Tuesday, 2 January 2018

My 2017

Jan 2, 2018

I did my goals for 2018 yesterday. Today I want to talk about my 2017. I want to give it a send off.

First of all, I know that all around 2017 was a crappy year. It was hard on a lot of people. My heart hurts at some of the things that have been happening around the world. 

I was lucky. I got to be here. I got to watch my baby turn into a toddler. I got to watch the newest little love of my life continue to grow. 2017 was good to me, personally. Believe me when I say, I'm filled with gratitude for this. 

So here are 12 of my favourite things from the past year.

January:
I was so happy to find funny books about parenting. I bought about three or four of the 'how to Mom books.' I didn't finish any of them. I finished this one. I laughed A LOT. So thanks to all those funny moms who know they may not be doing things as others think they should be, but do it anyway. Brave Moms!


February

It was Anthony's first Valentine's Day. Someday, he may ask me to remove this photo. I will. January and February were tough months full of teething and crawling attempts. It was nice to be able to have some fun with him as well. (He wasn't so easy to pose. I think out of about 50 photos, this was the keeper.) He's ALMOST nine months here.

March:
The month where my kid never stopped moving. Once he got the hang of crawling, he never slowed down. This photo represents a lot. It's a photo taken at Fitbump. I go there to exercise. I went for prenatal classes, Mom and Baby, and now, when I can, I do Bootcamp with childcare. Anthony and I have been going since it opened, and it's just an amazing place. No judgement, lots of encouragement, and a whole tribe of awesome Momma friends who get it.

April
Non kid related. I took a workshop called Writerlicious, through the Saskatoon Writers Co-op. It motivated me to write write write. It was also an afternoon just for me. I haven't had as much time away from my baby as I should have. It felt nice to get out, and do something that was for me.
May
We had an entire year with our baby. He turned one on May 18th. This was his cake smash photo shoot with Appl Photo. It was an amazing first year. I also planned and executed his first birthday party on my own. Clint was away at work, and I was pretty proud of myself. It was a great day. A great month. A great year. 

June

I officially became a stay at home mom with no income in June. (I gave my notice in May). I have NOT regretted this decision once. (I fully admit I wish I was making my own money). In fact, I think it's why I'm writing more. It's motivated me to write for myself. I needed something that was mine. I am following my dream because I'm able to. Staying home with Anthony has allowed me to do what I've always wanted to do, but never had the courage to do - just write. (I also Mom). June was the month that I started to #writeeveryday. I'm on day 207, so I've done well. I was keeping track on Instagram, but I think I'll stop that soon. It's up to me, not the public to know how I'm doing.


July
My kid continued to amaze me. He's adventurous, he takes risks (more than I'd like), and he never runs out of energy. We did a lot during the summer. My sister and I (and Anthony) took summer road trips all around SK), and we were able to spend a lot of time with his Grandma and Grandpa on my side of the family. This is him walking with his Aunt and Grandma at Lake Diefenbaker on Canada Day. 

August

We spent a lot of time with friends this summer. Seeing all these photos, I miss it. It's been tough getting out of the house in this freezing cold (-50c with windchill on the coldest day) weather. We did exercise classes with friends. We played in water parks and regular parks with many different baby friend/grown up friends. I'm ridiculously lucky to know and to have met such great moms since Anthony has been born. And kept some that have always been there. Seriously, you guys. I'm so lucky. So is Anthony. By the way, I never noticed his farmer's tan until this very moment. This kid had sunscreen on ALL THE TIME. 

September
My first night away from Anthony. Happy birthday to me. I asked for it, and I got it. My mom got me a hotel room for the night AND babysat Anthony. (Although, I'm pretty sure the second part was also a gift to her.) It was my first night away from him, and it was a success. I missed him, but also I loved the silence. I read. I wrote. I watched TV. I ate food. I listened to music. I ran out of time to do it all. I also took a million hour shower.

October
We went to Ontario. Actually, we met Clint and Drogo there. We were reunited after he went for work. Ontario in October is gorgeous. We went for walks, we celebrated a friend's wedding, we had Thanksgiving with Clint's family. And we went on a boat ride. We spent time as a family and with our family. It was great watching Anthony with his grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins.


November
I conquered Nanowrimo. 50k in a month. 

December
Anthony's second Christmas. Lots of crafting. Lots of fun. Lots of writing. (Not so good are ALL the new teeth Anthony was getting, and still is. Does teething end?)



So that's my 2017. As you can see, family, my baby boy, and my new writing habits were highlights.

I wish everybody can have a 2018 as great as my 2017. (Including me.) 

As always, 
filled with gratitude,
E


“Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.”

― Jane Yolen

"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year."
Ralph Waldo Emerson


©ErinLeahMcCrea All photos I share on my blogs are my own, please Ask Me For Permission Before Using Them.


Also, check out my ongoing book blog:  Proud Bookworm at: http://bookserinread.blogspot.ca/ 

I occasionally do guest Mom posts for a local Mommy Connections blog. Check them out, and others here:
 http://www.mommyconnections.ca/saskatoon/category/mommy-connections-news/

Blogs I used to write on but not being updated:
and


Monday, 1 January 2018

200 Days in a row of writing AND 2018!

Jan 1, 2018


I'm running out of time to write this, but want to get my New Year post written.

I think tomorrow, I'll do a quick goodbye to 2017. I know it should be done before this one, but that's okay.

Two things to talk about today. My writing and my 2018 goals. (They definitely overlap.)


Writing

I've now written 206 days in a row. No breaks. No excuses. Unlike my first 100 days, I actually feel like I'm accomplishing more. I feel like I'm a writer. I'm writing. I don't feel like I'm just trying to write because I'm making myself. I WANT to write. I want to finish editing. I really really WANT to be published. So badly. So so badly.

After I was done my 100 days, I wasn't sure what the end plan was. I didn't know how long I'd go. 

After 200 days, it is more clear. I'm going to write 356 days in a row. After that, I'll take a break. And then I'll start again. I can't stop for more than a day. If I do, I might forget how great it is, and I might not start again. The mind does weird things. I have to keep going.

In November, I wrote 50k in the month because I was participating in Nanowrimo. I started a new novel, but didn't finish it. I will. 

In December, I had to put that novel down. I started on page one of my finished novel, and I started editing. I counted how many words were left at the end of every day, and tried to edit no less than 1000 words. I think because of my Nanowrimo it was easy for me. I edited just over 50,000 in December.

Unfortunately, I have to count all the words myself. 


The great thing about this is that I can probably be done editing by the end of January. (Or the middle of February at the latest.)

After that, I'll start my next steps. First step is getting more test readers... any volunteers? Second step is finding an editor. Paying an editor to help me with anything I missed grammatically. (I'm guessing a lot). 

So basically, that's my last 200 days. They've been good. I'm super proud of myself. I didn't feel quite as optimistic after 100, but I'm feeling good now.

By the way: these were my thoughts after I had made it 100 days in a row writing: 100 Days

2018 Goals

As I've said before, I've never been a big fan of resolutions. However, I've been making goals for the past few years, and I've been doing really well. Some of these are just for January (we'll see how it goes), and others are for the year.

The Year
  • Write everyday. I've already discussed this. I don't need to say more. (Except for the one day break I'll take after a full year.)

  • Make a solid attempt at getting published. It's so time.

  • Be the best mom I can be. 

  • Swear just a tad less. Not a lot. But a tad. My kid's going to start repeating after Momma soon.

  • Patience. When I get angry, I need to remember how awesome my life is. Sometimes, I yell. Sometimes, I lose my patience. It's not fair to anybody. 

  • Don't be guilty when I lose my patience. Because sometimes I will. Don't get sucked in by the Mom guilt. My kid is loved a ridiculous amount. 

  • Make sure my child has a lot of play dates. No daycare means he has to learn how to be social and an all around sharing baby.

  • Teach Anthony that being nice is one of the most important things.

  • Volunteer.

  • Read. Read. Read. Read. Read. This year's goal is 40 books, but it doesn't matter if I read 40, as long as I'm reading. I'm not a writer if I'm not reading.

  • Continue my book blog, and post about what I'm reading. I'm a year behind.I haven't decided yet if I'll just start where I am, or try to catch up.

  • Craft. I actually really enjoyed my month of crafting. I want to continue being creative.

  • I want to see if I can sell my photos on wood. I want to make lovely things for people, and maybe make a tiny amount of money doing it. (Here is what I'm doing: Photos on Wood)
Just for the month (and maybe more)
30 Day Plank Challenge

And declutter my house. I have WAY too much stuff. I'm doing a 30 day Declutter my Life challenge I found on Pinterest. (Day one was get rid of five things. I chose this broken lamp that has been travelling with me since my Thailand trip, and four other things.)


Also I want to edit 1500 words a day at least. Hopefully more.


And that's it for today. Made it just before midnight. Stay tuned for my best of 2017.

Happy 2018!



“Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.”

― Jane Yolen

"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year."
Ralph Waldo Emerson


©ErinLeahMcCrea All photos I share on my blogs are my own, please Ask Me For Permission Before Using Them.


Also, check out my ongoing book blog:  Proud Bookworm at: http://bookserinread.blogspot.ca/ 

I occasionally do guest Mom posts for a local Mommy Connections blog. Check them out, and others here:
 http://www.mommyconnections.ca/saskatoon/category/mommy-connections-news/

Blogs I used to write on but not being updated:
and



Saturday, 30 December 2017

Almost Goodbye to December photos

December 30, 2017


I'm actually going to cheat here. I'm going to add an extra photo for tomorrow because I've got other things to post tomorrow. Obviously, I'll be looking into the future for it, so prepare to be amazed.

I've been housebound (by choice) for the past week because the temps are in the minus 40s with the windchill. I choose to hang out inside. Today I left to get wine. That was a big moment. I can only be a hermit for so long. Either way, my photos may be boring because I haven't done anything at all.

I'm just going to go right into posting photos because I'm doing this while my toddler is playing with cars in front of me. He could get bored and turn my computer off at any time. 

Dec 26
Something New
New coffee mug from my sister. (I had a lot to choose from for new things, but this one was the first that came up for Dec 26th.) I love it.

Dec 27
The Weather Outside Is:
I've already spoken about the weather. It's cold enough that it does this if you throw boiling water into the air. (This photo was taken today). I've been a hermit for the past week, and finally had enough. Which meant experimenting in the cold.
Two photos for this prompt because I also did this one today. I made a bubble freeze. It's cold out. 

Dec 28
In The Morning
In the morning, I used my BRAND NEW griddle to make bacon and eggs. All foods cooked on the same thing. Love it! (The smashed eggs is Anthony's. He doesn't like over easy.) And the bacon was already cooked, I just moved it over to the potato breakfast fries.

Dec 29
Cozy
Nothing more cozy than this. Cozy snuggles while he naps and I read.

Dec 30
Unfiltered
Unfiltered? My unfiltered language when I'm freezing outside for a silly experiment. (Also, no filter on this photo, but my face sure looks like it could use one. Poor tired face.)

Dec 31
Celebrate (Ready? I'm about to step into the future.)
Celebrate. 

Advanced Happy New Year!





“Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.”

― Jane Yolen

"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year."
Ralph Waldo Emerson


©ErinLeahMcCrea All photos I share on my blogs are my own, please Ask Me For Permission Before Using Them.


Also, check out my ongoing book blog:  Proud Bookworm at: http://bookserinread.blogspot.ca/ 

I occasionally do guest Mom posts for a local Mommy Connections blog. Check them out, and others here:
 http://www.mommyconnections.ca/saskatoon/category/mommy-connections-news/

Blogs I used to write on but not being updated:
and




Thursday, 28 December 2017

Crafting Momma

Dec 28


I'm getting as many posts in as I can before the New Year. Then I can focus on my 2018 Goals. and leave 2017 in 2017.

As I was planning my crafts for Christmas, I came across a possible project that involved transferring photos to wood. I thought it looked intriguing, but didn't know if I'd follow through. 

I decided to try it out in December. I waited until after Nanowrimo. It's a long process, but I'm glad I did it. They worked out well.

They made fantastic presents (if I do say so myself), and hopefully some day I can try to sell them with photos of Saskatoon or with personalised photos that people want on wood. I am proud of myself for trying this project out. The reaction from people I've gifted them to has been well worth it.

I'll add photos of the project, and some finished pieces. If anybody wants to learn more (or buy some), send me a message.

Keep in mind, I'm still perfecting my Photo Transferring skills.

Here I am, working my newly learned magic.

My helper and supporter picked up some wood for me, and cut it. Although when he's gone, I'll have to do it on my own. We used a couple different types of wood. Thin and thick (although I'm sure that's not the specific terms of which is which.)
This is the thin.




This were my first choices for photos. This was before they were transferred to the board. Basically, everything I needed is in the photo. (Plus a few other things to help get them on like a paint brush and a ruler.) 





 There is a bit more to it than I'm showing, of course. It takes a couple days to complete, but basically it turns into this. It takes patience and time.
I didn't used to have the patience, but something about having a kid teaches me a little more about how important it is.










Here are some finished products. I've done a few more than what I'm posting, but this is what they're turning out like. I've had only one that I scrapped completely and started over on, but I blame the wood for that. 
I'm really excited about this. It gives me a chance to do something with my photos, and gives me a break from writing. (Although I'm still doing that, and still loving it.) It's just nice to have hobbies and goals. 
Maybe selling these won't work out - I am not a selling person - but at least it's something I enjoy. I like having things in my life. I guess it's what I miss about working, but am able to find in different ways - variety. A change in my day to day life. I can be a mom, and I can create and write. It's sort of amazing. 




This is one of the first ones I did. Unfortunately, I didn't clean it as well as I needed to. Lesson learned.








I did more crafts than the the Wood Photos for presents, but these ones meant the most. They were fun to do, and exciting to see how they turned out.l. I have spent a lot of years ordering photos on canvas or metal, but now I'll be doing them myself. (Although I'll need a bigger house soon.)

Okay, one post down, I've got a few more coming your way, but this is all I can do tonight. I have to get to my editing. I'll be sharing my kid's stories soon enough. I think. I haven't decided.

I'm trying to get as much into the last few days of 2017 as I can: writing, blogging, reading, organizing my house, and spending time with my family. It's working out well so far. 

Happy Thursday! 

By the way, I FINALLY updated my book blog. One book out of more than 20 is now posted. I finished it today, and loved it so much I wanted to post about it. Here's the link: The Child Finder


“Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.”

― Jane Yolen

"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year."
Ralph Waldo Emerson


©ErinLeahMcCrea All photos I share on my blogs are my own, please Ask Me For Permission Before Using Them.


Also, check out my ongoing book blog:  Proud Bookworm at: http://bookserinread.blogspot.ca/ 

I occasionally do guest Mom posts for a local Mommy Connections blog. Check them out, and others here:
 http://www.mommyconnections.ca/saskatoon/category/mommy-connections-news/

Blogs I used to write on but not being updated:
and




Monday, 25 December 2017

Happy Holidays

Dec 25, 2017

Writing:
I have so much to say, and so many different things to write about, but I think I want to read tonight. I'll make this a shorter post. Plus, I have to do a post soon about writing 200 days in a row. (I'm at day 199).

This is me writing on day 199. It's festive writing because of the hat. I did a bit of editing while Anthony played with his gifts.

But that's enough about the 200 days because I'm not there yet. And I'll probably just do one for the end of December. (My New Year plans including reading and writing because that's basically perfect.)

Christmas

Photos are still to come (when I'm more awake), but this year, as I've said, I made a lot of my presents. I actually loved it. Mostly because they weren't all entirely crappy crafts. Some of them were pretty awesome.

Last night, after Anthony went to bed, I gave the first gifts to my family. I wrote children's stories for each of my family members. Cute little stories about Anthony and his grandma/grandpa/aunt/dad. I think I may share them in a different post. They aren't really good, but they're fun, and rhyming is hard so I'm proud of them for the rhymes. Haha. I've never been a poet. This proves it. They all enjoyed it though. I even did a reading for each of the four stories. 

The stocking stuffers included homemade ornaments, hot chocolate mix (kind of homemade), and Anthony crafts. Once again, I'll try to share those another time. The photos I mean.

I also made some really great gifts (if I do say so myself). I loved making them, and am thinking of maybe trying to sell some when I get better at it. I transferred photos onto wood. I'll share those in an entirely different post at some point. When I'm ready. 

I seem to have a lot of posts coming up in the future, which basically means they may not all happen.

And of course, Anthony got some wonderful gifts. Lots of car related ones. Clint and I got him a car he can get in and Fred Flinstone drive. I've been REALLY excited to give them to him. 

Even though, he's too little to do all the Santa stuff, it didn't stop me from getting him to help me with a note to Santa, and putting out cookies for him.
You will notice the dog, just waiting to steal one of Santa's cookies. He got one. Which was too bad because Anthony was actually putting them all on the plate.



And of course, Santa left him a note as well. He also included a couple of photos of himself to keep the magic alive.


And Anthony's new vehicles:



And quickly, here are the next two photo prompt photos.

Day 24:
No Peeking

Stockings (No Peeking)

Day 25
My People
This is the only photo of all My People. I love them like crazy, and am so happy to have spent a wonderful day with the five of them. (Six including the puppy.) 

That's all for now. I'll be back soon.

Happy Holidays. Thanks for reading.

“Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.”

― Jane Yolen

"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year."
Ralph Waldo Emerson


©ErinLeahMcCrea All photos I share on my blogs are my own, please Ask Me For Permission Before Using Them.


Also, check out my ongoing book blog:  Proud Bookworm at: http://bookserinread.blogspot.ca/ 

I occasionally do guest Mom posts for a local Mommy Connections blog. Check them out, and others here:
 http://www.mommyconnections.ca/saskatoon/category/mommy-connections-news/

Blogs I used to write on but not being updated:
and