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Shirley Corder is an author who writes to inspire and encourage. She has a passion for helping other writers and cancer survivors.

Thankful Thursday 2018 ~ Week 14

This entry is part 17 of the series Thankful Thursday

Happy Thankful Thursday everyone!

Today's Tip:

If you're a regular blogger (and if you're not, you really should be!) you need to set yourself a fixed schedule. The good point of this is to set a certain amount of tasks and make a not of what time you will start and when you will finish.

HINT: Allow spaces between each task as almost always things take longer than you planned! The bad point of this is you can find yourself getting stressed if you realize you're not going to be finished in time. Decide before you start how you will deal with this (because it WILL happen sooner probably more likely than later!)

  • You can either stop on time, save your work, and move to your next task. Then you can finish it off the next day.
  • OR you can carry on until you're finished and if necessary remove one of the tasks from the day and put it onto the next day.
  • Once 5 o’clock hits, or whatever time you've decided to end your day . . . Save and stop! Carry on the next day!

This series of deadlines

  • produces a sense of urgency to get on with the job
  • limits the tasks you assign yourself for the day
  • because your schedule forces you to stop at 5 pm, you will feel pressured to complete the most important tasks.

And now onto the next 39 thankful points for this week.

(Reminder - my goal is 2018 thank you's by the end of 2018!)

  1. Reminders of Easter and the wonders of the resurrection.
  2. All the beautiful messages that came through on Whatsapp and Facebook.
  3. A safe trip through to East London.
  4. Seeing the amazing greenery alongside the road - after our brown drought conditions.
  5. I managed to keep up my goals on my fitbit.
  6. Grateful for a supportive husband who would pull the car over every now and then and let me get out and walk 250 steps along the side of the road to keep up my step count!
  7. Start to the A to Z Challenge on time. A was the ONLY post scheduled for this week! Yikes!
  8. B post written that night and scheduled for the next morning.
  9. C post started the night before it was due and polished before posting in the morning.
  10. Now up to date, with the next day scheduled (D).
  11. Met our new great-niece for the first time. What an absolute cutie!
  12. Went for a walk along the beach while she played with her mommy and daddy in the lagoon.
  13. Loved walking on the sand. Why don't we do it more often at home?
  14. Paddled in the very cold water with the waves lapping around my toes.
  15. Enjoyed first meal together with my brother and sister-in-law, nephew and niece and little Julieanne.
  16. Peaceful evening chatting together.
  17. Enjoyed seeing over their new double-storey house which they're turning into a B & B (Bed and Breakfast).
  18. Stunning view from two of the bedrooms.
  19. Incredible view from the deck at the front.
  20. Spent a lovely morning working on posts on the deck while the rest of the family walked down to the beach.
  21. Pippa, their German Shepherd who was so desperately ill two weeks ago, loved dancing in and out of the waves.
  22. Lovely watching both dogs frolicking in the sea.
  23. Such amazing peace where my brother and sister-in-law are now living.
  24. Despite being in a small village many miles from proper civilization it seems much safer than where we live.
  25. Lovely to be able to sit in the home with all the doors and windows open and not have to close security gates.
  26. At night, sleeping with windows open - no burglar bars. With us being upstairs, no burglar bars needed which is awesome.
  27. My brother and sister-in-law have just taken their son and family off to the airport on their way home to Johannesburg. Thank you for our time together, and for the peace of the home with just Rob and I here, both working on our laptops.
  28. I've managed to get a fair amount of writing done even though we're on holiday (vacation) with family.
  29. I've been offered a "granny cottage" in the grounds of friends back in Port Elizabeth for next week so I can have a mini-retreat.
  30. For six days, Rob will drop me off there at 8 am and fetch me at 9 pm. So I'll have six days without interruption or distraction (hopefully) and will be able to concentrate on getting my book finished.
  31. Rob has finished all but one illustration for the book. So thrilled with them.
  32. I am so thankful for this opportunity as I don't see me meeting the deadline without it.
  33. I have got an alternative sky for the cover, so I am going to see what Al and Denise (brother and sister-in-law) prefer. Glad to be able to get an honest opinion on the choice of covers.
  34. Everything is going well with the Fitbit. I've   won several trophies already, and I'm making most of the goals most days.
  35. Best of all, I lost 3 kgs ( 6.5 lbs) in the first five days! Awesome huh? I won't weigh myself until I get back to my own scale at home.
  36. I'm feeling relaxed here, even though we've only been here for two days.
  37. Two more full days before we return home.
  38. We get back to a packed schedule. We have Prime timers which we run for the over 50's in our area on Saturday.

Thankful Thursday 2018 ~ Week 13

This entry is part 16 of the series Thankful Thursday

Happy Thankful Thursday everyone!

This week's tip

My tip for you today is one I've learned before in theory—but then I forgot! Then today, I experienced it again in practice.

As you'll see as you read through these thankful points, you'll see how today was different for me. I'm not going to repeat how or why as it's already written under the thankful points. But as a result of the way my morning panned out, I was stuck at a restaurant with only my laptop and a list of things that needed to be done.

Then I discovered the restaurant had free WiFi. Woohoo! I decided to forget about my to-do list for the next few hours and concentrate on writing this post which needed to be scheduled for later this week. read more

Thankful Thursday ~ Week 12

This entry is part 15 of the series Thankful Thursday

You asked me a question:

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve encouraged readers to ask me questions that they would like me to answer. I said if any of the questions prompted  an interesting blog post, I would send the writer a pdf of one of my eBooks. I’m delighted to share with you that Alana asked a fascinating question. She asked “What one thing about South Africa do you think is most misunderstood by those who have never visited?”

The short answer I gave is that strangers to S.Africa are probably surprised to find that we live in cities with skyscrapers and modern buildings, and our wild animals don’t roam the streets.

However, I could see this would be a fun blog post to write and read!  Thanks to the media and their vivid imaginations, and naughty children and young people who tell trumped-up stories, the world “out there” is fed some crazy information. So I’m collecting some stories from fellow S.Africans and will write a blog post on the topic! Unfortunately, the blog post will only go up after April as I am enrolled in the A to Z challenge. But I look forward to writing it! Thank you, Alana! And enjoy Naomi! read more

Week 11 ~ Thankful Thursday Challenge

This entry is part 14 of the series Thankful Thursday

Happy Thankful Thursday everyone!

Let's start off with the

Tip for the Week:

Have you ever accidentally deleted or over-written your WordPress page or blog post and lost all your content? I've done it a few times, and the feeling of panic is awful. Each time I've had to rewrite the post.

Yesterday, I lost most of this post and there was just no way I was going to have time to rewrite the whole thing in time for this Thursday for reasons explained later. Then I discovered a super easy way to recover your WordPress page or blog post to an earlier version. read more

Week 10 of Thankful Thursday Challenge

This entry is part 13 of the series Thankful Thursday

Happy Thursday everyone!

Can you believe we're onto Week 10 of the Thankful Thursday Challenge? 

I'm thrilled to be report I've kept up to date so far this year. Okay, so we've only had two months, but that's 1/6 of the way through the year!

Before I report in on this past week, here's the

Tip for the Week:

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Thankful Thursday ~ Week 9

This entry is part 12 of the series Thankful Thursday

Week 9 of Thankful Thursday Challenge

Happy Thursday to you all! This last week has been, for me, an incredibly hectic seven days. And yet it has also been a good time.

A couple of times I found myself tempted to grouse about how overloaded I had allowed myself to become. But, thanks to this Thankful Thursday goal of 2018 thank you's by the end of the year, I would stop and ask myself, "What is there that I can say thank you for in this situation?" And each time, I came up with an idea.

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Thankful Thursday ~ Week 8

This entry is part 11 of the series Thankful Thursday

Week 8 of Thankful Thursday Challenge

Hello all you thankful people! How many of you are keeping tabs on how grateful you feel about the small things? Honestly, since embarking on this challenge (2018 thankful points in the year 2018) I astounded at the many things I have to say thank you for! That includes items or events I normally take for granted.

If you have a post about thankfulness or gratitude, do link to the end of this post. All I ask in return is that you visit at least two posts from the others who link up, and share at least three of the other linked posts on at least two social media of your choice. read more

Thankful Thursday ~ Week 7

This entry is part 10 of the series Thankful Thursday

Week 7 of Thankful Thursday Challenge

I am truly amazed how quickly the weeks are flying by! We seem to gallop from Thankful Thursday to Thankful Thursday!

Whether you're doing the challenge to reach 2018 "thankful points" by the end of the year, or whether you're just being thankful, feel free to add a link to any post that talks of thankfulness to the end of this post. read more

The Entertainer Blogger Award

About the Entertainer Blogger Award

A special thanks to Debbie Harris for nominating me for this Entertainer Award, along with many other entertaining and inspiring bloggers. I’m delighted to be part of this line-up! Deb writes an entertaining blog that covers adventure, travel and beautiful photography. Read her application for this award here, as it gives you some insight into the person behind the name!

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Thankful Thursday week 6

This entry is part 9 of the series Thankful Thursday

Week 6 of Thankful Thursday Challenge


So far so good. I'm now working over a week in advance, so some of my thank-you's will only appear in a week or two's time. It's always safer to work in advance. Have you ever noticed how life has a way of happening when your schedule is too up-to-date?

Whether you're doing the challenge to reach 2018 "thankful points" by the end of the year, or whether you're just being thankful, feel free to add your link onto the end of this post. The more thankful posts we read, the easier it will be for us to meet our own personal thankful goals, right? I do just ask you to visit at least two posts from the others who link up. That way we encourage one another. read more