New Year, New Goals!

Planners and Journals, Oh My!

My favourite part of a new year is new notebooks, journals, and planners. Love, love, love me some crisp, clean pages to write in. And one of my goals for this year is to keep better track of thoughts, reviews, writing time, etc. I like the idea of having a paper trail of my thoughts that I can look back on.

I feel like I need more than one notebook to record the different things I want to track, without it becoming too complicated.

First of all, I need a calendar to keep track of appointments for myself and all things family related. This one is put out by a company called Fringe that I bought at Winners for $15. I bought the least complex one I could find that was still visually appealing to me.

2019 Calendar of Choice

Next is my bullet journal, although what I do probably isn’t considered bullet journaling, per se. This is where I doodle, jot down random things, make to-do lists, etc. Most recently, I wrote down a couple of podcast recommendations: Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History and The Guilty Feminist. For this I love the Leuchtturn journals and I always go for the ones with the dotted lines versus the blank pages or lined ones.

I was lucky enough (my people know me well) to receive two journals for Christmas and I’ve found a lovely use for both of them. I wanted to give each one a specific purpose. The one with the cover quote Nevertheless She Persisted is dedicated to keeping track of my writing progress. Which, eeps, is something I’ve never done before! The other journal I have earmarked for reviews of books, plays, movies, concerts, Netflix series, etc. I’ve wanted to do this for a long time and this year is the year I start.

So, that’s my plan!

Who else loves journals, calendars and notebooks?

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It’s a New Year!

********* Brandy L. ***********

Holiday Winner Week Four is…

All I need is your email address and I can send that on to you!

My Top Three Books of 2018!

Until next time…

What was your favourite book of 2018?

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Karyn’s Giveaway Week Four

Holiday Winner Week Three is…

******** Annette ********

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Holiday Giveaway Week 4 ($25 Gift Card to Amazon) Karyn Good Romantic Suspense Author

We are heading into the home stretch and I hope everyone is ready, or almost ready, for the holidays. I hope you spare a minute from your busy schedule to tell me about your favourite tradition? If you don’t do the holidays, you can let me know about any tradition you hold dear. I want to hear about them, too!

I will draw a winner on December 31st! 

Our Christmas Traditions:

  • Books! We all receive a book on Christmas Eve! I love picking out books for my kids, especially now that they are older, as in they are adults, and definitely have their own opinions about things. I love hearing whether they enjoyed the book I picked for them, or didn’t enjoy it. 
  • Lights! I love hopping in the car and going on a light tour. We get into a pyjamas, sip hot chocolate and take a tour of the lights. 
  • Games! I try and find a new game every year. This year it was a trivia game for my husband and I to play together. Last year it was the pie in the face game. My daughter wants to play that one again!
  • Getting together with family and sharing a special meal. I do love turkey and all the trimmings. And, of course, the people. It’s not all about the food. Really, it’s not! Although, I do love mashed potatoes and gravy! 

Until next time…

Tell me a favourited tradition! 

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Karyn’s Holiday Giveaway Week Three

Holiday Winner Week Two is

*********JudyE********

HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY WEEK THREE

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Head on over to my Karyn Good Facebook page for a chance to win this week’s giveaway and like the giveaway post to be entered to win. This prize pack contains an adorable calendar featuring hardworking police dogs and their handlers; a candle that smells like chocolate; some actual chocolate; and an adorable button.

Buttons make me think of collections. I don’t have a lot of collections besides the obvious which would be books, but I do consider my Christmas tree ornaments a collection of sorts. One of my favourite things to do at Christmas is decorate the tree. Once I’m done I can sit beside it at night, and remember where I found them, or why I thought they were special.

Karyn Good

Until next time…

You can also share your favourite Christmas ornament or figurine here to be entered to win!

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Contest Winner Announcement!

And the winner is…

****Linda****

Linda, please contact me. Contact information found here! I need your email address so I can send your gift certificate to you.


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Karyn’s Holiday Giveaway Week One

Welcome to Week 1 of My Four Weeks of Holiday Giveaways!

Thank you to those who entered!

The Winner Is – Brea!

Karyn Good Giveaway

It’s already very Christmasy out there! And busy! If you’re like me, you don’t relish venturing out to malls and such. I love giving gifts! I don’t want to sound all grinchy! But I would be less than honest if I said I enjoyed shopping, especially this time of year. This time of year generally has me feeling anxious, overwhelmed, and overthinking.

Some suggestions for de-stressing!

  1. Take a sniff of citrus! Apparently, smelling a lemon boosts feelings of well-being.
  2. Experiment! Ditch some old traditions and adopt new ones. You don’t have to do the same thing every year.
  3. Spend less time on social media! Theodore Roosevelt is right – Comparison is the thief of joy.
  4. More sex! Orgasms increase endorphins.
  5. Just say no! It’s okay to say no to holiday parties by saying you already have plans. Staying in with a book and a cup of tea is a plan, after all.

In the comment section below, tell me your favourite way to relax at home during the holiday season for a chance to win a prize pack containing a candle, a calendar, and chocolates! All very Canadian, especially the calendar with its adorable pictures of Vancouver City Police Dogs, which also supports a couple of great causes.

*Don’t forget to leave your email address so I know how to contact you if you win.*

Until then…

Or until next week! Good luck!

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November Blahs and a Giveaway!

 

November is not my favourite time of year. I find it’s generally a transition month. That nowhere month when it’s technically still fall, but it sure doesn’t feel like it. There is snow on the ground, a decided chill in the air and it feels like winter. That time between Thanksgiving and Christmas, at least here in the middle of the Canadian prairies, where you’re busy digging out the winter coats, boats and snow shovels, and trying to acclimatize.

So, let’s brighten things up a bit! Where do you like to go for a quick getaway? Someplace far or near, you retreat to when you need a change of scenery? Staycation or vacation, tell us your spot to unwind and be entered in a chance to win a $25.00 Amazon gift card!

 Also, starting Tuesdays at the end of November I’ll be giving away a prize pack each week for four weeks to celebrate the holidays! Likewise, good things coming to Newsletter subscribers in December, so sign up and join in the fun!

Until then…

Be sure to enter to win!

 

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Hello November!

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***Congratulations to Jeanne – Winner of my October Blog Contest!***

***Congratulations to Erika – Winner of my October Newsletter Contest!***

I’m busy researching heritage homes and looking for inspiration for a fictional bed and breakfast for a story proposal I’m developing. My fictitious B&B is set in a small town in the Cypress Hills of my home province of Saskatchewan. I’ve found some stunning examples! Like the ones on this list. Or the best inns that Alberta has to offer. And some places in Saskatchewan.Then there’s Nora Roberts’ Inn Boons Boro on the Square and since she’s a favourite author of mine I’d love to go and stay a night or two in the Elizabeth and Darcy room! There are some absolutely amazing homes out there and I have to admit I fell down a bit of a research rabbit hole, but I’ve settled on a Queen Anne two-a-half storey brick mansion, called Darcy House.

Once upon a time we treated ourselves to was a couple of nights at the Trout Point Lodge in Nova Scotia. It was so unique and you felt like you’d entered another time and place as it’s in the interior of Nova Scotia in a very secluded and wooded area, away from the coastline. It was delightfully rustic and completely modern, as well as being a foodie’s dream.

An architectural masterpiece made from giant Eastern Spruce logs featuring full scribe notch and dovetail joinery, chiseled granite and sandstone, Trout Point’s main lodge celebrates the Great Camps erected along the U.S. & Canadian Eastern Seaboard in the early 20th century. This three-story structure houses guest facilities, the Great Room, mezzanine library, dining rooms, kitchen, two bars, and recreational facilities on the banks of two wilderness rivers. Replete with mica and Tiffany lamps, oriental rugs, handmade log & twig furniture, and extensive indoor and outdoor public areas, Trout Point is the ideal nature retreat.

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Until next time…

Have you ever stayed in a cute little bed and breakfast or a lovely boutique hotel? What was your favourite thing about it? Inquiring minds want to know…

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Taking The Time To Relax and Rejuvenate

Relax * Restore * Refresh * Rejuvenate * Revive

www.karyngood.com I’m not sure why it can be such a challenge to take time for myself but, as the quote suggests, it’s necessary. I read an article recently that contained a bevy of suggestions like making sure to take 2 to 3 days off each week. It also suggested eating lunch out with a friend each week, as well as a weekly spa treatment. You were also encouraged to leave work early sometimes, arrive late once in a while, and a host of other impractical suggestions. I don’t know about you, but those aren’t options for me, for a variety of reasons. I need solutions that are practical.

Real estate agents suggest baking cookies or bread (for those more talented then me, obviously) before house showings. That’s because our sense of smell is linked to memory and those lucky enough to have a grandma, parent, or a knew a loved one that baked can relate to the comfy memories it encourages. Smell can also trigger emotion: attraction, danger, relaxation, comfort. When my husband wears aftershave I’m a goner. And it comes as no surprise that certain smells make us happy. I ‘m willing to bet most of us love a soothing scented bath. When we get a sniff of a scent that has a positive effect on our minds, it lifts our mood. So, bring on the candles, potpourri, and oil diffusers.

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I’m one of those people that love perfume, but so many places are fragrance free I don’t wear it often. So at home, I’ve become an essential oil junkie! Rollers, creams, aroma blends and, of course, individual oils. A favourite for my office is a blend of grapefruit and bergamot called Rejuvenating. Another is a combination of grapefruit and rosemary called Focus. There’s something about the scent of grapefruit that’s fresh and tangy and it makes me think of mornings and getting ready to be productive. I have a Night Time blend that combines lavender and chamomile, perfect for bedtime and for reducing anxiety and stress.

I’ve also started creating my own blends. One of which is 5 or 6 drops of peppermint and a couple drops each of tea tree and eucalyptus for a crisp, outdoor scent. As we head into winter, I’m looking to create something that reminds me of the beach, the waves, and the ocean. If you don’t have a diffuser close at hand, why not try some making something on your stove top. The following chilly weather recipe might just do the trick and offer some comfort on a blustery day or evening.

Stove Top Potpourri

  • 3 apple peels
  • 2 orange peels
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/8 tsp cloves

Until next time…

Are you a scent person? Pumpkin Pie, fresh cut grass, ocean breezes? What does it for you?

“We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise, we harden.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Remakes and Reboots!

It’s Happening…

Going to see A Star Is Born tonight! Can’t wait to see this one.

I was a huge fan of the last version!

I think the last remake I saw was True Grit, which I enjoyed. I’m a big fan of the Lethal Weapon reboot, but with all the cast changes who knows what will happen to it. I’m still out as to whether I’ll continue to watch Magnum PI. I’m really curious about Jack Ryan but alas we don’t have Amazon Prime. There’s a Broadway adaptation of To Kill A Mockingbird in the works with Jeff Daniels as Atticus Finch. Sounds promising as the script is written by Aaron Sorkin.

Contest announcement HERE!

Until next time…

Is there a reboot or remake you’ve enjoyed watching or are waiting to see?

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