30 Things You Can Still Do Before 2018 Part 2 #newyear #2018 #resolutions

Where did 2017 go?

In 2018, I need to stop treating my writing as a hobby and find more time to dedicate to it. On December 1, I started plowing through a list of 30 things to do before 2018 that will simplify and streamline my day-to-day life in the new year. Some were quick easy hits while others took a little more time but most are already completed and I’m feeling great!

I’m sharing them with you and hopefully you will find some value in it!

For items 1 to 15, you can check out my guest post today on Simon’s wonderful blog at “Planet Simon“. Please drop by and tell Simon hey!💜

16. Photos of important information: With the first snow fall of every year, I never remember how to operate my snowblower. So I took a photo of the instructions and during the recent snowstorm, I wasn’t cursing under my breath as I usually do. I also took a photo of my bank’s operating hours so that I no longer feel like an idiot rushing there to find that it closed five minutes before.

17. Declutter and deep clean the house: I went crazy mid-November and ditched NaNoWriMo to do this. Yup, I gave up on NaNo for cleaning. It started out as an innocent one day flirt but quickly turned into a hot and messy full-fledged two week affair. Oh, but it felt soooo good! My living space hasn’t felt that zen and “light” since I had the flood. Do yourself a favour and get rid of what you don’t need or use.

18. Make a list all the annoying things (not people) in your living environment: That bookshelf to install, the sticky closet door, the clothes for the shelter that you never dropped off…I took an afternoon, did what I could and will enlist a “handyman” for the more complicated tasks I can’t do myself.

19. Prepare for tax season: Every March, I stress about getting receipts and bills together. I bit the bullet, gathered the receipts I had and already placed them into a special folder. I’ll gather up the rest at the end of January and get cracking on it.

20. Schedule all medical appointments for 2018: Family doctor, dentist, optometrist, gynecologist…I even scheduled a few on the same day, morning and afternoon, to maximize my journey into the city (which is a nightmare due to ongoing construction).

21. Do something nice for yourself once a month: Get out your calendar and pencil something nice in. A relaxing massage, a mani-pedi treat…It doesn’t have to cost much. Wander around a bookstore for an afternoon, go for a walk in a local area you’ve never been before, buy a coffee and people watch through the window and scribble down story ideas. Whatever you do, keep the appointment with yourself.

22. Clean out fridge and pantry for expired products: Make it a fresh start and throw them all out. But please do not donate expired items to food banks – buy new goods for a shelter.

23. Double up on gifts: Leverage time and the holiday sales by getting birthday gifts for loved ones now. No fuss, no muss, no future last minutr stress. I used to do this and have just started doing this again. I will definitely not regret it.

24. Purchase greeting cards for the next 365 days: Birthday, Valentine, Easter, Christmas, anniversary…You have to buy them anyway so why not buy them all at once? For me, the selection of English cards with words I like (I won’t buy if the words don’t match the person I’m buying for) is limited so I’ve started buying mine whenever I see bigger and better selections elsewhere.

25. Buy home or tenant insurance: With all of the unlucky and unfortunate things that could happen, it’s better to be safe than sorry. While you’re at it, think about identity theft insurance if it’s reasonably priced.

26. Switch to LED bulbs: I have not changed my living habits and have seen a noticeable drop in my electricity bill since I did this a few months ago. That extra money is better in my pocket than with the electric company.

27. Set your 2018 goals: Not happy with your 2017 accomplishments? No time like the present to set your goals for 2018. My 2018 goals list is still a work in progress.

28. Create a playlist of your songs. A playlist for when you’re feeling happy, a playlist for when you need to concentrate and another for when you feel like crap and want to throw yourself a pity party (don’t worry, we all do it).

29. Start one tiny habit now. Like drinking an extra glass of water a day, making your bed every morning, getting up an hour earlier every day. I started the habit of NOT checking my cell while still in bed.

30. Make a “not to do list’ for 2018: I could write a book for this one but at the top of my list is to make “no” a full sentence and refrain from providing a follow-up explanation. I often find myself doing this with people who never do this with me but yet they have the nerve to ask me “Why?” Time to flip the script.

So that was my list of my 30 things to do before 2018…

What’s on your pre-2018 list?

M xoxo

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Monday’s One-Minute Fiction: Week of December 11

Wake up wake up! It’s that time of the week again. Monday’s One Minute Fiction with “Lovely Curses”.
The theme is “Ornament” which is puuuurfect for this time of year. Get out your pens or laptops and have some fun!!!
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Lovely Curses

Rise and shine! Time to get out your stop watches, exercise your typing fingers, and pick your brains for some quick creativity.

Monday’s One-Minute Fiction challenges you to write a complete micro-fiction piece in, you guessed it, one minute, no more, no less, based on the prompt provided! Of course, you can come back to edit for grammar & spelling, but the story itself must be written in a minute.

Your prompt may be a photo, or a word, or a sentence—whatever inspires me, and hopefully inspires you too.

This month, I’m partnering with Marquessa at Simply Marquessa to bring you #1MinFiction and her challenge, #LyricalFictionFriday. Be sure to stop by her blog this Friday for more fun prompts (and to build an awesome playlist too! 😉 )

With Christmas just two weeks away, most of us are taking out dusty decorations from closets to make our homes look more…

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Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 12/10/17

The snow is falling as I type so it’s quite fitting that this week’s Song Lyric Sunday Theme is “Falling”. Come one, come all and participate strong with this week prompt!
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This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time

There’s nothing like coming to the end of a week and realizing you still have way more work in front of you than hours in the day.  Which, of course, means that you work late on Friday and go in on Saturday morning, just to feel like you have some breathing room.  I really love what I do, but right now, it’s pretty stressful and I’m hoping when the holidays come, I’ll be able to enjoy them completely.

None of that really has anything to do with the theme this week; and I honestly can’t think of a neat little segue into it, so I guess I’ll just get right to it.

Our theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “falling”.  

As always, you can go your own way and post a song that has nothing to do with the prompt.  We’re all here sharing our love…

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Monday’s One-Minute Fiction: Week of December 4

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year…”

Now that song is stuck in my head but in a good way! That catchy phrase is today’s prompt phrase for Nortina’s One Minute Fiction this Monday.

Ready, set and get to writing!
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Lovely Curses

Rise and shine! Time to get out your stop watches, exercise your typing fingers, and pick your brains for some quick creativity.

Monday’s One-Minute Fiction challenges you to write a complete micro-fiction piece in, you guessed it, one minute, no more, no less, based on the prompt provided! Of course, you can come back to edit for grammar & spelling, but the story itself must be written in a minute.

Your prompt may be a photo, or a word, or a sentence—whatever inspires me, and hopefully inspires you too.

This month, I’m partnering with Marquessa at Simply Marquessa to bring you #1MinFiction and her challenge, #LyricalFictionFriday. Be sure to stop by her blog this Friday for more fun prompts (and to build an awesome playlist too! 😉 )

Are you ready for this week’s prompt? With Thanksgiving past and December finally here, it can only mean one thing…

It’s the most wonderful time…

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Song Lyric Sunday Theme Reveal for 12/3/17: “Courage”

“Courage” is this week’s Song Lyric Sunday theme reveal! I can think of a bunch of songs that could fit the “courage” theme.

What about YOU!

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M xoxo

 

 

 

This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time

I’ve been gone most of the day today.  I finally got to spend some time with my sisters, drinking and eating seafood over a long, rather delightful lunch.  I forget how nice it is just to spend time with the people you love.

We ended up back at my sister’s house and I got to see my nephew.  He’s almost two but doesn’t really know me yet, so he spends the whole time trying to hide (literally inside his mom).  I, in turn, spend the whole time bugging the shit out of him, because I’m just that kind of an aunt.  I know he’ll warm up to me at some point, at least, that’s the goal.

It makes me think about how many different strangers kids are introduced to.  I know I’m not technically a stranger, but he doesn’t know me, so to him I am.  It takes a whole…

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#WriterWednesday: #NaNoWrimo 2017 The Almost Final Word Count

Photo credit: Monda@NoTelling via Foter.com / CC BY

TOMORROW IS THE LAST DAY OF NANOWRIMO!

Since I shifted priorities last week, I knew that it was impossible to hit the 50K mark.

But as of last night, I decided that I would include the “new words” written. After all, they are words…even if they have nothing to do with the project I had planned. I’ll take any words that will get me closer to the 50k.

Whatever…right?

MY NANOWRIMO WORD COUNT until I get back to it in December?

35,823 words

It may not be 50,000 but at least its not 0.

I hope that your NaNoWriMo word counts went well!

Now for a little relaxation!

M  xoxo

 

Monday’s One-Minute Fiction: Week of November 27

You know it’s Monday because it’s time for One Minute Fiction with Nortina at Lovely Curses! If you are participating in NaNoWriMo, this is the perfect opportunity to get the ink flowing!
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Lovely Curses

Rise and shine! Time to get out your stop watches, exercise your typing fingers, and pick your brains for some quick creativity.

Monday’s One-Minute Fiction challenges you to write a complete micro-fiction piece in, you guessed it, one minute, no more, no less, based on the prompt provided! Of course, you can come back to edit for grammar & spelling, but the story itself must be written in a minute.

Your prompt may be a photo, or a word, or a sentence—whatever inspires me, and hopefully inspires you too.

This month, I’m partnering with Marquessa at Simply Marquessa to bring you #1MinFiction and her challenge, #LyricalFictionFriday. So be sure to stop by her blog this Friday for more fun prompts (and to build an awesome playlist too! 😉 )

Happy Cyber Monday! Yes, now that Thanksgiving is over, the Christmas shopping can begin. Of course, I’m more of a last…

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