Goals Update

With only one day left in January I’m happy to report I’ve completed two goals and am still on track for my others.
As of Saturday evening I completed the rough draft of my first novel. I also met my January word count goal.
I’m still blogging three times a week.
So far 2012 is off to a great start.

Thoughts From Ecclesiastes

In our Sunday night Bible study Pastor Jon asked a question which has camped out in the back of my mind all week. He asked “What do you believe is the work God gave you to do on the earth?”

I should pause here to tell you we’re studying Ecclesiastes. Um, yeah. It’s one of the books I’ve always kind of skimmed over. Mostly because it brings me down and I don’t really get it.

Back to the question. The verse on which this question was based is Ecclesiastes 3:10. It makes a difference which translation you use:

The Message: I’ve had a good look at what God has given us to do-busywork mostly.

New King James: I have seen the God-given task with which the sons of men are to be occupied.

I get two very different pictures of this verse from these two translations. Most of the time my day job feels like busy work, like a way to pay the mortgage and buy groceries. It doesn’t feel God inspired at all.

But sometimes when I’m writing it feels like the second translation, like it’s a God-given task.

Maybe I’ve just stumbled on my answer.

Dog Training Is Hard Work

Saturday, Daniel and I took our dog, Jack, to meet a couple of our friends and their dogs to work at Happy Dog Ranch. We had a great time and learned a lot. Mostly I learned that training a dog is really, really, really hard work for the humans and the dog. Thankfully, Jack is smart and wants to please us. The biggest hurdle seems to be me learning to speak fluent Border Collie. I’m not gifted at languages, especially not Border Collie. But Jack’s very patient with me, and I’m learning.

Daniel and Jack at Happy Dog Ranch

Mid-Month Goal Check-In

Accountability time. So far I’m doing well working toward my goals for this year. No cause for too much excitement since 2012 is only two and a half weeks old. But still, I’m happy.

Blog three times a week? Check

Finish rough draft of current story by 1/31/12? On target, well, maybe a little ahead of target. 🙂

Next up? Work on Genesis Contest entry the minute I finish the rough draft of the current story.

Honesty Versus Kindness

If you’re sitting at a local coffee shop having a cup with a friend do you tell her she needs to wipe her nose? What about if you notice your co-worker’s pants are unzipped after he returns from a break, what do you say? Do you tell your BFF if her jeans really do make her butt look bigger?

Okay, just to make this clear, if you see me and I need to wipe my nose, please tell me. Please.

Maybe the trickier situation is when your friend is an artist, let’s say a singer, and she sings a song that just isn’t suited to her voice. How do answer that when she asks your opinion? Or what if she doesn’t ask your opinion?

In the world of hypothetical situations or vague blog posts it’s easy to decide. But in reality? It’s hard for me. I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. It’s especially hard when the event is already public, when the embarrassment factor multiplies exponentially.

Gluten Free Friday

One of the first websites I discovered when I decided to try a gluten-free diet a few months ago was Gluten Free on a Shoestring by Nicole Hunn. Her cookbook by the same name is the first gluten-free cookbook I bought as well.

I’ve tried several of her recipes and find them easy to follow and quite tasty. I’ve also purchased a couple of the products she recommends on her site and find her reviews accurate and fair.

Thoughts of Themes

In working on meeting my goal of blogging three times a week, I’ve been trying to think of possible themes for certain days. For instance, I think Fridays will become “Gluten Free Friday.”

My plan is to blog routinely each Monday, Wednesday, Friday. I just can’t come up with a theme for Mondays and Wednesdays yet. But I will.

Some come back Friday for my first Gluten Free Friday.

End of the First Week Goal Update

So after the first week of the year I’m doing pretty well with my goals except for the one where I’m supposed to blog three times a week. I totally forgot about it today. But here I am, getting in the first of three blog posts this week.

After so many failed attempts at getting a blog going regularly I’m determined to succeed. So even though this post is really about nothing, it counts.

Now to add “write blog post” to my task calendar complete with reminders so I can post in a more timely manner.