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1st Anniversary of LLC and Milestone Party!

On May 27, 2011, I stumbled on Jess Witkins’,  Happiness Project. Her post was “The List” which laid out her goals for the next year when she would turn 26 yrs old.  She was inspired by Emily Jane’s “26 before 26″ list.

I loved her and her list immediately! This was my comment:

“Hi Jess! I love the list. It’s no more boring than anyone else’s would be. What would you think about starting a community of writers who keep a list like this to work on over a 12 month period? Let me know what you think.”

And Jess’ response:Jess Witkins' Happiness Project

“I’m for a support network of writers making goals and holding each other accountable and realistic as we go out to achieve them. Shoot me an e-mail with ideas on how you think we could organize it.”

And  so, The Life List Club was born.

Our first posts published on July 1, 2011. My post, Welcome to the The Life List Club Kickoff! and Jess’ post, New Writer’s Network: The Life List Club introduced the LLC to all of our readers. Our first 3 writers joined us in writing posts over the course of that month: Jennie Bennett, Sonia Medeiros and Gene Lempp.

So many more amazing writers followed and helped build the LLC to what it is today. Jess and I appreciate their contributions and value the friendships we’ve grown over the past year.

 I’m ready to have a go at another year of the Life List Club. I know Jess and our contributing writers will stand with me.

Are you with us?

Good! Now it’s time to grab a beverage of your choice (I’m having a Martini) and something chocolate. Get comfy on the couch while I fill you in on the progress I’ve made in one year. Feel free to open a window to the Life List I wrote last July 1st to compare.


I’ll keep this part short:

Thanks to sticking with ROW80 for 3 1/2 rounds, I’ve completed the first draft of my novella. I’ve learned so much about writing, social media, marketing and publishing from reading excellent blogs, taking several online classes (currently taking a Holly Lisle class!) and being part of a few amazing groups of the most generous, supportive and knowledgeable men and women.

I have not been able to attend a writer’s conference yet, nor have I attempted making a podcast or book trailer. They will be moved to my 2012/2013 Life List.

In the past 12 months, I’ve read a total of 51 books. By July 1st, the total will be 53. Woohoo!

The household chores are more evenly split between hubs and I. We spend a generous amount of time together daily talking, laughing and dining. Everyday is a gift and I’m so grateful to spend it with him.

In the realm of fitness, I’ve lost a few pounds, refined my meal plans and finally figured out a workout routine that actually works for me!

 

My 2012/2013 Life List:

1. No more cheater-readers. I can tell my eyes have finally reached the point where I need REAL glasses because I’m leaning closer to the laptop screen than ever before.

2. Get my novella, The Sins of Eve,  published by the end of August, 2012.

3. Write and publish the sequel, The Salvation of Eve, by the end of December, 2012.

4. Plot and write my series, Harleigh McAllister, Book 1, by January 31, 2013.

5. Learn how to do a podcast and book trailer for Eve and Harleigh books.

6. Take a mini-vacation during the Fall of 2012.

7. Clean basement and attic, gathering and selling household items and furniture we won’t need, in preparation for moving (hopefully) in 2013.

8. Paint my dozen chairs and other assorted glass and wood decorator pieces and sell them.

9. Continue my resolve to live in the moment, notice and appreciate the little things, play, and show my husband how much he’s appreciated every single day.

10. Continue to get fit…exercising twice a day most days and eating healthy, with a goal of dropping 50 pounds by my 60th birthday, 12/12/12. Continue the fitness quest in 2013.

I have a teaser for you…a hint as to what my Harleigh series will be about. I spent the first 6 years of my adult life riding with a motorcycle club (not a gang). This was my theme song back in the early 1970s.


*Could someone pour me another Cosmo?*

 

To our LLC readers/members:

We have a special prize for one lucky commenter on the Life List Club Blog’s Milestone Party/Anniversary Post

AND

The other writers may have a prize for one lucky commenter on his/her own blog, as well.

One more time you’ll have the pleasure of blog hopping the Life List Club to look for more prizes!

If you leave a comment on this blog, the LLC Blog and the other writer’s blogs, you would be entered to win several different prizes!

The winner at my Sexy, Smart and Strong Women Blog will be awarded

a $10 eGift Card

from Amazon or Barnes & Noble, winner’s choice

The comments must be received between 6 AM (EST) June 29th and midnight (EST) July 5th.

All of the the winners will be announced on Friday, July 6th at LLC and the writers’ blogs.

LLC Writers’ blogs:

Jess Witkins

Sonia Medeiros

Gary Gauthier

Lara Schiffbauer

Sherry Isaac

When did you begin your Life List? Where are you on your progress meter? Please share. We love hearing from you!

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Discussion

  1. Jolyse Barnett  July 1, 2012

    Wonderful progress, Marcia, and super list for these next 12 months. I’m joining ROW80 (I believe it starts today!!) to get even more focused this year and think LLC would complement it nicely. Off to check out the LLC blog for more info. :)

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    • Marcia  July 1, 2012

      Awesome, Jolyse! Oh, I LOVE ROW80. You will, too. While there are so many supportive writers there, it’s also a personal challenge. I learned so much about my writing through that. We’d love to have you as a regular part of LLC! Oooh, let me know what you think.

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  2. jdmeier  July 1, 2012

    You’ve got a list of powerful goals. Even if you don’t nail them (but I hope you do), you’ll become more in the process, and growth is a powerful thing. It reminds us of the power of the human spirit when we set our eyes on the prize and give our best where we have our best to give.

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    • Marcia  July 1, 2012

      That’s the essence of LLC, as well, JD…eye on the prize and giving it our best! Thanks for the words of encouragement. Positive, supportive friends aid the process, too!

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  3. Bridgette Booth  June 30, 2012

    Congrats Marcia! I figured you had been doing the LLC for years. You’ve inspired so many times. Good luck with 2012/13 goals. I know you will do well.

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  4. patriciasands  June 30, 2012

    It was great fun to read how you and Jess got things rolling for the LLC, Marcia. Kudos to you both! It’s a little early for mojitos or martinis, so I’ll just toast you all with my o.j. ~clink~

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    • Marcia  June 30, 2012

      Thanks, Patricia! Enjoy the OJ. Does it make it a better breakfast drink if i put juice in mine? ;)

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  5. Lara Schiffbauer  June 29, 2012

    I loved reading how LLC started. The last six months in the LLC have been some very fun and productive ones for me! Congratulations for your successes, and it’s just a matter of time before the others come, as well, I know. :)

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    • Marcia  June 29, 2012

      Ah, Lara, we love having you with us! Thanks for your support and writing skills the past 6 months. we’ll continue on to further successes together!

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  6. kristin nador  June 29, 2012

    Congratulations, Marcia, on the LLC anniversary and may you celebrate many more. I appreciate all you do to encourage other writers and it’s been so cool watching you reach for your destiny. Keep reaching! :)

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    • Marcia  June 29, 2012

      Thanks so much, Kristin! You’ve done the same with your fabulous writing posts. I’ve learned a lot over the past year from reading your blog! There’s always something worth reaching for!

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  7. Kate MacNicol  June 29, 2012

    Marcia and Jess, I can’t begin to tell you both how wonderful it’s been to read your posts and the posts of the entire Life List Club, you’re my go-to place when I need a boost or inspiration. Having my own “list” certainly has helped me achieve many of my goals this year, I’m so happy to hear that many of your goals were realized too and I love how you put it all out there for us to see. Congrats ladies and gents and here’s to another year of great dreams being realized.
    BTW, I just learned how to make a really great Mojito…*clink*

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    • Marcia  June 29, 2012

      Ooh, Mojito! I’m on way over! And thanks so much for all your support. I’m so glad LLC offers you something valuable. Congrats on reaching many of your goals—let’s do it all again for the next year!

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  8. Elizabeth Anne Mitchell  June 29, 2012

    Ah, Marcia, did you take me back with Steppenwolf–that was my first live concert, when I was a wee little thing!
    You’ve accomplished so much this past year. Although I’m a teeny bit jealous, I’m more motivated to keep doing the baby steps to get where I want to be. I need to adjust my Life List goals, too.
    It’s been lovely to get to know you this past year. :)

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    • Marcia  June 29, 2012

      Oh, Elizabeth, it’s been wonderful getting to know you this year, too! No need for jealousy. We all have our own set of life’s interruptions and our goals are all different. Know yourself and what you can reasonably accomplish, then add a bit of a challenge to that and you have the perfect Life List. Baby steps mean progress and progress is what we all strive for! You’re already a success, just keep moving forward. We’ll be here to give you a kick in the butt or a pat on the shoulder whenever you need it!

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  9. Jess Witkins  June 29, 2012

    I’m not going to leave a long comment, because I know you have writing to do. :P

    What do you mean, so do I?! Fine! But I’m taking my martini with me! *stomp, stomp, stomp*

    You’re my favorite, Marcia Richards!

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    • Marcia  June 29, 2012

      You’re my favorite, Jess Witkins! Love you!

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  10. Gene Lempp  June 29, 2012

    Wow, a whole year – Congrats to all of you! Great job on your list, Marcia and I love the new one. Excellent goals. It was a lot of fun being a part of LLC and I wish my life would have allowed me to continue being an active part of it, however, I still cherish all of the great friendships I made from the experience, especially you and Jess. You both are truly the best in more ways than can be counted :)

    I didn’t think I made most of the things on my original life list, but it turns out the only one I missed on was being published. Somehow they filtered into other endeavors and continued forward, and really I owe that all to you for being such an encouraging inspiration. Your husband truly is a lucky man (hope he knows that).

    I wish you, and all the LLC writers/readers, all the best for the coming year :)

    Peace, friends.

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    • Jess Witkins  June 29, 2012

      Thumbs up! I did your comment, Lempp! Right back atcha! And Marcia’s hubby is a lucky man!

      Should we have an LLC intervention? She’s drinking martinis at 8am?! ;)

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      • Gene Lempp  June 29, 2012

        Intervention? Naw, we have to respect our elders (and betters), heck I might even join her and I’m not normally a martini drinker, but the chocolate with it is too good of bait to pass on :)

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      • Marcia  June 29, 2012

        I’ll be right over to share my martini and chocolate! What’s a party without chocolate?! Elders–very funny, you two! In my head I’m still 35 and will always have some of that 20-something in me!

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    • Marcia  June 29, 2012

      Gene, knowing you is one of the very best benefits of starting the LLC! I adore you, as you know, and likewise your wife is a lucky woman! One day Jim and I, Jess and Joe, and you and wifey will spend a few hours together – in person – boring the ‘significant others’ with our tales of LLC, blogging and writing disasters and triumphs!
      I’m always impressed with how much you accomplish, Gene, so I’m not surprised you completed 99% of your goals! Make a mental life list for the coming year and we’ll be here to continue supporting you.
      Thanks for being such a wonderful friend. There were many times I only had a good day because of your encouragement and friendship. You’re the most awesome!

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      • Gene Lempp  June 29, 2012

        And – you totally just made my day as well. Thanks :)

        A group meeting sounds like a plan. Jess isn’t all that far from me, just up the hill a bit really, so whenever you decide to head out this way just let us know and we’ll try to put something together.

        Peace, friend :)

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  11. Donna@Gardens Eye View  June 29, 2012

    Marcia so much accomplished my head is spinning. I am eagerly awaiting your first book…and now another series..wow. I have not made a life list but I have an informal list…looking at retirement at the end of this coming school year. Keeping a journal of that last yr and looking to publish a memoir from it…also have other ideas for books on paper and many children’s books…now to work on getting them published…will have to go back and check out the many links you provided…oh and working on the weight as well…I think, the writing, weight and retirement will be enough for me…

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    • Marcia  June 29, 2012

      So happy you’ll be able to retire! Get ready, though, for an adjustment. I got exactly zilch accomplished my first 6 months. Make a schedule, even though you’ll want to ditch schedules, it will help. Looking forward to your writing, too! When my book is out, don’t forget to look for Mrs. Donabella in there! Thanks for all your support and friendship this past year!

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  12. Darlene Steelman  June 29, 2012

    omg! I love it.. huge congrats on your milestone…. I love what you have done with your blog and really admire your progress, Marcia…and you have fantastic goals!
    Good luck in your future endeavors… I know you will do very well.

    Darlene

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    • Marcia  June 29, 2012

      Thanks so much, Darlene! I know you’ve made progress this year, too. Congrats! Thanks for always being a terrific supporter of me and LLC!

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