Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Review of 2019

5 Top Achievements
·      Finished writing a book.
·      Held a session at the SCCEC Conference
·      Had a book published.
·      Spent a month in northern Europe
·      Set up an online class for Furman

What I Learned
·      I am capable of writing a book.
·      Europe is a wonderful place to visit.
·      Always leave a few days early for a cruise that starts in another country.
·      Setting up an online course is a lot of work.
·      Being an executor of an estate is the hardest thing I’ve ever done.

What Didn’t Happen?
·      I didn’t lose ten pounds like I had hoped.
·      I didn’t get to go to Minnesota.
·      I didn’t sell a lot of books at my book signing.
·      I didn’t clean my house as well as I should have.
·      I didn’t organize the clutter and take things to storage.

What Would I Change?
·      I would work harder at losing weight. This means controlling what I eat.
·      I would organize the receipts and papers for probate every month instead of waiting 6 months.
·      I would practice my accordion and guitar more.
·      I would clean my house better on a regular schedule.

What Actions Can I Take to Improve?
·      Be committed to losing weight.
·      Stick to my cleaning schedule.
·      Schedule practice time for music.
·      Schedule paperwork organization on my calendar and stick to it.

How Can I Make 2020 Better?
·      Get serious about losing weight.
·      Eat better even when we are on a cruise.
·      Enjoy life to the fullest.

How was your year? How would you answer these questions? Please share.

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Monday, December 30, 2019

2019 Reading Stats

I’ve been using Goodreads for the past few years to keep up with my book reading and I really enjoy the end of the year stats. It is a free site and I think students would enjoy keeping up with their progress also. The hardest thing to do is to get in the habit of logging in the book when you begin and end it but once you get used to it, it is worth the time and effort. This might help get your students into the habit of reading.

Here are my yearly stats:

1.     I’ve read 25,959 pages across 77 books.
2.     My shortest book was 116 pages – A Very Merry Princess by Susan Mallery
3.     My longest book was 640 pages – Prairie Fires: The American Dream of Laura Ingalls Wilder.
4.     Average length of book was 337 pages.
5.     The most popular book I read (or reread) was Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
6.     The least popular book was Friends Forever by Sherryl Woods (only 4 people also read it).
7.     My average rating was 4.6 stars.
8.     My first review of the year was Divine Justice by David Baldacci.
9.     My last review of the year was Year One by Nora Roberts.
10.  My goal was 70 books this year and I read 77 which means I completed 110% of my goal.

Do you use Goodreads? How did you do this year?

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