Getting Personal #270: January Goals

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Welcome back!

Here are my goals for the month of January:

  1. Make progress with editing book #2.
  2. Read at least two books.
  3. Publish my Stranger Things The Upside Down LEGO Set post.
  4. Continue de-cluttering.
  5. Completely clean out my closet and re-organize.
  6. Send certain clothing items and shoes to Cottey College for their professional clothes closet.
  7. Continue meal planning.
  8. Begin book cover designing with Canva.
  9. Continue researching and learning about becoming an author.

What about you? Do you have any goals for the month of January?


Until the next headline, Laura Beth πŸ™‚

Getting Personal #269: My Favorite Things of 2021

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So, before starting the lists of favorites, here’s my tally for books and Book Reviews for 2021:


Now, on to my favorites!

Favorite Books

Favorite Movies

  • Baby Driver
  • Beanie Mania (HBO Max)
  • Black Widow
  • Coming 2 America (Amazon Prime Video)
  • Don’t Look Up (Netflix)
  • Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions (Disney+)
  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife
  • Moxie (Netflix)
  • Noelle (Disney+)
  • Richard Jewell (HBO Max)
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
  • Space Jam: A New Legacy (HBO Max)
  • Spider-Man: No Way Home
  • The Tomorrow War (Amazon Prime Video)
  • Without Remorse (Amazon Prime Video)

Favorite TV Shows

  • Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children (HBO Max)
  • Black and Missing (HBO Max)
  • Cold Case – Seasons 1 – 7 (HBO Max)
  • Hawkeye (Disney+)
  • Head of the Class – Original Series (HBO Max)
  • Hoarders (YouTube)
  • LEGO Masters – Season 2 (Hulu)
  • Loki (Disney+)
  • LuLaRich (Amazon Prime Video)
  • Midnight Mass (Netflix)
  • Supermarket Sweep (YouTube)
  • Ted Lasso – Season 1 (Apple TV+)
  • The Baby-Sitters Club – Season 2 (Netflix)
  • The Muppet Show (Disney+)
  • WandaVision (Disney+)

Favorite Podcasts

  • 48 Hours
  • American Radical
  • Auld Lang Gone: The Lost Carmen Sandiego
  • Criminal
  • Cold – Season 2
  • Crimes of Passion
  • Dateline NBC
  • Embedded
  • Harsh Reality: The Story of Miriam Rivera
  • Life After MLM
  • Mind Over Murder – Seasons 1 and 2
  • Operator
  • Over My Dead Body – Season 3
  • Suspect
  • The Thing About Helen and Olga
  • Up and Vanished – Season 3
  • Small Town Dicks
  • StoryCorps

Well, that wraps up my favorite things for 2021!

What about you? What were some of your favorite things of the year?


Until the next headline, Laura Beth πŸ™‚

Getting Personal #268: December Goals Recap

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Welcome back!

Here were my goals for the month of December:

  1. Give blood. β€” Accomplished!
  2. Enjoy Christmas! β€” Accomplished!
  3. Publish my NaNoWriMo 2021 Recap post. — Accomplished!
  4. Publish at least two Book Reviews. β€” Did not achieve yet.
  5. Work toward finishing the first draft of Book #3. β€” Did not achieve yet.
  6. Participate in a fun Christmas card exchange. β€” Accomplished!
  7. Continue decluttering. β€” Semi-Achieved.
  8. Officially sell or donate all remaining duplicate or unwanted American Girl items. β€” Did not accomplish yet.
  9. Take some time off work for New Year’s. β€” Accomplished!
  10. Celebrate New Year’s! β€” Accomplished!

December was wild and crazy. Sometimes, it felt like time was flying. Other times, it was a slog.

I was able to give blood on December 2nd, after sitting out the October drive because of the stitches in my back. That was exciting. My iron levels have been very consistent since the summer, and I hope to keep that going. We are approaching 8,000 total units collected since we started the drives in April 2000!

I was thrilled with my success during NaNoWriMo 2021. I’m still amazed that I was able to write more than 53,000 words during the month of November! Consistency is key. I had no zero days at all, and I stuck to my plan, and it worked! I also bought the NaNoWriMo Winner T-shirt for the first time to celebrate.

Our original Christmas and New Year’s plans got blown to smithereens because of COVID-19. Al and I are fine, thank goodness, but there were four people that he and I interacted with the week before Christmas that were either exposed to the virus, tested positive, or had symptoms. Also, poor Ferb was having a lot of trouble that week as well, and sweet Al took him to three different vet visits. He was diagnosed with Canine Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis (CHG), so we are monitoring him closely. We’re not sure what happened, but he’s doing much better now with a few subcutaneous fluid shots, anti-nausea shots, and an antibiotic. We knew something was really wrong when he didn’t want to eat. But now he’s scarfing down the chicken and rice and begs for treats, so we think he’s fine now.

The Christmas card exchange was super fun! We also received many nice photo cards and paper cards for our fridge!

Al and I also had a blast sponsoring a local child for Christmas. We went to multiple stores and tried to get some clothes, books, and toys that a 9-year-old would like. The child’s mom gave me an awesome list of his interests. Al really got into it and enjoyed it. We can’t wait to do it again next year. The best part was getting a text message on Christmas Day with a photo of him smiling, wearing the zip-up hoodie that we bought for him, surrounded by a multitude of gifts. I nearly cried. It was fantastic.

Al and I enjoyed our own version of Christmas, being together and safe with the dogs. We surprised each other with several nice gifts. My parents came over on the afternoon of Christmas Day with gifts and food! We spent some time together on our porch socially-distanced, and it worked out nicely.

The Book Reviews didn’t happen, and that’s okay. I really struggled with reading this year, especially the second half of the year. I’m determined to get back to it more consistently in 2022!

I’m excited to spend some quality time with my parents and Al’s parents for New Year’s before going back to work next week and starting another year! Cheers to 2022!


What about you? Did you have any goals for the month of December?

Come back tomorrow to see my January Goals!


Until the next headline, Laura Beth πŸ™‚

Getting Personal #266: December Goals

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Welcome back!

Here are my goals for the month of December:

  1. Give blood.
  2. Enjoy Christmas!
  3. Publish my NaNoWriMo 2021 Recap post.
  4. Publish at least two Book Reviews.
  5. Work toward finishing the first draft of Book #3.
  6. Participate in a fun Christmas card exchange.
  7. Continue decluttering.
  8. Officially sell or donate all remaining duplicate or unwanted American Girl items.
  9. Take some time off work for New Year’s.
  10. Celebrate New Year’s!

What about you? Do you have any goals for the month of December?


Until the next headline, Laura Beth πŸ™‚

Getting Personal #265: November Goals Recap

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Welcome back!

Here were my goals for the month of November:

  1. Complete NaNoWriMo 2021. — Accomplished!
  2. Celebrate Grandpa’s 96th birthday! — Accomplished!
  3. Celebrate six years of marriage with Al! — Accomplished!
  4. Publish at least two Book Reviews. — Did not achieve yet.
  5. Celebrate Thanksgiving! — Accomplished!
  6. Donate more clothes and unused household items to charity. — Semi-Achieved.
  7. Clean off the dining room buffet, and keep it clean. — Semi-Achieved.
  8. Transition my wardrobe to fall/winter. — Accomplished!
  9. Continue to sell my duplicate and unused American Girl items. — Semi-Achieved.

November flew by. I hit my stride with NaNoWriMo 2021 – It was my best one ever. Look for a Recap post about that coming very soon.

We had a great birthday party for Grandpa’s 96th birthday! My mom outdid herself – Amazing food and delicious key lime cake.

Al and I had a wonderful wedding anniversary. We went to a new restaurant in Suffolk, Amedeo’s, on Sunday night. I also surprised him with a charcuterie board in the shape of a six (6) for six years the following week. It was delicious, and we had leftovers for days. Plus, I was thrilled to support a local business!

Thanksgiving was awesome. I successfully cooked my second turkey. My parents were amazing hosts. And Al’s parents met my Grandpa for the first time! One of the highlights of the day was another Zoom family reunion with several members of my dad’s extended family – Several of his cousins from all over the U.S. (California, Kentucky, Minnesota, Virginia). Can’t wait to do it again soon!

I wrote one Book Review this month: Book Review #97: “The Breach: Devon” (The Guardians Series Book One)

I’m hoping to finish reading several books soon and publish a few more reviews in December.

I’ve donated several American Girl items to charity since it’s been really hard to sell them recently. I’m hoping that I can sell a few things in December as Christmas and other holidays approach.


What about you? Did you have any goals for the month of November?

Come back tomorrow to see my December Goals!


Until the next headline, Laura Beth πŸ™‚

Getting Personal #264: November Goals

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Welcome back!

Here are my goals for the month of November!

  1. Complete NaNoWriMo 2021.
  2. Celebrate Grandpa’s 96th birthday!
  3. Celebrate six years of marriage with Al!
  4. Publish at least two Book Reviews.
  5. Celebrate Thanksgiving!
  6. Donate more clothes and unused household items to charity.
  7. Clean off the dining room buffet, and keep it clean.
  8. Transition my wardrobe to fall/winter.
  9. Continue to sell my duplicate and unused American Girl items.

What about you? Do you have any goals for the month of November?


Until the next headline, Laura Beth πŸ™‚

Getting Personal #261: October Goals

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Welcome back!

Here are my goals for the month of October:

  1. Donate blood.
  2. Celebrate Mom’s birthday!
  3. Enjoy a good friend’s bachelorette celebration.
  4. Mail a long-overdue package to my university sorority sisters.
  5. Complete another consignment box for Darby’s Dresses.
  6. Prepare for NaNoWriMo 2021.
  7. Complete the first pass review of the current version of book 3.
  8. Sell or donate all American Girl items that were previously set aside.

What about you? Do you have any goals for the month of October?


Until the next headline, Laura Beth πŸ™‚

Getting Personal #260: September Goals Recap

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Welcome back!

Here were my goals for the month of September:

  1. Go through all of my American Girl items, and set aside those marked for future sale. β€”- Accomplished!
  2. Schedule donation pick-up for the large bags of clothing and household items that need to leave my office pronto. β€”- Accomplished!
  3. Schedule more time off from work. β€”- Accomplished!
  4. Successfully coordinate my work department move. β€”- Accomplished!
  5. Set additional screen time limits, both at work and at home. β€”- Semi-Achieved.
  6. Make at least one significant editing pass through the printed version of book 2. β€”- Did not accomplish yet.
  7. Continue meal planning. β€”- Accomplished!
  8. Look into getting re-certified in adult and/or pediatric CPR. β€”- Accomplished!
  9. Begin planning for NaNoWriMo 2021. β€”- Semi-Achieved.
  10. Start reviewing the current version of book 3. β€”- Did not accomplish yet.
  11. Look into a business course or something similar to prepare for my launch as an author. β€”- Accomplished!
  12. Keep up my library patronage. β€”- Accomplished!
  13. Prepare to donate blood again in October. β€”- Accomplished!
  14. Restart my regular TBR Recap posts. β€”- Accomplished!

September was really good and really successful for me in a lot of areas. I’m proud of myself. Mostly with my home office. It’s finally sorted out and clean!!

I’m excited to get re-certified in adult and pediatric CPR. I signed up for a hybrid course through the American Red Cross. I have some virtual learning to do, and then I’ll go to the Red Cross Building in Norfolk at the end of the month for the in-person part. The last time I was certified was almost 20 years ago now, and I know a lot of things have been updated since then.

I need to do some more work regarding my future business and becoming an author, but I’ve had several great conversations recently with people who have had experience with publishing and navigating the business side of writing.

I’m getting really excited for NaNoWriMo 2021. I took last November off for mental health reasons, but I’m re-energized now and ready to write again for 30 days!


Until the next headline, Laura Beth πŸ™‚

Getting Personal #242: April Goals

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Welcome back!


Here are my goals for the month of April:

  1. Participate in Camp NaNoWriMo, April 2021.
  2. Finish the first draft of my second novel.
  3. Donate blood.
  4. Celebrate Dad’s birthday!
  5. Hang at least three items on my office walls.
  6. Publish at least one Commentary post.
  7. Renew my library card.
  8. Publish at least two Book Review posts.
  9. Publish my quarterly TBR Recap post.
  10. Finish reviewing my friend’s first draft of their novel.

What about you? Do you have any goals for the month of April?

Let me know in the comments!


Until the next headline, Laura Beth πŸ™‚

Getting Personal #241: March Goals Recap

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Welcome back!

Here were my goals for the month of March:

  1. Prepare for Camp NaNoWriMo, April 2021. β€”- Accomplished!
  2. Continue progress on the 2022 Virginia State Convention. β€”- Accomplished!
  3. Be elected P.E.O. Chapter President for 2021-2022. β€”- Accomplished!
  4. Do finishing work for the P.E.O. Virginia State IPS committee. β€”- Accomplished!
  5. Make sure the living room has no more clutter. β€”- Did not accomplish yet.
  6. Order the remaining curtains! β€”- Accomplished!
  7. Publish two Book Review posts. β€”- Accomplished!
  8. Publish one Commentary post. β€”- Accomplished!
  9. Take my iron supplements and daily vitamins to ensure I can give blood in April. β€”- Accomplished!
  10. Attend a couple fun events via Zoom. β€”- Accomplished!

I made a lot of progress this month. I’m excited to dive back into my second novel tomorrow!

I have several more Commentary posts in the works, and I’ve been rotating through several different books this month.

Keep your fingers crossed that I can give blood this weekend!


Until the next headline, Laura Beth πŸ™‚