September into October


  • Anniversary weekend away – We are going to Jamaica this month!


  • Read 30 books. (25/30)
  • 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. (45/60)
  • Work through the Right to Write. (43 chapters) (34/43)
  • 500 Writing Prompts – 3 writing prompts a month (36 total) (27/36)
  • Work through Writing Better Lyrics. (2 chapters per month, 24 total) (18/24)


  • 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. (1/3)
  • 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. (3/10)
  • 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. – We started staining the deck this weekend. It looks great so far!
  • 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. – This is getting a little better.
  • Do something active at least 3 times a week. – I’ve been keeping up.


  • 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)

Lots of other stuff happened this month, too. In fact, I was out of town for the last weekend in August and the first three weekends in September.

We went camping over Labor Day weekend…

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Eric and I got to investigate the wine cellar of this amazing mansion in Alton, Illinois. We camped out on the front lawn that night.

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The last weekend in September, I spent in Atlanta at a travel agent conference. I had an amazing time and learned a lot!

Also, Anya started soccer!


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