Monday, December 31, 2012

Update on My Goals

Back in June I posted that I don't do New Year's resolutions or goals, it's just too much pressure on top of holiday pressure. Instead, I come up with goals every year on my birthday in June. You can see that post here.

Although I don't do resolutions, I did think this might be a good time to check in on my progress. I only had 3 goals, two of which go hand in hand. My first goal was to get a business website up and running. This was a carry over from last year and it keeps getting delayed. The delay is actually a good thing, so I'm not stressing about it. I keep learning about what content to include on my website and revising it. My vision of what my website would look like has completely evolved from a year ago.

My second and third goals were to research and write. Specifically, the research and writing is portfolio focused on my case study and KDP. This is slow going, but I have excellent candidates for both. At this point it is a matter of what has a break through in research and how much ground I can cover for both. This may carry over into next year's goals, and I'm okay with that. They are both large projects.

Of course there are other things I want to get done during the year, but these are my focused goals. I like to keep the goal number attainable. If I list too many things, it's overwhelming and then it seems nothing gets done.

So are you making goals? How many and what are they?

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!!

Image courtesy of The Graphics Fairy

Wishing you all a very happy and safe holiday, filled with family, friends, and good cheer. Merry Christmas!!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Hidden Gems at the Used Bookstore

It is no secret in my house that I love books. Whenever I'm in a bookstore a sense of calm and peace always comes over me. What thrills me is that my children seem to love books as much as I do, especially my oldest.

During fall break I took my children to a used book store. After cleaning out my office bookshelves, I had some books to trade in. With the store credit we were all able to benefit from my cleaning binge, not to mention the benefit of it being eco-friendly. The children took off to raid the shelves in the kids section. After firm instructions for the boys to stick together, I quickly popped over a couple of isles to the genealogy section. It's a small section with two tiny little shelves. Sometimes I get lucky with a find, and sometimes not. In between looking around the corner several times to check on my boys, this is what I found:

Do you see how the bookstore spelled genealogy? Apparently they are just as confused as some other people. Aside from the spelling error, I did make a great find:

I was thrilled to find this book. It is one that has been on my list for a while. I was able to get it for a fraction of what a brand new copy would cost, and it is in excellent condition.

If you have never been to your area used book store, I urge you to check it out. One of my best finds has been Producing a Quality Family History by Patricia Law Hatcher. It's a hard book to come by and the copy I found was brand new for a whopping $3.00. There are gems waiting to be found at the used bookstore. Go get them!