Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Task it Tuesday - Jan 14


Originally created by The Geeky Blogger, Task It Tuesday is a weekly meme to help you--and me--get things done. The challenge is to post a task or list of tasks you want to complete before next Tuesday. These tasks can help you with your blogging life, reading life, personal or professional life.

As you saw from yesterday's post, last week ended up as a productive one. Part of that is because the home buying/selling season isn't in full swing yet, but also because I'm focused on being intentional and mindful in what I do this year. I made two important decisions over the last couple of weeks that have helped relieve some of my uncertainty. Now, I need to move forward with purpose.

Here is what is on my list this week:
  • Daily Bible reading. 
  • Log food in Lose it! daily.
  • Maintain planner daily.
  • Board meeting Tuesday.
  • Start real estate bootcamp Tuesday.
  • Branding workshop Wednesday.
  • Board meeting Wednesday.
  • Grocery shop Monday and meal plan. (DONE)
  • Finish extra material for A Christmas Kindness.
  • Edit next two chapters of project. 
  • Exercise Thursday and Saturday. Every day I am striving for 5,000 steps.
  • Bylaws meeting Friday.
  • Take health assessment for insurance.
  • Clean the bonus room.
What does your week look like? Do you create to-do lists? How do you reward yourself when you cross a line item off your to-do list?

Monday, January 13, 2020

Mailbox Monday - Jan 13




Mailbox Monday is a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued. Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It now has a permanent home at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Welcome back to Monday! I hope you had a blessed week. My week went well, even if I didn't accomplish everything on my to-do list.


  • Daily Bible reading. DONE
  • Log food in Lose it! daily. DONE
  • Maintain planner daily. (Nope, but started this week off strong.)
  • Writing group Monday. DONE
  • Coaching call Monday. DONE
  • Visit upcoming listing Tuesday. (Happening today instead)
  • Geofarming webinar Wednesday. DONE
  • Write business plan Wednesday. DONE
  • Grocery shop Thursday and meal plan. (Didn't happen, but this week is all set.)
  • Finish extra material for A Christmas Kindness. (Made progress, but not quite done.)
  • Exercise Friday and Saturday. (Every day I am striving for 5,000 steps. (I average 3,100 steps a day. Plus I took down all the Christmas stuff so I got some good exercise.)
  • Take health assessment for insurance. (No, but probably this Thursday.)

As for my mailbox, I received a book I don't remember ordering. I think I won it in a giveaway. Sometimes I just can't keep track of things.


I have a busy day of appointments, so I might not check in with you until later. I hope you share some of your mailbox with me. 

Have a blessed week!

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Task It Tuesday - Jan 6


Originally created by The Geeky Blogger, Task It Tuesday is a weekly meme to help you--and me--get things done. The challenge is to post a task or list of tasks you want to complete before next Tuesday. These tasks can help you with your blogging life, reading life, personal or professional life.

Welcome to the first Task it Tuesday of 2020. It feels good to start a new year. I've set all my goals and I'm working on being more intentional with how I approach things. The first two days of this week are hectic, as is Thursday. Wednesday, I have my first closing of the year. Woo-hoo!!!

Here is what is on my list this week:

  • Daily Bible reading. Monday I read Ephesians 5.
  • Log food in Lose it! daily.
  • Maintain planner daily.
  • Writing group Monday.
  • Coaching call Monday.
  • Visit upcoming listing Tuesday.
  • Geofarming webinar Wednesday.
  • Write business plan Wednesday.
  • Grocery shop Thursday and meal plan. 
  • Finish extra material for A Christmas Kindness.
  • Exercise Friday and Saturday. (Every day I am striving for 5,000 steps.
  • Take health assessment for insurance.
Next week I plan to focus more on at home things. Let's see if I can keep a better balance this year.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Mailbox Monday - Jan 5




Mailbox Monday is a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued. Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It now has a permanent home at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Welcome to my first mailbox of 2020. I've shared a lot of what the holiday and year brought over the last few days, so I won't rehash it. Let's get right into my new books.

Santa delivered these two. Now, I have the entire set. I need to read the third book before starting in on these. I had already bought the Christmas book for myself.



I also picked up these Kindle freebies. 




I haven't read much the past couple of weeks, but I plan to get back on track in the next few days. 

If you participated in First Book, have you started reading it yet? Did you receive any great book gifts over the holidays? 

2020 Personal and Professional Goals




It's the first weekend of January. The weather is cold, but sunny. We might see some white stuff this week--not a ton of it. Honestly, all I want to do right now is sit in my house and write, read, and blog. The real world and my wallet say other plans need to be part of the agenda.

If you've followed me long enough, you know I set goals every year. Sometimes I achieve them and sometimes I don't. I never beat myself up, but I'm sick and tired of the pattern. In addition, I'm experiencing some health challenges I'm not comfortable with and need to focus on my well-being. So, this is my year of working intentionally toward changing habits. Baby steps and discipline are key. As such, I bought two magazines this year to help me.





Now, if I had picked up the first one before today, I would have seen that I was supposed to start the first week of December. Whoops! That said, I've read the introductory articles and will move forward starting with the first week of January.

Because the planner I had last year required a lot of effort, as soon as real estate got hectic it went by the wayside. I've totally given up on time blocking, which was one of my goals in 2019. Do I need more discipline in how I spend my time? Yes. Will I even manage baby steps if it feels like a tooth extraction? No. That's why this planner may work better. I'll track activities, write a to-do list (which I do anyway), chart my moods, and journal.

What caught my eye about the Prevention® magazine is the "Transform Your Sleep!" headline. I've never required a ton of sleep, but menopause and stress and, now, my ringing ears have interrupted the sleep I get. The CPAP machine required for mild sleep apnea has helped. As long as the seals are good and the fit comfortable, I often get five hours of uninterrupted sleep. The tinnitus I'm now experiencing has created obstacles, but a set of wireless headphones and some calming music help a bit.

Other articles cover bad habits, weight-loss plans, best hobbies for your mind and body, and habits to make time for. I'm in the middle of reading them now.

Here are my personal goals for 2020:

  • Exercise twice a week. This simply isn't an option anymore. I'm seeing the effects of sitting in the car or at my desk for long periods. My joints are achy and I'm not as strong as I used to be. In order to accomplish this goal, there are two things that must happen: commit to going to bed by 11 pm and waking up at 6 am. I also need to not schedule early appointments on the two days I dedicate to exercising. 
  • Read the Bible daily. I've seen how much better my moods are when I spend time in the Word. If I can't spare even 5 or 10 minutes a day, then my focus is messed up. 
  • Dedicate one day a week to meal planning. This one is harder since I usually work both days out of the weekend and we take my father-in-law out to dinner one weekend evening too. Mondays are no good because they are the beginning of the week, so I'm usually slammed. Maybe it is Tuesday or Friday. I signed up for Imperfect Foods to get more fruits and vegetables in the house. I'm hoping the variety is good.
  •  Make smarter food choices. I'm a junk food junkie at heart. I know it. At 15 it was easier to counteract my choices than it is at 51. Even though I can't commit to the 21 Day Fix because the level of exercise is too tough on my joints, I am going to use the containers to make better food choices. I track my calories via the Lose it! app so I can at least know where I am falling down. Meal planning should help.
  • Re-assess my commitments. I'm overwhelmed and overbooked. I did it to myself. I knew it. Saying no is tough. I currently sit on the board of three non-profits (as an officer for two), I'm moving up in leadership in the local REALTOR® association, and my family commitments are huge considering the four of us and my in-laws. Something has to give. 

Now, my professional goals for 2020:

  • Put together a solid business plan. My annual business plan kept me focused all these years. It allowed me to be a top-producer from the start. This is the first time a year came to a close without a business plan in place. I wasn't feeling it, which is silly. My business plan is the first thing I need to iron out, so Wednesday morning that is my focus.
  • Commit to weekly prospecting. This is why I tried time blocking last year. Prospecting is an important part of any sales business; otherwise, you have barren times when you're struggling to make ends meet. I have a CRM, but its one of the first things to go out the window when my schedule gets hectic. Instead of time blocking, perhaps holding one day aside to work in the office or at home prospecting is a better plan. Baby steps. 
  • Read two business or leadership books this year. I planned to read four last year and ended up reading five. This year, I want more flexibility with what I am reading for career and pleasure. I want to pick up a book simply because I want to read it, not because I've been asked to review it or have some goal I need to reach. That said, two carefully selected books in this genre will be good for me.
  • Re-assess my commitments. See personal goals. This is the year I learn to say no for the sake of my health and my sanity.
  • Take my Broker's Test. I took the Broker's course in October. Now, I need to finalize what needs to be done and make time to take the test.
  • Make an important decision by January 10. I can't say more about it, but it's a decision I've needed to make for a long time. 
Here's to making 2020 a great year. I hope you'll share your goals as well. 

Friday, January 3, 2020

2019 in Review

Another year has come to an end and a new one is just beginning. Is it a sign that I am getting older when the time passes so quickly?

I feel blessed that most of 2019 brought us good things and experiences. The speed bumps along the way make us stronger: the division in our church, the bullying of our daughter, and the challenge of caring for our elderly parents and hoping we make the right choices.

It is because of those obstacles, I often recite Philippians 4:13 to keep me focused: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. It seems trite to say God never gives us more than we can handle, but it remains a truth that cannot be ignored. When I fear I can't go on, He lifts me up. As it says in Deuteronomy, It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.

As I reflect on 2019, I hope it has encouraged me to be more grateful and more at peace, and may I learn to find joy in something every day.




Last church bazaar at Living Gate



Visiting the Arizona Memorial


Lost our beloved Killer



Adopted Autumn and...


Travis

The Lil' Diva graduated with honors



Spent three weeks in North Carolina



Acquired and edited this manuscript as acquisitions editor for 4RV Publishing



Held my first workshop on book marketing at the local library


Held my first book reading



Named 2019 RAPV REALTOR of the Year



Cleaned out my office ... and a few other places in this house too

I hope you'll share some of your 2019 highlights. Here's to a fabulous 2020!

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Task it Tuesday & Merry Christmas


Originally created by The Geeky Blogger, Task It Tuesday is a weekly meme to help you--and me--get things done. The challenge is to post a task or list of tasks you want to complete before next Tuesday. These tasks can help you with your blogging life, reading life, personal or professional life.

As is expected this time of year, I'm a bit busy. We took the girls into NYC this weekend for our annual trip--which included less shopping than normal. Ate at Black Tap and Times Square Cafe, which was fun. Also saw the Radio City Rockettes.



Now that we are home, it's back to business. Grocery shopping and Christmas shopping are done. I'm taking a few days off from work to enjoy the family. Today I will be wrapping and we will decorate gingerbread people. 

Here is my task list other than that:

  • Read a chapter from the Gospel of Luke each day (fell behind, so will catch up before month's end)
  • Exercise twice (maybe walking through NYC and gift wrapping can count for this, LOL)
  • Get 6 hours of sleep at least 5 nights
  • Keep editing the new manuscript
  • Complete four more pages of additional content for A Christmas Kindness (Still stuck, but need it done by January 15)
  • Continue 2020 Business Plan
  • Submit Clever Tom and another idea to my publisher (DONE)
Thank you to my loyal readers. I appreciate you. Wishing everyone a blessed Christmas.