Looking Back At April 2016

Looking back at April, I realize I haven’t done a lot of the things I wanted to do. I fell behind on a resolution I’d made that I would plan my days the night before.

The workday starts the night before – Jeff Gitomer

Now I’m not saying this is an exact science but I can connect the dots directly between failing to write a detailed plan some nights and low productivity on the next day… which means I am back to making plans. If that’s the only way to succeed, it’s what I’ll do. Whatever works, right?

Health and Fitness

I started a vegan, low-sugar, whole-food plant-based eating plan and was successful at it for a couple weeks. My body never felt so pure. Overall, it was really good while it lasted and I plan to do it again in May – as soon as I’ve eaten all the fish and sugar-cakes that my parents sent me from Jamaica. πŸ™‚

Financial

I read a book called Business Secrets from the Bible: Spiritual Success Strategies for Financial Abundance that changed my perspective on money and that is making me revisit some of my financial goals. More on that later.

Personal Development

My reading goal this year is 100 books – so far, I’ve read 19/50 Fiction and 13/50 NF for a total of 32 books. My Goodreads tracker says I am still 1 book behind schedule but I’m okay with that. In April I read 10 books:

  1. Business Secrets from the Bible
  2. The Richest Man in Babylon
  3. Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn
  4. Little Red Book of Selling
  5. The Art of People
  6. Eleanor & Park
  7. Summer Weddings
  8. Other People’s Children
  9. The Number Devil
  10. Sheltering Rain

Writing Goals

  • In April, I released my book Its Complicated: Short Stories About Long Relationships with the Kindle version to be released on May 9th.Buy It's Complicated Now
  • I started editing my second book which I plan to release in Summer 2016.

Spiritual

  • I took 2 more classes toward a Leadership Certification in my church. 2 more classes and I’ll be done.

Blog and Social Media

  • I have a goal of 7K Instagram followers by 12/16 (wouldn’t that be awesome?). So far, I’ve made 1117 IG friends at the end April…
  • … and 690 of them on Twitter 690

I neglected my blog a little. Most weeks, I only posted a couple times and I didn’t visit as many blogs as I used to. But I’ve put those things back into my daily schedule so expected more interaction in May. When I did post, my favorite April posts were:

And the post that got the most interaction was:

Relationship advice from a social media expert

How was April for you?

What did you learn that you can apply to make May even better? (My lesson is to go back to planning my day from the night before)

 

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12 Comments Add yours

  1. shaunaceyb says:

    I had an awesome April because I got to meet some blog friend in Vegas!!
    I seriously am impressed by all your reading!! Like WOW. I haven’t read 1 book yet this year… unless children’s books counts then my numbers are off the charts lol

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  2. Another book by this summer, wow you are awesome writing queen!!!!
    I attended my local writers group a few weeks back, I am now one of 3 in the group who haven’t been published. I have really let my writing take a backside to everything else, it’s my goal this year to shift it forward a little and get back into it more.
    Love your IG challenge of 7K. I hope you make it!!! IG is one of my goals this year too, I’ve worked on it a little the past few weeks, but not nearly as much as I would have liked, but sometimes a little is better than none when busy life is in the way, at least for me, LOL

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  3. The book about financial abundance sounds intriguing. I think I’ll look into it. Best wishes with your goals and new book.

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    1. Run Wright says:

      Trust me, T, that Business Secrets From The Bible is a great book. I hope to one day write something that is so profound and impactful. After reading it, I decided that want to learn Hebrew just so I can understand better all the teachings of the Bible – I realized I’d been missing out on a lot of the practical teachings. Let me know if you read it so we can discuss. There’s an Amazon link on my page.

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      1. Awesome thanks! The Bible is such a detailed and complex book that sometimes I feel I will never understand all of it.

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      2. Run Wright says:

        I believe the Bible is the living word – the message is always evolving to meet our needs and answer our questions as we grow and evolve. So I think if we’re reading it consistently, we learn layers as we’re ready for them. I love it!

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      3. Amen to this! πŸ’•πŸ‘

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  4. I need to do a goal check-in…thanks for the reminder!!

    The eating changes are a mental challenge for me. I can have everything I need to do it but then I am so easily distracted…..hello Duck Donuts!!! I really want to be able to eat to feel good and healthy while not depriving mysellf of the things I like every once in a while…..yums to Peanut Chews…..the struggle is REAL!!!

    I am still on the 2 books I started this year…..I swear it takes me about 6 months to read a book. Reading at lunch and bedtime doesn’t allow for many pages to get read….but at least I am reading right!!

    Your book is the next up….I am so excited to really dig into it πŸ˜‰

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  5. HoHo Runs says:

    Congratulations on the publication of your first book. That must feel so rewarding! And, a second one in the works? Wonderful. I should write my goals out more often! Work for me has been crazy and I’m unable to read books or blogs as much as I’d like right now. Good luck as you work on your second book. Thanks for linking with us Karen.

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  6. That is very impressive your first book out! I bet it will be the start of many to come. I agree with you the day starts the night before. If I”m diligent in even thinking and planning out my upcoming day in my head I am way better at getting things done. I am afraid though I’ve not done this and well honestly it is really showing.
    I have got to get back on track especially with my blogging. Our link up has gotten so big my focus is trying to read everyone’s posts vs trying to make time to write my own. A little planning will help me I just know it!
    Glad to see you back linking up.

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  7. kristen says:

    I’m always behind or in front of my goodreads schedule throughout the year because I go through phases where I read more or less, I try not to let it get to me but sometimes it does haha. did you like Eleanor & Park? congrats on your book and good luck with your second! thanks for linking up with Gretch and I as well.

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