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    self-improvement,  Success

    Beware the Company You Keep

    Do not be misled. Bad company ruins character. (1 Corinthians 15:33, The Bible: An American Translation, 1931). If you are reading this blog, chances are that you have a goal you are working to achieve. If so, congratulations. It takes a special kind of determination to begin actively pursuing a goal. Over time you may have noticed that your progress…

  • Education,  Life,  Success

    How to Defeat Panic and Accomplish Your Goals

    My daughter and I started college this past Thursday. We woke up bright and early to eat breakfast before we got started. Katie began to cook while I turned on some relaxing classical music. After a brief phone call from Auntie wishing us a happy first day of college, we talked quietly as we ate before settling down in our…

  • Finances,  Productivity,  Success

    Why the Turtle Beats the Hare to Success

    One of the blessings that come with age is patience. Time has a way of making you realize that instant wealth or success is a fairy tale concocted by marketers to place your cash in their pocket by taking advantage of your impatience. In his book Good to Great, Jim Collins discusses how mediocre companies develop long-lasting success. His research…

  • Success

    Frustrated? Stick to Your Plan

    Last night Murphy’s Law seemed to reign at my job. I awoke this morning with the frustration still eating at me. The details don’t matter. You’ve probably felt the same, that desire to just say “fuck it” and change your plan. So what can you do when that desire hits? You can do the same thing that I do. You…

  • Housing,  Personal

    How I Spent My Day Off

    I set my alarm bright and early. I had plans to visit the library book sale and have lunch with a friend before applying at some local factories so I wanted to get all of my daily tasks completed. That way, when I arrived home after lunch I could dedicate the rest of my afternoon to decimating the jungle in…

  • Life,  Personal

    Stiffly Moving Forward

    My first thought this morning was that someone had replaced my joints with a box of Rice Krispies. Every part of my body snapped, cracked, and popped after yesterday’s adventure. But at least I got the front yard mowed. I may not feel like moving from this spot but I still had stuff to get done. While I’ve accomplished a…

  • Education,  Finances,  Investments,  self-improvement,  Success

    2019 Goal Update

    I received a call on my day off from work yesterday, asking if I would come work for a couple of hours. I wasn’t thrilled at first but then I realized that those hours worked would take me a tiny bit closer to my goal. I worked that short shift with a smile on my face. I’ve made quite a…

  • Life,  self-improvement,  Success

    Carpe Annum

    This is it. The dawn of an entirely new year. I couldn’t wait to greet it. I woke up, made my coffee, and journaled as I watched the sun rise. I changed so much in 2018. I started out the year without a single serious idea of what I wanted to do with my life. Aside from my work schedule,…

  • Organization,  Productivity,  self-improvement

    Preparing for the New Year

    Twenty-eighteen has been an incredibly eventful year. I’ve come to terms with the fact that the previous stage of my life is ending and determined a new direction for my life. I may not know yet how I’ll get to there from here. That’s okay. All I have to do is continue to move forward with my end goal in…

  • Investments

    Two Hours Closer to Freedom

    Today was the day for my latest stock purchase. My transfers had arrived at my brokerage and I had a day off to savor the experience of growing a tiny bit closer to freedom. I targeted Blueknight Energy Partners (BKEP), a tiny company in the Energy Sector that I’d been eyeing for months. I’d researched them, noting several things I…

  • Inspiration,  Investments

    The Art of Staying Motivated

    The other night I came home after an exhausting shift at work. I plopped down in front of my computer to check my emails before engaging in my nightly habit of reading a bit before I went to bed. As I sat there I thought “what’s the point?” What was the point in reading more when I was so drained?…

  • Finances,  Frugality

    Panic Attack

    Earlier this month after paying expenses I decided to get a jump on my new goal. Instead of absorbing my current round of royalties into my life I decided to transfer the amount into my brokerage account instead. While I had planned to start next month, I was anxious to begin. I sat down at the computer and logged into…

  • Success,  Writing

    The Stupidity of Self Talk

    The past few days I’ve had a sick kid at home. I’ve been chowing down on jalapeño peppers as I hacked my way through writing this novel in hopes of not catching what she has. Brilliant woman that I am, I stayed up past five in the morning on Wednesday knowing that I had to get up at 8 to…

  • Success

    The Secret to Accomplishing Goals

    I was talking to a friend of mine the other day and he told me that he’s always wanted to write a novel. “I’ve got lots of ideas,” he said, “I just don’t have XX and YY and ZZ.” I must confess that I went on a bit of a rant. I’ve started out and over more times than I can…

  • Books,  Writing

    It is Finished

    I finally finished the first draft of the new Shoestring Girl book. It weighed in at 135,097 words. Whew! Let the editing process begin!

  • Books,  Writing

    Accountability

    One thing I have been doing with my latest book is to keep a running journal of my progress. Every day I post an update on my Facebook page to let everyone know how much I’ve gotten done. There are some days when I’m feeling lazy that I don’t want to write but, knowing that I will have to post…

  • Decluttering

    First Night Failure

    When I posted that goal for all the world to see, I set myself up for failure. Knowing that the whole world could read that I just wanted to have my dishes washed before going to bed, I put it out for the world. Then I cooked a bbq chicken with tons of fixins. Yup, big messy meal with big…