A year ago I shared a carefree list of summer goals with my readers. As usual, it was heavy on the foodie side: Empanadas, ramen restaurants, farmers markets. I also planned field trips of varying lengths to thrilling places, like downtown Olathe, and Lucas, Kansas. The list was light, fun and free, as befits a woman in her forties—the prime of life.
Today I turn fifty.*** I like to think this summer’s goals reflect my newfound maturity.
Here are my 2017 summer goals:
- Birthday dinner with my family. I can’t wait to feed them homemade pizza baked on my new pizza stone. I’ve been practicing my dough-making skills with this recipe from the Pioneer Woman. Which brings me to Goal Number Two.
- A birthday trip with my sister-in-law. In the immortal words of Suzy Boggus, we plan to Drive South—ain’t gonna pack our nylons—to the two hottest destinations of 2017: Pawhuska, Oklahoma, and Waco, Texas. If you don’t know what we’ll do there, you haven’t been paying attention. (Also, you can find out here, and here.)
Getting my daughter back—the best birthday present. Betsy’s time at Oxford is drawing to a close. Right now she’s finishing her classes and trying to put closure on the life she’s built in that ultimate university town. In two weeks, she’ll be ours again. I. Can’t. Wait.
- Family Day at Boy Scout camp. My son is seventeen. His camping days are numbered. It’s show-up time, whether he likes it or not. While I’m there, I plan to enjoy a traditional peach Nehi float.
- A writer’s workshop in July. My writing life is a good-news, bad-news story right now.The good news: Lottie’s Hope is finished and will be published by CrossRiver Media sometime in the coming months. I’m proud of Lottie’s continued adventures, and can’t wait to share them with you.
The bad news: My twin enemies of Overconfidence and Inexperience nearly submarined this second book. I didn’t even know what I didn’t know about writing when I started Lottie’s Hope. Boy, did I learn some lessons in humility! And the result, as I mentioned, is pretty enjoyable. BUT….
I’m on an urgent quest to improve my storytelling skills. That’s where the Glen Eyrie Writer’s Workshop will help. I’m so excited to spend a few days with fellow fiction writers, talking shop and learning new ways to write.
- A really exciting birthday celebration for somebody else. Jon’s grandma turns 100 this year. Who even does that? Of course we’ll be there to celebrate.
That’s what I’ve got in mind, friends. Now it’s your turn. I want to know: What are your summer goals?