September Goals

Ah, September. My favorite time of year! New pencils. Crisp, clean notebooks. Warm days and chilly nights where just a sweater will do. Fresh slates. Second chances. That rejuvenated urge to reinvent your life. We’ve had a chaotic but blessed summer. My son’s orthognatic surgery was a complete success, (thank you God and Dr. Poshni,) and our family’s construction company has been kept busy. But now that my boys are back at college, another life reinvention is exactly what I’m ready for.

And what I need.

Here’s the part where I confess that writing has been a struggle. My creative side has felt non-existent from me stressing too much on life’s crap storms. Those mental demons of fear, doubt, and insecurity that I’ve managed to hold at bay in the past have fought back with a vengeance, constantly pin-balling in my head.

In other words … Laura: 0  Procrastination: 5,787.

But here’s the beauty of reinvention:

It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” George Eliot.

So for September, my goals will revolve around easing myself back into a strict writing routine and once again return to my old creative self.


  • Start a writing challenge on September 1st with friends, where we each set our own desired daily word count and rules. I’m shooting for 1,000 and those words can be for a current manuscript, a writing exercise, or craft-related blog entry.
  • Blog about my progress, setbacks, or other thoughts in a Beauty of Reinvention series. Also have a more structured posting schedule with running related posts on Monday, Writing Wednesdays, and free for all Fridays.
  • Finish The Glory Girls of Stockyard County. (Despite making great progress, I’ve recently realized that the main setting needs to go since it’s not supporting the story. So now most of what I’ve written/rewritten over the summer needs to be changed. Bugger. But it will make it better.)
  • Finish my race recaps … getting closer, but still have more to do.
  • This is a biggie … JOIN A CRITIQUE GROUP!


  • Continue training for the Baltimore Marathon on October 18, 2015.
  • Work harder to stay hydrated and pay better attention to nutrition.
  • Finish up with Power 90.


  • After reading the book, The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod, I’m really excited about officially starting the 30 Day Challenge on Tuesday. While the concepts of meditation, affirmations, visualization, exercise, reading, and writing/journaling certainly aren’t new, they way he suggests waking up an hour earlier and spending that time performing each is to me. I’m systematic. Structure works for me, so I’m hoping to have good results!
  • And finally … I want to learn the Thriller Dance. Odd goal, I know, but finally finishing the Lord of the Rings books have motivated me to accomplish more oddball bucket list goals. 🙂

Best of luck to everyone who has their own list of September goals! May the feelings of fall be with you. 🙂

And in case anyone now has a huge desire to see the Thriller dance again, here you go…


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