#WeekendCoffeeShare – January 6, 2016

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If you and I were having coffee right now … I would wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and ask you how you spent your holidays. Continue reading

Monday Motivations – Dr. Seuss


Dr. Seuss provides the perfect motivation for the first Monday Motivations of the new year.   The first days and weeks of the year are always dedicated to focusing on the direction we will take in the coming year.  Continue reading

New Year’s Eve


With just hours left to 2015, I like this analogy by V.C. Andrews.  As the clock strikes midnight, we can collectively pull up the magic sheet over 2015 and start fresh in 2016.  Over the next few hours and days, we will assess the passing year and decide what of it we want to take with us into the new year.  I wish you and our world, peace and love as we write the twelve chapters of 2016.

2015: The Year of Good Choices

Lately, it has been difficult for me to keep myself grounded. It seems nearly everywhere I turn there is stress, stress and more stress. A year of unemployment, drama with my other half’s family, stress and strife between the two of us, financial stress that isn’t going away anytime soon.

imageThe only time I’ve felt any holly or jolly is when I’m with my girls – my nieces, my sisters or closest girlfriend. But, when they are gone so is my holly and jolly. When I returned from a New Year’s Eve visit with my sister and my nieces, I lit my Christmas tree in my empty house (other half is with his family). If they didn’t have cats I would’ve spent the night but after one hour my lungs were scratchy and I was sneezing. I decided I could either sit on my couch and drown myself in self pity or I could spend New Year’s Eve doing something I would want to be doing all throughout 2015.

Flash. An ah ha moment. I decided to spend the rest of my New Year’s Eve writing and doing some organizational work both for my blog and in general to help set the tone for 2015.

My theme for 2015 is going to be the Year of Good Choices. I will strive to make good choices in all that I do in 2015. When facing a decision or choice my goal will be to make the choice that is most beneficial to me and my goals for my life.

2015 Goals & Objections

imageGoal 1 – Reread “Choice not Chance” by Duke University’s Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Joanne P. McCallie.

Goal 2 – Read twelve books in 2015, one per month that will help me either achieve a year of good choices or help me meet other goals, personal or professional. January’s book is “Choice not Chance” and February’s book will be Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead.”

I need ten more books. Suggestions anyone?

imageGoal 3 – Establish an Editorial Calendar for from the sticks to the bricks and back again for 2015.

The editorial calendar for from the sticks to the bricks and back again is a work in progress; a fluid outline I anticipate reviewing and editing quarterly (and sometimes even monthly).

The current calendar for 2015 is:

First Sunday: a new monthly feature published on the first Sunday of each month. My initial intent for this feature was gratitude; highlighting what I am grateful for in my life and recognizing God’s grace at work in my life. The presence of gratitude and grace in my life will remain significant in this feature but I would not be surprised periodically if the subject matter delves off into a different direction.

Monday: a new weekly feature will begin in February either the 2nd or the 16th. More to come on that later.

Writers Quote Wednesday: in 2015, I am going to continue participating in Silver Threading’s weekly event. I have, however, decided that I will only be posting on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month.

#FollowFriday: I will continue writing this weekly feature that highlights the blogs of 1- 3 fellow WordPress bloggers per week. Based on Twitter’s #FF, I like the sense of community it helps me embrace.

Saturday Suppers: this feature highlights my adventures both successful and unsuccessful in and around the kitchen. Posts will be published twice per month on the second and fourth Saturday of each month.

Random: since the primary goal of from the sticks to the bricks and back again is to make me write more, I also want to publish a minimum of two additional posts per month that are unrelated to any of the blog’s features or events. They will be posted randomly throughout the month.

Goal 4 – establish a social media strategy with goals attached for measurable criteria by 1/15/15.

Goal 5 – develop a business plan with specific goals for a commercial real estate blog and research “service/company” to launch in either Q2 or Q3 2015 depending on whether I am working full-time or part-time.

Initially I thought of naming it lots and blocks and a friend suggests I play off
from the sticks to the bricks and back again and use sticks and bricks or bricks and mortar as its moniker. I’m not sure any of the suggested titles work. The challenge is coming up with a catchy name that also commands respect; something that while catchy sounds professional if quoted in a newspaper or business journal.

Something when inserted into this sentence makes the reader have confidence in what they are reading:

“The third quarter vacancy report was released today by _____________ and economic indicators point towards …”

Goal 6 – Organize all aspects of my home which impact my daily life physically and/or financially by 2/15/15.

Goal 7 – organize the garage and basement by 6/30/15.

Goal 8 – meet monthly with an accountability partner to review progress on each goal.

With less than an hour left to 2014, I was feeling stronger and organized as I prepared to face 2015 head on. I am looking forward to a year abundant with good choices and a daily practice of writing and organization.

I wish you and yours a happy, prosperous and healthy 2015 filled with joy and laughter.

Cheers to the New Year!