If they are available as a standalone, then I would too. I use GoodReads to track my books. So novellas that are part of a compilation won’t always show up on GoodReads by itself.

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