Friday, June 4, 2010

One Goal Friday: June 4, 2010

Today is the last day of school, which means my kids will whip their backpacks onto our living room floor before whooping around the house like rabid wild dogs. I will yell at them to put the backpacks and everything in them away, because if I don't, the scuffed up packs will sit like excess furniture until July.

Do you know what no school means? It means drinking coffee on our porch--in my pajamas. It means a few quiet hours each morning for me to write as my kids snooze. It means a general relaxation blankets our normally busy household. At least until mid-August. At that point, I yearn for full days to write in peace, for the freedom to meet my writer friends for coffee, for separation of my dear children. But for now, I'll enjoy.

It's Friday! Time to set one goal for the upcoming week. It can be related to work, fun, family--anything--just as long as it enhances your life.

Last week, my goal was to be grateful for what I have each day. I had no problem with that goal. All I have to do is look around me and see my terrific husband, my sweet kids, my supportive extended family, and all of the material blessings showered on me. I am grateful, extremely so.

Here are your goals.
Katie: Finish outlining to be ready to write by Friday
Diane: Get on that treadmill
Wendy: Nail the ending
Jessica: Go running twice and figure out how to lengthen category novel to single title
CJ: Settle on date for party and design the inside of invitation
Kelly: Write a detailed outline
Jody: Finish up the substantive edits
Lynn: Complete chapter one of The Artist's Way by Julie Cameron and write about it.
Regina: Finish the website in progress and finish small writing project
Keli: Another 5K words
Jennifer S: Do some research and write a speech for church talk
Cindy: Enjoy the weekend (Happy Birthday!!) and aim for 16K words
Julie: 3 hours of editing
Karen L: Spend more time in the Word
Hannah: Get graduation announcements in the mail
Erica: Enjoy family and company who are visiting
T.Anne: Complete edits and move on
Jen: Lose 1 pound, continue working on index, and start reading No Greater Love by Kathi Macias
Susan JR: Study deep POV, setting, and motivation before making changes
Maria Sondule: Have a good first day of work (Congrats on the new job!)
Tyrean: Start a 365 Days of Blessings at blog, aimed to keep gratitude in the atitude (Great idea!)

As always, these goals amaze me. I hope you all were able to make progress!

My new goal. Hmm... Polish my query and synopsis so I can start querying my latest book, For Barter or for Worse. Yeah, I gagged a little at the thought. But, it has to be done. :)

What one goal will you set this week?

Please leave your goal in the comment section. Newcomers are welcome to participate, and don't worry if you can't stop by every Friday--my blog's goal isn't to add stress but to be a place of support.

Have a fantastic weekend!


  1. I love the name of your book!! Your description of kids' backpacks staying in the middle of the floor until August makes me laugh, because I can totally relate to that.

    My goal for the week... 5k words on MS, read through three chapters to send to critique partner.

  2. I used to love the excitement of no school for my daughter--it met now hoemwork hassles at night!

    My goal for next week is to finish critiquing at least one of my partner's books.

  3. Ooooh, good luck starting the query process... I hope it goes well for you. I wrote a rough outline last week. This week I'd like to fill it out and make a research list of topics I need to look into.

  4. Must be honest...I'm not sure I nailed the ending. Might need to take some tweezers to it or something.

    Getting my author pics. done over ;) today.

    ~ Wendy

  5. Finished the invites. Just assembling and getting them in the mail. The focus for the coming week is to see that the Young One picks her college classes for the Fall and signs up for the new student advising session.

  6. Meant to add, thanks for this topic. If I've felt like I'm running around in circles, I come here and see I actually accomplished something!

    Enjoy the hoopla of the last day and that first cup of coffee on the porch.

  7. You have no idea how much I love this one-goal Friday thing you've started! It seriously holds me accountable!! I finished outlining (sort of) and am 7000 words into my rough draft.

    My goal for next Friday:
    By this time next Friday, I'd like to have added an additional 10,000 words to my wip. Eek!

  8. Catchy title for your book! Did you think of it?

    I met all my goals--yes! Thank you, Lord and Jill, for keeping me focused.

    New goals: lose another pound, finish the rough draft of an article I'm writing, compliment 100 people.

    Happy Weekend,

  9. Ugh. I did do research but I have THE same goal this week. In fact, I'm going to spend all day today writing my speech.

  10. YAY! I met my goal for the week *grin* So glad I got that out of the way...

    Technically I guess I have two goals this week: finish my essay on Feminist Criticism and finish my Graduation Speech (this is for a contest to pick the thrid speaker at graduation). It'll take some time that I have to scrounge up this weekend : / However, I know I'll get it done. This just adds extra pressure on me ; )

    Talk to you later,

  11. I'm grinning right now (yeah, I know I can't "see" myself grin, but I can feel it. So there, POV purists!)

    I can't believe you all got so much done this week! I've been running around like a flea-infested cat. Each of my daily, tiny goals have taken me forever to do!

    Jen: Thanks! No, I didn't think of the title. It started out The Barter Blessing (blech). My friend Jenna Rutland thought of it! She's the BEST!

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

  12. No school is such a sweet relief :D
    My goal this next week is to start on my next project. I've been mostly hanging out instead of firing up the keyboard.

  13. So many goals, so little time! I'm glad it's ONE goal Friday!! My goal is to complete 3 devotions for my series. Also have to share some excitement, I'm actually joining a critique group!! Have a fabulous weekend, Jill!

  14. I still didn't make it to the treadmill, a week long birthday party, dinner and lunches is killing me. I want to stop the madness!!! :O)

  15. I'm so excited you're getting close to querying For Barter or For Worse. I'm enjoying it so much! :)

    I didn't make my writing goal for last week, just 2K shy, which is fine. I had to re-evaluate my summer strategy for what I needed to polish and prepare for the conference.

    My goal for next week...right now it's to try to finish critiquing at least one story from a critique partner. Maybe next week I'll have narrowed down the rest of my summer goals :)

  16. What I want for a goal is to get a little order abound my house. I think I can do that.

    Sounds like a happy home. Enjoy the summer with the kids.

  17. At our house, backpacks will be deposited for the summer as of next Wednesday. I feel the way you do - it will be great until about August. My goal for the week: to plant 8 petunias and get caught up on my backlog of work.

  18. I was a bit fearful coming here today because I didn't think I'd completed my goal. But I did! And even wrote about it on today's post. Excellent for you that you are at the query stage! And enjoy your summer mornings!

  19. My goal for this next week is to memorize my script for my visit to Junior Church (6/13). I will dress in Biblical costume and become Hannah.

  20. I like your title:) My goal for next week is to walk several extra miles.
    Happy weekend!

  21. Love the makes me want to read it! This week I would like to continue reading my crafts books each day. I would also like to get several book ideas on paper so I can sift through them for the new WIP.

  22. Jill, your one-goal Friday helped me immensely two weeks ago - so much so that I blogged about you this week:) Even though I didn't post my goal (ummmm...embarrassment!), the concept got me praying and thinking.
    Thanks so much, I love your site,

  23. Hi Jill -

    I did well on last week's goal to study deep POV, motivation, and setting. Now, I need to put what I've learned into practice. :)


  24. Wonderful! What a blessing you all are. I'm so glad you were able to either meet or work toward your goals!

    Thank you so much for stopping by!


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