March 2016 in Review

What I Focused on in March: 

1. Editing and cutting down the word count in When Life Hands You Lymes 

2. Training for the marathon – Eating healthy, tracking my food, walking/running 121 miles 

3. Working at regaining my creativity 
4. My non-writing job 
Birthday Challenge and Dream List Update 
2. Pray the “prayer of Jebez” every day for three months {Completed in December. +3)
3. Read the whole Bible {Psalm, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi}
4. Go to Wednesday night church 24 times {3}
6. Read 12 non-fiction “spiritual” books {4}
7. Read the Proverb of the day every day for six months {Completed March 31st}
12. Go to bed at 10:30 or before 24 nights (not in a row) {Completed}
13. Write a monthly review on my blog within 5 days of the end of the month whenever internet is available {6 months}
14. Blog my 3 (or more) top goals for each month within 5 days of the beginning of each month whenever internet is available {4 months}
15. Write 24 book reviews {8}
17. Track my food for 24 days in a row, not counting weekends {Completed March 28th}23. Read 24 non-fiction books {7}


Reading Update
Fiction: 8
Non-Fiction: 7
Reviews: 15 
Audio Books: 4 (fiction)
Nights Gone: 1
New Countries or States: None 
March Goals 

1. Walk or jog 100 miles – YES (121 miles)
2. Work 80 hours on my non-writing job – YES
3. Work 100 hours on my writing work – YES
4. Read at least an hour each day – YES 
5. Read and review 4 non-fiction books – YES (7)
6. Either re-write or edit each chapter in WLHYL – YES
7. Write at least 300 words on the re-writes every day – YES (although I won’t use most of them, they were more for practice)

What I’ve Been Learning
I spent March filling my brain with a bunch of words and it really helped me in various ways. I learned about goals, finances, technology, creativity, and living the way God wants me to live. 
It also hit me in March that although I’ve spent years being quite creative, creativity isn’t simply a part of my life – I have to cultivate it. The last couple of months were kinda “creativity killers” so I worked at learning how to combat that lifestyle and learn how to once again embrace creativity. Thankfully it was a fun process and really helpful. 
Throughout the month it was interesting to get to study the countries I “visited” in the Around the World in Fifty-Two Weeks series: Italy, South Korea, Reunion Island, Luxembourg, and Denmark. It can be hard at times to find interesting information that I can weave into a short story, so it’s been a good challenge for me.
I’ve also been working at learning how to set realistic monthly and weekly goals that stretch me, but don’t totally overwhelm me. Thankfully I’m getting better in this arena of life.  

This month I celebrated Noveltea’s 4th birthday, stayed home most of the month, and got to cut grass for the first time in 2016. 
I also discovered how to borrow audio books online through the library. *cue celebration music* It’s been really fun to listen to books while doing mindless work and while walking. Hearing the books instead of reading them has actually helped me pay attention better. I skim read a lot and so not being able to skim read has been an eye-opening experience. 
Walking and really training for the marathon I’m, Lord willing, going to run in October was one of the best and most challenging parts of the month. Ramping my health into full gear is well-worth the pain and discipline it takes. 
I reviewed (on Goodreads) every single one of the books I read in March, so that was a new experience for me. It was enjoyable to get to review the books, and really helped me gauge them as I was reading. I’m petty sure that 15 reviews in one month is my record, but I’m not positive. 
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It’s that time again where we get to choose where Annie goes for this week in our Friday Series, Around the World in Fifty-Two WeeksMy blogging buddy, Hosanna, helped choose the country this week. (Thanks!) And the destination is: Bhutan!  

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