The fifth month of 2021 has arrived! the halfway point of the year is looming and yet we have so much left as well in order to work on ourselves and our goals. Setting goals has become a monthly task for me over the last few years. Setting a list of goals each month, ones that will help me work today’s bigger goals and those that help me have fun, truly make my months productive and better. Each month allows me to assess how well I did in the previous month and adjust my goals as needed. Before we get to my June 2021 goals,Read More →

With the arrival of June, it’s time to take a moment to look back on the books I read during May. Reading is one of my favorite pastimes. It allows me to explore far-off worlds, learn something new and simply entertain myself for a few hours. Of course, this love of books can lead to an enormous TBR. However, with a lot of dedication over the last two years, I have managed to reduce my TBR by quite a lot. This May 2021 reading wrap-up goes over the books I read during the month and what I thought about them. Perhaps by sharing these books,Read More →

Gather your outdoor solar lights, lawn chairs, and garden gnomes! It’s time for the June 2021 Use It Up Challenge. This month we are focusing on outdoor decor. Chances are you have some outdoor decor, and depending on the size of your yard and how often you use it, you may have quite a bit. But are you using all that you own or is most of it sitting in your shed collecting dust? Let’s take this month to focus on ensuring we are truly using these items and any that we are not, are sold or donated to ensure we aren’t holding onto clutter.Read More →

The fifth month of 2021 has arrived. We are so close to being halfway through the year already. April seemed to come and go in the blink of an eye. Some months are like that, while others drag on for an eternity. Regardless of how fast or slow a month goes, it gives us the opportunity to work on various tasks and objectives. Every month, I take some time to reassess my goals, determine what is and isn’t working, and make adjustments for the current month. Before we get into my May 2021 goals, let’s take a moment to look back over my April goalsRead More →

With the arrival of May, it’s time to take a moment to back at the books I read during April. Each month I do my best to read as much as I can. Some months are better than others, but I am determined to get through all of the books that I own. Over the last two years, I have been able to take my enormous TBR down to a more reasonable amount and it shrinks with every month. Reading is one of my favorite activities, it provides entertainment and a chance to learn something new. It doesn’t matter if you read one book aRead More →

Camp NaNoWriMo has come to an end! The final week is often a chaotic rush to reach the word count goal and see your story through its final few chapters. Since I had hit the 50,000-word mark last week, anything I wrote in these final few days was a pure bonus. I honestly love when I can go past the goal and get extra words written. It means that the novel draft is that much closer to being done. This April 2021 Camp NaNoWriMo final update goes over the last week of the month-long writing challenge and shows the end result of all that writing.Read More →

Grab your DVDs, Blurays, and some popcorn. It’s time for the May 2021 Use It Up Challenge. This month we are focusing on movies. We all have a collection of movies. The allure of the $5 movie bin at stores has allowed your collection to bloom. But are you actually watching those movies regularly or are they sitting there collecting dust? Let’s deal with this entertaining clutter and reduce that collection down to what you truly want to keep and watch. The previous categories this year covered were kitchen items, pet supplies, technology, and seeds. In the first year of this challenge, we have tackled notebooks,Read More →

The fourth week of Camp NaNoWriMo has come to an end. With this week behind us, we are truly staring at the finish line. There are just six days left of this month-long writing challenge to write an entire novel in 30 days. At this point, writers should be closing in on the 40000-word mark. That does sound like a lot of words, and it is, but it’s entirely possible. This April 2021 Camp NaNoWriMo week 4 update goes over how this week of writing has gone. Curious about how the previous weeks have gone? Check out my week 1, week 2, and week 3Read More →

The third week of Camp NaNoWriMo has come to an end. Not only does this week get us past the halfway point but it also starts us down the path to the finish line. By this point, many writers have a solid hold of their stories and are actively building their way towards the ending, tossing all kinds of obstacles at their characters and doing their best to create an amazing world. Or they may be huddled in the corner panicking over their lack of words. Trust me, I’ve been in both situations over the years. Luckily, this time around my progress is going quiteRead More →

This year, I decided to truly dedicate myself to writing. It’s something I want to change from a hobby to a full-time career. This is where the year of writing comes into play. Not only does this mean I am spending a significant amount of time writing, but I am also doing what I can to improve my writing. This includes reading many writing craft books and articles. Because this is a year-long project, I decided to share quarterly updates on my progress. So without further ado, here is my year of writing: update 1 covering January to March. Year of writing: update 1 JanuaryRead More →