Sunday Salon: November 23, 2014
Most of my activity this week has surrounded final preparations for upcoming trips. Since they were booked months ago, I have managed to contain my excitement – until now. Here is a countdown of forthcoming events:
- Thanksgiving = 4 days away
- Christmas = 31 days away
- New Year’s = 38 days away
- Family Cruise = 56 days away
- Two-week European Tour with 37 students/parents = 112 days away
I anticipate the next few weeks will be a blur of last-minute preparations, high level excitement, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Fortunately I will have my camera with me at all times, documenting all memorable moments to be relived and enjoyed for years to come.
Reading: Ok… so last week I shared my theory that reading before bed creates an automatic response: SLEEP. So I decided to stop reading at bedtime in order to reverse this learned behavior.
The good news: I kept the promise. I did not read in bed.
The bad news: I did not read.
While I am disappointed in myself … I refuse to give up. I shall try again this week (or maybe next… this week is pretty busy with Thanksgiving preparations… I don’t want to set myself up for failure).
Writing: My writing this week has taken a slightly different direction. While I am still committed to the writer’s manifesto, focusing on travel articles, middle grade fiction, and personal essays, I have spent most of this week developing a marketing plan.
I recently shared my writer’s conference experience: I left feeling a bit disappointed. I was convinced I should write, but unsure of my message. That is no longer the case!
I now have a direction that combines my interest in photography, my love of teaching, and my desire to help others tell their story. I even have a working title, Milestone Memoirs, and have started to assemble ideas for future blog posts and group presentations.
I am excited – energized – and ready to put this business plan in motion by January 1st.
Blogging: All the business writing caused me to post an addendum to my soul’s agenda. I also continued my 30 days of gratitude, which I have greatly enjoyed. While blogging everyday is too much pressure to maintain indefinitely, I do plan to continue the practice of reviewing life’s blessings on a daily basis.
Here in the United States we are preparing for Thanksgiving Day this Thursday. For those who celebrate, I wish you peace and joy as you gather around the family table for the traditional turkey dinner. And for others, I wish you blessings this final week of November.
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