Category Archives: Goals


I always have a goal in mind when I write. Since I have never been wealthy, there are things that I want (and even need), and writing is an enjoyable means to acquiring those extras.

Writing The Guardian Trilogy was a steep learning curve. My main goal was to publish. At that time, it didn’t occur to me that I could make a profit.

The Yours by Design series paid for new floors in my house, as well as expenses associated with my younger daughter’s wedding and a trip to Japan to see my older daughter and her family.

By that time, I had caught on that having a set goal in mind helped to push me to write. When I started working on Understanding Elizabeth, I knew exactly what I wanted (and badly needed), and Saturday, my husband and I went and bought it. (Happy dance!)

I traded in my 2005 Honda Accord for a 2015 Nissan Sentra (with only 4,000 miles on it)! Coincidentally, my sixty-third birthday is this Sunday, so the car is a two-fer.

Happy birthday!

Thank you, readers and writing friends. Looking at the tangible evidence of my work and knowing you helped me realize my dreams gives me great joy.

Every time I drive my car, I smile and think of you.

I Must Decrease

Don’t stand near me.

I may have shared my theory of weight with you before, but it’s worth resharing. Lately, I’m seeing more and more evidence of its truth.

Robin’s Theory of Weight states that the weight in the world at any given time must remain constant. When a person departs this world, enough babies are born to replace the lost weight. If one person is losing weight, those pounds are looking for a place to go. Someone must gain them. (This idea actually has some scientific merit. Since matter is neither created nor destroyed by ordinary means, that fat has to go somewhere or be converted into something else.)

Now to my point: Don’t stand near anyone who is successfully shedding pounds. The lost weight may glom onto you. (Yes, “glom” is a word, and the expression “glom onto” is well-known in the South.)


May 30th, I took several embarrassingly revealing pictures of myself, and I started a nutritional program.

To date, I’ve lost 36 pounds. I’d like to lose 30 more, but then, I’d like to write a best-seller, too.


I look and feel much better. Being healthy may have to be enough.

The title of this post is a reference to John 3:30. My Theory of Weight is a joke. The verse is not.he-must-increase-1


Seven Questions for 2015

It's time to think about goals for the new year!

It’s time to think about goals for the new year!

Any time I’m still thinking about Sunday’s sermon on Tuesday, I know it was a good one. Our pastor posed ten questions to us regarding our goals for the new year. Here are seven of them:

1. What is the single most important thing you could do to improve your family life this year?
2. What is the single biggest time-waster in your life, and what will you do about it this year?
3. What single thing that you plan to do this year will mean the most in ten years?
4. What area of your life most needs simplifying, and what’s one way you could simplify in that area?
5. Who do you most want to encourage this year?
6. What’s one thing you could do this year to enrich the legacy you will leave to your children and grandchildren?
7. In what area of your life do you most need growth, and what will you do about it this year?

I’ve been thinking about my answers to these weighty questions, and here goes:
1. We need to talk more and spend more time together. Turning off the television would be a start.
2. Social media can be a huge time-waster. Obviously, I need to limit my time on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and message boards.
3. Welcome at least one new member into our family. My younger daughter is getting married in June, and I want the wedding to be a happy, not tiring or nerve-wracking, event for everyone. I want to enjoy meeting new people and celebrating the happy union, not alienate people by micro-managing. If you’ve ever planned a large wedding, you know that tempers can fray and people can get offended. I don’t want that to happen. I’m also trying to lose weight so that I can be around in ten years to play with my grandchildren.
4. I have too much stuff and too many worries. I need to let go of useless things and get rid of clutter, mentally and physically.
5. My husband deserves my encouragement. We’ve been married thirty-eight and a half years. It’s too easy to take him for granted.
6. Write good books. I may even write a children’s book or two.
7. I need to improve my interactions with those around me. Sometimes I zoom around doing good things, but I miss developing relationships with the people I’m serving because I’m too busy. That sort of misses the entire point of service.

How would you answer the questions?