July has arrived and that means we are officially in the second half of 2020. This also means that we are solidly in summer, the kids are finally out of school and the weather is turning nicer – though some days it has been unseasonably hot already. You may find that life is getting busy, but that doesn’t mean you should skip setting monthly goals. Even just a few will keep you moving towards a greater long-term goal. For me, a new month means it’s time to set some goals. Before we get to my July 2020 goals, let’s take a minute to review howRead More →

Did you know that Camp NaNoWriMo happens twice a year? Once in April and then again in July. After having good success with April’s challenge, I was eager to write again this month. If you are unfamiliar with the main challenge, NaNoWriMo, it is a 30-day challenge to write a 50,000-word novel during November. However, the one big difference between the main one and camp is that during Camp NaNoWriMo you can change your word count goal. Additionally, you can choose to use the month to edit an existing novel, keeping track of how many hours or pages you work on. If you have beenRead More →

Can you believe that it is already June? The sixth month of the year means the arrival of summer. This means warmer weather should be heading our way and that the garden season is finally starting in Northern Ontario. With the chaos of the previous months over, or at least dying down a bit, I am truly looking forward to seeing what June has in store. Plus it’s my birthday month! Before we go over my June 2020 goals, let’s take a moment to look back at how I did with my May goals. May goals review May was such an incredibly busy month! IRead More →

Camp NaNoWriMo has come and gone. The finish line came zooming up and then it was over. Not only did the end come up faster than usual, but then time passed quickly after, and now it is almost mid-May. This year was quite different from most in a number of ways. Not only was the world going crazy, but I was trying something completely different with my writing as well. Needless to say, it was far more challenging than usual. Without further ado, let’s get into the Camp NaNoWriMo 2020 final update. Curious about how the first four weeks went? Check out my week 1,Read More →

It’s hard to believe that May is already here. Despite everything that is going on in the world, the last few months have flown by and we are steadily approaching the middle of the year. However, unlike March, April was a solid month. Sure, there is still plenty of uncertainty in the air and some of us are still adjusting, but for me, everything fell into a rhythm. The arrival of a new month means it’s time to reassess my goals and tailor them to my needs. Before we get into my May 2020 goals, let’s take a moment to look over how I didRead More →

Have you ever experienced the cherry blossoms in Japan? Known for their beauty, bringing in viewers from all over the world, cherry blossom, or sakura season is a big event in Japan. But it’s not just about their visual appeal. Stores become filled with sakura souvenirs and more importantly sakura flavored treats. The April 2020 Bokksu brought all of the flavors of sakura season with the Hanami Blossoms box. Want to give Bokksu a try? Sign up today! Use this referral link to get $10 off your first purchase. April 2020 Bokksu – Hanami Blossoms Handmade Sakura Candy Hard candy with just a hint ofRead More →

The finish line of Camp NaNoWriMo is that much closer now that the fourth week has come to an end. This means it’s time for the Camp NaNoWriMo 2020 week 4 update. While I love writing, it does have its challenges and this month has had plenty. Regardless, I find the challenges push me to become a better writer and to work at overcoming these hurdles. Writing by the seat of my pants is one of the biggest hurdles I have experienced. Yet I am glad that I chose to go this route for this month, as it shook up my normal writing routine. CuriousRead More →

Another week of writing has come and gone in April’s Camp NaNoWriMo. That means it’s time for the Camp NaNoWriMo 2020 week 3 update. This week wasn’t all that different from the previous two. I did get writing done, but it came with some struggles as well. Life also kept me busy as I have been ensuring the housework doesn’t fall behind and I’ve been getting some long overdue organizing projects done. Not to mention that I have been working on getting a bit of an early start to my garden, so writing hasn’t been my top priority right now. Even so, I am doingRead More →

The second week of Camp NaNoWriMo has come and gone. The nice thing about Camp NaNoWriMo is you can set whatever word count that you want or you can stick with the usual 50,000 words. With an end goal of 25,000 words, this week should be at 9163 words. Writing is a hobby that I truly enjoy though some months I get more done than others. With 30-day challenges like NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo, I get an extra boost to my writing muse – at least most of the time. This Camp NaNoWriMo 2020 week 2 update will show you how I’m doing with myRead More →

March was a crazy month, wasn’t it? This was by far the strangest and most unpredictable month. We all had setbacks to overcome, changes to embrace and a new way of life to adapt to. A lot of people struggled, while some had an easier time. Regardless of these life-changing times, we will get through it. I know a lot of people set monthly goals and will likely be disappointed that they didn’t reach them this month. Don’t worry about it. Be happy with what you did get done, no matter how big or little it was. I know I also had to adjust toRead More →