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In My Journal on
November 2, 2015

Hello November! NaNoWriMo Goals and More

November NaNoWriMo goals

Hello there, Kind Friends. November, my absolute favorite month of the year, is at our door. Here I’m going to share with you all my monthly goals, as a way to keep myself accountable and to also inspire you to set your own goals.

Goals are instrumental to keeping your dreams on track. Please do tell me your goals in the comments so we can both help each other.

So, why is this my favorite month? Well, November is National Novel Writing Month. AKA NaNoWriMo.

During NaNoWriMo thousands of people around the world group together to write a 50,000 word novel in a month. That equals about 1,667 words in a day.

It’s a really exciting time for those of us that love goals and being creative. I participated in this event last year and was able to make it to 36,000 words while also getting married. I feel super excited about this achievement.

This year I’m participating again! Since this event is going to take up a lot of my free time, it is my main goal for this month. Make sure you are following me on YouTube to get weekly updates on this project.

I have two other goals this month, to focus on my health and the cleanliness of the house. I’ve printed out two freebie pages from the Day Designer website to help me keep track of what I’m eating and how active I’m being, as well as a weekly chore chart to help Chris and I stay on track of our usual house duties. I think having a list to check off daily is going to be really motivating.

As for last month’s goals, I was successful in drinking six glasses of water a day AND writing an hour a day (for the most part). I definitely did not stretch for five minutes a day. I honestly kept forgetting.

Maybe as I keep track of my activities this month I’ll be able to incorporate that goal back into my routine.

What goals do you have for the month?

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In My Journal on
April 8, 2015

Hello April, Hello Spring! What hopes may you bring?

Hello April, Hello Spring! What hopes may you bring?

Hi Kind Friends, welcome to the Spring season! I have high hopes for April.

This past March was both stressful and also rewarding. I got so much accomplished for the blog (have you noticed the more organized pages, category, and tag system?) and sent out many applications for what I hope will land me a fulfilling new job. Thankfully I also started a fitness regimen again and my energy and sleep levels have dramatically improved. I’m feeling healthier than ever. I know all of that hard work is going to bleed into this happier April month.

This April in particular I want to focus on a few things, like my creative writing (I’m participating in Camp NaNoWriMo!) and finishing up my wedding album. I’m adding a detailed description to each of my album pages so that I won’t forget a thing. Some of the little details are already fading so I need to get this done ASAP. I can’t believe Chris and I have been married for four months already. Small things I plan on for April are some pool sessions and figuring out my dry brushing routine. I just started using a dry brush in the morning and at night and can’t wait to see what results I’ll see from it in April.

To end this short journal entry, I have a little poem I wrote about the upcoming warmer seasons. I’d appreciate if you could also check out this poem on my Wattpad writing account and follow me there for more writing updates.

The Warmer Months by Rebecca Kelsey Sampson

Hello April!
Hello Spring!
What hopes may you bring?
Hello May,
To my dismay.
Are you here to stay?
Hello June!
Oh my cheerful bloom!
A warming tune, I’m sure.
This Spring brings my happiness,
I insist. I implore.

Hello July,
My faithful American fly!
Do you bring love with your warmth?
Hello August,
My comfy sun.
Is my tan bringing the fun?
Hello September,
Are you my last Summer adventure?
See you again, my dear old friend.

Did you do everything you wanted to do in March? Did my goals spark any ideas for what you’d like to accomplish in April? Let’s chat in the comment section.

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In Tips on
December 3, 2014

What I Learned During #NaNoWriMo

nanowrimo prep

Hi Kind Friends! Guess what? I wrote a book last month! That is pretty insane.

If you didn’t read my first update about this challenge, for National Novel Writing Month people all around the world attempt to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days by writing 1,667 words every single day.

I didn’t meet the 50K goal but I did get to 35K. Can you believe that?! With the wedding and honeymoon it was impossible for me to write the suggested word count but I did write every day, even on my wedding day. It honestly bummed me out at first that I didn’t complete the challenge but after a day of reflection I came to become extremely proud of all that I had done last month. November was seriously a happy whirlwind of activity.

I am really proud of my novel so far and have already started working on my second draft.

The title: The Enchanting, Unbelievable, Quirky, and Occasionally Frightening Dream Journal of Juniper Collins (AKA The Story of Last Night)

You have no idea how proud I feel. After a few more drafts I’m going to start researching how I can send it for publishing consideration. I’ll keep you updated on that journey as I get going.

Now what did I learn this month?

  1. 50 thousand words does not make a novel, you actually make a novel.
  2. “Write what you know” is easier than it sounds once you get started.
  3. The more you use your imagination, the more your creativity finds you.
  4. Only you know your song, don’t let other people change your tune.

Pretty profound insights if you ask me. I am so pumped about this month and the coming year.

Have you learned any life lessons recently?



In My Journal on
November 3, 2014

#NaNoWriMo First Thoughts

nanowrimo check in

Hi Kind Friends! Today I’m going to share with you my thoughts on the first two days of NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days, writing a little more than 1,600 words a day. It’s a fun opportunity to be creative and bond with other writers all over the world.

On omghow: How to Write a Book in 30 Days (NaNoWriMo Style)

If you haven’t been following me on Twitter, I’m @RebeccaKSampson. I’ve been updating you guys on my word count progress a lot during the day! Thanks to everyone that has been responding to my tweets with encouragement, it means a lot.

So far I’m really excited with how my story is developing and am ahead on my word count. Go me! I’m trying to write ahead of the guided word count for as many days as possible since I’m not sure how much writing I’ll be able to do on my honeymoon this month.

For the first day I did more of my writing on my balcony and in our entertainment room. On the second day I went to my first NaNoWriMo event, a write-in at Panera Bread. A group of over 10 people got together with our laptops and notebooks and we just sat together writing and chatting. It was a really fun experience. I’m looking forward to going again next Sunday!

I’ll be sharing with you more details on my story in the next check-in. Stay tuned! If you want a sneak peek, add me as a Writing Buddy so you can see my title.

Day 1: 4433
Day 2: 6554

Today will be the first test as to how many words I’ll be able to write during a work day. Wish me luck!


In Happiness, Tips on
March 22, 2012

How-To Create a Gratitude Journal

How to Create a Gratitude Journal

Hi Kind Friends! The first rule to journaling is that there are no set rules. However, I’ve learned a lot about a few different journaling techniques recently that I wanted to share.

The first, creating a gratitude journal.

It doesn’t have to be anything complicated. Just write down a few things you were grateful for each day. I think three grateful things is a good number to stick with but if that isn’t always easy or you find yourself repeating the same things – start with just a sentence a day. The point is to keep journaling short, so it doesn’t feel like an annoying task, but you still have some wonderful things to look back on when you re-read your journal.

An example entry from one my notebooks:

Yeah, I took it to a really weird place.

2015 update: I now write one sentence about what I am grateful for in my daily planner. It’s easy to remember to do right before i set my to-do list for the day.

What are you grateful for today?