Jennifer Lyon

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Wednesday, January 13th, 2016
Wednesday Worthy & More

I’m trying something new this year. I saw this workbook recommended in one of my groups, and bought it.

Your Best Year

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From the backcover copy:

Your Best Year by Lisa Jacobs is an annual workbook designed to help creative entrepreneurs make your starriest dreams and most ambitious goals come true. It’s for creatives who are ready to stretch their comfort zone and make it happen already in 2016. This edition is bigger and better than ever before. The 2016 edition unveils a new system intended to help you stop the daily scramble and plan ahead for the most productive and profitable year of your life. Here’s to your best year yet.

This year I have some scary-to-me goals, plus a determination to get more control over my goals and workload. So I’m going to start tonight using this workbook. I’ll let you know what I think about the book. But what I **know** is that it’s always good to re-evaluate what I’m doing as a professional and see if I can do something better. Plus change has a way of energizing us, I’m already excited to try this and that enthusiasm has spilled over into my writing.

I do have a very tough decision to make though, because this book is big and sweeping, and it may not end up being one book. And this is what happens anytime I  say never…

Enough of that. No one wants to hear me going on and on about the trials of writing my beloved book. Let’s move on to Wednesday Worthy! Believe it or not, this is a brand new picture I just bought yesterday, but in a very familiar pose. Why? Because I have a thing for arms and chest :-) :-)

Muscular and sexy torso of young sporty man showing his perfect bicep and body. Torso part. Front view

So what do you think? Is he worthy?

Monday, January 11th, 2016
Weekend Roundup

My weekend was all about work. I’m back to it and trying hard to write this book. It’s taken a while to get into the rhythm of writing, but yesterday I looked up and it was three pm, and I was like…what??? Didn’t we just eat lunch?

For some reason I’ve been burning out at writing right about three pm. I mentioned this to Wizard who laughed in my face. “Do you think it has anything to do with you getting up before six and starting to write?”


“Or that you’re worrying yourself sick about the book?”

“I haven’t said that.”

He laughed again. “No, but you almost poured coffee on your pancakes.”

I frowned at him. But damn it, it’s true. We were at iHop (don’t judge, people, Wizard loves that place) for breakfast one morning. For those of you who don’t go to iHop, if you order coffee, they have carafe at your table so you can refill your own cup. So the waitress brings our breakfast, I’d ordered blueberry pancakes. I **may**  have been obsessing thinking about my book when I picked up the carafe and tilted it part way over my pancakes.

Wizard practically yelled, “What are you doing?”

“Pouring syrup,” I said, wondering why he cared that I was using syrup.

“That’s coffee.”

So I looked at my hand and sure enough…I had the coffee carafe ready to pour. “Umm, I missed my cup?” I mean come on, who admits to being that much of an idiot?

He smirked at me. “I can’t take you anywhere.”

Ha! I have an answer for this. “I’m not the one that went to the donut shop with my shirt inside out.” Okay yeah, it was waayyy back when the kids were little and Wizard ran down to get donuts for the kids. But he did that! He came home mortified too and confessed that his shirt was inside out. And I have NOT let him forget it.

Besides, maybe I wanted coffee on my pancakes. Okay I’m lying, I was totally distracted, and frankly it’s going to be like this for the next six weeks at least.  I can’t quite figure out how to pull this book off, but I’m hooked and must find a way to give these two the story they deserve.

So how was your weekend?

Friday, January 8th, 2016
I’m Back & Happy Friday!

Hi all! I missed you guys! Happy 2016! I hope everyone’s year is off to a great start!

So first, our vacation. It was good, but it got off to a bit of a rocky start. The plan was for all of us; me and Wizard, the three boys and their significant others to all to up to Paso Robles. Six of us stayed in a rented house, and two+Bailey in a dog friendly hotel. One of us had a stomach flu a couple days beforehand, one back problems and another a sick dog (not Bailey) and couldn’t come up until a day later. But we all got there eventually and had a great time!  We discovered several wineries, and got to tour a wine cave which was really incredible.

Wine Cave 3 Eberle Winery


I learned a lot about the process and passion that goes into wine making. They have private tasting room down there that was gorgeous but there were too many people in my way to get a picture. Plus two of my sons were bugging me :-) Seriously they wouldn’t shut up, and kept making me laugh.  FYI, one morning my oldest son showed me a totally inappropriate joke on FB to see if I would blush. I may have obliged him :-) My kids are evil. And I know where they get it from. In this next picture you’ll see me laughing with Wizard. This is the real me with him — I can’t even remember what he said to me, but it was likely very inappropriate. Or he was making fun of my hair.


Dan and me

The above picture is Calcarious Winery, and it’s absolutely stunning up there. So pretty it took my breath away. There’s a long winding, mountain-like road to get up and down, and that’s where we met this guy:

Deer on way daow from Calcareous Winery 2

Wizard and I then headed to Solvang. We planned to spend two nights there, doing a bit more wine tasting, and just hang out and walk around. But the weather was cold and wet, with a huge (for Southern CA ) storm in the forecast. We decided to cut our losses and head home the next morning. We’re so glad we did! The storm hit the next day and washed out part of the 101 freeway, which would have left us stranded. That was very fortunate for us! But not so much for all the people who did end up stranded.

We came home with four bottles of wine. (We aren’t big spenders, LOL)

paso robles 004

Which we are saving for special occasions.

And now I’m back to writing, panicking and not sleeping. I took a serious wrong turn in this book and learned a hard lesson. Stop turning onto interesting side streets and TRUST MY STORY! Plus–have I mentioned this before?–I hate my process! It is such a mess until one day it magically comes together. I’m still waiting for that day. Although I read over some opening chapters and they don’t suck…so…fingers crossed!

As for New Year’s Resolutions, I only have one: Be the best version of me that I know how to be.

Okay tell me how you all are doing! Did you have a good New Year? Are things getting off to a good start? ARe you keeping resolutions?


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