A Milestone and a Challenge

Hello my friends! Happy Monday to you!

Today is a pretty special day. Before starting this post I stumbled upon the fact that this will be my 100th published blog post! 100 posts… wow! What a milestone. 100 is a pretty hefty number to me in this blog world, so “Happy 100th Blog Post to me!”

The last time we hung out I asked you to save the date for my “MOVE THAT BUS” moment, the big reveal of my (OUR) new blog home.

After giving Carol (I consider her the “interior decorator”) my final approval on the blog’s design, I notified Lisa, my site hostess, that I was ready to rock and roll. Lisa is the technigenius (Yes! I made that word up) who will put all the pieces of the puzzle together to build the final “picture”, which is the new site. She placed me on her calendar for an October 17th launch date. Lisa knew the date would seem a little distant to me, and it did, but I know she has a host (no pun intended) of work on her plate. Truth be told, she probably knew I needed a little extra time to get myself together.

At the time the date was set, there were exactly 40 days between then and my October 17th “go live” date. I’m still counting down the days with great excitement mixed with a dash of nervousness. Today marks just 21 days to go.

As you can imagine, the heat is on! The Completely You site will mark the starting point of a completely new journey. The title says it all. Given my life story over the past month and a half, I am well aware that I need an extra push of sorts to get ready to share with you at the new place. So, I’m giving myself a little challenge. In order to get the ball rolling, on October 3rd I will begin a Be Completely You writing challenge. I will post for 15 days, using the letters that form the words “Be Completely You”.

No rules. Just WRITE…. (or post in SOME way, lol)!

Special thanks to my special friend who deserves all the credit for this idea. He probably doesn’t even remember it, but now he will know that I really do listen to him! (Hopefully, he knows that anyway! 🙂 ) I have no idea where those 15 days will take me, but I’m up for the challenge. I hope you are, too. So get out your red pen one more time and circle Monday, October 3rd on your calendar. We’re taking a 15 day pilgrimage to our new Completely You home with the Be Completely You writing challenge. Be there or be square!! (Wow…I think I’ve missed saying that! LOL)

Until next time…

Completely me,

Save the Date

Save the Date

Writing isn’t coming as easy for me as I’d like these days. So, to write this post I had to go “old school”. I had to go back to basics, back to my first love, back to a method I haven’t used in a LONG time. I began this post in a notebook. Yes, it was a wild west type show down between me and my pen and a blank piece of wide-ruled paper. Desperate times call for desperate measures, my friends, and it was about to get ugly.

I used to write music reviews. When I first started I could not sit in front of my laptop and tap out a review. I don’t know why, but I had to put pen to paper first – you know, get the ink flowing before my fingers could do any walking.

Over time, however, I began whipping out reviews with no scratch paper in sight. Although, I’m still very on the record about my ongoing love affair with pen and paper, it was pretty neat, to me, to see the growth and transition take place. Today, I had to return to my first writing love.

Now that I’ve given you a little of my writing back story, I’ll move on to the main reason I’m here.

It’s coming.

What’s coming?

I’m glad you asked.

Remember all the redecorating I’ve mentioned over the past many months. You know, I bought a new home, but I hadn’t furnished and decorated yet, so I was all torn about entertaining guests. I’ve probably been talking about it for more like years than months. Well….it’s almost finished, and I’m SO EXCITED!

On the day my dad died, I received an email from the designer that contained the first set of design samples for our new place. I can still picture me, lying in bed desperately trying to occupy my mind by viewing these blog design samples in the dark, on a smart phone, through a veil of tears. Even then, I could sense that God was giving me a starting point. Using that one little email from a woman who had no idea how significantly my life had changed only hours earlier, the Lord was giving me a place to begin again, a place to pick up where life left off, an assignment to come back and finish at a time when I was thinking, “what’s the point”. He’s such a sweet Father.

So, I’m going to drop a date on you and then I have to run. Before I said my “good night” and got off the phone for the evening with someone special I promised said someone special that I’d be in the bed, lights out by 11pm. He knows I have to rise early in the a.m., so he tries to encourage me to get to bed at a decent hour. Isn’t he thoughtful?! Please, PLEASE don’t tell him it’s 11:02pm and I’m running a little late, ok?! 🙂 Thank you, my friend!

Anyhoo, here goes…

Ladies, I need you to save the date. Mark your calendars for Monday October 17th. I’m inviting each of you over to my new place. Maybe we’ll have an online tea party or something girly like that. We’ll see, but I hope you’ll save the date and plan to join me.

Stay tuned as I’ll be sharing more on how I felt the day I received the launch date and something I thought was special about it. Between now and then I’ll also try my best to use a few of my posts to paint a picture and take you on a tour (all using words, of course) of the new place. I hope you will enjoy the new place as much as I have already enjoyed just looking at the template for it! LOL… By the way did I tell you I was excited?

So, that’s what’s new with me. Now it’s your turn. What’s new with you?

Until next time….

Completely sleepy,

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