Posted by: Judy | July 1, 2020

Gifts July 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.

14 Try dyeing clothes with food scraps


13 Create a Dream Book ~ I let my dreams die rather than watch them starve and wither. I need to make a change in my perspective: My old dreams don’t fit anymore; I need dreams that fit me now that will help me grow into who I want to be. Done

12 Set up my author page on Amazon: It’s time I accepted responsibility and pray God helps me with my frustration with such things. Not yet

11 Nap. If I’m feeling munchie, ask myself if I’m tired. If I’m tired, lay down. Improving

10 Instead of stressing about leaving the house or doing something I’m afraid to do, now, I’m going on an adventure! Working on it and liking it.

9 Learn to love my body Working on it

8 Work on forgiving myself Working on it

7 Give away/let go of 1 thing every day for Lent. I loved doing this last year. With the whole stay home thing, which didn’t change things much for me, but I decided to go through books. More than 40 items gone. Done.

6 Make it through Valentine’s Day Done

5 Regain control of my budget Improving

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

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. Done.

2 Publish A Promise of Possibilities ~ Having this done will open the door to being able to move on to the next book. Deep edit is done. Final read through.

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. Eating healthier. End of May up 5 lb.

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. It sounds like you are working on it!

    • 🙂

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