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Reflecting on Sweepstakes Resolutions

Reflections

Since the end of the year is approaching, I looked back to my January post “Sweeping Resolutions” to see what I have accomplished and what I still have left to get done.  In that post, I had set out four sweepstakes items I wanted to accomplish before the close of 2017.

The first was to schedule monthly meetings of the Boise Sweepstakes Club.  I already had a dedicated Facebook page for the club where I post local and regional sweepstakes.  But I wanted to build a community in my town around sweepstaking where we could meet every month to talk sweeping, support each other, enter sweepstakes together, and make the hobby even more fun and social!  So, in July I started a page on meetup.com for Boise Sweepstakes Club, and in just 3 months we have 15 members.  This does not count all the folks who like and follow Boise Sweepstakes Club on Facebook.

My second resolution was to enter even more sweepstakes.  To help achieve this goal, I decided to attend the National Sweepstakes Convention this year. It was held on a cruise and introduced me to many more resources for sweepstaking.  You can read a bit about the convention and the entire adventure on my other blog here. I am utilizing a lot more online sweepstaking information sites than I was before the convention, which has allowed me to find more sweepstakes to enter.

Next on my resolutions list was to reapply to teach a sweepstaking class through my city’s community education program.  You may remember that the first time I applied to teach the course, my idea was turned down.  However, I am happy to report that I was selected to teach the class earlier this month, and the class, entitled Sweepstaking: Fun & Free, was held October 9. Six people registered for the course, but only three showed up for the class.  I still had a lot of fun teaching it, and my students seemed excited to learn.  I am awaiting feedback, and to hear whether I can teach this course again in the future.

My final sweepstaking resolution for 2017 was to write a memoir centered around my years doing this hobby.  It is the only resolution I have not taken steps toward, so to ensure I would push myself to complete it before the end of the year, I signed up for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).  A memoir is not a novel, however, if you write in the nonfiction genre they simply call you a “rebel” but you can still participate via their free website for writing support. The idea of NaNoWriMo is to write a 50,000 word book in just the 30 days of November.  It is not meant to be a publishable piece at the end of one month.  It is more to encourage you to get a draft down.  You can edit it later after the month is over.  As of right now, I am registered at the NaNoWriMo site with a working title for my memoir, a brief synopsis, and my husband is working on creating a book cover for me.  If I do complete my 50,000 words in 30 days, I’m considered a “winner” – and I love that word!

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Sweepstakes Resolutions

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While 2016 was my best sweepstaking year yet, I’m still not sorry it’s over.  During the year I was diagnosed with melanoma, but it was successfully removed.  In fact, tomorrow is my first three month check up since the surgery.  Last year I also submitted a proposal to teach a class on sweepstaking for community education, but it was denied.  So I have some strong resolve for 2017 to accomplish the following:

  • Schedule monthly meetings of the Boise Sweepstakes Club. If you live in Idaho and want to check us out see our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/boisesweepstakesclub
  • Enter even more sweepstakes
  • Reapply to teach my sweepstaking class, and if my proposal is still rejected then hold a free public class at the library
  • Last year I was rattling around some thoughts on writing a sweepstakes memoir. I hope for 2017 that I will finally put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and get it done!

How did 2016 turn out for you?  Do you have any new sweepstakes resolutions for 2017?  Please let me know in the comments.  Hopefully we can help keep each other motivated this year!

Sweeping Resolutions

This year I have made five very specific resolutions in regards to my sweepstakes hobby.

  1. I have decided to re-brand myself as America’s Sweepheart. I think it is fun to have a playful nickname while working toward my 2016 goals in sweeping.  I wanted something catchy that people would remember when they think of me, my blog, or my local sweepstakes Facebook page.

 

  1. I want to meet other sweepers and help people learn how to become a sweeper. To accomplish these goals simultaneously, I have applied to teach a class for beginning sweepers through my city’s Community Education program.  If my suggested program is chosen, I would begin teaching this spring.

 

  1. Win more trips. That may seem like an obvious resolution for a sweeper, but to present I have not been trying that hard to win a foreign trip because I did not have a passport.  But because I knew I was going to make foreign travel a 2016 resolution, I finally applied for a passport at the end of last year and received it in the mail this week.  Now to work toward this resolution, I am going to enter as many trip sweepstakes as possible!

 

  1. Write a sweepstakes memoir. Until now, I have been a fiction writer.  You may have read my novel The Debt Collectors: A Lucy Vaughn Mystery in which the main character is also a sweeper.  This year I want to branch out with some nonfiction, but as they say, it’s important to write what you know.  I figure I know my life pretty well, especially in regards to how sweeping has helped me through some difficult times.

 

  1. My final sweepstakes resolution is to build more readership for this blog. You can help!  If you know any fellow sweepers or aspiring sweepers, please refer them to the blog!

 

What are some of your resolutions for the 2016 sweeping year?  Do you have a wish list of the top items or experiences you would like to win this year?  How do you plan to make it happen?