It’s Friday morning, and I’m sitting here having my morning coffee reflecting on what I need to accomplish today. I thought I would take moment to check in with you guys and tell you a few of my favorite things this week. Why not, right?

It’s been a few weeks since I announced that I would start sending out more blog posts and random thoughts, and I’ve been very inconsistent so far. This is why it’s better if you sign up to receive the posts in your email (see below this post). That way it will be like a nice little surprise when I send out thoughts.

So, let’s get to it…

Any Barbara Freethy Fans? I Loved Perilous Trust (Off the Grid, FBI Series Book 1)

Unfortunately, I found myself stuck at the doctor’s office earlier this week at an appointment that took more than three times what it should have taken. While sitting there, I received Author Barbara Freethy’s newsletter, reminding readers that Reckless Whisper (Off the Grid, FBI Series Book 2) (AMAZON, iBOOKS) was releasing on March 21. Perilous Trust (Off the Grid, FBI Series Book 1) (AMAZON, iBOOKS) has been on my TBR (to be read) pile for a while, and so I thought, since my day was potentially gong to be ruined by a ridiculously long doctor visit, I pulled Book 1 up on my eReader and started reading.

I finished it in the middle of the night last night, and I loved it! The suspense was AMAZING! And you guys already know that I’m a sucker for a good FBI series. I’ve already preordered my copy of Reckless Whisper.

Have you read Perilous Trust? Are you a Barbara Freethy fan? Leave a comment below if you want to talk books!

My Bullet Journal Has Become One of My Favorite Things

I started bullet journaling last July, and now, I’m not sure how I survived before I discovered bullet journaling. The Bullet Journal was created by a man named Ryder Carroll. He initially developed the bullet journaling system as a way to manage his childhood attention deficit disorder, and now this system “helps people worldwide achieve their goals with greater efficiency and satisfaction.” See his TEDx talk on the the subject there.

From the Bullet Journal website:

The Bullet Journal is a customizable and forgiving organization system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it will be all of the above. It will teach you to do more with less.

I use bullet journaling to keep a detailed to-do list, keep track of my publishing schedule, which requires me to look ahead at what I need to be doing as book releases near. A bullet journal also helps me keep track of the marketing tools I’ve used that have worked (or not) with each book. It allows me to make notes and reminders. It’s both a journal and a calendar, and while it doesn’t replace my Google calendar, it does keep me organized.

Below is a picture of my current bullet journal plus a look inside my 6-month future log from 2017. You can purchase the exact bullet journal I use HERE.

Have you ever tried bullet journaling? Would love to know your favorite resources.

Childhood Memories

The last item on today’s list of favorite things: amazing childhood memories. I had a wonderful childhood. I grew up on a small farm in a small, central Kentucky town. I have tons of amazing memories. My father is selling my childhood home this month, and I’ve been tasked with going through a lot of my childhood and young adulthood memories, as well as a lot of my children’s memories of visiting their grandparents, as we clean out and pack up a house he (and my mom while she was alive) has lived in for the past forty years.

While I can definitely get emotional (and a little bit sad) if I think about the selling of this home too hard, I’m filled with joy as I revisit so many happy memories my family shared in our family home.

To cheer me up about this change in my life, I want to hear about one of your happiest childhood memories in the comments.

Hope you have a lovely Friday and a Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Let me know if you’re excited about any of my favorite things for this week in the comments.


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