It’s Mega List Time

For those of you new to the show, a Mega List is a list of my own making. It started sometime in my 20s, but essentially, it is an on-going list of goals and desires.

But, this is no ordinary list of tasks, goals, dreams. No, no. This list is revisited almost daily. I make smaller lists based on this big list, so that I can actually achieve some of the items. Once a goal is met–Joy, of joys–I get to mark that goal off my list, and celebrate by adding more freaking goals to the list! It never ever ends.

This year, I am so proud to share that I got to mark one of the big ones off my list. In 2019, I wrote and published a (not children’s) book!

This year, I plan to mark another big item off my Mega List: Scuba Diving.

Here’s the deal, I can swim enough to save my life, but that’s it. In order for me to mark scuba diving off my list, I need to do the following things:

  • Take swimming lessons
  • Get certified as a lifeguard
  • Take a beginners scuba course
  • Become certified as a scuba instructor

Now, this might look excessive. Yes, I could just get certified to scuba, but what’s the fun in that!

By taking swim lessons, I will become more skilled and confident in the water. Getting certified as a lifeguard means I am not dead weight to any scuba party I may with traveling and swimming with. I become an asset instead of simply a participant.

Obviously, I have to get a scuba diving certification, because that’s how one learns. Becoming a certified scuba instructor does a couple of things for me:

  • It gives me a way to pay myself back for the swim lessons, lifeguard certification, and scuba instruction.
  • It also gives me a way to travel for scuba without going broke.

So, this is my biggest task to tackle this year: Scuba diving. Let’s see what happens!

A Study in Scarlet Women

I thought I’d hate this book, but I absolutely loved it! I am already onto the next in the series!

Firstly, this is my first completed read of 2020! Woo hoo!

Secondly, I love Sherlock Holmes, but I am snobby about portrayals of the character and the original tales. Immediately, when I was told about a Sherlock Holmes tell wherein the main character (Sherlock) is a woman, I said, “No, thank you.”

Geez, Barbara! Why so sexist?

Not sexist. Just a kind of purist about certain Sherlockian things, but no more! I’m a believer in Charlotte Holmes.

Read this book. Do it. Do it now.

My First Actions of 2020

  • Woke at 6:30a
  • Put River out to enjoy the 30-degree morning
  • Made coffee
  • Cleaned the bathroom
  • Made River’s breakfast
  • Ran around the yard chasing River whilst wearing thin, yoga leggings and a protest sweatshirt shouting, “Come here! I just want to feed you!”
  • Took first Daily Mug photo of 2020

The first day of the year is off to a roaring start.

2020 – Welcome

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Hello, Friends. It is a new year and time for a new featured post to welcome in all the new readers, writers, and strangers who’ve wandered in off the street.

So, welcome to HELLOTHISISBARBARA.com, the personal blog of me, Barbara. I’m Barbara. I’m a writer, entrepreneur, (No, really. I have a couple of businesses. Small, but businesses nonetheless.), and perpetual doer of projects.

You can see a list of those projects on the About page which I will link here: https://www.hellothisisbarbara.com/about

On this blog, you will find an assortment of posts. They may be photos, announcements, reviews, observation, or even recipes! Who knows!

I do what I want, because this is a personal blog.

I hope you enjoy your time here, and I highly recommend you start a blog that has little or nothing to do with your business(es) or one specific hobby, because it’s awesome.

Quick Links

Read The About Page, Because It Helps.

Instagram is the only social platform I spend anytime on.

PSA – WRITER. NOT EDITOR. I DO NOT GET PICKY ABOUT MY GRAMMAR, EDITING OR SPELLING HERE. You have been warned.

Writing in Public: Observations

The music is absurdly loud. The handful of people who do not have headphones are talking loudly so as to be heard over the music which means that we with our headphones in have to have the volume on our devices almost maxed out to avoid the inappropriate discussions being hand by the young women that are currently positioned to my right.

A man with the newest iPhone is scrolling through his phone, pausing and then holding up a magnifying glass to his screen. I want to show him the zoom feature, but something tells me that he already knows how to do that trick and prefers the magnifying glass.

A Word on Gratitude

I wrote a gratitude post on Pilgrim Fowl Press earlier today which I will link here: https://www.pilgrimfowlpress.com/post/full-of-gratitude

I wanted to also post something here about my overwhelming feeling of gratitude.

This year has been challenging for me. My life changed a great deal, and I am not ashamed to say that for the most part, I have had a hard time emotionally.

Keeping busy is what keeps me sane and going, so I started a lot of things. I dove into project after project, and I slowly started finding myself again.

On November 3rd of this year, I published my first book for adults and launched my small press.

I did not treat this like a big deal even though it was. It is.

I have only ever wanted to be a writer. I wanted to write books, and have full creative control over the process and business.

And, here I am. 37-years old. Author of four children’s books. Writing educator. Fitness professional. Day-job holder. Women’s health activist. And, now, I am writer and owner of a small press.

Finally.

This leads to the gratitude part. The moment I semi-quietly published my book, I didn’t think anything would happen. But, something did happen. People bought my book. You bought my book. You may not have read it, but you wanted to support me, so you bought my book.

People I had never met wrote to me asking me for more books. People subscribed my newsletter. It was crazy.

Writing students like you reached out and tell me that thanks to my classes, they’ve finally written the children’s book they had always wanted to write.

I could keep going, but I won’t. You’re great. You all make me great. I hope I help make you great.

Great. Great. Great.

End of Ramble.

I love you.

Tony Made Me Cry

Well, the adventure is over. FullTimeTony and The Planet Playground adventure is over.

What is this Planet Playground you speak of, Barbara?

Well, I’m so glad you asked, Tim! FullTimeTony and The Planet Playground is an epic tale of adventure, aliens, and parenthood that you must read immediately. NOW. DO IT NOW. Click this.

But, Barbara…Why are you crying?

Well, Tim, two reasons:

1) It’s over. I know there is more coming, but still… Weepy face.

2) Tony wrote a very nice Thank You post that made me have all the feels.

Cool, cool…Why you are…writing like this?

Well, I just woke up. I have had but one sip of coffee, and am not yet fully in my body imaginary Tim that I now realize is a paper mache dinosaur that lives on my dining room table.

Real Talk – My friend Tony did a brave thing. He had an idea, he executed that idea, and he did the unimaginable: He shared it with the world. But didn’t just do a brave thing, he did a great job. It’s funny, heartwarming, and entertaining through and through.

And, and, and! He says there will be mooooooore! I’m so excited!

You can start reading this novella using this link: https://fulltimetony.wordpress.com/2019/07/13/fulltimetony-and-the-planet-playground-introduction-and-chapter-one/

As you can tell from the URL, this links you right to the beginning. Happy Reading.

Tony, we (me & Tim the Dinosaur) love you!