A Month in Review: January 2019

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Wow! I can’t believe this month is already over. So much has happened over the past 31 days both at home and at work. Let me take a minute to reflect and see how well I have done.

January 2019

January is a time of new beginnings. It is a time when to let go of the past and move forward in life.  I was listening to a motivational speech the other day as I was driving to work, and the speaker said something that has stuck with me. 

“You should strive for progress, not perfection.”

When I thought about it, he was right.  If I were perfect, then there would be nothing left for me to learn.  There is always something more for us to learn.  No one is perfect, even if they claim they are.

Revisit My 2019 Goals

Journal Daily

Journal Prompts

Keep a positive mindset

In order to keep a positive mindset, I turned off the radio and streamed either a bible lesson or a motivational speech during the hour commute to work.

Read through the Bible in one year

On track: Read Genesis, Exodus, and Leviticus 1-3

Publish four novels

The Curse of Judas was reviewed on Several More Blogs

Editing of The Repentant Son is 25% complete.

Outline of The Sanctorian Series Rewrite is 45% complete.

Read 25 books

Spend time outside at least twice a week

Most of my time has been inside. Getting to work when it is dark and leaving when it is dark. I don’t think I got to see the sunshine more than a handful of days this month.

Tracking My Moods Daily:

Happy SadTiredOverwhelmedAngrySick
14 0 7 5 1 4

Shows I Have Watched

  • Memories of the Alhambra
  • Fake Phoenixes
  • The Prince That Turned Into A Frog
  • Ever Night
  • The Kissing Booth
  • I Will Never Let You Go
  • Weight Lifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo

Favorite Quote of the Month:

“Don’t aspire to make a living.  Aspire to make a difference.”

—Denzel Washington

Accomplishments:

Major Discovery:

I saved money buying household products on Amazon rather than going to the store!

Looking Ahead At February

Garden season is right around the corner.  It’s time to pull out the gardening tools and take stock of your inventory of seeds.

My main goal for February is to start the morning at 4AM. This will give me 2 hours of ME-time. That is 2 hours to reflect, meditate, exercise, Bible study, and blog before the rest of my family wakes up.


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Author: Cynthia Brandel

Published author and founder of https://cynthiabrandel.com, Cynthia has captivated the world with her works of fiction including The Sanctorian Series and her latest work, The Revenant City Series. Lover of young adult reads and fantasy reads, Cynthia has transformed her passions into a full-time career.

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