Third Quarter Goals (August Update)

So not only do I write I also work part-time. I actually like it, although I never saw myself working in retail again. I think this time I look at it differently and try to make each customer’s day a little brighter even when I can see they are in a bad mood.

I am so surprised to see so many come from where I grew up. Usually it’s one or two towns over. You just can’t mistake that New York accent! Still, as soon as I get home I feed the kids, grab a water and sit in that chair.

Therefore, with that being said, here go my goals for the third quarter.

Complete one fiction book a month. Fifty percent completed. Don’t know if I will finish before we head out for our trip. So many things keep popping up last minute and then there’s the “family gathering.”

Complete one non-fiction book a month. I was able to get two completed. I believe this was because I knew it was something I wouldn’t want to have looming when we returned home.

Read four books a month. I surprised myself with reading six books last month. True I was up to midnight most nights, but when you get a good book in your hands, it’s hard to stop.

Work on my Polish. Husband said to me that I should expect everyone speaking Polish when we go on our trip. We are going to Poland, right? What he meant is that we will be meeting lots of family, some he hasn’t seen since he was little. Aunts and uncles that are “old school” Polish.

Back to exercising. My husband and I went to the a Polish store in Palm Coast. I knew I was in trouble. Polish beer. Needless to say I have gain two pounds. Just need to move around more. Six hours in front of the computer does not help.

Even though I didn’t list it, quick look at my social media goal.

2611 Facebook Likes goal is 2500.

2242 Twitter followers goal is 2500.

187 YouTube subscribers goal is 200.

483 Instagram followers goal is 500.

Until next time…



Third Quarter Goals

Summer is going to fly by. I know it. Not only do I have a scheduled trip to Europe, but husband came home and said that we need to go on a cruise. Even though I can write anywhere, I still need the internet for everything else. That’s just how things are nowadays.

The last two quarters I focused on my social presence. Although that is very important, I refuse to stress over it this quarter. My concern will be my writing. It’s the one thing I’ve wanted to do since I first got my hands on a Nancy Drew book.

So with that being said, here go my goals for the third quarter.

Complete one fiction book a month. This is where I struggle, but I will keep going until it is achieved. “When the going get tough, the tough get going.”

Complete one non-fiction book a month. I am interested in so many things, I don’t think I’ll have to struggle for a new title monthly.

Read four books a month. Two geared towards writing and two for my pleasure. Growing up I remember the RIF commercial and it always said, “Reading is fundamental.” It’s still true.

Work on my Polish. Husband says moving to Poland is not off the table. After being together seven years, I probably know ten words. I know when he tells me to hush. Not happening.

Back to exercising. When I left my position of 11 years, I had won the Biggest Loser contest we were having. I basically went from 185 to 152 lbs. After a year home, I went up to 182. Although I haven’t worked out like I once did, I’ve been able to get to 158. Now it’s time to tighten up and define.

Despite the fact my social media isn’t listed, I still would like an increase of 10%. Have to keep on growing.

Until next time…



The Top 7 of My Bucket List

Unbelievably, seven years ago I really did not have a “bucket list” per se. My goals were to buy a house, make sure my children (all five of them) graduated and write full time. I thought that was all I wanted.

All of that changed once I met my husband. He came to the U.S. 1981 from Poland. After we married, he said he wanted to go to Poland and see his dad. Ziggy, hadn’t been back since he left, so he really wanted to go. However, there was one problem. I was terrified of flying. The last time that I had been on a plane, I was probably 10. Dread filled me until it was time to leave. That was six years ago.

Now, all I want to do is travel and since I’ve beaten my fear of flying, I have more to conquer. The top seven on my list are:

1.Travel to Romania. I have always loved vampires. I have all the old black and white Dracula movies as well as Nosferatu.

2 &3. Go to Scotland as well as Ireland. I have had a fascination with their culture since Elementary school. I would go into a clover field during recess, looking for a four-leaf clover. Yes, I did find a couple. I remember seeing something in a book about the Isle of Skye one day in Junior High. Before the class was over, I wrote a song about it. My husband wants to go to England, so I see us combining that.

4.Learn to swim. I can swim under water, but I have to come up to breath eventually. Sorry, no gills here.

5.Scuba dive. Living in Florida, you would think I would have been started this. I have one small problem. I am terrified of fish. Alive or dead, I am scared to death. But I’m not afraid of sharks. If I could pet them and not worry about them biting my hand off, I would.

6.Learn to surf. Yes, something else with the beach, but hey, this is Florida!

7.What goes with surfing? Paddle boarding. Being able to swim on top of the water is an absolute prerequisite.

Since my children are grown, sticking close to the house is no longer necessary. Now it’s just putting in the time request off. We’re good for this year and with our fingers crossed, Ziggy and I can get down to working on the list.