mid-year check-in and Exciting Announcement!

Like many bloggers, I posted a list of goals back in January, and now that June is creeping to a close, I thought I'd revisit them. ALSO, I have a very, very, very Exciting Announcement (oh yes, that is deserving of caps) to share with you all!

First, though, the goals.


35 books
I'm actually ahead of schedule on this one -- three books, to be exact! Check out all of the fabulous (and not-so-fabulous) books I've devoured on my Goodreads Challenge page, or browse through my "scribbles of the past" in the sidebar.


100,000 words
I signed up for WriYe, a year-long spinoff of NaNoWriMo, but, erm, I've written only 1,159 words so far this year (not including a few handwritten pages). Ha.


spend more time outside
Check! Since I live on a homestead, I'm spending lots of time outdoors!

learn to knit socks
mmm, nope. My knitting repertoire is limited to two potholders thus far.

finish the One Year Bible
Sadly, I finally gave up on this one in favor of exploring other Bible study techniques.

practice yoga regularly
I've been mildly successful in this, as I do yoga at least once each week. But I'm also more active in general, so I don't feel like I've really failed in this area.

start a healthy (early) morning routine
Since this spring has been a little... odd, what with two moves, I haven't quite figured out the perfect routine yet.

others... ?
I had added this thinking I'd set monthly goals for myself, but instead, I took on a rather large project, which leads me to my Exciting Announcement...

I launched my editing website!
Writers, I am now offering proofreading and copyediting services for all types of text, from blogs to novels. And readers, there's something for you, too -- I plan to organize blog tours and book blitzes, but first, I need hosts! Visit my website to see how you can help support authors and get free books.

If you think you remember, somewhere in the dusty recesses of your mind, that I talked about doing this before, you are right. This website has been a long time coming, and for a while, I wasn't sure if it would actually happen. But I have been studying and planning and doing freelance work on UpWork in preparation of this frabjous day, and it has finally arrived!

So take a look around and let me know what you think!

Did you set goals for yourself this year? If so, how are you doing? Also, I'd love to hear what exciting thing (or things!) you've done this month!


  1. Congrats on meeting some of your goals! I've been pretty meh with writing, but other than this past month I've actually been fairly good about reading.
    Ooh, I'm off to check out your website! It sounds great :)

    Ellie | On the Other Side of Reality

    1. Thanks, Ellie! It sounds like we're in a pretty similar place in regards to writing and reading goals. :) I hope all of the reading you've been doing sparks some inspiration for writing!

  2. You're doing really well on your goals! That's so awesome! I need to look back at my goals...I'm kind of terrified to see how badly I'm doing, to be honest XD

    I'll go check out your website right now!!

    1. Thank you, Grace! Haha, I was a little apprehensive about looking back at my goals, too. I hope you're doing better than you think -- and who knows, maybe you'll find that your goals have simply changed. :)

  3. Congratulations on launching you website, Serena! It looks great!

    1. Thanks, Candice! I appreciate the kind feedback.

  4. Oh, you'll hit your reading goal easily! Perhaps you should increase it to 40. No pressure ;)
    On second, thought, perhaps you should do a little more writing instead. Again, no pressure!

    1. Haha, good advice on all accounts. ;) However, I read in the evenings as a way to relax before bed, so that's already part of my routine--I don't think it would be a good idea for me to sit down at 9pm and start writing!

  5. You seem pretty on top of things; completely opposite to my mid-year... situation. Congrats!! Also, yayy!! You have a new editing site! Let me know if you website related help. Like custom design and such... may be we can barter or something, someday... since I'm always a poor bum =( Also, I'm slightly jealous on the yoga thing... I keep telling myself I will start TOMORROW, but alas, it never actually happens, you know. And, I've also been telling myself for the past decade that I'll be an early morning person... may be it will happen in another decade or so, you think?

    1. Oh, I'm glad you think so, because I don't feel on top of things at all! I'll keep you in mind if I need any design work done, which is entirely possible (bartering is good--I'm also a poor bum :) ). Yoga and mornings go great together, so maybe you'll conquer both in one blow!