Wednesday, December 17, 2014

12 Days of Christmas Cheer Winners!

12 Days of Christmas Cheer giveaway winners!

There was an overwhelming amount of people who simply wanted books or the Jane Austen bling that Jennifer Becton created. Thank you for all of the entries! Here are the list of winners. If you have been contacted, please respond back so we can send you the prize. (If you won an ebook, it will be sent to your email address that you entered the giveaway with.)

“Jane Austen Bling” - Nicole
“Pride and Prejudice” DVD  - Anita Y
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE hardcover book - Justine
Starbucks card - Alisha H, Linda R 
Various ebooks  - Luthien84 , tgruy, Mary P
Delicious chocolates - Maureen C 
Fabulous books - Marie R,  Beulah,  Donna R, bn100, Anne

Remember that HOLIDAYS WITH JANE: CHRISTMAS CHEER is available on both Kindle and in paperback!

And books make awesome gifts! Here are a few from my fellow authors:
CHARLOTTE COLLINS by Jennifer Becton
MY DEAR SOPHY by Kimberly Truesdale

Friday, November 14, 2014

Holiday Movie Fest! Hosted by "Holidays With Jane" authors

Ugly Sweater and Christmas Movie Party!

My fellow authors and I all *love* the plethora of cheesy, adorable, super-sacchrine Christmas movies on ABC Family, Hallmark Channel, Netflix, etc. They are somewhat predictable but we really do love them!

And...there are some of us who believe that "Die Hard" is a Christmas movie, so it will be included on the list. We have a plan to have a movie fest between all of us (even though we are separated by many miles!)

Join our online Christmas Party!
Saturday, November 22

We'll wear tacky Christmas sweaters, eat yummy treats, make cute ornaments, and watch sappy movies. Instagram or tweet a pic of yourself wearing your fanciest/tackiest Christmas sweater and you'll be entering into our "12 Days of Christmas Cheer" giveaway! (See Rafflecopter entry form below.) I'll be heading to my local thrift store to find a sweater, preferably with puffy snowmen on it. Or Rudolph with a blinking nose. Whatever I find/make, it will be epically adorable/horrible.

Join us as we live tweet the movies we are watching on the 22nd. (We'll give a countdown on our Facebook page as to when we'll each start a movie. Use #holidayswithjane on your tweets/Instagram so we can see what you're saying.)

Watch your DVDs, TV, DVR, Netflix, Amazon Prime...whatever!

OR!!! You can borrow movies from your local library! Be sure to reserve your copy early.

On Netflix:
"The Mistle-tones"
"Christmas Crush"
"A Christmas Kiss"
"Desperately Seeking Santa"
"Christmas Bounty"
"Christmas Cupid"
"12 Dates of Christmas"
"All I Want For Christmas"
"A Princess For Christmas"

Hallmark Channel:
"One Starry Christmas"
"The Nine Lives of Christmas"
"A Cookie Cutter Christmas"

Amazon Prime Instant Video
"Christmas Crush"

Other movies on our list

"Die Hard"
"If You Believe"
"White Christmas"
"Meet Me In St. Louis" - Judy Garland sings "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"

And, of course, you can purchase a copy of HOLIDAYS WITH JANE: Christmas Cheer and snuggle up with a cup of hot cider (or cocoa or coffee) and visions of Mr. Darcy/Wentworth/Henry Tilney/your fav Austen hero will dance in your head. ;-)

We will be picking winners for the Rafflecopter giveaway below. There will be 12 winners (though possibly more if we have more prizes!). We tried to go with the 12 Days of Christmas song for our theme and threw in some Austenesque fun. If you have a preferred prize, include that in your blog post comment. :)

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Mischief and Mistletoe: Modern Austen Short Story

Mischief and Mistletoe: Modern Austen Short Story

First of all, yay! The book is released! We are so excited to share the book with you.
Published by Indie Jane Press

Here's the gorgeous cover, made by the talented Victoria Austen-Young.

My short story is based on NORTHANGER ABBEY. Jane Austen wrote NA as a tongue-in-cheek response to the Gothic romance/horror novels of the day. The heroine, Catherine Morland, is obsessed with reading these novels and they scare her and fill her head with nonsense. She has the opportunity to travel to Northanger Abbey and she imagines it to be a setting from one of her Gothic novels. In the Austen novel, Catherine is from Fullerton, a small village in England. I live in Fullerton, a city in California. I knew that I had to write this book because of that connection. :-) I've read NA three times and I like it the more I read it. (The first time I read it, I didn't really understand it to be a type of satire, poking fun at the popular gothic novels of the time. I read it again in college and my professor is an expert at Victorian literature. She was able to make the book understandable and therefore, awesome.)

In "Mischief and Mistletoe", Cate is still a pastor's daughter who has had a sheltered life. I gave her an occupation - she "thrifts" clothes from yard sales and thrift stores and makes them over into awesome clothes and sells them on a website. She gets to travel to Santa Barbara (instead of Bath) and meets Henry Tilney. He was a fun character to write. In the original, he is attentive to Catherine but not super flirty. I wanted to keep him the same in my short story.

All of the "gothic novel" references in my book, including "The Mystery of the Mirror", are from my own imagination. (Those were fun to make up.) I wanted Cate to be likeable, a bit naive, but not annoyingly so. I love Christmastime and I threw in a few of my own personal Christmas memories into the story. (My mom makes the best chocolate pixie cookies! I'll post the recipe later.)

And if you're wondering, yes, I have thrifted clothes in costumes. One of my favorite projects was making over a dress for a Jane Austen costume party. Here's my blog post on it.

We have a giveaway to celebrate the release of the book.
We'll also be celebrating with a "12 Days of Christmas Cheer" as we get closer to Christmas. Lots of fun, presents, and Austenesque shenanigans coming your way!

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You can hop on over to the other authors' blogs for the week.

Monday, October 27 – Indie Jane
Tuesday, October 28 – Jennifer Becton
Wednesday, October 29 – Melissa Buell
Thursday, October 30 – Rebecca M. Fleming
Friday, October 31 – Cecilia Gray
Saturday, November 1 – Jessica Grey
Sunday, November 2 – Kimberly Truesdale

And if you're wondering which Austen heroine you're most like, you can take this quiz!
For more Austenuesque quizzes, here you go!
Test Your Knowledge

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Holidays With Jane: Christmas Cheer - Cover Reveal!

Scheduled release date: October 28
Check out updates on the Facebook page - Holidays With Jane

Six talented authors make your Christmas lights twinkle with these modern-day adaptations of Jane Austen's novels. Curl up with some peppermint tea and enjoy something special in your stocking this holiday season.


The Work of an Instant
by Jennifer Becton

When Frederick Wentworth's ship docks at the Navy base in Charleston just in time for Christmas, Anne Elliot feels torn between desire to see her former fiancé and fear of rejection. Will taking a risk end in humiliation or give Anne a second chance with her first love? To find out, all she has to do is turn around and face him.

Mischief and Mistletoe

by Melissa Buell

Thrifty designer and secret Gothic novel enthusiast Cate Morland gets the opportunity of a lifetime to plan the costumes for the upcoming Dickens' Christmas Festival. There she meets Henry Tilney who shows an interest in more than Cate's costume designs. Mistaken by Henry's father as a rich heiress, Cate is invited to stay with the Tilney family at their estate. Will Henry feel the same for Cate once he discovers she is a seamstress paying her own way through design school?

A Tale of Three Christmases

by Rebecca M. Fleming

When their father dies, leaving their brother everything, life changes radically for the Dashwood girls. Librarian Ellie and musician Marianne have their work of course, but what about teenage Maggie? Maggie only has her writing—a surprising saving grace that helps her chronicle the ups and downs of life, love and family in this tale of three Christmases.

With Love, from Emma

by Cecilia Gray

A visit to Emma Gold's flower shop can save a relationship but a date at Lance Knightley's bar can take that relationship to the next level, so who should be considered Heartfield, Oregon's resident romance expert? Emma and Lance square off at their best friends' wedding to settle the score. Sparks fly as bets are made and favors are won in this contemporary Christmas retelling, recounted With Love, from Emma.

It's a Wonderful Latte

by Jessica Grey

Evie St. Laurent can always count on three things: being single during Christmas in Los Angeles, her job as manager at Mansfield Perk, and Frank Nakatomi, her best friend and coworker, cheering her up when she's down. But when the glamorous Piper siblings come to town and sweep everyone off their feet, what Evie thought was sure in her life starts slipping away. It will take some Christmas magic and the help of a very special angel named Jane to help Evie see that the love she's been waiting for has been there all the time.

Pride & Presents

by Kimberly Truesdale

Liz Bennet wants to make this Christmas the best that Longbourn Community Center has ever had. When basketball superstar Charles Bingley shows up to volunteer, it looks like that just might happen—even in spite of his unhelpful friend Will Darcy. But when everything starts to go wrong and Longbourn itself is in danger, Liz must set aside her pride and ask for help. Then she'll discover that the best presents are the ones you never expect.(less)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Feeling some Christmas Cheer!

I'm very happy to report that some super cool Janeite friends and I are coming out with a short story collection just in time for the holiday season! We each took a Jane Austen novel, modernized it, shortened it, and added some Christmas cheer to it. :-)

Back story to the short story collection. A family member was in the hospital and I desperately needed some happymaking in my life. I was thinking about what makes me happy. Christmas and writing came together in my mind. I called Jessica Grey and said, "Hey, what do you think about writing a Jane Austen Christmas story together?" That quickly swirled into all the Austen novels and calling up amazing writing friends to add to our Christmas writing fun. All this to say that you never know where inspiration will come from! (And my family member is much better now!)

My book was NORTHANGER ABBEY. My short is called "Mischief and Mistletoe." If you know Catherine Morland, you'll understand the mischief portion. Mistletoe, because, obviously, Christmastime also starts with "M". I'm a big fan of alliteration. Below is one of my favorite quotes from NORTHANGER ABBEY. It helped inspire me to send Cate away from home. I'll write more about that later.

The other authors are:
Jessica Grey - My co-conspirator, YA fairy tale author, and writer-of-other-amazing-books!
Cecilia Gray - YA author of "The Jane Austen Academy" series!
Jennifer Becton - Austenesque author and thriller writer!
Kimberly Truesdale - Austenesque author and fellow English teacher!
Rebecca M. Fleming - One of my first bookish friends on the interwebs! We both share a love of Anne of Green Gables and hobbits. Rebecca is a blogger and a librarian. This is her first published work.

As we get closer to the release date, we'll have fabulous giveaways and fun blog hop things. We're all about the Christmas Cheer!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Book Review: HIT by Lorie Ann Grover

HitHit by Lorie Ann Grover
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After receiving a full-ride scholarship to Mills College for Girls, it appears Sarah's future is all laid out before her that is until she walks into a poetry class led by Mr. Haddings, a student teacher from the nearby University of Washington. Suddenly, life on the UW campus seems very appealing, and Sarah finds herself using her poetry journal to subtly declare her feelings for Haddings. Convinced Mr. Haddings is flirting back, she sets off for school in the rain with a poem in her back pocket one that will declare her feelings once and for all. Mr. Haddings has noticed Sarah's attention; the fallout from any perceived relationship with a student is too great a risk, and he has decided to end all speculation that morning. But everything changes when Mr. Haddings feels a thud on his front bumper when he glances away from the road, and finds Sarah in the street with blood pooling beneath her."

I loved that this book was based on true events that a friend of the author went through (that may sound horrible!). I was drawn into the story immediately. Sarah is a likable character and though she is mature, she still thinks like a teenager. This made the story more real to me. I enjoyed seeing Sarah and her mother go through real mother-daughter conversations. I enjoyed that the story was told from both Sarah and Haddings' points-of-view. I felt the pain of what each character went through emotionally.

I think that when you read a book and are able to place yourself into more than one of the character's shoes, that is very impressive. I saw myself in the young girl of Sarah. I saw myself as the driver who is temporarily distracted. (I've never hit anyone! But all drivers do get distracted...) I saw myself as the overprotective mom. I saw myself as the overprotective friend. This made me get totally into the story. I read the book very quickly because I couldn't put it down.

I recommend this book for readers: who enjoy clean reads, novels based on true events, contemporary young adult novels. I have recommended HIT to my students and they have made a "waiting list" for who can read the book next. :-)

**Book received for free from Blink/Zondervan for an honest review.

Now available for purchase! Amazon   Barnes and Noble   IndieBound (indie bookstore near you)  Powells


Lorie Ann Grover is an awarded YA novelist and board book author whose works include Kirkus Starred Review, Firstborn, and Parents Magazine Best Children's Book, Bedtime Kiss for Little Fish. She co-founded readergirlz and readertotz. Living with her husband in the foothills of Mt. Rainier, she writes, practices weapons tai chi, and watches hawks take flight.

*Personal note* I met Lorie Ann through mutual friends. She gave me advice when I first started to write. I appreciate her wisdom very much! She is a sweet lady who has much perseverance. I admire her greatly.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Plotting for New Story Idea

Plotting for a New Story

I love to read fairy tales and different versions of the same tale. There are many retellings of the classics: Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Snow White. I read a tale called "The Princess on the Glass Hill." It was only about 2 pages long in the children's fairy tale book that I read. I was interested in the story because I had never read it before. I found a longer version of the tale online that was about 6 pages long. I was hooked. I really wanted to write a retelling of this unfamiliar fairy tale.

I sat down to write. And...nothing. I've never been a panster, always a plotter. I have to get into my characters and figure out who they are and why they do what they do. The two versions of "Princess...Hill" were from the hero's perspective. Basically, there comes word that a princess is locked up in a tower at the top of a glass hill. Men from all around try to "rescue" her from the tower. The one who can get her out can marry her. Hero Guy is the youngest of 3 brothers and the most unlikely lad in the kingdom to rescue the princess. He proceeds to accomplish 3 tasks (of course 3! It's the magic number in fairy tales!) that a fairy sets before him. He wins the contest/rescues the princess. The End.

I understand the motivation of Hero Guy (right now, his name is either Jack or Mack in my story). Youngest brother, wants to prove himself, marry a beautiful princess, etc. But I was stumped when it came to the Nameless Princess of the story. First of all, how sad that she is not given a name! (Of course, I have names running through my mind for her. Possibly Alice or Margaret or Jane. Still working on this.) Secondly, why would the princess be willing to be locked up in a tower and be the prize of this contest?? I'm not a super liberal feminist but I do believe in equal rights and NOT LOCKING GIRLS UP. I had to dig deeper before I could even start this story.

So, I started with the backstory. In most books, the reader doesn't even know the full backstory of a character. This is a good thing! But the AUTHOR must know why the character is acting a certain way and making decisions that might be stupid and saying things that are weird. For "Princess...Hill" I needed a good, solid reason for Princess Alice/Margaret/Jane to be willingly locked up. I wanted her to have kind parents, not psychos. I wanted her to have a family and a history. I wanted her to be the heroine of her own story. I mean, the story is called "The PRINCESS on the Glass Hill"!

All ranting aside, that's what I'm working on now. Random plot points, names of characters scrawled into my journal, ideas written with many exclamation points and underlining. Imagining the story in my mind, seeing the Hero and Heroine meeting for the first time. Rewinding my mental tape and working the scene again slightly differently. (Instead of the tree branch fully breaking, maybe it could just crack? What would happen after that?) Choose Your Own Adventure! ;-)

I hope you've enjoyed your trip inside this author's brain. Mind your step. There's plot holes all around.

Thursday, July 31, 2014


FAMOUS LAST WORDS by Katie Alender

"Hollywood Can Be Murder"

From Goodreads:
Hollywood history, mystery, murder, mayhem, and delicious romance collide in this unputdownable thriller from master storyteller Katie Alender.

Willa is freaking out. It seems like she's seeing things. Like a dead body in her swimming pool. Frantic messages on her walls. A reflection that is not her own. It's almost as if someone -- or something -- is trying to send her a message.

Meanwhile, a killer is stalking Los Angeles -- a killer who reenacts famous movie murder scenes. Could Willa's strange visions have to do with these unsolved murders? Or is she going crazy? And who can she confide in? There's Marnie, her new friend who may not be totally trustworthy. And there's Reed, who's ridiculously handsome and seems to get Willa. There's also Wyatt, who's super smart but unhealthily obsessed with the Hollywood Killer.

All Willa knows is, she has to confront the possible-ghost in her house, or she just might lose her mind . . . or her life.

Acclaimed author Katie Alender puts an unforgettable twist on this spine-chilling tale of murder, mystery, mayhem -- and the movies.



I received an ARC of FAMOUS LAST WORDS for review from Scholastic.

I was a bit freaked out at first about the possibility of a ghost story but I really loved the idea of a murder mystery taking place in Hollywood, so I jumped into the book but kept the lights ON. (I'm a 'fraidy cat.) OH. MY. WORD. I totally loved the setting and the characters from the get-go. I was pulled into the mystery surrounding the serial killer terrorizing Hollywood. I read the book in one evening because I couldn't put it down.

Willa, the main character, is not completely broken so as to annoy the reader at the beginning of the story. She is so strong but locked up behind her walls of hurt. I loved seeing her grow as the story developed. **No spoilers** but I LOVED seeing her at the end of the book when she gets to be the heroine of her own story.

The creepy ghost part is only mildly scary (no nightmares, here!) and adds a lot to the story, especially the old Hollywood movie star connection.

Recommended for: murder mystery fans, ghost story fans, YA fiction fans.

(A bonus for younger readers/clean reads - no bad language or bedroom scenes.)

Available from Scholastic Books
Publication Date: September 20, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-545-63997-2
Also available as an ebook

Monday, June 2, 2014

PBS SoCal Summer Learning Day

PBS SoCal is hosting a "Summer Learning Day Literacy Fair" and will be at the La Habra Children's Museum on Saturday, June 28th from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Lots of books, authors, and fun will be there.

I'll be there with several other local authors. I hope to see some old friends and make some new friends, too! :-)

La Habra City Events

For fun summer reading activities for your kids, visit PBS KIDS Lab site.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Book Fair - City of Cudahy, CA

Book & Literacy Fair 
in the City of Cudahy!
(It's a tiny town near Downey, CA.)

Saturday, May 31
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Come enjoy interactive games, a local art competition, group reading
 of children’s books, arts & crafts for children, local author signings, 
food, artist performances and other outdoor family activities.

Author panels and performer schedules will be finalized soon! Check the website for details.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Local Author Day 2014 - Fullerton Public Library

Local Authors Day THIS SUNDAY 1-5 PM

Join us for Local Author Day on May 4th! Meet new and favorite local authors of books on a variety of topics, including both fiction and non-fiction. The authors will discuss getting published, writing tips, and thoughts on the writing lifestyle.
Books will also be available for purchase and signing at the event. We hope to see you there!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Young Authors' Faire Schedule

Young Authors’ Faire 2014
Saturday, May 10
La Habra Library

Schedule of events/authors

Children’s authors
E.J. Altbacker (Author of “Sharkwars” series) and Gladys Barbieri (Author of “Rubber Shoes”)
11 am - 1 pm: E. J. and Gladys at the authors' signing tables
            11:30 - 12 pm : E. J.'s stage time
            12:30 - 1 pm: Gladys's stage time

Young Adult authors
Marlene Perez (author of the “Dead Is…” series) and Melissa Buell (author of “The Tales of Gymandrol” series)
1 pm - 3 pm: Marlene and Melissa at the authors' signing tables
           1:30 - 2 pm: Marlene's stage time
           2:30 - 3 pm: Melissa's stage time

*Barnes and Noble will be there selling books and the authors will be signing them!* 

There will also be a PBS Mobile Lab, Dream Shapers, Lakeshore - Bookmark Activity, ELP Books - Literacy Activities, Read Conmigo  -Literacy Activities, RIF SoCal- Read with an Adult, OC Read, OC Public Libraries: Paws to Read activities, and much more!

Last year, there were drawings for wonderful prizes, including books, gift certificates, and games. I anticipate the same thing happening this year. :-)  I hope to see many book lovers there!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Upcoming Event: Young Authors' Faire 2014

I'm happy to say that I'll be at the OC Dept of Education Young Authors' Faire again this year!

Where: La Habra Library, La Habra, CA
When: Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 11:00-3:00 p.m.
Who: Local authors and students will be there!

Barnes and Noble will be there selling books, authors will be talking about writing, students will be presenting their work. This celebration of the writing efforts of K-12 students in Orange County Schools will feature performers, authors, games, prizes and more. This event is free of charge.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Goal Setting for 2014...and Beyond!

 I really like lists. I have many, many lists in my home. Daily "To Do" lists, grocery lists, crafts to make list, birthday party ideas list, etc. etc. As I was thinking about what I want to accomplish this year, I wanted to make a list. Why? A list is something you can see, touch, cross off! Just having a jumble of ideas in my head is not good.

I found this excellent post about "Personal Goal Setting." I like this idea of "SMART Goals."

-S - Specific (or Measurable)
-M – Measurable (or Meaningful).
-A – Attainable (or Action-Oriented).
-R – Relevant (or Rewarding).
-T – Time-bound (or Trackable).

Ideas for goal setting!

NO - "I want to write a book in my lifetime." 
YES - "I will start writing a mystery novel this year and have the first draft complete by December 31." 

NO - "I want to travel." 
YES - "I will fly to Paris for my birthday next year."

NO - "I will write 100,000 this month!"
YES - "I will write 500 words a day." or "I will write 1,000 words this week."

NO - "I will save money for my trip."
YES - "I will set aside $100 each pay period for my travel fund."

NO - "I will lose 50 pounds in two months!"
YES - "I will eat more vegetables and less fries and soda. I will walk a mile each day. By eating healthier and moving more, I will likely lose weight soon."

NO - "I will write the Great American Novel in my first draft!"
YES - "I will write an interesting book and keep revising it until it is fit to be seen by others."

NO - "I will be on the NY Times Bestseller List for a year straight."
YES - "I will go to local bookstores and book festivals. I will meet readers and encourage others to write."

NO - "I will quit my job and write 12 hours a day!"
YES - "I will write one hour before work each day." "I will write one hour each evening at Starbucks after my kids go to bed."

NO - "I will train all day for the marathon next month!"
YES - "I will start walking a mile a day. I will start walking two miles a day next month. I will enter that 5K race in 6 months and finish in less than 30 minutes."

 By being precise, you can reach those attainable goals. Think about what we tell our kids. We don't just say, "Be nice." "Be safe." "Do your homework." "Clean your room."
We tell them, "Make friends by asking someone on the playground to play with you today." "Wear your helmet while riding your scooter." "Finish your 2 math pages and then read for 15 minutes." "Pick up your dirty clothes and make your bed."

We give our kids specific tasks and we expect them to accomplish them. Why not do that for ourselves? It might seem simplistic but if it helps you get the ball rolling, then do it! :-)

What are your:
Life goals?
Writing goals?
Travel goals?
Health goals?
Hobby goals?

Start BIG. You want to go to Europe during your lifetime! Who will go with you? How long will you be there for? How much will it cost? If it will cost $5,000, start calculating how long it will take to save up that money. If it takes 10 years, then put those small goals into place. Saving money each month, building a travel itinerary, etc. Work toward your goal and by the time you get there, it will be totally worth it. :-)

I'll leave you with some inspirational quotes!

"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream."
C. S. Lewis

"My philosophy of life is that if we make up our mind what we are going to make of our lives, then work hard toward that goal, we never lose - somehow we win out."
Ronald Reagan

"People with clear, written goals, accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine."
Brian Tracy


A useful way of making goals more powerful is to use the SMART mnemonic. While there are plenty of variants (some of which we've included in parenthesis), SMART usually stands for:
  • S – Specific (or Significant).
  • M – Measurable (or Meaningful).
  • A – Attainable (or Action-Oriented).
  • R – Relevant (or Rewarding).
  • T – Time-bound (or Trackable).
- See more at:


A useful way of making goals more powerful is to use the SMART mnemonic. While there are plenty of variants (some of which we've included in parenthesis), SMART usually stands for:
  • S – Specific (or Significant).
  • M – Measurable (or Meaningful).
  • A – Attainable (or Action-Oriented).
  • R – Relevant (or Rewarding).
  • T – Time-bound (or Trackable).
- See more at:


A useful way of making goals more powerful is to use the SMART mnemonic. While there are plenty of variants (some of which we've included in parenthesis), SMART usually stands for:
  • S – Specific (or Significant).
  • M – Measurable (or Meaningful).
  • A – Attainable (or Action-Oriented).
  • R – Relevant (or Rewarding).
  • T – Time-bound (or Trackable).
- See more at: