Jess Witkins

Jess WitkinsJess Witkins claims the title Perseverance Expert.  She grew up in a small Wisconsin town as the  younger youngest sibling of four, she’s witnessed the paranormal, jumped out of a plane, worked in retail, traveled to exotic locations like Italy, Ireland, and Shipshewana, Indiana, and she’s eaten bologna and lived to tell about it!  She deals with it all and writes about it!  Come along on her mid-west adventures; Witkins promises to keep it honest and entertaining.  She blogs regularly at Jess Witkins’ Happiness Project:  Where Jane Austen and the Walking Dead Collide!  Go ahead, SUBSCRIBE, you know you want to.

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Jess Witkins’ Life List

Write Everyday. 

This was a previous goal that didn’t always happen, so the specifics include the minimum of writing 5 things in my gratitude journal each day.  Also allowing myself to work on multiple projects, because sometimes (let’s face it) we do get stuck, and moving to a different project could free you up enough to get back to the main one (the BOOK).  I also plan to attend another writer’s conference.  In fact, this year I may be going to the DFW conference in Texas where I’ll actually get to *gulp* meet some of my fellow Life Listers, who are AMAZING by the way if you haven’t yet checked out their blogs, do so!  As much as I may hate it about myself, I’m a “scheduler.”  That means, I need to schedule myself time to write each week and stick with it, and as part of my checkpoint, I’ll be relying on my Warrior Writer Boot Camp friends to keep me in check and to inspire when I’m thinking of killing off my main character.  :D

Read 2 Books a Month

I’m keeping this goal as I loved it!  It helps my own writing and it is relaxing.  I’ll continue to keep a blog page of my 2012 bookshelf and write reviews.  I’m also participating in the 2012 To Be Read Pile Challenge, and if you hurry quick you too can join!  Now that Santa gave me gift cards, I’ll also be investing in an e-reader (I’ve finally succumbed!) so I’ll be able to travel easier with my books.  I also will continue with my book club and attend some at the library because any book becomes richer when you get to discuss it!

Save money. 

Between my car going kaputz this year, paying for a gym membership I never used, and eating out too much, the checkbook and savings accounts have looked better.  I’m now going to use a website that let’s you track your spending and see where I can cut back and put in savings towards my conference fee and summer trips.  I will finish reading Suze Orman’s book Women and Money and open the right savings account for me to get some frickin interest already (pardon my french) so that I can feel like my hard earned money is growing in savings.  I also plan to manage my finances at least once a month in accordance with the website so I don’t forget any purchases made.  And I plan to meet with a personal banker about what the right account type is for me to boost savings. 
Work out at least once a week.

I’m not sure if I’ll be keeping my gym membership, but I’m going to start using it now.  In the meantime, I’m going to get a welcome pass at the local Y and see if I’d consider switching there, since it is closer to my house.  I also want to set aside some funds to attend my best friend’s zumba classes more often.  In addition to work outs, eating healthy needs to be a commitment.  I’ve begun loading up on produce lately and am shocked at how few chips I’ve eaten in the last couple of weeks.  For those of you know I survived NaNoWriMo two years ago just eating cheetos and chocolate, this is a big step up for me!

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