January 2019 – The first five days

I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you. Joyce Meyer


A year ago, I came across some journal prompts called the Life of Lovely created by Elizabeth McNair.  At first, I thought I would go through them daily however circumstances of my life had me combining five prompts per blog entry.  To continue with the practice here are the first five days.

1. What are you most looking forward to
I’m looking forward to finishing the short story I’ve been struggling with for about two or more years. It has been a journey working through this story.  It has been put aside more times that should be counted but always finds its way into my backpack.  It is the roughest draft, that might be a blog essay in the future.

There is also the reinstitution of my health and wellness plans. It has always been my concern but circumstances have diverted my attention in the past. I have committed myself to an exercise routine, a moderate meal plan and time for reflection.

2. Three goals for the month
Maintain exercise routine 6 days a week for 30 minutes. It will vary because of my work schedule, the day job.

Write at least two blog essays a week. Each essay should be 750 words. One for the JC Henry Universe blog and the other for the Jo Experiment Blog. This will be difficult since I am out of practice. Often I lose motivation with essay writing. The one thing I learned from NaNoWriMo 2018, is that progress only comes from making the time.

Start spring cleaning early. I admire people who can live a minimalist lifestyle or are expert organizers.  Full disclosure, I am none of those things.   I do see why these methods are important for life.  I am not a hoarder but I will admit that there are items in my home that need to be let go.  Wish me Luck.

3. Describe your day in ten words
I would prefer my days to be more creative instead I have a job.

It is impossible for me to describe my day in ten words. I’m not sure if what I wrote can be called a description. It will be something I will work on how to describe my day in a logline.

4. Something that you’re looking forward to
I don’t understand how this prompt is different from the first of this entry.  Not sure why this prompt is part of this month’s list.  I look forward to completing my goals.

5. A time you don’t want to forget
On December 31, 2018 – New Year Eve’s Party. A relative acquired a karaoke machine. We sang all kinds of songs, from the ’70s to the present. The most fun was when the group sang Bohemian Rhapsody and I did my rendition of Someone to Love by Queen. It was great laughing and singing together. Most of the previous week, I was battling a cold. I had a cough, itchy throat, my voice was hoarse. I had no voice for Christmas. My voice had gotten better I was able to sing the high note in Somebody to Love, to the applause and adoration of my friends and family.  It was a wonderful way to welcome the oncoming New Year.


The plan is to continue with journal prompts in groups.  If one requires an in-depth exploration that could be done.   This New Year is full of possibilities.  A writer working on the business aspect of her writing.  There should be specific plans and goals.  There is some and posting on this blog is just one part of it.

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