Busy Days with More to Come

I prayed to God for some income from writing because the manuscripts I submitted this year received no replies from editors. Praying, living life, waiting and then a phone call from a client I worked for maybe four years ago.

The project is back on again just when a person I’m close to delivers a baby. I want to go there when I can! Then, my granddaughter decides to get married within a month, yay! And I’m having opportunities to do ministry that blesses me, big time.

I spoke to my husband at lunch this week. He continually learns and then puts into practice time management techniques using Trello and Google calendar and Getting Things Done by David Allen and some aspects from Michael Hyatt since I own Full Focus Planners. He watches Michael Hyatt on YouTube along with instructors on Trello and for other electronic planning systems. Then, my husband plans action steps and does the work to manage his projects.

I’ve begun the Getting Things Done strategy. In response to my question at the restaurant, he said, “Just do a little at a time.” I soaked that in.

I’ve noticed as I get things done, he encourages me. Also, he challenges me, “is that the most efficient use of your time?”

Sometimes I want to hear it and sometimes I don’t. So, after many years of marriage, I’ll say thanks and rethink what I’m doing, or I’ll say, “I need a break and that’s my top priority.”

He takes time to rest and maybe he thinks I’m chilling when I’m not. I may be thinking of an outline or praying for someone or daydreaming.

How are you doing? Is your life full of surprises and necessary activities, or are you in a quiet place forced to be still and alone like I was last Fall?

I plan on going on a missions’ trip later this year. My husband and I drove South to see family and take time to visit instead of going sightseeing. I don’t think we’ve ever done that before.

We talked and listened and soaked up the sun and saw our grandson play soccer. We visited my grandson’s friend’s church and thoroughly enjoyed the sermon.

That time gave me the boost for these hectic weeks with more to come. And now, I’m going to read the Bible, fold and put away laundry and go to bed.

May God bless you!

Yay for Montrose Christian Writers’ Conference!

I recently attended the Montrose Christian Writers’ Conference in Montrose, PA near Binghamton, NY. I am not a regular attendee, but when I can make it there, I always leave encouraged, challenged, determined to persevere in the world of words and ideas.

Suzanne Kuhn, author promoter, gave us tips on how to interact with readers and how to garner positive feed back. Her brand, “Suzy Q” looked classy on a banner large enough to be seen, yet compact enough to fit into a classroom,

Larry Leech, author coach, gave his “Time Management Class” a time sheet and asked us to track our time for two weeks, if I remember correctly. This is not a new idea, but what is new is my following through on it. I made fourteen two-sided copies and began keeping track yesterday.  Today, I noticed by early morning I was an hour behind what I thought I’d be doing. I’m not stressed over it, but it’s enlightening. Now, it’s time for me to jot down “blogged” for forty-five minutes on my daily tracker. To God be the glory for the good things He does. He never gives up. He helps me not to give up, although I have times when I falter. 🙂

Tomorrow I intend to mention other authors and presenters at the conference. Any questions? I’d be glad to answer them for you if I can.