Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

It’s already January 31st!

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“Commitment is an act, not a word.” ―Jean-Paul Sartre

I’ve never been one who makes a list of New Year’s Resolutions. I always work better with setting goals. Several years ago, I read an article about an alternative to resolutions. There was no list making involved, it was so simple, it was one word. Choose one word that could give you strength, provide guidance or challenge you.

Over the years, I’ve chosen: perseverance, peace and patience. Last year it was faith. It turned out to be the perfect word choice for 2013. I was faced with some challenging health issues and by hanging on to my faith I was able to make it through a difficult time.

This year my word is commit. The first thing I did on January 1st was commit to writing at least 500 words a day during the month of January. These words are exclusive of e-mails and blog posts. As of today, I’m happy to report I have over 19,000 words written on a new project. It’s too soon to tell if this project will turn into anything, as it began as a writing exercise, but it has morphed into something more.

By committing myself to at least 500 words a day, I’ve now made it a habit, just like my daily workout. I plan to continue my new habit through the month of February and see where it takes me.

If you had to pick one word, what would it be?

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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, will release in March, 2017. It's now able for pre-order on Amazon. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

115 thoughts on “It’s already January 31st!

  1. Congratulations on reaching 19,000 words. Your post is still another nudge to try it. What inspires me and I believe it true. how many writers say they start on one idea and then the work goes another direction or directions. I agree, I don’t make resolutions or really comment on them. I would say my continuing resolution is to “learn something new.” I like your idea of focusing on virtues/words that inspire/ qualities.

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    • Thanks, Georgette! I think resolving to learn something new is a great plan for the new year since we always grow when we learn. Choosing one word over the past several years has definitely helped me to stay focused. I’ll be anxious to hear what new thing you decide to learn…sounds exciting! Enjoy your weekend!

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  2. Quiet would be my word. I’m not getting enough of it since the new year started. Kudos to you on writing 500 words a day! That’s really wonderful, Jill. Is your writing turning into a novel or a short story or do you know yet?
    I wish I was writing, but I really need to be editing and that is turning out to be a far greater challenge than writing. That’s where ‘quiet’ comes in. I need quiet to edit, more so than I need it to write 😉

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    • Thanks, Marie! I think this project would turn into a novel rather than a short story. I’ve never written a short story that was longer than 2000 words. You my friend, are the queen of short stories!
      That’s a great word…quiet. I crave quiet and never seem to get enough of it. I think quiet time is something we must create, whether it’s getting up extra early or staying up late. I have a tendency to become cranky when I don’t get my quite time. I might have to steal your word for next year. 🙂
      Ugh, don’t remind me, I need to be editing also. It’s so much more fun to write though, isn’t it?
      Have a fantastic weekend, Marie!

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  3. Nineteen thousand words is awesome, Jill!! Good for you! Glad you kept that up. Hope you’ll keep up this great habit. Tenacity is such a great tool.
    It’s hard for me to pick one word, because life often tests you on that. But one word comes to mind and that’s “alive.” I’m reminded of this quote by Saint Irenaeus—”The glory of God is man fully alive.” More than just a survival sense. I would love for my writing to crackle with life.

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    • Thanks, Linda! I remember a couple nights, after a busy day at work and around the house, I would panic when I realized I hadn’t gotten in those 500 words. Thankfully, they always came with no problem. I’m going to try very hard to continue this habit.
      I think “alive” is a great word and being “fully alive” is a great way to live each day. I know one thing, your blog posts are certainly alive! Enjoy your weekend!

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  4. Hats off to you for sticking to your 500-words-a-day resolve. 19,000 words is pretty good for a month. I hope you finish the project. By the way, do share with me the short story you are planning to convert to a novel. The word that I need to focus on is “Positivity.”

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    • Thanks, Rajni! It felt really good to meet my commitment each day. After participating in NaNoWriMo twice, it wasn’t really that difficult. I hope to finish the project by writing each day.
      Positivity is a great word! Staying positive can get us through the tough times. The great thing about positivity is we can chose to have it each day, it’s a mindset.
      I’ll e-mail the short story to you in the next day or so, Rajni. I’d love to hear your input. I’d also love to read your story that’s going to be published.
      Have a great weekend! Enjoy the 60 degree weather they’re predicting for Sunday. I’m so ready!

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  5. Jill that is fantastic! I really applaud your 19,000 words as I know how difficult it can be sometimes to focus. Now you’ve really got into the habit you’ll be well away and will have an incredible body of work just waiting to be edited and tweaked and submitted. Good for you! Now I’m off to start my writing group challenge for February. After your lesson here I have absolutely no excuses.
    And my word? Resilience.

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    • Thanks, Jenny! Great word…resilience…I like that! Well, I might end up with a body of something, not sure if it will be incredible. 🙂 But yes, it will require a great deal of tweaking and editing. I’d love to know more about this writing group challenge for February…maybe in a post? Enjoy your weekend!

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      • The writing group challenge is something that I and three others from our original creative writing class set up as a way to encourage/shame/force us into writing a longer piece each month with a view to possible submission somewhere. We felt that although homework from the classes was valuable, at a 300 word count limit it was rather, well, limiting! We each take it in turns to come up with a topic and then we critique each others pieces – usually over supper in a pub! This month we are tasked with ‘Travel Writing’ – and it can be a true account or it can be fiction – so anything from last year’s holiday to time travelling! Join in if you like, cyberly – or maybe we could set up a similar challenge – but I think it works for our particular group because it’s not too large – four of us is just about right.

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      • What a great group, Jenny…I’m jealous, but very happy for you. I’d love to find a small group or even one person in my area to share work, ideas and challenge each other. You’re very fortunate.

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  6. Great job! It is so great to get to the end of a lousy January and have an accomplishment to celebrate.

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    • Thanks, Kate! I’m glad it’s not just me that doesn’t enjoy the month of January. I know you all have had a rough month. Hopefully February will bring some higher temperatures for all of us…at least it’s a shorter month. Enjoy the weekend and the Superbowl…or at least the snacks. 🙂

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  7. I love this post, Jill. Choosing a single word to sum up your goals is a powerful idea, and I thought it over during my jog this morning (I got to run outside! It was a whole 20 degrees!) I fell into a lot of bad habits in 2013. I let my fitness slide. I started a lot of writing projects, stalled out, and then let them languish on the hard drive when I got stuck. Around November, I realized what a slump I’d fallen into, and I resolved to fix it.

    I’d like to say Change is my word for 2014, but that sounds too much like the Obama campaign! So I’ve settled on Persistence. Running every day. Writing every day. Seeing projects through to completion. Revising with the help of my critique partners. Submitting, revising, and resubmitting when faced with rejections. I think Persistence encapsulates these goals. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    • Thanks, Gwen! Yay! I’m so happy to hear you were able to run outside today. Yikes, 20 degrees is still pretty cold. If I were you, my word would be “Spring” but “Persistence” is a great word. If we aren’t persistent, we’re denying ourselves and we’ll never know how good we can be. Have a great weekend, Gwen! xo

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  8. Great work Jill. I’m concluding that, to be productive over an extended period at any one thing you need to be selective. Therefore if you take on a project or activity, to do it well something else has to be put back on the shelf. So my word is (be) selective.

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    • Thanks, Roy! I agree, being selective definitely results in increased productivity. I often find myself working on too many things at the same time and the result is, I get nothing accomplished. I too need to be more selective…great word! Enjoy the weekend!

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  9. Why is it that realizing that it is the last day of the month causes our hearts to skip a beat and the butterflies in our stomachs flutter more than usual? It’s a panic feeling that time is speeding by and we haven’t accomplished all we want to. But it shouldn’t be such a negative feeling.

    I am trying to look at it positively. We are closer to Spring! That’s a big one for all of us. 🙂

    FAITH is such a great word, Jill – especially when medical issues are in the forefront. And it sounds like COMMIT is working out well for you – that is WONDERFUL! Congrats on your accomplishments thus far. You go girl!

    My word for the year is……WINE, I mean… LAUGH. There is so much out there bringing us down so we need a healthy way to cope. Even if we are laughing at our own jokes.

    Have a great weekend watching the Super Bowl, writing and doing puzzles. 🙂

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    • Thanks, Brick! One month into the year, I have to say, “commit” is working very well for me.
      “Wine”…lol! If anyone deserves wine as their word, it’s you. I think you should have both wine and laugh as your word…you’re special, so you get two. 🙂
      Laughter is a great way to cope with the everyday stresses as well as our chronic illnesses. Keep laughing, Marie!
      Have a great weekend! I’m still waiting to see a picture of the completed Duck Dynasty puzzle. 🙂

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  10. Focus. Definitely. I made the decision to kick things up a notch and focus on my writing career. I am amazed at how much I have been able to accomplish and how many doors have opened up for me since then.

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    • Another great word, “focus.” Last year I struggled with focusing on the project at hand. I think that’s why I chose the word “commit” it forced me to focus. Congratulations on your accomplishments, may they continue through the year. Happy weekend!

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  11. Good for you! A good ‘act’… I’ve committed myself to making no commitments. 🙂

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  12. Well done Jill! I like your intention to Commit and am happy to hear its working out. I too started doing this – what I call setting an intention for the year – after reading Debbie Macomber’s One Perfect Word.
    My word for this year is REFRESH (I wrote about it here http://ygmcadam.wordpress.com/2014/01/03/what-is-your-intention-for-2014/). There are a couple of old projects I need to ‘refresh’ and parts of my mindset too that need ‘refreshing’:-)

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    • Thanks, Yolanda! I haven’t heard of Debbie’s book. I’ll have to check it out.
      “Refresh” is a wonderful word for the year. I know for me, every couple of weeks, I feel like I need to be refreshed. Come to think of it, I too have some old projects dying to be refreshed.
      Thanks for the link to your post. Enjoy your weekend!

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  13. That’s fantastic news, Jill! Way to go. I’m definitely stealing one of your previous words for my motto this year – perseverance. I’ll be pushing my limits this year, just as I did the last year. Fingers crossed that all turns out well. 🙂

    Have a great weekend and congrats again on sticking with your daily routine.

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    • Well, after reading your big new today, Phillip, my 500 words doesn’t compare! Congratulations to you and your wife, I’m so happy for you.
      After living a year with perseverance as my word, you’ve made a great choice!
      Enjoy your weekend and again, congratulations!

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  14. I’m seriously impressed, Jill- and that’s just with the daily workout! 🙂 There’s no doubt about it- you’ve got your goals sorted. Look forward to reading some of those 19,000 words when they morph into a publication.
    I think my word should be “self discipline”. But it’s two 🙂

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    • Lol! I like to think about my character as I workout, so I kind of look forward to it. 🙂
      Well, we can hyphenate “self-discipline” and we’ll count it as one word. Or, you can just use “discipline.” But in my opinion, you already have a great deal of self-discipline, Jo. Happy weekend!

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  15. It’s already the morning of February 1st as I read this. Congratulations to you for meeting your goal of the month! I haven’t chosen a word – I am spending this year taking a bit of time every day to pay attention to what is uppermost in my ‘field of attention’ and then to document that as a word or short phrase on my 365 Days project. January is now finished and I am quite amazed at what I see – I may have to do a ‘summary’ card as well 🙂 [Note to self – post something soon]

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    • Thank you, Pauline! First off, I’m so happy to hear your brother’s condition is stable, that’s great news. I’m loving your 365 Days project. The cards you’ve created are so beautiful and inspirational…you should be amazed!
      Have a wonderful weekend!

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  16. Love that you picked a solid goal, met it, and have set a new one – way to be productive! I was given a pair of words this year: Intentional and Implement. I believe that I’m suppose to be more intentional in several areas of my life – including writing, connecting with friends, spiritual goals – and implement the plans to achieve the goals in each.

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    • Thanks, Shel! Honestly, I kind of surprised myself, but it feels really good, so I plan to continue. I love the word “intentional.” There are many areas where I can and should be intentional. As far as implement…you’ve already done that with your second blog…I’m loving it! Have a great weekend!

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  17. Congratulations on your 19000+ words! That’s a wonderful start to the year. Since reading your post, I’ve been struggling to come up with a word for my 2014. I’ve never thought of a using a single word before. I think “productivity” might work, though I really like your “perseverance.”
    Best wishes for continued success!
    Theresa

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    • I think this is a lovely way to see 2014. I probably have about 50 words but if I had to choose it would be determination. I want to build my writing business this year seeking new clients and also to send my manuscript off – scary stuff! Congratulations on the word count, 19000 is a fantastic achievement x

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      • Thanks! It is hard to choose just one word, Gemma. I think “determination” is a great word in order to get things done. I have no doubt you’ll accomplish everything on your list in 2014. Best of luck to you! Enjoy your weekend…maybe you’ll get in some more surfing. 🙂

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    • Thanks, Theresa! As I mentioned in my comment to Phillip, “perseverance” worked well for me a couple of years ago. “Productivity” is a great word as well. What I like so much about choosing one word is it can blanket our entire life, not just our writing life.
      By the way, I purchased your book last night on Amazon…I can’t wait to read it! Congratulations!
      Enjoy your weekend!

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  18. Perfect quote, Jill, for an excellent word choice. COMMIT.
    And you did it! Brava!
    Does the word continue for February? (As my husband taught his tennis students: Don’t change a winning game.)

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    • Thanks, Marylin! Your husband is obviously an excellent teacher, that’s great advice.
      Oh yes, my commitment to write 500 words a day during the month of January was a starting point to carry me through the year. Before responding to these comments, I squeaked in another 512 words for February 1. 🙂
      Enjoy your weekend!

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  19. Jill, you are one impressive woman! My word is Organized, no doubt prompted by the frustration I’m feeling as I try to gather my not-very-well-organized records in preparation for filing my taxes. I’m very organized with my editing projects, but my bookkeeping leaves a little to be desired! 😉

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    • Thank you, Candace! It’s great to hear from you…I’ve missed your blog posts. Another great word, “organized.” I can only imagine the tax frustrations for you with your business. You’ll get it done, hang in there. Have a great weekend!

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  20. A good post! And congratulations on making a good start on your new project. You really got me thinking with this post. Dozens of things flitted through my mind. So maybe focus should be my word for the rest of the year. Happy Year of the Horse.

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    • Thanks, Nicki! I think the word “focus” is a great word for the new year. One of my greatest challenges when I sit down to write is staying focused. I might have to borrow that word from you for next year. 🙂 Happy Year of the Horse to you and your husband!

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  21. Jill: I like that idea of cranking out 500 words a day. Congratulations on your great achievement! My word: Discipline. I have had a tendency to lose sight of it when it comes to sticking with my writing routine, and perhaps I should do like you and set a goal of a certain required number of words per day. I must admit, I’ve gotten better this past couple of months, mainly because I’m finishing up my next novel, and when the end is in sight, it’s easier to be disciplined! 🙂

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    • Thanks, Mark! I’ve never been big on actual word count, it’s always been more about the act of sitting down to write. It was late in December of 2013 that I stumbled across Jeff Goins blog post about committing to writing 500 words a day in January. I decided to take the challenge and then I decided to carry it on for the year. I think “discipline” will be a great word for you in 2014. Congratulations on finishing your latest novel, obviously that takes a lot of discipline. Have a great and safe trip!

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  22. Congratulations on achieving your goal. It sure adds up! I chose three words and the first one was commit. Because for me starting is always the hardest part!
    And now we trot off into the year of the determined horse!

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    • Thank you, Katybeth! Yes, it does add up fast, I was surprised. I’m with you, starting is the hardest part, but after that, it feels really good as the story takes shape.
      Best of luck to you this year! Happy weekend!

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  23. Wow, Jill, I’m so happy for you have having 19,000 new words! A little jealous, too. I’m feeling so challenged by family and business situations right now that I can barely keep a clear head. And 500 words a day happens to be my goal, but I haven’t done it more than twice a week at best since the new year began. Stick with it, m’dear!!! I want to hear how your new project goes!

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    • Thanks, Luanne! Hang in there, you’ll get back on track. I know you’ve got a lot going on. One thing I know you’ve kept up on is your series on memoirs. Thanks to you, I’ve got at least 4 in my TBR stack! 🙂 One thing I think we must remember is that life comes first and then writing…we shouldn’t feel guilty. Have a great weekend, Luanne and relax a little bit! 🙂

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  24. Congratulations, I admire you for sticking to it. I find that so hard as no matter how hard I try I fail to write every day some weeks as life keeps butting in! xx

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    • Thanks, Karen! As I mentioned in my comment to Luanne, life often gets in the way of our writing, but that’s okay. Write when you can and when the urge hits and you’ll be just fine. Feeling guilty about not writing will only hurt our productivity. Enjoy your weekend and thanks for stopping by!

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  25. Rejoice! (That’s my word this year.)

    I’m like you–I don’t do resolutions, but I do focus on words. I hadn’t actually learned that anywhere in particular–it just seemed natural and intuitive to me. I’m just finishing up a writing project that focuses on 12 wise precepts (words like faith, perseverance, humility…) And, like you, I never would have been able to handle my health issues without faith.

    Congratulations on getting your words in, on keeping your commitment. Lack of commitment is a difficult hurdle to overcome, I think. Our culture does not place a premium value on commitment.

    My publisher just started a blog last week, of helpful tips for writers. I think the concept is good–honest, professional, and brief snippets of useful tips, tricks and resources, without trying to sell you something. If you check it out, I’d be interested in hearing what you think. rosehallmedia.com

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    • Great word, Tracy! I’m all about the importance of expressing our joy. Personally, despite health issues, I have so much to be thankful for and I try each day to have a joyful attitude.
      “Humility”…one of my favorite words and characteristics.
      Thank you very much for sharing your publishers blog. I can’t get enough of writing tips and resources. I’ll certainly check it out.
      Happy Sunday!

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  26. Wow, that’s wonderful Jill!! You inspire me because despite my one great day of writing 2,500 words on my book I’ve not done any more since despite my resolution to commit. All last week I was without my laptop as you know (but that’s no excuse, right?) and to my amazement I began to write by hand! I couldn’t believe it. Still, I am with you with the word ‘commit’. I am so sorry to hear that you had some health issues last year and so faith couldn’t have been a better word, as it always is. Faith – Commit. You have it so right and you deserve every success in all you do. Have a lovely weekend and I’m so glad to be able to catch up with you once again 🙂

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    • Hi Sherri! I’ve missed you and your posts so much this week. I hope you’ve gotten all of the computer issues fixed. One plus about computer problems, at least for me, is it gives me a reason to write by hand. That’s my favorite way to write, although typing it all into the computer is a pain, but it gives you a chance to do a little editing. Your 2500 words in one day was a great accomplishment, it will happen again. As I’ve mentioned, life often gets in the way of our writing, but that’s okay. Derek from Devon and I wish you a wonderful Sunday! Glad you’re back online!

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      • Ahh, thanks so much Jill, it’s nice to be missed and I’ve really missed you too! My laptop is up and running but I still have to restore all my personal settings as it was wiped and restored back to original factory settings. All my files, photos, documents, music etc. are back on but in different locations so it has made things difficult when linking up. Still, getting there…and yes, I was amazed when I found myself writing by hand again, something I’ve not done for ages (other than lists and the odd letter or card that is!!).
        It’s been a busy weekend and back to blogging (and writing) in full tomorrow, and wishing you and Derek from Devon a very lovely Sunday too! See you in the week 🙂

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      • I’m so sorry you’ve had to endure all of this stress, Sherri. I do appreciate you stopping by and reading/commenting. I so miss your posts, but I’ll be patient until you’re back at it. Cheers from me and Derek from Devon!

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      • Thanks so much Jill, I know I can always count on you to be so kind and lovely and supportive. I’ve just put my post up now but not what I had intended ( ha, story of my life, lol!) Had to have one more airing of my computer issues 🙂 Back to normal tomorrow, I hope… and cheers to you and Derek from Devon too. Have a great evening 🙂

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      • You know I’m your number one fan, Sherri. I loved your post today and I’m still laughing about you calling the police. It’s so nice when things are normal…here’s hoping for normalcy for you and your new computer. xo

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      • You are wonderful Jill!!! Ha Ha, I know, it’s hilarious isn’t it, can you believe I actually called the police about it?? I cringe now at the thought of it but I was totally freaked out!!!
        Things are as normal as they ever are around here, for now…onward and upward as they say! Have a great day my friend 🙂 xo

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      • That’s such a great story, Sherri. I would have loved to be a fly on the wall when the police answered your call. I loved your photo challenge today!

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      • Thanks so much Jill, so glad you liked it. I debated about posting as it was quite serious but you know me, I have to go with the flow no matter what, and your support no matter what means the world to me.
        And yes, I do have to wonder what they thought down at that police station when they took my call. What a complete idiot I was no doubt, ha ha!! Have a great evening Jill, you and Derek from Devon. I’m signing off now…see you soon 🙂

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  27. I really cannot believe that January is over and done with, but I don’t mind. January and February seem like such throw-away months to me (though 19,000 words is certainly not worth throwing away, geeze!) Once it gets to spring and summer and fall I will start lamenting the passing of days…
    If I were to choose one word…. knowing what I hope to accomplish this year… it would probably be something kind of aggressive, like “expand.” I’ve been so still and not making progress in my writing for so long that I want to just be on fire and make up for all the lost time. I suppose we shall see…

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    • I feel the same, Aussa, I just want to get through January and February. Although March isn’t exactly warm, but I think of it as the gateway to spring. Once April rolls in, its smooth sailing.
      I love your word., “expand.” I don’t know where you are with your “writing” but I know your blog has been a huge success. With a full-time job, I don’t know how you do it all, Aussa. Happy Sunday!

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  28. Congratulations on the word count, Jill 😀

    I have no resolutions and my writing is very sporadic. I hadn’t touched the keyboard until 31 Jan when I sat down and wrote 12,000 words in one day! I must have had something to say 😉

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  29. Oh my! Jill, you have 19,000 words already??!! Good for you. I really like the idea of putting your goal into one single word. If I were to choose one word for this year it will be “grow”.

    I pray that those challenging health issues you faced in 2013 are now history. Have a healthy 2014, Jill.

    I enjoyed reading your post!

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    • I appreciate your kind words, Elaine. My health issues will be ongoing, but things have been under control thanks to a new medication.
      “Grow” is a terrific word. I think we should strive to grow each year and never stop learning.
      Thanks to you, I’d like to set my sights on a marathon…you’ve been a true inspiration. 🙂
      Happy Sunday!

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  30. My word would be – step-out. A bit of a cheat there with two words hyphenated. I need to definitely move beyond comfort zones when it comes to a whole bunch of things. I love the idea of a one word resolution – so easy to remember.

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    • You’re not cheating, Francis…hyphenated words are completely legal. I love that, “step-out.” I too have a tendency to get settled into a comfort zone. “Stepping out” offers so many possibilities.
      I have a feeling that 2014 will be a big year for you, Francis! Happy weekend!

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  31. Congratulations on the 19k words, Jill! It sounds as though that writing exercise really took off.
    Like you, my wife chooses a new word as her theme or goal for the year, but I have no idea what word I would choose. How about, “discombobulated”–no wait, that’s probably not a good one…Duh’oh!

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    • Thanks, Ian! It really did take off, I was somewhat surprised. Lol…”discombobulated” that’s a great word, but probably not a good one for your “one word.” Most days, I do feel discombobulated. Have a great week!

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  32. This is a powerful idea Jill, to use one word to focus. Today, on Candlemas, I’ve symbolically ‘planted’ seeds for the year – projects to come to fruition, but using a word to bring them all together would make the intention even stronger. I don’t know what that word will be yet, but thank you for planting that thought in my mind!

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    • Hi Andrea! I’ve seen your comments on a few of the blogs that I follow. I’ll be checking out your blog. Several years ago I discovered the one word path and it’s worked very well for my life. For me, it’s less stressful than trying to follow through on a bunch of resolutions. Take your time when choosing your word, you’ll know it when it comes to you. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. Have a great week!

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  33. Hey, congratulations, 500 words a day is good going. It’s the regularity of it that makes writing easier, isn’t it? I know without regularity I lose the flow and start to doubt myself, which makes starting up again so much harder. So regularity would be my word.

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    • Thanks, Denise! You’re exactly right, getting into a regular routine of writing has now become so easy. I was beating myself us toward the end of last year because the only thing that was getting written were my blog posts. I love blogging and the connections, but it was consuming my time. Now I write my 500 or more words first, then comes the blog. I think regularity is a great word for the new year! Have a great week, Denise!

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  34. Isn’t it amazing how quickly they add up. And now you have a project going, even if you aren’t sure where it’s going, it’s at least going somewhere. Good for you!

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    • Thank you! It has been surprising how fast the words have added up by only writing 500-530 words a day. Maybe I’ll figure out where it’s going, but even if I don’t it’s been a great exercise. I’m still writing and that’s the important thing.

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  35. Jill, I love your approach to resolutions. Congrats on that amazing word count growth and making it a habit! I think my word for this year would be perseverance. 🙂

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    • Thanks, Kourtney! I think that’s the best part, it’s now become a habit. As we know, habits can be hard to break, so I hope I don’t break this one anytime soon. Perseverance is a great word and full of action. Best of luck in 2014. I can’t wait to read your YA novel!

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      • When I was working a day job, 500 words a day was a reasonable goal for me. 🙂 And it is amazing how fast 500 words can get on a page when time is limited. 🙂 I hope it becomes a lifelong habit! Thanks. Hoping it will be published in 2015. No word yet on when.

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      • You’re right, Kourtney. I think I do better with limited time. Here’s hoping for 2015!

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  36. Mine’s “now” which implies (to me at least) ‘focus’ and ‘finish’
    I just found your blog and will return from time to time…thanks for allowing me the op to ‘comment’ on an intriguing subject!
    peace

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    • “Now” is a great word for the new year, Laura. Staying focused in order to finish a project is certainly an area I struggle with at times. Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment, I appreciate it.

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  37. Congratulations Jill for fulfilling your commitment of writing 500 words a day. 19,000 words in a month is a great achievement. Well done my friend, and whatever project you are working on will bear fruitful results, I am sure of it, knowing you. My word this year is ‘innovation’. It will be a challenge but I intend to strive hard for it in my blog as well as my other journalistic adventures. Your post has provided this food for thought for my writing and I am thankful to you as always. Keep inspiring and take care of your health my friend, faith can heal anything. I believe in this very strongly. Be healthy and safe, and God bless you.

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    • Thank you, Samina! So far, I’m carrying the 500 words a day into February. Of course it’s only February 5th, but it is a short month, so who knows.
      What a great word, innovation…all I have to do is read your blog and I know you’re an innovator. I have no doubt 2014 will be a productive year for you.
      I agree, Samina, faith can heal anything. Thank you as always for your lovely words. xo

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  38. Good for you, Jill! I am so excited for you! I never thought to have one word be a “theme” for the year, but maybe I will try it!

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  39. I’m sorry to hear that, Hollis. I hope everything is okay now.

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  40. How’s the writing going? According to your goal, that is.

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  41. Excellent word to choose, Jill. I think I’ll choose it, too. Why? Because I need to get myself committed to both word count *and* my workouts 🙂 I think 500 is a very reasonable choice for word count, too.

    Way to go, Jill. You’re an inspiration!

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  42. Impressed with your success at the 500 words/day! Kudos! My word this year is “learn.” 🙂

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    • That’s a great word, Natine! I need to focus on learning myself. I have so many writing books that I need to study. I’ve been pleased that I’ve been able to keep up with the 500 words a day. I really wasn’t sure I could make it through January. As of today, I’ve kept up and I’m starting to get a little attached to the story that has developed. Of course, right now, it’s garbage. 🙂

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