Monthly Writing Accountability Dream TeamWhen you care enough to write down your goals, stand back. Wonderful things are about to happen.

~ Henriette Anne Klausner, Write It Down, Make It Happen

 I love working with writers on setting and reaching goals.

This is something I have been doing for over five years, but for five years I was the one who was outlining what the goals could/should be.

Now I am teaching goal-setting differently. Now I am teaching goal-setting as something that each writer is responsible for herself.

I love teaching goal-setting this way because it puts the goal-setting power 100% where it belongs, which is in the hands of the individual writer.

What I believe is that there is only one right direction for every writer, and that is the direction of her dreams.

So, don’t let my dream or anyone’s dreams get in the way of your plans. Your desires are as unique as your fingerprint.

No two fingerprints are alike, and no two writers’ plans will be exactly alike.

If you are imitating anyone else, stop. And start listening to what your gut is telling you about the best direction for your writing career.

I can offer you goal-setting advice and help you with the habit of setting goals and evaluating your progress.

Sign up today for the next round of my Writing Accountability Dream Team and watch your writing career results change.

You’ll become more mindful, more productive, and enjoy your work more.

I will send you a fifteen minute coaching video the first Tuesday of each month and a collection of goal-setting worksheets to help you identify and describe the goals you will work on.

I will also ask you for feedback every month to find out how you are doing on your goals and see if you have any suggestions to improve the accountability process.

After that, it’s just you caring enough about yourself to set your writing goals and reach them.

Are you ready to feel more successful by the end of next month?

Then I hope you will join us. Today is the last day to sign up for the August round.

Learn more right here.

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Meet Hank. Is he the cutest or what?

Meet Hank. Is he the cutest or what?

What if you had a normal, healthy rambunctious little boy — two actually — and then you found out that one of them was not going to grow up and live a long life?

What if you found out one of your sons was literally was going to have the life sucked right out of his muscles, little by little, year by year, and instead of growing stronger and stronger, he was going to grow weaker and weaker?

This is the diagnosis that Iris Dunaway and Solly Perry have had to grapple with regarding their son Hank.

Hank has Duchenne, a type of muscular dystrophy. And there is no way to cure it.

Duchenne muscular dystrophy is the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed in childhood, affecting approximately 1 in every 3,500 live male births (about 20,000 new cases each year). Because the Duchenne gene is found on the X-chromosome, it primarily affects boys; however, it occurs across all races and cultures.

Duchenne results in progressive loss of strength and is caused by a mutation in the gene that encodes for dystrophin. Because dystrophin is absent, the muscle cells are easily damaged. The progressive muscle weakness leads to serious medical problems, particularly issues relating to the heart and lungs. Young men with Duchenne typically live into their late twenties.

More at http://www.parentprojectmd.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Understand_about

home for hank from Jesi van Leeuwen on Vimeo.

I’m sharing this video and this fundraiser for Hank over at GoFundMe.com in hopes that folks who feel called will give to this cause. I don’t think it’s possible to put ourselves in Iris and Solly’s shoes without wanting to do something that might help.

Iris is a special person to our family because she was Samantha’s babysitter when she was a baby. I found Iris by posting a request on a Western Washington University job board.

Iris was not yet married and did not have any children of her own when she was Samantha’s babysitter. But she was a total pro, and was absolutely passionate about child development. She still is. I could not believe how lucky we got. I still can’t.

When Samantha was two and a half, Jason graduated from Western with his second degree and we moved to Wilsonville, so he could take the job at the high school.

I was sad but not too sad about leaving Bellingham. It’s a cool place, I could say a lot of nice things about it and the people there, but it wasn’t somewhere I wanted to settle for good. But Bellingham will always be the place where Samantha was born, and it will always have a special place in our hearts as long as Iris lives there.

A few years ago, the last time we were in Bellingham, we met up with Iris and her two boys, Hank and Dean, on the green behind Village Books. Hank rode his bike all over kingdom come and I pushed Dean around on his little scooter toy until I was worn out. Both of the boys were completely fearless. By the time we parted, it was clear to me that Iris had her hands full with these two rambunctious little guys…and was totally happy to be their mom.

We did not know then that Hank had an illness. And there was not a speck of evidence of one. And somehow that just makes this reality all that much harder to swallow.

One of the problems with illnesses like this is that in addition to being devastating, they usually comes with huge price tags. In Iris and Solly’s case, Hank’s illness is going to require a lot of money they don’t have and could not possibly raise on their own.

So, if you feel moved to make a donation to A Home For Hank, you would be doing us all a really big favor and making a terrible and terrifying situation a little more tolerable.

Thank you so much for your consideration. Every donation is a blessing and a help. You can donate by clicking here.

And if you pray, or even just send good mojo, please send some up to Bellingham, Washington to Hank and his family. Because they could most certainly use it, today and during the many challenging days to come.

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This was Hank (front, left, in the Spidey suit) a few years ago, when we all met up in Bellingham.

 

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