Thursday, December 29, 2011

* Writing, Journaling, & Self Growth *

Yesterday I wrote about the 2012 desk calendar, Bylines, and what a wonderful aide it is for writers. Even though I love the technology and ease of my laptop, I still have to write things down if I'm going to remember them. Yes, I know there are calendars on the computer and on my Blackberry, but I am old-fashioned in many ways. I must write important notes, appointments, deadlines, etc. Then the words are right there, for me to see, in black and white (or whatever marvelous ink color I choose to use!) And because of my need for organization, I've just ordered my Bylines Calendar, and I'm establishing my goals.

*Note added 12/30/11 at 10:30am:  I just realized that Tama Kieves' photo looks remarkably like my profile photo! Mine was taken years ago. I swear I did not copy her pose!!

"My Life in 2012: Accomplishing My Goals." 

Part One:  Using my Bylines Calendar.

Part Two:  Writing Daily.

(And I don't mean blog writing, but there will be time for that, as well.)

My plan for daily writing will begin on January 2nd, (because it's Monday) and will involve Mari McCarthy's journaling book, "Peace of Mind and Body." Mari is a writer, singer, and journaling guru.
I received her jouraling book in a blog give-away a few months ago, but I never "found" the time to begin writing in it. I'm SO ready to begin now.

Tama Kieves is the author of "This Time I Dance! Creating the Work You Love." Tama's book was given to me a few years ago by someone who knew my dream of being a published writer. That book changed my life! Since then, I've purchased it once or twice to give as gifts to writer friends. It's one of those books you go back to from time to time, to re-read the inspiring words, to jump start that fire in your soul!

There are other writers and speakers who've written valuable books on these same subjects. I'll try to share them tomorrow.

Also, I've been reading blogs of other writers and their goals for next year. I'll try to share some of their ideas and suggestions tomorrow, too.

Instead of quotes this time, I'm posting two of the Sub Chapters in Tama's book:

"Just Start Dancing and The Band Will Find You."

"When You Nurture Yourself, You Nurture Your Dreams."


  1. I'm in! I just downloaded the book to my Kindle.

  2. Hi Kim! That's fantastic! We'll have to keep each other posted on our results!!

  3. I'm with you Becky! I need to write things down, on paper, or I'm lost. I have oodles of post-it notes lining the bottom of my desktop. List after list after list :)

  4. We both wrote about having to write things down today! :oD

    I love how your goals have plans! I need to get my goals figured out SOON. And then maybe do a blog post about it so I'll be accountable. :)

  5. Love the new picture of Vern in his scarf!

  6. Hi Kelley! Oh yeah...I'm a Big post-it gal...but I most often use the Teeny Tiny ones! :)

    Hi Peggy! I know...wasn't that funny? It seems like you and I are on the same page a lot! I liked your word "accountable," but I wrote all kinds of big goals on last year's post...and I failed miserably. NOT THIS TIME, THOUGH!

    Hi Claudia! Awww, thanks! He is a cutie, isn't he??

  7. Good for you. We're starting a new page together :)

    Love, Love, Love the quotes.

    Happy New Year!

  8. I'm so glad you posted about Bylines, I hadn't heard of it and the calendar looks perfect for me! I'm like you, I need to write things down too. I also didn't know about Mari's book, I'm going to check that out too.

    Your goals are similar to mine, Becky, so I am looking forward to going through 2012 together on this writing journey! Happy New Year to you!!!

    P.S. I LOVE Vern's Christmas pictures, so cute! :)

  9. Writing daily is a goal all of us writer-folks should adopt.

    Good luck with achieving your goals.

  10. Ohmygoodness, Vern is smiling for the camera. How did you do that?

  11. I write all the time too.

    Just wanted to wish you a Happy New Year and to thank you again!

    Love, sandie

  12. I always get pumped up about writing again whenever I pop over here to see what's going on. I've felt so blaaah about writing lately. I have to write things down too--something about having a pen in hand that makes me feel complete.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  13. Hi Becky! Looks like you've got things all planned out for the start of 2012. Wishing you the best with all of your writing - and keep up that post-it habit...believe it or not, I find that's the best way I keep on track! Nothing better than good 'ol paper and pen! :)

    Wishing you the best for the start of 2012!

  14. Hey Carol! Yes, when we have the support of our friends, anything is possible! Glad you like the quotes!

    Hi Sue! Do you have any goals, etc? Please share with me!

    Hi Julie! Thanks so much and I'm happy you learned new things from this post. And yes, we're on this writing journey together. Glad you liked Vern's photos, too! :)

    Hi Sioux! Yes, and thank you. I wish you much writing success in 2012, too!

    Hi Lostwithoutamap! I know! Isn't that photo hilarious! He DOES look like he's posing. He's such a smart doggie!!

    Hi Sandie! Great to know you write, too. Happy New Year!

    Oh Randi! It makes me so happy to know you get inspired from me. BUT, I remember YOU being the one who inspired ME...not too long ago. Guess we both better keep it up! I think it's "normal" to feel blaah about writing this time of the year. Too much other stuff going on.

    Hey there, Optimal Optimist! So great to hear from you! Haven't seen you in a long time. Yay for little post-its and for those who write on them! :) Thanks for your wishes, too!

    Hi Mary! Thank you, too. Nice to see you. I haven't been by your blog in too long. Best of writing success in you...and all my writer buddies who read this!

  15. Happy New Year Becky! Sounds like you have a plan!

  16. I'm so excited to see so many people doing Mari's 27-day challenge. ME TOO! I have the book on my Kindle, I have my journal picked out, and I am ready to go! :)

    See you there.


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