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Welcome to The Journey to Magnificence! This is week forty-seven: December 30, 2018 – January 5, 2019.

It’s here! The start of 2019, the last year of this decade. I like years that end in -9 because they offer us a last chance to fit the accomplishment of some goals into the current decade. Come 2020, it’ll be a whole new ballgame 😉

Week forty-seven brought a new year, hitting the ground running with new goals, and the birth of a new online course idea for type 1 diabetics!

What I Said I’d Do

  • 2019 arrives, and my 2019 goals kick off!
  • Evaluate the week as it goes, and take my time with things.
  • Start filling out the Living Well Planner (if it arrives before the end of the week).—Just kidding; doesn’t arrive until Tuesday the 8th
  • Skiing again with my dad 🙂 —thwarted by sickness

What I Actually Worked On

  • I took each day as it came, not freaking out about moving to-do list items from day to day.
  • A new guest post reciprocation opportunity showed up right before the new year!
  • Participated in Kathryn Calhoun’s 5-Day Get January Clients Challenge…which resulted in the next bullet point:
  • I’m serious about creating an online course for type 1 diabetics (and insulin-dependent type 2s) to get off the blood sugar roller coaster! Find out more at the landing page here. <– and if you know someone who would benefit, please share!
  • I began reading my new-to-me study Bible.
  • Started logging food again

Days 323 – 329

At the start of a new year, there’s so much going on. Motivation is high, and so is the discipline. I’m building habits, though, not relying on willpower and excitement to keep me going.

That was the idea behind “take each day as it comes” instead of defining my daily lists so concretely when things might need to be flexible.

For example, my dad ended up picking up something from my niece over the last few days of the week, which interrupted our plans to go skiing.

So instead, I accidentally slept through my alarm (I’m calling it divine intervention), created my course landing page on Saturday morning, and then spent about 2 hours in Half-Price Books selling the books we culled during our major decluttering phase.

Final result?

An extra $400 (minus the cost of Tim Ferriss’s The 4-Hour Workweek which I’ve been trying to find at that store for ages)!

Totally worth spending a big chunk of the afternoon in a bookstore, which is actually really dangerous for my wallet.

I told my husband before we even got there that he was to limit me to just the 4-Hour Workweek book, because I’m notorious for finding a huge stack of books that I want to adopt, regardless if I’m going to read them in the near future or not.

Hence why we ended up with enough books to net us $400.

Granted, most of that came from college textbooks that neither of us has opened in four years, but that’s just a minor detail. 🙂

So that study Bible.

On Christmas I asked my mom if she had a study Bible I could borrow for a year and she ended up just giving it to me because it’s the super tiny font that’s typical for Bibles and she uses a different study Bible with large text for her aging eyeballs.

Saying “Score!” sounds a little crass, but this study Bible is actually exactly what I was looking for.

The footnotes are extensive and explain a lot of context and cross-references between other books of the Bible. My reading plan for 2019 is chronological; I’m starting in Genesis but after chapter 11 I skip to the entire book of Job and then back to Genesis. Similarly, the Psalms won’t all be read at once; they pair with other books as well.

What’s Next?

  • Try one of the local rock climbing gyms
  • Publish the first guest post ever on Inspired Forward: look for it tomorrow, January 8th—a post on Year End Review by Ron Parnaso of Refactor Daily!
  • Submit my first guest post of the year—to Ron of Refactor Daily 🙂
  • Start filling out the Living Well Planner! I’m so excited about this!
  • Try one new low-carb recipe to add to my mix of staple lunches this year
  • Add 7,280 words to my novel

Week forty-seven brought a new year, hitting the ground running with new goals, and the birth of a new online course idea for type 1 diabetics!

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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