Monday, January 31, 2011
Sunday, January 30, 2011
- I spent time with out some of my besties. I had breakfast with my critique partners and dinner with my Jane Austen Book Club pals on Friday. I am so grateful to have these five women in my life. They love me just as I am while helping me to realize my dreams. Friendship doesn't get any better than that.
- I heard my favorite piano concerto performed by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Saturday night.
- What are your short-term goals?
- What are your long-term goals?
- What are your views on relationships? (family, friends, God)
- What do you think about me?
- What do you feel about me?
Friday, January 28, 2011
I told Nathan I would make gingerbread for breakfast this morning. Unfortunately, I failed to set my alarm before I crashed last night, so I woke up about the time he headed out the door for school and, of course, I didn't bake an entire pan of gingerbread just for myself. I thought I was off the hook. But when my son got home this afternoon, he asked me two questions. How was my day? And did I ever make that gingerbread?
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
- I finished my projects for GCMTA; I did them well, and it felt good carrying those completed packets into our January brunch meeting this morning, sharing a meal and catching up with my colleagues. I am thankful to be a part of an organization that does so much to provide meaningful educational opportunities for music students as well as support and encouragement for teachers.
- Two of my fellow PFHT bloggers received "The Call" today and are on the verge of being published authors. Congratulations to Debbie Kaufman and Marilyn Baron!
- I am within two weeks of finishing the first draft of my own novel, which has taken on a life of its own. This is both exhausting and exhilarating but I am enjoying the ride, and looking forward to typing The End - and beginning the process of revision.
- After a month of inactivity on my Etsy site, I made two sales this week - meaning I can buy more supplies and make more cool stuff.
- I finally found medical insurance I can actually afford. As a self-employed individual, I have paid an exorbitant sum for care coverage; over time, my premiums had risen to the point that my health insurance premium, at $897/month, cost almost as much as my mortgage - and that's a lot of piano lessons. Finally, I located and was accepted into a reasonably priced, albeit high deductible plan, despite "pre-existing conditions" (all resolved issues). Saving money is almost better than earning it, because you don't have to lift a finger to save. My new benefits will go into effect February 1st. What a relief!
- For the most part, my students are right where they should be in terms of preparation for their upcoming piano festival, and I have booked performances at three local assisted living centers for the following so they will be able to share their beautiful musical selections with the community. I am so proud of these hard-working, talented children, and so privileged to be their teacher!
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
I am working on two huge projects for my local music teacher's association. For several years now, I have been responsible for doing the scheduling for Central Gwinnett's National Federation of Music Clubs Federated Festival, to be held on February 12th, as well as being co-chairman of the Gwinnett Music Teachers Association Ensemble Concert committee, meaning I assist with music selection, manage student registrations, order all music, prepare rehearsal schedules and student and teacher rosters, and put together the teacher packets in support of our April event.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
- They show me the weaknesses in my writing, and help me find ways to make it better.
- They are fabulous cooks. Think egg, spinach and sweet potato strata and bourbon brownies. Yum.
- They are strong, independent, free thinking women.
- Most important, they are steadfast friends.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Friday, January 14, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
And I started a scarf for Casey.
I thought I might list the blue scarf on Etsy - along with the new leather pieces I made today - but I can't find the yarn wrappers and can't remember the fiber content, so I might just keep it for myself. I have enough yarn leftover to make a matching hat, so I think I will. I love knitting in the round; it makes me feel very clever.
Monday, January 10, 2011
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011
- The piano has been a passion my entire life and piano teaching is my bread and butter.
- Writing has become an obsession and being a published author is my dream.
- I have a primal need to make things with my hands and my jewelry design business is generating a small supplementary income that I desperately need right now; also, there is a beading tie-in to my novel.
- Finally, I have children who depend on me and social needs of my own.
- Maintain personal and professional blogs.
- Meet with critique partners weekly.
- Finish first draft of The Wishing Box.
- Revise The Wishing Box.
- Write a short story and submit it to Woman's World magazine.
- Revisit 2009 NaNoWriMo project; decide whether or not it is worth finishing.
- If so, finish first draft and revision of Hilda (working title).
- Come up with 3-book series concept and characters.
- Write first draft of first book of series.
- Send 2 query letters each week.
- Participate in Virginia Ellis workshop.
- Enter 2 contests.
- Take at least two professional writing workshops or classes.
- Attend all GRW meetings.
- Attend Moonlight & Magnolias Conference.
- Pitch at Moonlight & Magnolias Conference.
- Organize papers, journals and letters.
- Read one work of fiction each week.
- Read one book on the craft of writing each week.
- Set Top 5 Priority List and review every quarter.
- Organize papers, journals and letters.
- Establish and maintain consistent schedule to incorporate writing, reading, revision, blogging, support and accountability.
- Write 500 new words every day.
- Revise and polish The Wishing Box so it will be ready for submission second quarter.
- Attend GRW meetings each month to maintain personal and professional connections.
Sure, I want to find an agent and/or editor and be published in 2011. But I limited myself to S.M.A.R.T goals - specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely - and I think they will help me to maintain my focus and make great strides with my writing this year.
I have posted a list of Musical Goals for 2011 on my blog Notes from the Piano, and am working on lists of goals to support my jewelry design business and my family.
If you haven't done so already, I encourage you to take some time to ponder your personal and professional goals for the year, and create your own first-quarter priority list. You will be glad you did!
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Monday, January 3, 2011
My Christmas cactus is blooming! This beautiful plant was a holiday gift from a student family. The flowers are my favorite color, PINK. How did they know?
Sunday, January 2, 2011
The pattern is "Comfy" from Leisure Arts' Big Book of Quick Knit Afghans (click HERE). Since my brother's favorite color is red, I chose Lion Brand Wool-Ease worsted weight yarn, a blend of lamb's wool and acrylic, in Ranch Red. Other than adding about eight inches to the length, I followed the instructions to the letter, using size 17 29-inch circular needles holding two strands of yarn together.