In Goals on
January 9, 2018

Stop Procrastinating and Vacuum Your Car

Am I the only one that needs to stop procrastinating and do those small annoying tasks, like vacuuming the car, that takes only ten minutes yet you put them off for months?

Right, okay. Glad I’m not alone there. This reminds me of a book I read several years ago, The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. Why wait months with the hallway in the dark instead of changing the broken lightbulb? Just do it! I’ll have to re-read the book, it’s been so long and I think I’d appreciate it a lot more now.

Today we are breaking up my bimonthly goals into my week two goals for the year. If you missed my previous posts, read my Jan/Feb goals and my New Year’s Resolutions that they contribute to.

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In Goals on
January 2, 2018

Time to Finally Donate the Bag of Clothes that has Been in my Trunk for Months

Guys, we can now break-in our 2018 planners! Do you know how pumped I am to use my new agenda? What planner are you using this year?

Since we’ve already talked about my New Year’s Resolutions and the bimonthly goals for January and February that are going to contribute to them, let’s break those monthly goals down into what I’m going to accomplish this week. Most of these goals contribute to the whole, along with a few small to-dos.

Yes, I like to get that detailed. How else do you complete goals without first breaking them into smaller steps?

Let me know how you are tackling your goals this week in the comments.

For the first week of January, I will…

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In Goals on
January 1, 2018

I’m Beyond Excited for Judy Blume’s Master Class

Are you there Judy? It’s me Rebecca and I just bought your $90 Master Class with 5+ hours of material I’m really excited to listen and learn from… Not the best title in the world, but I’m over the moon for Judy Blume and now she’s my teacher!

Okay, Rebecca, breathe a little.

Hi everyone, this marks our first-ever bimonthly goals session where I go through my New Year’s Resolutions and take some action to-dos for the first two months of the year.

It’s all about those baby steps.

What have you done today to follow your dreams?

Remember, what you do every day matters more than what you do every once in awhile.

So let’s break some of these goals down.

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In Goals on
December 31, 2017

Forget About New Year’s Resolutions – Attract Your Future with Action Plans

Hi! Long time. And it’s been a long time since I’ve posted for many reasons. One of those reasons: I’m proud to share that I’ve written two drafts of a book this year! I’m ecstatic to explore that area of my career and so much more in 2018 through my goal action plans. Simply changing the way I viewed my goals completely altered how likely I was to succeed.

The goals I have for 2018 are ambitious and exciting. I know the beauty of small actions and daily habits will get me there. They are New Year’s Resolutions, but I think that term is given a bad rep. I like to focus on them as action items to make my life better, broken down into monthly and weekly to-dos.

2018 New Year's Resolutions

How to keep your new year’s resolutions (for real this time)

Here is what I plan to accomplish in 2018 through daily actions.

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In Tips, Writing on
October 29, 2017

5 Weird NaNoWriMo Word Count Tricks that WORK (Believe Me, I’ve Tried Them)

If you have known me for any small amount of time, you know that I write. It’s just who I am. So naturally, writing 50,000 words in one month for NaNoWriMo (AKA National Novel Writing Month) seems like a heck of a lot of fun and I’m all in. This will be my 4th year participating. At the end of this post I’ll also share where you watch my new NaNoWriMo webinar series, so stay tuned.

In these 4 years, I’ve come up with some funny word count tricks to help get more writing time in during the day. You are going to LAUGH but also love these hacks at the same time.

How to Exceed Your NaNoWriMo Word Count Every Day

  1. The “Bathroom Break” – During NaNoWriMo, every time you have to go to the bathroom tell yourself you can’t get your ass off the toilet until you have written 3 sentences. Now come on, don’t pretend you don’t use your phone in the bathroom. With how often we go to the bathroom in the day, this is a quick way to get more writing in.
  2. Add in a “Toddler Moment” – Everyone has tantrums every once in awhile, your characters do too. Sprinkle in at least one of these unreasonable tantrums throughout your novel to show your character’s pet peeves, fears, and how they act when they are hangry.
  3. The “Commercial Break” Workout – Similar to tip 1, don’t waste your time! Everyone needs a TV break every now and again, but don’t let it make you into a writing sloth. During commercial breaks, do word sprints. And if you are Netflix binging? Pause half way through an episode, write for ten minutes, watch the other half, write for another ten minutes, then start the cycle again.
  4. Bribe Yourself – Met that word count goal during your last sprint? COFFEE BREAK! Did double the amount of words you did yesterday? TARGET RUN! You get the idea. The key though, if you don’t meet your goal – no coffee or Target for you. Keep yourself accountable!
  5. Art Mimics Life – As you move through the month, keep a notebook or section in your phone to write down the mundane things we need to do all the time, as well as life’s surprises (hello, flat tire).  Then, challenge yourself to incorporate these real-life scenarios into your novel to aid the plot. Maybe the protagonist meets their true love by helping them with their car troubles. Having these background pieces add realism to your story and fluff your word count.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, are a few tips that help me reach my writing goals during NaNoWriMo. What NaNoWriMo tips do you have? Share them in the comments.

BUT WAIT, DO THIS FIRST – If you want to know my 5 NaNoWriMo Success Principles, check out my new Skillshare course. With this referral link you get a two months membership for free, so you can take my under 30 minute class and dozens of others before your free trial closes. Afterward, it’s only $10 a month. I’ve already taken three classes this week and love it.

NaNoWriMo Tips and Tricks

What does the class cover? The exact formula to winning NaNoWriMo, based on the patterns I’ve noticed when I’ve both won and lost the challenge over the past few years. Check it out and make sure to rate the course with what you liked and didn’t, I’d appreciate the feedback.

In Motherhood, My Journal on
September 30, 2017

I’m Hard-Core Mourning The End of Breastfeeding

1 Year Old and Ready to EAT

Jack Douglas Cortes is now a toddler. Just that sentence makes me want to cry. And to-be-honest, I’ve been crying a lot lately. He’s growing up faster than I could possibly imagine and we’re crossing one milestone after another. Two weeks ago, we reached the end of our nursing phase and I’m taking it a lot harder than I thought I would.

But also I just established that I cry a lot, so maybe it shouldn’t have come as a surprise to me that stopping our nursing routine would HURT. A lot.

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In Events, My Journal on
September 14, 2017

Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma Tree Damage

The largest hurricane I’ve ever seen just hit my home, Hurricane Irma. To say we got lucky this time would be an understatement. Seeing the damage to our apartment complex and our neighboring area, realizing that it all could have been so much worse if the hurricane had stayed on its original path… As a mother and provider for my family, it was horrifying to know everything we held dear could have been stripped away from us like the victims of last month’s Hurricane Harvey.

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