The “Travel & Lifestyle Blogger”/Weekly Writing Challenge:


In response to The Daily Post’s weekly writing challenge: “Countdown.”

Here we are…another December and the year is almost over.  I always find this time of year an incredibly significant juncture to reflect back over the span of the year and grade myself on how I managed the goals I set for myself against the reality of what transpired.  Metrics – whether personal or professional – offer a good roadmap for responsibly conducting our lives on a daily basis.  Here are my goals and comments about how well I managed to hit the mark or add to my list of things yet to accomplish.

January:  Set personal care goals, i.e. annual  physical, weight management goals, update online profiles, etc.  Outcome:  Accomplished

February:  Work with publisher to complete final stages of book.  Outcome:  Accomplished

March:  Attend Exhibitor 2014 in Las Vegas and extend certification from “Certified Trade Show Marketer” (CTSM) to CTSM Bronze.  Was awarded scholarship to attend annual conference and sessions to complete upgrade.  Outcome:  Accomplished

April:  Plan book signing event and reception for family and friends.  Book published in March.  Outcome:  Accomplished

May:  Work with publicist and attend promotional events for newly released book, “A Couple’s Cross-Country Road Trip Journal.”  Outcome:  Accomplished

June:  Attend family reunion in Houston, Texas.  See a host of relatives for the first time in several years.  Outcome:  Accomplished

July:  Summer travel with husband to the following places:  St. Augustine, Ocala/Silver Springs, and Tallahassee, Florida; Savannah, The Golden Isles, Helen, Macon, and Augusta, Georgia.  Outcome:  Accomplished

August:  Celebrate birthday month:  spend time with husband, family, and friends.  Make several weekend getaways.  Visit favorite restaurants.  Outcome:  Accomplished

September:  Plan “girls outing” trip to San Diego, California.  Outcome:  Accomplished

October:  Cruise to Cozumel, Mexico.  Visit the Ozarks and Branson, Missouri, with husband.  Outcome:  Accomplished

November:  Plan special time with family and create festive Thanksgiving dinner.  Outcome:  Accomplished

December:  Enjoy the spirit of the holidays and the love and enjoyment of family and friends.  Outcome:  Ongoing


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