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2023 Ready or Not!

I struggled the last week or so trying to decide if I wanted to make resolutions, pick a one-word focus, or just throw my hands up and say, “come what may.” I considered the 23 in the 2023 Gretchen Rubin challenge and figured 23 goals were too many. Then I thought maybe picking three goals, but that seemed like too few. 

I eventually settled on a one-word focus. In 2023, my focus is COMPLETION. 

So what does that entail? Well, I have found myself starting projects and getting distracted with side projects and never getting the original projects finished. So I’d like to COMPLETE them. I get a thrill from project completion, and I’d like to fill my year with those little thrills. 

I want to focus on three aspects: writing, building and exercising. Here’s the breakdown.

I currently have 13 (yes, 13!!!!) WIP (works in progress). If I complete even half of those, I’ll feel all sorts of tingles. I’m setting myself up for a writing challenge over on this year instead of a reading challenge. 

The next aspect is my son’s house. I’d like to complete everything that requires brickwork/cement. That includes the rooftop accessway and redoing the patio by the pool since we used those bricks in another project. Additionally, I’d like to complete the pool project. That means getting a solar panel and batteries to run the pump in an effort to dissuade the frogs from spawning. 

And finally, fitness. Although I’m not going to be “fit at fifty” since that’s just 3 months away, nor have I obtained those Victorian babe arms I so want, I do want to complete my exercise routine every day. I know that I might have another 30-40 years left, and I want to stay as mobile as possible. To that end, I’ve got to keep moving now. And it’s not even like I’m doing hours of workouts–it’s less than 30 minutes (plus 5-8 dog walks) and so completing it every day won’t be onerous.

So what do you have planned for 2023?


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2022 There I Go!

Well, I didn’t get as much done as I’d hoped in 2022, but I did have the intention, which was my one-word focus for the year. Here’s a recap and what did and didn’t happen. 

It was my intention to be fit at fifty. Sadly, I do not have Victorian babe arms yet. However, I did do pretty well with regular exercise, and I can now wear pants that were too tight during the pandemic years, even some that were too tight before that. I’ve still got a few months until I’m fifty, and while I won’t be buff, I am feeling healthier. 

It was my intention to complete an herbal book and course for women’s wellness. I published Exploring Traditional Herbal Remedies in Mexico Volume 3: Native and Naturalized Plant Use in May. The women’s wellness course has morphed into a second volume of The Mexican Apothecary but isn’t ready for release yet. I’m also working on Herb Book Volume 4, which should be finished in 2023. 

It was my intention to build a pool and finish the commercial space on my son’s lot. The pool project did get done, but it will need to be revamped in 2023 to include a pump to filter the water. A frog or two decided it was a perfect place to spawn, and we had tadpoles and algae and stuff that we’ll need to clear out before we use it again. The second floor was completed on my son’s lot, although the house isn’t ready for habitation just yet. 

It was my intention to complete two collaborative projects in 2022. I actually did three collaborative projects this year. The first was with Kimberlee Thorne. Our course for ex-pats didn’t bring any money in, so I’ll have to rethink continuing that project. Then I partnered up with both Ultimate Bundles and Infostack with my writing courses. Neither was financially lucrative, and I won’t be participating next year. And the children’s book series with Claudia Guzes is in the works. Look for the first book to be released in early 2023. 

It was not my intention to find another primary source of income, but that’s what happened in March when the company I worked for transferred their contracts to China. It took way longer than I would have liked to find another job. Currently, I’m working four jobs, and it’s still not cutting the mustard, but something is better than nothing. 

It was not my intention to adopt another pet either, but Bruce Goodboy came into our lives. We are above and beyond pet capacity, so hopefully, any new animals in 2023 can be rehomed somewhere other than our house, but we’ll see. 

Overall, I’d have to say that 2022 wasn’t the easiest year I’ve had, but I managed to muddle through living more intentionally. I have a few days yet to think about my goals and intentions for 2023 and will be spending some time daydreaming about the possibilities open for me in the new year. How did your year go?


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Back-to-School for Writers Bundle

Well, I don’t know about you, but I didn’t get ANY writing done this summer. NOT A PAGE! Teaching summer sessions kept me occupied full-time every day (even days I didn’t teach because of lesson prep). But now that most students are heading back to in-person learning, I’m hoping to have a few hours each day to work on my passion (researching herb properties and writing about them). 

Along those lines, I have a goldmine of goodies for writers for you to browse this month.

The Back-to-School for Writers Bundle created by Stacy Juba, Emma Dhesi, and Kat Caldwell is a one-stop landing page with over 20 authors, editors, productivity experts, and book marketing experts giving away 30+ tips, tricks, worksheets, and ebooks for FREE. 

When the trio asked me to be a part of the Back-to-School for Writers Bundle, I jumped at the chance because I knew that you could benefit from these resources to help you finish your book in 2022. My contribution is my FREE e-course Is Self-Publishing for You?

Along with my listed FREE course, more than 30 other FREE resources are listed, all in one convenient location. So go ahead and browse, picking and choosing what you currently need to jump-start your writing this fall. 

This landing page will be available until September 10. It won’t cost you a cent to check it out, and you might find exactly what you’ve been looking for among these FREE resources. Let’s get back to writing, shall we?

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