Friday, August 13, 2010

One Goal Friday: August 13, 2010

Earlier in the week, my family and I went tent camping for five days on the shores of Lake Michigan. The white sand beaches made me want to park my beach chair permanently, but this gal can only take sleeping in a tent in small doses.

The main problem with tent camping is the lack of a sound barrier. Two nights in a row, I gritted my teeth through our neighbor's laugh-and-chat fest until 4:30AM. Finally, I realized tissues have more than one use. I rolled them up and shoved them in my ears. Sure, some sound still came through, but I was able to sleep--that is until morning arrived and small children yelled across six campsites. I'm always happy to see kids having a good time. If they could just have a good time a little later in the day...

It's Friday! Time to set and review our goal.

My goal last week was to slow down and enjoy nature. Vacation made that possible. Goal accomplished!

Here are your goals:
Jeanette: Finish a guest blog article on humor writing
CJ: Look into upgrading from Vista to 7
Ralene: Start a routine to help ease into homeschooling
Paul: Yoga and stretching
Loree: Finish book this week (!!) and relax before query process
Erica: Continue polishing and perfecting a proposal
Kelly: Plan activities w/kids and prepare for interview (how did it go?)
Julie: Write every day
Robyn: Stay close to God, query agents, prepare for homeschool and co-op
Nancy: Start new schedule with energy and joy
Diane J: Come up with contest entry, write it and revise, work on novel
Erin: Get along with hubby :)

How did you do? I feel like a big old slacker after a week off. I'm ready for some meaty goals like yours.

My goal this week? Finish my plot outline for my new book and read one of my critique partner's manuscripts.

What about you? What one goal will enhance your life 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 happy weekend!


  1. Well done you. Great post! What a great goal to meet.

    My goal for next week is to completely map out my book in preparation for a re-write.

  2. Welcome back! I missed you:) my goal is to write at least 5000 more words on my new MS.

  3. I'm praying about doing the same thing Tabitha is doing and also to hack through the rest of Partridge on my own.

    Love the tissues in the ears. We go camping tonight (nice, on Fri. the 13th). I'll have to bring along a few extra tissues.
    ~ Wendy

  4. Just surviving camping would be my goal.

    To get my house ready for Chinese exchange students is a big goal.

    Have a great weekend.

  5. The goal on my calendar is to get through my edits. Like hit the last page! However, I don't think with where I am this is possible and the goal was a little too (self-imposed) short to begin with, so my reeeeealy goal is to edit what I can but edit it well.

  6. Love you camping description!! I'm embarrassed to say that my kids would be the crack of dawn noise makers, but we definitely wouldn't be the party till four in the morning crowd... how people do BOTH is beyond me!

    I managed to meet my goal last week... did the Museum, the beach, some play dates & the library with the kids and my interview this morning went well. Should hear in a few days if I get the job.

    Goal for this week is use the kid's "camp" time productively. Must not fritter away 3 kid free hours each day!

  7. Waiting to see if Himself's college will be going to Windows 7 (I hope soon!)

    My goal for this week, is to have fun with the class I'm teaching this week at the museum. 11-13 yr old girls, chatty but sure to be a good time.

    Oh, and my idea of camping? A hotel with a hair dryer.

  8. My goal is to make good progress on my revisions.

  9. I forgot to comment with a goal!

    Next week will be my turn to enjoy nature... heading to a national park, with the mountains and the ocean. Awesomeness.

  10. I accomplished my goal. Your vacation sounds wonderful to me. Glad you had fun.
    This week, I want to go further in my books I have squirrelled away - books that I know will help me to be what God wants me to be.

  11. I need to work on and hopefully finish lesson plans for my online writing class.
    Have a great weekend!

  12. Welcome back, Jill. I'm glad you all had fun. As for my goal, don't even get me started. Yeah. That bad.

    In better news, I've tagged you over at my blog. :)

    Oh, and my goal for this week is the same. *grumbles*

  13. Hmmm...
    Not to let fear stand in the way of writing what God would have me write.

    ...learned a bit lesson this morning.

  14. Glad you got to enjoy God's creation! Wishing you luck on your two goals for next week!

    My goal: keep my 5-6 am writing time sacred. I'm letting blogging creep into the time and that's a slippery slope I don't want to travel.

  15. Jill:
    I'm glad you were able to enjoy God's masterpiece.
    My goal is to study six scripture passages and begin to write samples to send off to two devotional magazines. The thing is these two mags are published by two different denominations that I am not very familiar with.

  16. I hear the lake is really warm right now. It must've been great swimming!!

    My goal last week: Stretching I did increase. Yoga--well, lets not go there.

    Next week's goal: stay focused.

  17. Funny post, Jill. Glad you had a great time camping, though a bit stressful. My goals? I like Paul's.

  18. Awesome goals, as usual, guys! Thank you all for stopping by!

  19. Sounds really fun! I confess that I would be like your neighbors. My family went out camping once and me and my cousin were up all hours of the night, making our tent shake with our laughter.
    My goal: decide which colleges to apply to.

  20. Gorgeous photo! Is that near where you were? Sounds like a fun trip (except for the noise!). :)


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