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Welcome to The Journey to Magnificence! This is week forty-two: November 25 – December 1, 2018.

Goodbye NaNoWriMo, hello decluttering! I feel really good going into December. I’ve started thinking about 2019 goals, had an awesome call with Davina Faust about accountability and mindset, and am just straight up excited to keep making progress in this fantastic life of mine.

What I Said I’d Do

  • Launch “Work With Me” virtual assistant page & solicit feedback from Facebook groups and friends
  • Finish modules 1 & 2 of Project Management for Virtual Assistants
  • Outline December posts

What I Actually Worked On

  • NaNoWriMo! I am one of the 2018 winners—52,126 words in 30 days is both insane to think about, and also not nearly enough to tell the story I’m writing.
  • Launched “Work With Me” Virtual Assistant page! Check it out here!
  • Got my content calendar for December filled out. Now I’ve just got to write everything 😀
  • The Miracle Morning

Days 288 – 294

First things first.


I technically hit 50,000 words on Wednesday, November 28th. I was able to claim my win from the NaNo organizers, and the last two days of November I didn’t write much more than 500 words a day. The race is over, but I still have quite a bit left to tell the story I set out to tell.

In fact, I even changed my word count goal in Scrivener (the program I’m using to write my novel) to 75,000 words instead.

In the grand scheme, to me, this still feels so small. My biggest piece of writing is 230,000 words long and living on fanfiction.net.

What makes it extra challenging as well is that this is the beginning of a series of books, and I need to figure out the best way to break them up.

Work With Me

When I signed up for the Work At Home School in February of this year, I had no idea how different my life would be by the end of 2018. My life has gone from dissatisfied, drifting, looking for more, and spending hours in Skyrim to writing 2+ blog posts a week, completing online courses, making new online friends (and then meeting them in real life), and finally (finally) deciding on a services-centric side business in virtual assisting.

My work-with-me page is now live (went live on Friday night) and I would be thrilled to see if we’re a fit to work together. Find out more here!

Miracle Morning

I read—and then reread—Hal Elrod’s Miracle Morning book, and then changed up my morning routine to start having a “miracle morning” every morning. So far the biggest change I’ve seen is no longer relying on getting 1.5 hours of “deep sleep” as measured by my Fitbit. If I go to bed telling myself that I’ll get enough sleep, I wake up feeling like I did just that—even if I only got as little as 20 minutes of “deep sleep.” This is a game-changer, because in the past I’ve used this metric as an excuse for not feeling great during the day, and letting it ruin it.

It also prompted me to start a new exercise routine. Part of the Miracle Morning includes exercise (so far I’m at about 5 minutes a morning just doing some squats, girl push-ups [my arm strength sucks], planks, bicycle crunches, and lunges.)

Then, three days a week after work, I’ll use our building’s gym to do free-weight arm exercises (conditioning to be ready to rock climb again) and then use the treadmill.

Let me tell you—the first three days of this morning squat thing had my legs burning worse than after a day on the ski slopes. Sitting, standing, and walking were all uncomfortable.


This is extra funny considering I had a personal trainer for most of 2015 and 2016, and I was used to doing all these things—and more—back then. 

My body has begun to adjust now, and it’s not as sore, but damn if I thought about quitting because of how hard it was to move!

What’s Next?

  • December’s 30-day challenge is to downsize, declutter, minimize—whatever you want to call it. We (I) have too much stuff taking up space in our apartment, and the time has come to do a thorough dig-through of my closets and finally make my desk an organized haven of knowing exactly what I have and where it is. The full write-up will get posted on Thursday, 12/6!
  • Continue writing my book, but not at such a breakneck pace as 1667 words a day!
  • Start filling out my Slay Your Goals Planner for 2019.
  • Reach out to potential VA clients!

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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