New Year New Beginnings

With the start of a new year almost everyone comes up with a list of goals they’d like to accomplish. I’m no different. One of the biggest goals I wanted to accomplish in 2013 is to write more. I failed miserably. I know that school had a lot to do with it. Luckily, school will be completed only a month in to 2014 so that leaves 11 more months to write more. I have no excuses.

I did day I wanted to travel more in 2013 and I did accomplish that. So grateful for the opportunity to do something that I love – travel. I believe in 2014 I will be doing less traveling because of 2 graduations, a family reunion, a child going off to college, a wedding and a move of residences. I’m thinking about buying a house but since I do not really want to stay in the Midwest for too many years, I may just rent. That’ll leave things open for when I want to move south or out west.

Also with the new year I want to get healthier. I want to eat right and get in a little more activity than I usually do. Both will be difficult – I love to eat and sit on my butt in front of the television. But when it starts to warm up, I like to get moving. I like to walk outside so I know that will help. The winter always finds me wanting to hibernate in the house. I don’t want to leave the house unless it’s to go to work or church.

What goals would you like to accomplish in 2014?






I used to think I didn’t know what it meant to relax. But I found out that wasn’t true. I knew what to do to help me relax. Actually, there are several different things I do – depending on the situation. I listen to the sounds of the water gliding over the rocks in my waterfall. I sip on a glass of wine and listen to jazz music or read a good book. I sit outside on a warm, sunny day amongst a lot of green (grass, trees, flowers, etc.) and listen to the sounds of nature. I take strolls through one of the local gardens or parks. All these things aid in my relaxation process.

So then I wondered, if I know how to relax then why aren’t I relaxing? Then it came to me…TIME. I don’t set aside the time to relax. My brain is always going. There’s always something to do. Someone always needs me for something. So I wonder…do I need to put ‘RELAX’ as an appointment on my calendar? Will I have to start scheduling times to ‘RELAX’ just so that I can get it in? I really need to start taking better care of myself. I feel like the only time I’m able to hear ‘ME’ is when I ‘RELAX’.

Something else I learned…I’m more creative when I’m relaxed. It’s as if my mind is clear and free.

So let me ask you something:

  • How do you relax?
  • When do you find time to relax?

Much Love,Nyrobi

Time Flies!

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted something. So much has happened during that time.

  • I completed my Web Development class (100%). It was so much fun.
  • I’ve started my last class before I graduate. Boring class. A lot of reading. Can’t wait for it to be over.
  • We moved in to our new building at work. Have gotten through all the opening events. And tomorrow is the big opening and then it’ll be all done.

Know what that means? Hopefully it means I’ll have more “ME” time because I’ve really missed it.

However, in between all of what’s been going on, I’ve started reading Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass. This book has truly been an eye opener. I don’t even read other books or look at movies and television shows the same. I’m now looking for the characteristics that Maass discusses in his book. I’ve only gotten through the first four chapters but I’m already looking to see if the stories have high stakes. It’s actually kind of fun and I feel a good way of learning. I only get to read a few pages a day because of my schedule but some is better than none. Eventually I’ll start working writing back in to my schedule as well. If it’s what I want to do, I have to start making it a priority.

Until next time,