When You Start Off Knocked Down

There’s nothing quite like the excitement as the new year rolls in. Whether you actually stay awake to see the ball drop, or if you simply celebrate the first day of the new year, it’s the time for resolutions, fresh goals, and new beginnings.

Today is the 5th day of the new year. We haven’t even gone a week yet. And while you see this blog post, be assured that I just posted it barely on time this morning. I haven’t refined it or done anything I normally do to make it an amazing post, because I’m rushing to get it done, and worn out mentally already.

Why?
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Pause Before The New Year

While goal-setting and being productive are good things, I can easily burn out from too much. That might seem really odd, but I think what happens is I ramp up my efforts, I set some nearly impossible goals, and set the train of progress in motion at dangerous speeds. I can travel maybe a mile like that, maybe five, before I just simply fall off the tracks.

Essentially, my brain gives up and fatigue sets in. I find that it’s too much. I went too fast too quickly, and consequently I crash and blow up in flames.

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Merry Christmas to All: Remember the Poor, the Widowed, the Lonely, the Hurting

This week is Christmas! I love Christmas. Like, really, really love Christmas. I have very fond memories of Christmas growing up, and it’s no different joy in my adult years, if the actual Christmas day looks a little different from year to year (being married, and our families being far apart, we switch Christmases).

I don’t want to make you depressed, but I do want to pause, before we get to Christmas day, and just send a reminder out about those for whom Christmas may not be the most wonderful time of the year. My heart has really been aching for those that are struggling with this joyous season. Pray for people who are in these situations:
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Intentionality: 3 Ways To Make Progress On Your Dream

How I Edited Book 2, Twice, In 5 Months (After Over 5 Years Of Editing)

I published the first book of my series The Guardian of Hope in early 2009. I then spent the next five years agonizing over the editing of Book 2. I got maybe a fourth of the way through.

Then I changed tactics. And from late April to the end of October, about five and a half months, I completed the remaining editing. And not just the first round of edits, but that includes going through Book 2 a second time. I got an entire round of second edits in that timeframe too. Book 2 is now waiting on feedback and a last round of edits before it gets send on to the publisher.

Now, for some people, this wouldn’t seem like a big deal. But you have to understand that I dislike editing. I love writing. Editing…not so much. I could do without it. Honestly, I’d rather let other people do all the editing, but I want my work to be good so I have to edit it myself.

Which explains why it had taken me five years to get through a fourth of Book 2. Part of it, granted, was life changes – I moved, got married and moved in with my husband, changed jobs a few times, and moved again. So granted, there was a lot going on.

Yet despite that, and despite my dislike of editing, I was dragging my feet. I felt like I could never find time to edit, let alone do much writing (although I did some on stories outside of The Guardian of Hope.)

So if finishing the first round of edits, and completing the second round of edits in five months doesn’t sound impressive, how about also writing 245,152 words in those five months, on top of the editing?
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