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Preptober Pumpkin-head

 

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Hello writer friends and family!

This week we venture into preparing for our next hay-maze adventure…

PREPTOBER! PREPtober… preptober.

was that supposed to be an “echoing” example?

assorted_frosted_orange_and_harvest_white_artificial_pumpkins_medium.jpgYes. So, please re-read that so that we are on the same page, thank you… With a thespian-backed dialect if possible.

Seriously?

Did you re-read it?

Ugh.

Read it!

With the joy of the stage in your heart!

Fine.

Okay, perfect!

*slaps forehead

It is October and it is time to get ready for NaNoWriMo 2019! *insert catchy music here and cheering ~ The online writer’s Unknown.jpegretreat for authors of any expertise to get working on those books! If you are a wannabe writer; this is wonderful to get you mapping out ideas, learning how to format and really just sit your cute bottoms down and start writing! If you’re an expert; then this is a great challenge for you to try to write your next bestseller in 30days! The average word count goal for this 30 day writing challenge is generally 50k words; however, if you find that your total word count for your book will be more or less, then that is fine too.

Go to nanowrimo.org, sign up and add me as a friend. We can author together! Share our ups and downs throughout our writing journey for this challenge! Dig into their online resources as well! So much to learn and soak up!

 

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But, before you run off to carve pumpkins together in celebration, check out this week’s accompanying video on my youtube channel.  (Don’t forget to subscribe and hit the notification bell) This week I show you how I get ready to write my next book. How I organize my month and writing efforts. I feel that setting myself up with a plan helps me step closer to the ultimate goal. Finishing the first draft of the next book!

IMG_2999As I mention in the video, I am preptober-ing for a non-fiction book I am working on. I am so excited about this endeavor and it is a topic I have been feverishly notating for much longer than a year and have realized for all my years on this earth. I’ve wanted to take on the self-help world for some time and taking on this challenge has been so inspiring for me because I know I will be helping so many with this next release!

And it’s been a learning annex too! A what? Formatting is different. How so? Angles. Like geometry? Personal discovery and experiences. Oh, please no. Keep those to yourself. Hush.

All new influences compared to writing fiction. Don’t get me wrong. I have many more stories in me and more fiction to come; but, taking a break from it to write this is going to be super!

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What are you working on right now? What makes your heart sing? What stories do have welling up inside of you? Get one of those great stories out in NaNoWriMo this year!

I can’t wait to see you there!

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People, Plots & Planners

Without organization…

I. AM. LOST.

I truly admire those who can wander around through life without plans, schedules, organizers, alerts, banners, and alarms to get them through the day. Now don’t get me wrong. My Sundays are pretty unplanned.

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However; I must confess, I’ve LITERALLY scheduled burrito Sundays, movie binging, and couch potato-ing into my google calendar. For Sundays.

So… you’re still scheduled.

Uhmmm…. yeah. Ya got me.

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It’s possible I do have a problem. You do. Because yes, that may still be in the realm of being scheduled. I guess. *shrugs and shuffles feet against the floor

BAM! BUSTED!

Right. Anyway, moving on to my currently “scheduled” post…

LET’S GET THE BOOKS (AND OUR LIVES) ORGANIZED!

Have you heard of bullet journaling? It’s an overview of your month, followed by a tracker for your daily tasks you want done, followed by a list of other things you may want to do; but may or may not have time to get to. Which, you can push to the next month God-willing. This may sound complicated. But I promise it’s not.

I’ve come up with a simplistic version that has proven to work well for me. I don’t spend too much time creating the BUJO (short acronym thats super cute for bullet journal!), I keep it’s design simple, page count to a few pages (never more than FOUR), and I color code each task and check mark for easy eye-catching satisfaction!

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Mine are all items I already have on-hand. I don’t buy anything new except maybe the stickers. Which, if you know my obsession with Dollar Tree, you’ll completely understand… I find all my cute stickers and die-cut designs from, YEP. You guessed it!

DOLLAR TREE!

*insert bells and whistles here. **with streamers, sound makers and celebratory cheers

If I can get it at Dollar Tree, I do. She totally does.

I do not feel the need to hit the stationary store or the big box retailers of

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office confectionary to over spend. NO THANKS. Additionally, with the over saturation of “how much can we buy” instead of saving what we have and using a limited financially ambitious creative resource to accomplish the same thing someone else wasted their money on…. Why would you want to over pay?!

Seriously. Anyone?

Of course not!

So, here we go! Let’s plan. Let’s get organized. Let’s save moula. Let’s BUJO.

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial on planning your own bullet journal to plot your month.

Speaking of plotting. I’ve barely mentioned it. But, I imagine that with

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planning comes plotting and therefore; plotting is planning…? Or planning is a plot?

What the hell are you saying?

Who knows.

And so, the plot thickens.

Exercise, healthy and beauty, How To, humor, self-help

Third Quarter Fitness Check Up

We are in the third quarter of the year now, summer is officially over and now it’s time to check back in on some of those goals we have set for ourselves this year!

Most particularly, those darn fitness goals!

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Most of us get side tracked over the summer months. You too? Yes, me too. I mean, there are burgers and fries… EVERYWHERE. It’s almost impossible to escape! Even the best of us can succumb to some bad habits in an effort not to hurt the feelings of  a host/hostess of a barbecue. Selfish jerk. And heaven forbid you let the host of a party know you’re the A-hole who doesn’t want to eat what they’ve taken – both the time and energy – to present to their guests.

Yes, I’m usually that A-hole.

giphy.gifI start with the usual… “What a beautiful spread, um, would you happen to have something else that no one probably, regularly eats?” And it’s returned with the agitated facial response of, “really, b*tch…”

I don’t mean to be.. it’s just, I have that per view on my future and would like to live to 108 years young. A diet of trans fats and high sugars just isn’t going to get me there. And hey, by now, we all know what we should eat and what we should pull way back on anyway. So, really.. am I the A-hole?’

Yes. You still are. Where are your manners? 

Right. Noted. Well, moving on…

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Geesh. Well, in my defense… It’s literally. NOT. Rocket science. And neither is a decent workout plan. It’s intimidating to get started in the gym. You worry if you’re going to be the heaviest one there, or if you’re going to be snickered at by other visitors and the reality is that NO. And, NO. Everyone at the gym is there to work on themselves. 

Nobody cares that you are there. Nobody cares about what exercises you are doing. And look, nobody cares about you the way you should care about you. You follow me? If you have time to look around at others and focus on them – rather than yourself – then you are not focused on the most important person in the gym at that moment. Yes. I am talking about YOU. YOU are the most important person at the gym when you are at the gym. Let me repeat…

YOU. ARE THE MOST. IMPORTANT PERSON.

200w.gifThis doesn’t mean you walk around slinging weights against the walls and hog all the machines, or scoff at a dirty water fountain. This simply means, you are to focus on you, your health, your fitness goals, and what you have set out for yourself to get done this fine day in the gym during YOUR time there. No chatting it up at the water fountain. No chillin’ on a machine yacking away with some other lazy gym-wannabe.

JUST. WORKOUT. GET ON YOUR WORKOUT. BE ABOUT YOUR WORKOUT.

Okay, enough preaching… Oh, Lord thank you! Anyway, if you have been working out all year then I sincerely and humbly CONGRATULATE YOU! We are now in the third quarter of the year, life is good, and you are sailing through your fitness goal-setting. Do a little dance when you get home! If you are just getting on the horn here, no worries, you are also in deserving of a CONGRATULATIONS! …As well. Effort is the main requirement. How much or how little effort depends on you and only you and your goals! pexels-photo-1510540.jpeg

Oh.. and of course,  do a little dance!

If you are a newbie, then do these abdominal exercises once through (there are five exercises for this workout) at 10-12 repetitions. Work your way each day (yes, you can work your abs every day because they recover the fastest than the rest of your body parts) until you are doing all 5 exercises in this video at 12-15 repetitions, three times. If you’re just trying to change up your routine and challenge your abs then work through this routine three times through, with – at minimum – 12-15 repetitions, three times and work your way up to 20 repetitions each exercise, three times through.

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– THE ABS/CORE STRENGTH WORKOUT PLAN – INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED EDITION

  1. V SIT UPS – 12 REPS x 3 SETS
  2. CORE CIRCUIT – 12 REPS x 3 SETS (EA. SECTION)
  3. INVERTED REVERSE CRUNCHES – 12 REPS x 3 SETS (GRAB A STABILITY BALL!)
  4. WEIGHTED PULLDOWNS – 12 REPS x 3 SETS  (ROPE ATTACHMENT WITH 20LBS)
  5. PLANKS – 2 SETS x 1 MINUTE EACH

 

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For those of you who like a workout buddy, take me with you and we’ll start off together in my latest post! I go once through each exercise, walking you through what I do and what’s been working for me! And hopefully, this will help rev up your workouts as well! 

 

**DISCLAIMER** PLEASE CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN BEFORE STARTING THIS OR ANY OTHER PHYSICAL ACTIVITY. PARTICIPATE AT YOUR OWN RISK. 
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As for the douchebags that are hanging at the gym. Bothering others.

Pay no attention to them.

They’re mothers never hugged them enough.