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Welcome to The Journey to Magnificence! This is week fifty-one: January 27-February 3, 2019.

Every week that goes by while I’m on this journey has been one step closer to my future.

My “mantra” for 2019 is to take each day—each week—and each month as they come, because despite my inherent planning nature, plans can change in the blink of an eye.

That all said, this past week has been a mix of both sides of that coin.

Week fifty-one, I'm almost "done"! Some ups and downs in terms of plans, but overall a great week that once more is moving me towards my goals for 2019.

What I Said I’d Do

  • Big Goal: Publish my book.
    • This Week: Finish up the word-count goal for my book & spend 3 hours editing.
  • Big Goal: Achieve a healthy weight.
    • This Week: MWF 30 minutes in my work gym; Sun/Thurs rock climbing.
  • Big Goal: Earn $12,000 in side-income.
    • This Week: Continue working with clients.
  • Personal Goal: Prepping for February’s goal to interview my Grandma
    • This Week: Get some interviewing equipment (lapel microphones and a phone tripod) and spend part of Sunday interviewing her 🙂

What I Actually Worked On

  • Reached 75,000 words in my book and started line edits.
  • MW—30 mins each in my work gym; Sun (28th) rock wall.
  • Client work! 🙂
  • Ordered lapel microphones and a phone tripod, and am all prepped for the first interview with my grandma!

Days 351-357

I spent a decent amount of time creating a plot “mind map” so I could better visualize how my scenes all connected. My writing tool of choice is Scrivener (on Windows) and the binder sidebar is linear so I found it difficult to decide how to order scenes. I poked around the internet for an easy mind-mapping tool and ended up starting a free 30-day trial of Scapple, which is Scrivener’s sibling, also made by Literature & Latte.

I skipped Thursday’s rock wall “appointment” because of some timing with my insulin pump upgrade and switching to the next generation of my CGM sensor (continuous glucose monitor). I’m super excited about this because the sensors last for 10 days instead of 7, I don’t actually have to test my blood sugar anymore (because the sensor is “factory-calibrated”), and it integrates on my insulin pump to do this thing called “Basal IQ” which turns off my insulin delivery if my pump predicts a low blood sugar in the next 30 minutes.

It’s pretty slick to see in action! Last night it triggered five times and prevented predicted lows. For any parents of younger type 1s out there, please look into getting the Dexcom G6 paired with Tandem’s t:Slim X2 pump.

It’s magical.

Especially since I fly every couple months for work and I really, really hate getting what’s known as “baggage claim lows” because of pressure changes and the distance between the gate and baggage claim. I wrote about it here. (Friend link.)

What’s Next?

  • Spend a few minutes a day in online courses
  • Line edits for my book
  • Audio cleanup for my first interview with my grandma
  • Client stuff 🙂

Week fifty-one, I'm almost "done"! Some ups and downs in terms of plans, but overall a great week that once more is moving me towards my goals for 2019.

The Journey to Magnificence is a series of weekly summaries of my journey through courses and resources provided by or found through the Work at Home School, hosted and delivered by Caitlin Pyle.

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Life coach, author, engineer, and host of the podcast This is Type 1: Real Life with Type 1 Diabetes. I teach T1Ds how to feel better without changing how they manage it.

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