August into September

I have no idea where the time is heading! How are we already going into September?!


  • Anniversary weekend away – We are going to Jamaica!


  • Read 30 books. (22/30)
  • Read 2 “self-help” books or books about fostering creativity. (1/2)


  • Daily Q&A – Still keeping up with this!
  • Post in my blog at least 5 times a month or 60 blog posts. (40/60)
  • Work through the Right to Write. (43 chapters) (31/43)
  • 500 Writing Prompts – 3 writing prompts a month (36 total) (24/36)
  • Work through Writing Better Lyrics. (2 chapters per month, 24 total) (16/24)


  • Practice and complete a daily devotional. I have been able to keep up so far!


  • Learn at least 3 new Classical pieces on the piano. (0/3)
  • Work on learning at least 3 of the modes. (1/3)
  • Listen to 10 classical music pieces. I have a new book about listening to Beethoven’s piano music that I intend to use for this purpose. (2/10)
  • Earn at least 20 CMTE’s (continuing education). (12/20) – I will be going to a national conference in November, which will get me 5 more CMTE’s. I am also supervising two more students this semester.

Home and Organization:

  • Fix the other part of the deck and stain it. – The deck is finished, and we have the paint we need for it. We plan to paint this fall once the pool is closed.
  • Wash windows and glass doors in the house.


  • CMOE
  • Make a home video with the kids.
  • Paint with the kids.


  • Provide at least 3 meals at the Ronald McDonald house. (2/3)
  • Volunteer at the soup kitchen at least once.


  • Drink at least 64 ounces of water on most days. – I’m not sure if I should give up on this or not…
  • Do something active at least 3 times a week. – This has been working out well.


  • Eat at 8 new restaurants on our list of places to try. (6/8)
  • I plan to cook at least 10 international meals this year. (4/10)
  • Take at least one day to “retreat” and work on my writing, music, etc. – I am hoping to do this sometime in October if I can work it in.
  • Do something nice for myself at least 20 times. (5/20)

This month was another busy one. We made another meal at the Ronald McDonald House.












Both kids started school.

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Eclipse 2




We got to see the eclipse in totality.





And we camped for one night in a treehouse at Camp Ondessonk.IMG_20170826_172104744 IMG_20170826_150810781










I’m sure September will be just as busy!

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