October 2015 in Review

What I focused on in October
1. The 4th draft of When Life Hands You Lymes
2. Busy times at my non-writing job 
3. Nicole’s wedding
Birthday Challenge and Dream List Update

2. Pray the “prayer of Jebez” every day for three months {One Month}
3. Read the whole Bible {Read: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings and 2 Kings}
4. Go to Wednesday night church 24 times {1 Time}
7. Read the Proverb of the day every day for six months {1 Month}
10. Make 24 meals from different countries {3 Meals}
11. Get up at 6:15 or before 24 days in a row (not counting weekends) {11 Days in October}
12. Go to bed at 10:30 or before 24 nights (not in a row) {8 Nights}
13. Write a monthly review on my blog within 5 days of the end of the month whenever internet is available {1 Month} 
14. Blog my 3 (or more) top goals for each month within 5 days of the beginning of each month whenever internet is available {1 Month}
15. Write 24 book reviews {3 here, here and here}
16. Make 24 baby blankets for crisis pregnancy centers {The equivalent of 2}
23. Read 24 non-fiction books {4}


None

Reading Update

Fiction: 8
Non-fiction: 4
Reviews: 3

Traveling 

Nights gone: 1
New states or countries: None

October Goal Update 

1. Finish the Fourth Draft of When Life Hands You Lymes – Yes
2. Focus and do an amazing job with the MWR (a big project at my non-writing job) – Yes
3. Read two non-fiction books and write reviews – Yes: 4 non-ficion books read, 3 reviews 
4. Finish two baby blankets – Pretty much. I ran out of yarn for one blanket, so I started a new one and made the equivalent of two
5. Finish figuring out my 24 before 24 challenges – Yes
What I’ve Been Learning

Let’s not laugh at the redundancy here, but I’ve been learning a lot about writing. It’s my job, I study it quite frequently, especially during the last few months. There’s always more to learn, so it’s good I find studying the craft interesting. 
I’m a mixture of a plotter (someone who has a plot before they begin their book) and a pantster (someone who “flies by the seat of their pants” coming up with the direction of their story as they go along), but I’m probably more of a plotter than I realized. Plots are important, a concept that was repeatedly pounded into my head by my cousin, and I work best when I have at least an outline in front of me to refer back to. I also need to remember to email myself all my plots so I can find them even on different computers. 
What I fill my mind with is very important. It’s not worth it to pour junk into my brain even if I paid for that junk (not knowing what it was). I need to set my standards and not back down. That means even if the book I’m reading about writing is really good as far as content goes, if it steps across the bounds I’ve set for myself in regards of language I need to toss it. 
I’ve also been learning about famous/influential people such as: Joan of Arc, Mother Teresa, and Hannah Moore. It’s amazing to see how little things in our lives can end up making big differences. I won’t make a good difference in the world by mistake. I have to be intentional and prioritize, grow, learn and become. It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it. 
It’s recently been hitting me how much I’ve learned through reading. Rosa Parks? I could tell you most of her life’s story including what color car her husband owned. Florence Nightingale? She was one of my good friends growing up and I was pretty convinced I was going to name my first daughter after her. (I did name a kitten after her…) Eleanor Roosevelt? Harriet Tubman? I’d probably read three Historical Fiction books about each of them before I was a teenager. Reading has taught me so much and I’m thankful for that. 

Other 

October started off with a flurry of activity and a beautiful bang when our ‘almost-sister’ Nicole got married. Our family spent several days helping set up for the wedding, the wedding itself and then tearing down everything. It was a lovely, exciting, fun-filled and busy occasion that created a lot of wonderful memories and gave me a new brother-in-law. I’m pretty sure that eating donuts in the middle of the night at the conclusion of a road trip after a wedding is an experience that I won’t ever forget. Except when my brain tries to tell me it was just a dream… 
We had some friends of ours visit from Georgia, so that was fun. Sadly I wasn’t feeling the best during their visit (I had some weird flu-ish type of thing going on), but I still had a good time. The best part was when we had a campfire and ate chili and hotdogs and drank apple cider. 
Oh! And speaking of that: October had a lot of apple cider and campfires which are two of my favorite things so that in and of itself made it a good month. Happy, happy autumn. 
This month is a little sparse on the “other” section because so much of the month was filled with editing. In fact, looking back on the month I can hardly remember anything else, although I know that obviously isn’t true. I had to have at least slept at some point in time…  
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What about y’all? What did you do during October? 

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