become more fully alive in time

As I was connecting with other 2016 NaNoWriMo writers a few days ago, I Β stumbled upon an online writing group titled Insecure Writer’s Support Group (ISWG). Straight away, I joined the group because, when it comes to writing, I love nothing more than to read what other writers are doing!

At any rate, the Wednesday December 7 prompt focused on planning, which also requires that we reflect on what occurred and what we’ve learned.

So, below are some of the questions from the original prompt, as well as my own,… and of course, my responses. πŸ™‚

[Spoiler Alert: this is a slightly longer than usual post for me.]

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Forward Planning for 2017:

What have I achieved this year?

In 2016, I am excited to acknowledge that I began writing again as well as creating and selling cross stitch patterns on Etsy. This blog, which I also started this year, has served as a space where I can experiment with my writing endeavors, unload my thoughts and experiences as I learn to live with depression, anxiety, and Lynch Syndrome.

What things didn’t I complete?

When I first began the blog in August, I thought I would post something every day. I was definitely swinging for the bleachers with that goal. πŸ™‚

Occasionally, I have also struggled with balancing the many hats I wear and determining where my own self worth derives from and resides. I realize this is not directly linked to writing, but I don’t want to get into the habit of mentally beating myself up if I don’t write or post or read.

What can I do differently on my writing journey in the coming year?

This leads me to the next question – what can I do differently and how will I mentally conceptualize my creative endeavors?

My creative goals for 2017:

  1. Weekly blog posts: Β 2 days each week (maybe 3 as a treat & as time permits).
  2. Experiment with podcasting on my blog.
  3. Read & write book review for at least 1 book per month (I have always loved to read & I’d like to support more small publishing efforts that I see taking place online).
  4. Write 3-4 poems per month (revisit after January/February to see if this is feasible).
  5. Finish & revise 2016NaNoWriMo novel (determine if I will be ready to participate in the 2017 NaNoWriMo).
  6. Participate in 2017NaNoWriPo in April.
  7. Create and post 3-4 cross stitch patterns to Etsy.
  8. Complete at least 3-4 small and 1-2 larger cross stitch projects.
  9. Continue bi-weekly therapy sessions with my psychologist.
  10. Continue monthly/bimonthly psychiatry visits.

Did I create SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-Based) goals?

As I read through the above list, I am already concerned that I may be swinging for the bleachers — again — but I think by creating calendar reminders and giving myself permission to adjust my goals, then this is experience will focus on the experience of creative living rather than the product of that creative activity.

A month or so ago, I created and started using a Google spreadsheet to keep track of literary journals’ publishing deadlines, which has served well as a motivation to write. I suppose using Google calendar will also help. Maybe even use the Google Keep for tasks as well.

I’m not a big fan of lists, calendar deadlines, etc., but I think trying some of these tools will emphasize my successes to myself rather than any shortcomings or perceived failures.

Here’s to adding more magic — the mystical — to our lives in 2017! πŸ™‚

Help me to be less fearful of the measure of time, and more fully alive in the time that simply is. Help me to live time, not just to simply use it; to breathe it in, and return it in acts of love and presence.



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26 thoughts on “become more fully alive in time

        • Oh wow – thank you. πŸ™‚ I sometimes worry I am not doing enough on here – reading other bloggers, posting comments, consistently posting to my own blog. I suppose that is just the anxiety portion of my brain taking over at those moments. I am sure that your creative endeavors are inspiring your students as well. πŸ™‚ I definitely am as well! Nice to connect with other teachers on here. πŸ™‚


  1. I love this. I also like that you’ve already made a list for 2017. Although it’s less than 3 weeks from now, I just realized.

    Your blog looks so nice! This is the first post I’ve read, but I’m already following. ❀

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  2. Those are some intense 2017 goals. They’re making my plans of “get through 2017 without a lynchmob happening” feel kind of lame πŸ™‚

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  3. I was also thinking about setting some goals for next year. More blog related. I’m not a set goal type of person lol, but I think it would be a good thing to get clear on what I want to achieve. This is really inspiring. Love your blog and thanks for the follow. I followed you back! πŸ™‚

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    • I totally relate regarding goal setting. I have a lot of things I want to achieve but I am not sure if all of those goals are realistic – especially in 12 months. πŸ™‚ Thank you for the follow as well and I look forward to reading more of your posts! πŸ™‚


  4. Your discovery of IWSG seems to have been ideal timing.

    Tools: You may wish to review a product called Evernote ( It seamlessly provides a place to integrate everything you’re working on. I use the standard version, not the premium and am able to access all the notes on the go with my phone. If you’d like an example, I can provide a view of a recently begun project.

    Lynch Syndrom. What a thing to juggle, and you’re making yourself available to others by sharing it. I hope that helps in some way with the depression, etc.

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    • Thank you, Sandra! Yes, the IWSG was a serendipity moment a week or so ago. πŸ™‚ I would be really curious to see your examples with Evernote. I’ve heard of it but never tinkered with it. Thank you for offering to share! And the Lynch Syndrome has definitely been a game changer – life changing event. Writing about it and the depression has helped me release a lot of thoughts and emotions surfacing. Better to let it go than to let it build up. πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you so much, Jacqui! I definitely have created a goal list with options. I figure if I even complete a quarter of the list, I am in a good place. πŸ™‚ Either way, I am in a good place. How are your writing/blogging goals coming along for 2017? That End of Year Maintenance post has helped me think about what I can be doing over the holiday break and into the next year. πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing!


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