goals Tag

Taking Inventory

This is a photograph of the entry I made in my fancy agenda on March 29, 2016--one year ago today. I had begun the year with the intention of drawing one picture in each day's box to represent something significant that had taken place that day. The drawings began as miniature watercolors, then morphed to pen and ink drawings, then morphed to nice pencil drawings. By March they had morphed into just basic pencil sketches, and...

Fishing

Not to brag or anything, but the first fish I ever caught was pretty big. A "boca grande," my father called it. He had baited the hook for me and taught me how to cast the line, then left me sitting on the side of the pond with instructions to be very quiet and very patient while he wandered over to check his other lines. I sat for a long time there on that patch of...

Beyond the Bucket

Last week was pretty eye-opening. I guess I hadn't really had time to think about much else other than my memoir over the past two years, but in a way I think I might have thought that once it was all written and polished, once I had reached my bucket-item goal, I'd be done. But of course, that's not the case at all, and I knew this all along too.   Finishing this literary work was my bucket item,...

Home Stretch

I have received incredibly insightful, meticulous, and sincere feedback from my beta readers. I am fortunate to have these people in my life and so grateful to them for helping me make this book the best it can possibly be before sending it off to an agent. My next draft, officially number three and the one I intend to submit, is going to be ever so much more powerful than the first two! I can't...

My Bucket Item

On October 29 of this past year, I went to a meeting at work about setting goals. They were implementing a new evaluation system and trying to hype us up about it with an activity. The lady facilitating the meeting told us to take a piece of white paper from the table and write down three items from our "bucket list".   "Some of you can write pages and pages of them," she said, "but I want...