Kicking Myself in the Butt to End the Year on a High Note

My Progress for the Week Ending 11/4/18

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Good morning everyone! Hard to believe this year is almost over. We’ve finished October, and we’re now into November. As I look at my list of goals for the year, I’m surprised at what I’ve managed to accomplish. I’ve made over $600 from writing and proofreading so far. I know those of you who write professionally are probably going “$600? Big deal.” It is a big deal for me, that’s the most I’ve made in one year from writing the past few years. This month I hope to make even more. I’ll talk about how I plan to do that, as well as a few other goals I’ve accomplished since I posted about two weeks ago.

Writing Income

At this point, I’ve made about $710 for the year. I’m waiting on another article to be approved; once it has been I’ll make a little more. My goal for November is to to get my income to $800.


I finished “On Writing Well,” by William Zinsser and started reading “Writing is My Drink” by Theo Pauline Nestor. I’m currently about halfway done with it, and it’s been an interesting read so far. She talks a lot about her experiences and relates them to how to write a memoir, basically. At the end of each chapter she provides exercises the reader can do to start figuring out how to write their own memoir.


I finished Chalene Johnson’s Turbofire workout program this week. I ended up with 257 intensity minutes for this week. I’ll take my measurements tomorrow to see how many inches I lost, and then I’m going to start doing one of Pahla Bowers’ workout programs. For those of you who don’t know how Pahla is, she’s an exercise coach who has a lot of YouTube workouts. You can check them out here:

NUHA Foundation Entry

My blog entry in the NUHA Foundation’s writing contest has gotten 6 comments, 35 likes and 17 shares so far. prizes. If you’re interested in checking it out, you can do so here:

New Discoveries

I’ve discovered a few new (well new to me) resources that I’ve been checking out. One of them is a program called Notion. Notion allows you to create wikis that you can share with other people or groups. To try it out, I created a wiki for my website Work at Home Tips Online to keep track of what I’ve published and some post ideas that I have. I may make it available to my readers, but I haven’t decided yet. If you’re a writer and want to find out more about Notion, check out this story:

I also discovered a website called Milanote — it has some of the same functions that Evernote has — you can clip websites to it and make different notes. I’ve been using it to keep track of research for some of the articles I’ve been writing. I’m also looking into using it for other things. I’ll keep you all informed as I learn more about these two resources.

The Power of Tea

No this is not a book — I discovered how good herbal teas are, and how good they are for you! I ordered some Bigelow decaffeinated herbal teas this week, and started trying them out. So far I’ve had decaffeinated Green Tea, English Breakfast, Constant Comment, French Vanilla, and Lemon Lift and I like all of them. I only started drinking them a few days ago, but when I weighed myself Friday morning, I had lost everything I gained the previous week, plus a little more. I’m sure a lot of that was because I ate well this week, but I can’t help but wonder if some of that was because I started drinking tea. I’m going to continue to drink it over the next few weeks and see how it makes me feel, and how it affects my weight.

That’s it for this week! I hope to publish another update next week with a report on how my first week of Pahla’s program went. In the meantime, you interested in checking out her YouTube channel, or any of the other things I mentioned in this story, feel free to check out these links.

I started writing in elementary school and never stopped. I enjoy sharing stories about my hard-learned life lessons and writing advice.

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