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My Goals For 2018

This year I didn’t make a resolution, and I find myself content with that decision. Yes there are things I would like to accomplish this year, however I don’t feel the need to stress myself by making those goals a must. If they happen, they happen, and if I don’t complete those goals I’m happy with that as well.

Personal Goals

If you’ve read my previous post you will know that a lot has changed in my life over the past couple of months that I have been absent. I had a stalker, moved in with my boyfriend, got engaged a month later, and even got a cat. This year my goals, not just the personal ones, are going to be different because it’s not just me anymore.

More than anything this year I want to continue to focus on being happy and loving myself. It’s something that I’ve had my struggles with over the years, but I can honestly say that I’ve improved the way I feel about myself greatly. That’s one thing I don’t want to lose.

Another thing I would like to focus on is being a good wife. I know what you’re thinking, you just got engaged so why are you getting married so soon? My future husband and I have a whole plan. What we are going to do is go to our local courthouse to apply for a marriage license and get married there. We’re doing that because we financially can’t afford a traditional wedding right now. So, we’re going to put money aside for the wedding that we want.

That all being said within the next two weeks I will be a happily married woman. So I want to focus on our relationship and make sure that I make him as happy as he makes me.

Fitness Goals

2017 was hard on my body. Between me getting sick or dealing with the unfortunate effects of my birth control it was hell. That’s being said I would like to either maintain my current weight or even lose a couple of pounds. I’m not looking to train for aesthetics I just want to be healthy.

Author Goals

This year I would like to complete 4 projects. I have everything all planned out and plotted. I just have to do it.

That being said I would also like to make more time for my writing. I’m in a whole different atmosphere now, and I feel so more at piece, so I want to get back on my grind. I want to push out the words because it makes me happy and I love it.

Towards the end of the year I would like to publish a novella for Christmas. If that doesn’t happen, I do plan on self publishing my first full length novel in March of 2019.

So those are my major goals for this year, what are yours?

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New Year, New Me

What’s Been Going On

I kind of went MIA on all social media platforms. Slowly I’m coming back, but it’s a process. The reason behind it was the fact that I was scared for my own personal safety.

If you’re a regular follower of mine, you would’ve seen my posts become sporadic before I completely dropped off the map. A guy that I had been friends with became obsessed with me. He harassed me and stalked me constantly. I blocked him on all platforms that I could find him on, but he still managed to find me.

I went silent in order to avoid conflict. To keep myself and family safe. Who knew what he would see me post, and who knew if it would cause him to lose it? I do tend to use this platform as a form of online diary to document my progress in my endeavors, help others, and share the things I enjoy. I just wanted to play it safe.

Big Changes

A lot has happened in my personal life. By a lot I mean a lot.

I moved. Again something that partially involved my own personal safety but only partially. Only partially because I got engaged.

I’ve never been so happy and content. I’m marrying the man of my dreams.

As some of you may also know, I’m a pre medical student. I just finished my first semester in college with a 4.0 GPA. I didn’t think it was possible for me, not with all of the chaos that was going on in my life, but I did it.

Aside from that I am still writing. I’ve been able to complete and entire manuscript and I’ve started another. I’ve been plotting out future projects as well. I’m also setting money aside for the publication process.

So What Happens Now?

Well I’m not exactly sure. I want to get back to blogging a couple of times a week. It’s definitely my goal but we will see what happens.

The content that I will be posting will be the same general content that I was posting before.

I know that I will be posting again tomorrow, most likely, with my goals for 2018.

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A Continuation | An Update On My Nexplanon Birth Control Experience 

When I say it has been a struggle, I mean that it has been a extreme struggle. From my mood changes, to new found acne, it’s been hard. I’ve had heavy discharge and bleeding, worsened migraines, fatigue, weight gain, and the list just goes on and on and on.

Like I had said in my previous post, I thought it would be good, convenient, and effective. However my expirence has not been the best.

As you may know any form of hormonal birth control can effect your mood. Also I’m sure you’re aware that life is a fickle thing that throws unexpected events in from time to time.

Since making the original post I’ve had some things happen in my life. My mother and I are being forced to move out of our current home by November 1st. We don’t have loads of money coming in, so it’s becoming a stressful and constant worry.

Before that was even an issue I was already fight with extreme mood swing, and unusual bouts of depression and anxiety. With more stress being added to the table things have just gotten worse. To be honest I’m taking things day by day. The bleeding and discharge has also worsened.

I’ve talked to my GYN about everything, and all she could say was my case was a rarity. I’ve decided to have it removed and look at my other options. I’m might just go back to the pill. But the thing about having it removed is that I have to go and see some completely different GYN. I just find it funny that they can put it in but can’t remove it. Doesn’t make much sense to me.

So that’s where I’m at with it. I don’t know if I would ever think about doing another implant or even an IUD. Since I’ve done much more research I’ve read horror stories.

If you’ve had a bad expirence with Nexplanon, or other forms of birth control like it, I would urge you to share. The more information out there, the more women can avoid these types of situations.

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Where I’ve Been | My Experience With Nexplanon Birth Control

I’m sure majority of you have noticed my absence, and for that I do apologize. It wasn’t something that I had intended to happen, but in light of what I’ve been going through emotionally, mentally, and physically I feel it was the right call.

For the last couple of months I have taken a leave from all of my social media platforms. I missed writing my blog posts, pinning new helpful things, and tweeting to fellow writers. However, during that period of time I knew I had to take a break and focus on my own health and well being.

On the 17th of May I had the birth control implant Nexplanon placed in my arm. Most of my friends had it, and I thought it would be a good and effective method for me as well. I was always forgetting to take my pill, or taking it late, and if I did ever choose to become sexually active I wanted an effective back up incase of faulty condoms.

Right away my moods changed horrifically. I was mad for no reason, at people I had no reason to be mad at. I was aware that my mood was changing but I felt like I couldn’t stop it. Then came worsening anxiety, followed by a bout of depression. I was crying all the time, and didn’t want to leave my bed. It kept me from being me and doing the things that I loved. It seemed like things got worse before they got better. It was the end of June before my moods had stabilized and return to normal. I felt like myself again.

But that wasn’t all this thing had in store for me. I started my “period” on the 10th of June. It has raged on since then. My GYN put me on 1mg of estrogen this past week in hopes of stabilizing the lining of my uterus, but I don’t think it’s working.

I was told that my case was a rarity by my doctor, but upon researching I saw otherwise. I want to say if you’re a women considering this method of BC I would shy away from it unless you’ve been on something similar. It really fucked me up, for the lack of better words, and I wish I hadn’t gotten it.

My posts aren’t going to go back to being “regular” per say, but I am going to work on it. I’m not making any definite promises as I’m on yet another pill, and there’s no telling of how the estrogen my effect me.

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Camp NaNoWrimo Week 2 Check-In

Day 8

Today was better than I had thought it would turn out to be. I didn’t hit my goal word count for today, but I was able to get some words down on the page. I still feel solid about the work I was able to accomplish today.

Words Written: 699

Total Words: 4,549
Day 9

I didn’t write anything. At all. Which puts me even farther behind on my goal. I’m hoping that tomorrow will turn out to be better. I was just so exhausted today.

Words Written: 0

Total Words: 4,549 
Day 10 

Today was semi productive. I didn’t hit my word count goal, but I’m happy I at least got some words down on the page. 

Words Written: 513

Total Words: 5,062
Day 11

I got more done today than I did yesterday. So that’s a plus. However, I still wasn’t able to hit my daily goal. 

Words Written: 658

Total Words: 5,720

Days 12-14

I didn’t write anything during these days. I’ve been battling a severe migraine that doesn’t want to go away, and staring at the computer screen just seems to make it worse. 

Total Words For The Week: 1,870

Total Words: 5,720

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March Wrap Up & April Goals

March was another one of those months where I felt, well, blah. Unmotivated most of the time. Yet even when I got the feeling of motivation I let others put me down. It was definitely a month of me questioning my values and what it was that I truly wanted.

At the end of the month, I’m glad to say, I got my shit together. I sat down and started making character lists, outlines, and even decided to participate in CampNaNoWrimo.

Most of the month I did manage to hit 500 words a day on at least one project. There were a few days that I just felt blah and didn’t write anything. I did read during the month, but it was a lot of picking up books and losing interest. I also did work out as well, which I’m quite pleased with. I feel better when I do, and that alone makes me want to be in the gym more.

April Goals

  • Finish my goal of 35,000 words for CampNaNoWrimo. I’m revising VENDETTA and with the way that it looks now I’m scraping the whole second half of the book.
  • Continue going to the gym
  • Complete and post 6 blog posts for the month
  • Stay on top of my school work
  • Read. Just read. Then review what I’ve read regardless of genre or release date.
  • Continue outlining Anasatia’s Rising

So those are my goals. I’m really hoping to finish NaNo this time around, I’ve never been able to do it. But since I set a reasonable goal for myself I think it’s a good bet. I’m also hoping it will help me get into the habit of writing everyday.

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Where Has Time Gone? | March Goals 

I honestly just looked at the WordPress post calendar thingy and noticed that it was March. Like what?!?! Where did the time go? So here I am to tell you all my goals for the month of March. 

I’m keeping very simple this month. No extreme or crazy goals are going to be made. 

1. Write everyday 

-At least 500 words per project

2. Read 3 books a week and post reviews of them

3. Pinterest 

-Create inspo boards for all projects

-Pin my blog posts

4. Go to the gym

-nothing specific, just get in the gym multiple times a week

There you have it four simple goals that I think are pretty easily attainable. I’m really interested in seeing what happens this month with my writing. I’m really starting to get on a roll with Anastasia’s Rising. 

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A lot Has Happened | Writing Update 4

A lot has happened. Surprisingly much more good than bad. 

My Week

This past week had been so up and down. I went to dinner with a friend at a really good Mexican restaurant, and it was quite lovely. I have to make a point of going out more with people, even if it just with friends.

 I had several dental appointments which were horrible to say the least. I actually am in the doctor’s office right now because of them— I’m convinced. I woke up two days ago, after having fillings done, with a splitting headache that has now lasted two days. I’m not a happy camper. 

The Writing

If you have been following along with me for a while, you will know that I write with pen and paper. It just works a lot better for me. However, with that style of writing comes with a lot of work. 

The past week I used all of my spare time to type up everything that had been written for Anastasia’s Rising. In total it is up to just over 4.6k words. 400 of those were actually new words that I was able to add in during typing. That’s one of the reasons that I enjoy writing with pen and paper. When you have to go back and type everything up, it allows for productive change. 

I’ve really been enjoying writing this WIP. It feels like a breath of fresh air. The characters are also really cool too. The lead, Anastasia, is my favorite of course, but there’s a werewolf, Carson, that is quickly stealing my heart. I’ve made an inspiration board on Pinterest if you’d like to check it out : https://www.pinterest.com/SaraBWrites/anastasias-rising-inspiration/

I know this week’s post is a bit short and sweet, but there really hasn’t been anything eventful. 

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A Less Than Expected|Writing Update 3

My Week

So this week was interesting to say the least. I’ve gotten extremely less writing done then I would have wanted, and that is really my own fault. I let new shiny things distract me. Everything was goodish, I suppose, until Saturday. 

On Saturday I went to the Naval Academy for a basketball game. I was so excited to go. I wanted to spend quality time with my best friends who I might not see after graduation. I have to say I wish I hadn’t gone, because of the other people that I knew who also happened to be there. 

My best friends ditched me and my ex found me. I’m still going back and forth in my head about it. I wish I hadn’t gone. I wish I hadn’t started talking to him. I just wish my friends hadn’t ditched me like that. 

My Writing

I have been distracted quite frequently this past week. I’ve found loads of new books that I’ve gotten into—so ready yourselves for an influx of book reviews coming soon. I only wrote two days this week, totaling just under 300 words. 

I was working on Anastasia’s Rising per usual, and I ended up picking out two already written chapters to rewrite. I just didn’t like how they flowed. So dispite only writing 282 words, I was able to map out two chapters for the rewrite. On top of that I also did some plotting for future chapters, which is very out of the ordinary for me. I’m usually a pantser. 

So that has been about it. Not many exciting this this past week, but I’m hoping to be more productive this week. 

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An Explanation 

Since the beginning of February my life has been a roller coaster. Literally. 

I have no idea how, but I forgot about midterm assessments. So that was a lovely time. I have never pulled so many all nighters in my life, and I never want to go through that again. I’m traumatized. 

Also, my appendix was a thing. I don’t know if I mentioned it specifically or not in my last post, but I almost had surgery. I’m so thankful that I didn’t actually have to have my appendix removed. It ended up being muscle spasms. Very intense spasms. 

However, on the bright side I’ve been cranking out words. I’ve also been in the gym, and I can lift again so it’s so exciting. So more or less, I’m trying to get my shit back together. So please be patient, I will have more content coming soon!