Getting Personal #289: August Goals Recap

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Welcome back!


Here were my goals for the month of August:

  1. Donate blood. — Accomplished!
  2. Celebrate my birthday! — Accomplished!
  3. Recap my Camp NaNoWriMo July 2022 efforts. — Accomplished!
  4. Write my annual Reflections On My Birthday blog post. — Accomplished!
  5. Publish one Book Review. — Did not accomplish yet.
  6. Read before bed at least 2-3 times per week. — Semi-Achieved.
  7. Continue my writing sprints and work on book #4. — Semi-Achieved.

I was able to donate at our last drive. My iron was off the charts, yay! I couldn’t quite fill the bag, but it happens.

My birthday was wonderful. Relaxing. I’m glad I took a couple of days off work to have a long weekend.

I was very successful with Camp NaNoWriMo July 2022! I enjoyed working on my third book. I felt like I was getting close to the end!

I celebrated on August 21st. After several more writing sprints, I called the first draft of my third book finished. It clocks in at 109,000 words. The most I’ve ever written!

I haven’t started working on book #4 yet, but hopefully soon!

I’ve started reading again at night. My mom gave me another book for my birthday, and I’ve been enjoying that one.


Come back tomorrow to see my goals for September!


Until the next headline, Laura Beth πŸ™‚

Getting Personal #287: Camp NaNoWriMo July 2022 Recap

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Welcome back!

Camp NaNoWriMo July 2022!

After skipping Camp in April, I decided to finally go for finishing the first draft of book #3. I wanted to write 30,000 new words, which would push me over the 100,000 word mark.

As of July 1, 2022, I had 74,858 words written.


Day 1 – 49, 837, and 362 new words, 50 minutes writing time.

Day 2 – 730 and 562 new words, 30 minutes writing time.

Day 3 – 134, 733, and 468 new words, 40 minutes writing time.

Day 4 – 583 and 513 new words, 40 minutes writing time.

Day 5 – 928 new words, 20 minutes writing time.

Day 6 – 925 and 252 new words, 25 minutes writing time.

Day 7 – 878 and 447 new words, 30 minutes writing time.

Day 8 – 814 and 196 new words, 25 minutes writing time.

Day 9 – 751 and 409 new words, 30 minutes writing time.

Day 10 – 820 and 447 new words, 30 minutes writing time.

Day 11 – 912 and 437 new words, 30 minutes writing time.

Day 12 – 908 new words, 20 minutes writing time.

Day 13 – 1,021 new words, 20 minutes writing time.

Day 14 – 767 and 485 new words, 30 minutes writing time.

Day 15 – 945 new words, 20 minutes writing time.

Day 16 – 441 and 936 new words, 40 minutes writing time.

Day 17 – 1,027 new words, 25 minutes writing time.

Day 18 – 519, 117, and 404 new words, 30 minutes writing time.

Day 19 – 797 new words, 20 minutes writing time.

Day 20 – 929 new words, 20 minutes writing time.

Day 21 – 811 new words, 20 minutes writing time.

Day 22 – 846 new words, 20 minutes writing time.

Day 23 – 651 new words, 20 minutes writing time.

Day 24 – 813 new words, 20 minutes writing time.

Day 25 – 698 new words, 20 minutes writing time.

Day 26 – 605 and 79 new words, 20 minutes writing time.

Day 27 – 511 and 397 new words, 30 minutes writing time.

Day 28 – 671 new words, 15 minutes writing time.

Day 29 – 359 and 229 new words, 25 minutes writing time.

Day 30 – 538 and 1,185 new words, 45 minutes writing time.


Word count as of July 30th: 105, 735 words.

And the crazy part: I haven’t written The End yet!

I’m still going.

But I’m putting this aside for now. I want to come back to it in a month or two with fresh eyes. But it will be finished!

Thanks to everyone who has cheered me on this month! I’ve had lots of well-wishes here on WordPress and Facebook!


Have you participated in Camp NaNoWriMo before?


Until the next headline, Laura Beth πŸ™‚

Getting Personal #286: August Goals

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Welcome back!


Here are my goals for the month of August:

  1. Donate blood.
  2. Celebrate my birthday!
  3. Recap my Camp NaNoWriMo July 2022 efforts.
  4. Write my annual Reflections On My Birthday blog post.
  5. Publish one Book Review.
  6. Read before bed at least 2-3 times per week.
  7. Continue my writing sprints and work on book #4.

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


Until the next headline, Laura Beth

Getting Personal #285: July Goals Recap

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Welcome back!


Here were my goals for the month of July:

  1. Participate in Camp NaNoWriMo July 2022. — Accomplished!
  2. Publish at least one Book Review. — Did not accomplish yet.
  3. Spend some time away, take vacation! — Accomplished!
  4. Clean off the couch in my office. — Did not accomplish yet.
  5. Participate in the 2022-2023 P.E.O. Convention Committee Transition meeting. — Accomplished!
  6. Finish my part of the 2022 P.E.O. Virginia State Convention committee report. — Semi-Achieved.
  7. Send off my thredUP Clean Out Kit. — Did not accomplish yet.

I had a blast with Camp NaNoWriMo this month. Look for a recap post about that tomorrow!

I’m slowing getting back to my reading. It feels good.

We took a long weekend and enjoyed time with Al’s parents. It wasn’t long enough, but it inspired us to book a longer vacation in the fall. Did we actually decide / commit to taking a whole week of vacation for the first time in six years? Yes please!

The P.E.O. Convention Committee Transition meeting was great! There were lots of good questions, and a good time was had by all. The 2023 Convention Committee is supremely organized! Looking forward to seeing their work next year in Richmond!

I’m working away on the committee report. I’m planning to be done by the end of August!


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

Come back tomorrow to see my August Goals!


Until the next headline, Laura Beth πŸ™‚

Getting Personal #284: July Goals

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Welcome back!

Here are my goals for the month of July:

  1. Participate in Camp NaNoWriMo July 2022.
  2. Publish at least one Book Review.
  3. Spend some time away, take vacation!
  4. Clean off the couch in my office.
  5. Participate in the 2022-2023 P.E.O. Convention Committee Transition meeting.
  6. Finish my part of the 2022 P.E.O. Virginia State Convention committee report.
  7. Send off my thredUP Clean Out Kit.

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


Until the next headline, Laura Beth πŸ™‚

Getting Personal #283: June Goals Recap

Welcome back!

Here were my goals for the month of June:

  1. Donate blood. — Accomplished!
  2. Clean off the couch in my office and keep it clean. — Did not accomplish yet.
  3. Make progress with cleaning and organizing the garage. — Did not accomplish yet.
  4. Submit my ancestryDNA kit. — Accomplished!
  5. Donate a lot of American Girl items to Trey’s Dolls. — Accomplished!
  6. Continue reading most nights before bed. — Did not accomplish yet.
  7. Send off my thredUP Clean Out Kit. — Did not accomplish yet.
  8. Publish at least one Book Review. — Did not accomplish yet.
  9. Make progress in editing book #2. — Did not accomplish yet.
  10. Prepare for Camp NaNoWriMo July 2022! — Accomplished!

June flew by. I can’t believe July starts tomorrow. 2022 is already half over!

I was able to successfully donate blood at our drive on June 4th. My iron was really high – 14! We found out after the drive ended that we passed a milestone – 8,000 units collected since starting the drives in April 2000. We’ll be celebrating that at the August drive!

I finally submitted my ancestryDNA kit! I should get the results 6-8 weeks from when I mailed it in. Once I get the results, I’ll likely make a post about it.

I boxed up a beautiful Kirsten doll and two big boxes of American Girl clothes, shoes, hangers, and a few accessories, and shipped it to Trey’s Dolls. Vicki was so sweet and posted photos on the AG Obsessed Facebook group. I’m glad it got there safely. I still have more organizing to do at home, but I’m happy that my load / haul has been lightened, and it’s all going to a great cause! It turns out that they had just gotten a Tenney doll to rehab and donate, but didn’t have any clothes for her. I sent several Tenney outfits in my shipment, so Vicki was over the moon about that.

I’m very excited to kick off Camp NaNoWriMo July 2022 tomorrow! My goal is to write 30,000 more words and finish the first draft of book #3, which I started during NaNoWriMo 2014. I’ve worked on it off and on since then. I made the biggest progress with this one during NaNoWriMo 2021, where I crushed the 50,000 word goal for the first time ever. I ended up writing 53,793 words during November 2021, and I was astounded. Look for a recap post about Camp at the beginning of August!


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

Come back tomorrow to see my July Goals!


Until the next headline, Laura Beth πŸ™‚

Getting Personal #282: June Goals

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Welcome back!


Here are my goals for the month of June:

  1. Donate blood.
  2. Clean off the couch in my office and keep it clean.
  3. Make progress with cleaning and organizing the garage.
  4. Submit my ancestryDNA kit.
  5. Donate a lot of American Girl items to Trey’s Dolls.
  6. Continue reading most nights before bed.
  7. Send off my thredUP Clean Out Kit.
  8. Publish at least one Book Review.
  9. Make progress in editing book #2.
  10. Prepare for Camp NaNoWriMo July 2022!

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


Until the next headline, Laura Beth πŸ™‚

Getting Personal #281: May Goals Recap

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Welcome back!


Here were my goals for the month of May:

  1. Reach 100 Book Reviews! — Accomplished!
  2. Have a successful 2022 Virginia State Convention of P.E.O. as one of the co-chair and hostess chapters. — Accomplished!
  3. Host a fun family cookout. — Accomplished!
  4. Continue progress on keeping my office clean and organized. — Semi-Achieved.
  5. Drink more water. — Accomplished!
  6. Keep the potted plants alive! — Accomplished!

May was wild and crazy. I’m really happy with everything I’ve accomplished.

I reached 100 Book Reviews! Yahoo!

I successfully co-chaired the 2022 P.E.O. Virginia State Convention! It was a great event. Looking forward to 2023 already.

We had a great cookout for Mother’s Day weekend. Even though the weather wasn’t as cooperative as we’d liked (50 degrees in early May!) – We made the best of it.

I have more work to do on my office, but I broke down a lot of old boxes and have more floor space. Next is gathering up and sending off American Girl items for donation to Trey’s Dolls, a wonderful charity that was started years ago by Trey’s mom, Vicki. She and I met in the amazing AG Obsessed group on Facebook.

The potted plants are doing great. I received a spider plant and an ivy plant during the P.E.O. Convention, so I made another trip to Lowe’s last weekend and got another large planter for the ivy and a really pretty hanging planter for the spider plant. I never thought I would be a plant person, but I really like it now.


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

Come back tomorrow to see my goals for June!


Until the next headline, Laura Beth πŸ™‚

Getting Personal #280: May Goals

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Welcome back!


Here are my goals for the month of May:

  1. Reach 100 Book Reviews!
  2. Have a successful 2022 Virginia State Convention of P.E.O. as one of the co-chair and hostess chapters.
  3. Host a fun family cookout.
  4. Continue progress on keeping my office clean and organized.
  5. Drink more water.
  6. Keep the potted plants alive!

What about you? Do you have any goals for this month?


Until the next headline, Laura Beth πŸ™‚

Getting Personal #279: April Goals Recap

Welcome back!

Here were my goals for the month of April:

  1. Donate blood. — Did not accomplish this time.
  2. Celebrate birthdays! — Accomplished!
  3. Celebrate a milestone wedding anniversary. — Accomplished!
  4. Enjoy some time away. — Did not accomplish this time.
  5. Get to 100 Book Reviews! — Did not accomplish yet.
  6. Continue decluttering, especially my huge mountain of clothing. — Accomplished!
  7. Make progress with cleaning and organizing the garage. — Semi-Achieved.
  8. Stay on top of filing paperwork right away. — Semi-Achieved.

My iron was too low to give blood during our April blood drive, but it wasn’t historically low. We are getting very close to another milestone – 8,000 total units since April 2000. I think we may actually hit that mark at our June drive. Fingers crossed!

We celebrated my dad’s birthday the same weekend as the blood drive, and it was awesome. My mom outdid herself with the food. We also had a surprise guest – One of my parents’ former neighbors flew into town to pick up their sports car that my parents had been car-sitting since the fall of 2021. It was really nice to see him and catch up. He’s a retired helicopter pilot who flew our region’s primary air ambulance for more than 30 years.

I’m so excited about getting to 99 Book Reviews! I’m hoping to reach 100 very soon. I have three books that I’m currently reading. I’ve enjoyed reading at night again. Not every night, but a couple of nights a week. I’ve also been trying to read a bit in the hammock on the porch if the weather is good.

I finally got sick and tired of constantly sorting through full laundry baskets of clean clothes, so on April 23rd I dedicated that Saturday to go to town and finally get decluttered and organized. I walked more than 12,000 steps by the time I was done. Coincidentally, the local Vietnam Veterans Association had a donation pick-up scheduled for Tuesday, April 26th, so I took that as a sign to get it done. I reorganized my under-bed drawers, vacuumed, took everything out of my closet, reorganized my dresser, tried a pile of things on, and finally got things the way I wanted it. I still have some more clothes to go through, but the Vietnam Veterans Association took no less than seven full bags/boxes of items (clothes, duplicate books, and household items). I also donated four pairs of shoes that didn’t fit, so the shoe rack is cleaner now as well. That same day, I ordered another clean-out kit from thredUP, so when that arrives, I’ll fill that bag and send it off. It’s much nicer going to my closet every morning and finding things that actually fit and feel comfortable.

I also tackled part of my office, so my desk is far less cluttered, and I have more floor space! I still have more work to do on my American Girl collection, but a lot of the boxes and things that were just collecting dust are either gone, recycled, or now in their proper place.

The garage is going to be an ongoing project that Al and I will be tackling together. There’s a lot of things in there that can probably go in the trash or be donated. Al also wants to revamp the shelving system.


What about you? What goals did you have for the month of April?


Until the next headline, Laura Beth πŸ™‚