What’s Making Me Happy: August 2017

As I write this, I’m battling a cold (which should be gone by the time this goes live), so I can barely grope for words to summarize my August. Except for “awesome.” Yes. I still dealt with lingering anxiety in my offline life, but as the month comes to a close, I’m utterly delighted with what happened and what I accomplished during that time.

So, yes, it was an awesome August. Say that alliteration ten times fast. ūüėČ

Since today is the last day of August, it’s also time to share some of the joys of the past month. I’m taking a slightly different approach this time, too. Instead of mostly material items, I included two accomplishments (or, rather, “to-do list” items that I completed) and one experience. And feel free to share your August joys in your comments. I always love hearing what’s made you happy, too!

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Time Flies!: August 2016

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Welcome to the latest edition of Time Flies!¬†It’s my version of a monthly update, where I recap¬†the past month’s accomplishments and articles, share¬†news and¬†random things from my offline life, and hint at¬†what may be coming in the month ahead.

I’m starting this post¬†with a confession: While I’ve managed to keep up with my own blog-writing, I’ve been so burnt out from the past month’s¬†busyness that I’m struggling to keep up with reading other blogs or replying to comments. I’ve also been dealing with stress from (without going into too much detail)¬†expected and unexpected sources. Some days were great, but others… Yeah.

Bilbo faints

I hope this is temporary, though, since I still have one big event around the corner: My friend’s wedding (the one where I’m a bridesmaid) is this coming Saturday. Maybe once things calm down and I have some time to rest and regroup, I’ll feel some semblance of my normal self. But I just wanted to let readers know what’s going on, since you guys deserve my honesty.

But I really can’t¬†complain. August was an awesome month on its best days, and it ends with much that I’m grateful for. This will make more sense as this post goes along, so let’s start with…

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Time Flies!: July 2016

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Welcome to the latest edition of Time Flies!¬†It’s my version of a monthly update, where I recap¬†the past month’s accomplishments and articles, share¬†news and¬†random things from my offline life, and hint at¬†what may be coming in the month ahead.

Ahhhhh. What a lovely month this has been. I sort of feel sad that July is almost over, because it’s the most relaxed I’ve been all year. (With the exception of a flat tire earlier this week. :/ ) So I want to savor that feeling a little longer.

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August is going to be super-busy, though. The Writer’s Digest Conference is in 2 weeks, and Doctor Friend’s wedding (the one where I’ll be a bridesmaid) is 3 weeks later. My head spins just thinking about those events… But I think I have almost ¬†everything I need for both, so I’m not too stressed out. Well, not yet, anyway.

Ifyou’re wondering, I don’t anticipate taking a blogging¬†hiatus next month. However, it may take me longer than usual to respond to comments, so don’t be alarmed if you don’t hear from me right away.

Now, let’s get to this month’s recap!

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Time Flies!: October 2015

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Welcome to the latest edition of Time Flies!¬†It’s my version of a monthly update, where I recap¬†the past month’s accomplishments and articles, share¬†news and¬†random things from my offline life, and hint at¬†what may be coming in the month ahead.

As much as I enjoyed parts of October, I’m relieved it’s¬†over. Between a hectic¬†work schedule, my first head cold of the season, and being busy at home, the¬†past month sent me spinning. All the craziness also¬†cut into my blogging time. So if it seems like things have been less active than usual here recently, that’s why. :/

Hermoine sighs

It’s¬†OK, though. Sometimes life happens, and blogging (both writing and visiting other blogs) has to go on¬†the backburner temporarily. But now¬†things are slowing down and deadlines have been met, so I can¬†*hopefully* start¬†catching up. My biggest priorities right now are a)¬†finishing the¬†fourth Character Evolution File so it can go live during the first or second week of November, and b) taking care of myself by relaxing, reading, and remembering to “smell the roses.” Or, in this case, the orchids.

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