Monday, January 28, 2013

A Big Victory!

My last post was about little victories.  Well, I just had a big victory this weekend!  Not major, but big to me.

I have ordered books and spent time learning how to upload a book on Kindle eReader.  In order to upload a book, I had to reformat my text and design a cover.  I've spent a couple of weeks or more designing a cover on my own, using a template I purchased on the internet.  But, ta daa!, all of that is done and last night I uploaded Mishaps and Miracles to Kindle and today it is in their online bookstore for sale at $2.99!  I believe it can also be seen on your phone, etc.  You can even read a sample of the book before ordering.  Here is what the book looks like:

There are a couple of mistakes in this one (Senior should be plural) but I'm still learning and will get better at this as I go along.  I am just thrilled to know I tackled a project like this---and won!   This book is a remake of Bumps Along the Way about our ten thousand mile road trip across the USA and back.

One down, a hundred new little victories to go!

Quote of the day:  Life is like a ten-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.  Charles Schulz


Friday, January 11, 2013

Well, folks, it's a new year.  Whatever may have happened in 2012 is over with and we can start this year with a clean slate.  As for me, I'm getting glasses so I can see distances, I'm working out more (again), and I've lost two pounds.  Little victories.  I figure if I can have one little victory every week, by the end of the year I'll have 52 victories under my belt.  Not a bad way to end a year.

What are your goals for this year?  Do you want to have a book written by June?  Do you want to weigh twenty pounds less by July?  Do you want to run a marathon in September?  What goals do you want to set for yourself?  If we're making a cake, we follow a recipe step by step, one small step at a time.  To achieve a goal, we need to go step by step, one small step at a time.  Little victories along the way add up to a goal reached.  No goal is so big that we can't break it down into doable pieces--like eating an elephant, one bite at a time.

I'm excited about this blank new year ahead.  As I told someone the other day, "Life begins at seventy and I'm just getting started!"  I'm writing a series of eBooks called, "The Cranky Senior Series."  I figured out how to design a cover and I've designed one for the first book in the series, Mishaps and Miracles.  This book is based on my former book, Bumps Along the Way, but will now have a different cover and will be available on eReaders like Kindle and Nook, etc.  The other two books in the series will be about two cranky seniors getting married and two cranky seniors buying a restaurant.  Sound familiar?

There just aren't enough hours in the day to do all I want to do.  My "job" is offering LegalShield memberships to people who want the protection and security of knowing they can get legal services from a top notch legal firm without being billed.  Triple A is a pre-paid service so that when you need it, it's already paid for.  There are pre-paid phone cards and some pre-paid credit cards.  Now, you can pre-pay for legal service so when you need it, it's already paid for at an astonishingly low rate.  Fred and I have used our membership about eighty times over the last eleven years and wouldn't be without it.

Now, go and set some goals for yourself for this year and break it down into small steps.  Each time you reach a step, reward yourself for your little victory.

Quotation for the day:  Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.  Howard Thurman