October 2018 Monthly Wrap-Up

October was busy. I worked a lot. And it finally got cold, very abruptly! October involved a lot of anger and processing, but good stuff too.

On a weekly basis, I went to my small group (which included birthdays, a bonfire, getting dinner beforehand, a movie, etc); had tap dance class; picked my next door neighbors up from school (including a birthday); and some weeks I also went to counseling and went to a small group at my parents’ church (including HOMEMADE BREADSTICKS). In the middle of the month, I officially stopped working on a regular basis at my nonprofit; I’ll still fill in if needed, but felt like it was time to move on. Every other minute from 9-6 on weekdays in October, I was working.

Fun stuff: my grandpa came for one of Joshua’s baseball games; I outlined a new novel (FINALLY… although it’s not like I’ve had time to work on it since); we went to the pumpkin farm and to lunch with family friends; I went to the fair with Joshua and Thomas; I had a photoshoot with Jordan; Joshua and I had a long weekend alone; lunch with Andrea; lunch with a surrogate grandmother from our old church; lunch at a Narnia restaurant with Dad; spent a Sunday with Hannah; and we sat in our driveway and passed out candy on Halloween with family friends and Brooke.

 

This month I’m…

Reading: This Shattered World and Their Fractured Light, Amie Kaufman. A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway. Handcrafted, Clint Harp. My Unscripted Life, Lauren Morrill. The Land of 10,000 Madonnas, Kate Hattemer. Fierce: How Competing for Myself Changed Everything, Aly Raisman. Open Road Summer, Emery Lord. The Girl who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After, Clementine Wamariya. The End of the Perfect 10: The Making and Breaking of Gymnastics’ Top Score, Dvora Meyers. The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, and The Titan’s Curse, Rick Riordan (rereads). P.S. I Still Love You, Jenny Han. Death at SeaWorld, David Kirby. 15 total.

Listening to: Speak My Mind album, The Willis Clan. Malibu Nights album, Lany. Dream a Little Dream–Live at the Cafe Carlyle (full playlist on Spotify), Laura Osnes. Burn the Ships, For King & Country. This is Living (Acoustic), Kara and Josh. We Could Be Beautiful, Wrabel. Moments Like This, The Afters. Christmas music!

Watching: Girl Meets World. (My love for this show knows NO bounds. I finished season two this month and there were so many tears.) The Matrix. Free Willy. The Great Gilly Hopkins. Tripp and Tyler on YouTube.

Loving: We can do better, Jenna B. Johnson. Brett Kavanaugh: A Youth Pastor’s Perspective, Chris Miller. For Auburn Tigers softball, joy on surface obscured darker truths within, ESPNW. This is 18 Around the World–Through Girls’ Eyes, The New York Times.

Writing: Freelancing full time is no joke. Let’s see: as far as billable work, I wrote three pieces for FloSoftball (example); did four blog posts for a marketing company (example); had a piece published on CYC; finished up some work for a fitness website; wrote two success stories for WritersWeekly; did three business profile updates and an encyclopedia entry on content marketing for one of my anchor clients, an imprint of Cengage Learning; started my new freelance job writing video scripts at a corporate e-learning company; did a piece for Eastern Mountain Sports; did two pieces for Territory Supply; wrote an article for Just Labs; did a Thanksgiving feature for Georgia Family Magazine and proofread the November issue; wrote a blog post for an advertising consulting company; did some trial work for a graphic design company, a sports pain doctor, and a math company; and wrote several small pieces for some Catholic schools. I came close to hitting my minimum income goal this month, but was a little shy of the exact number.

Marketing-wise, I sent 27 LOI’s, pitched 9 publications, applied to 103 jobs, did LinkedIn marketing, and had about a dozen meetings. In Den 2X, we focused in on our marketing plan.

Fiction-wise, I plotted the YA contemporary road trip novel that’s been in my head since May!! I haven’t had much time to work on it, but it makes me so happy. Here’s the Pinterest board.

 

Grateful for: Friends who keep an extra flannel shirt in their car for when I get cold. Late night soda runs and arguments about movies. A text from a high school softball player I featured, saying how much she liked the piece. Sharing gum and petting dogs with kids at the ballpark. Singing and dancing to Hamilton with Joshua while driving through the mountains. Having a baby around, distracting me from my work. Late nights standing around the kitchen eating soup and playing hackeysack with Walmart bags.

What did you do this month?