Grammar Tip: What is a Gerund?

I am so glad you asked! šŸ™‚ This funny sounding word has a simple explanation.

Grammar Tip: What is a Gerund?

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A gerund is a verb form with the “ing” added to it and functions as a noun. Many times (but not always), a gerund is preceded by a possessive noun or a possessive pronoun.

Some Examples:

Reading is Janice’s favorite hobby. (Reading is the gerund and is used as a noun/subject of this sentence.)

I like writing. (Writing is the gerund and is used as a noun/direct object of this sentence.)

Jackie is afraid of falling down the stairs. (Falling is the gerund and used as a noun/object of the preposition “of” in this sentence.)

Andrew is a huge fan of my cooking. (Cooking is the gerund and used as a noun/object of the preposition “of” in this sentence. It is also preceded by the possessive pronoun “my.”)

That’s all!

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My Word for 2017

If you have read my blog for a while, you know that, in addition to creating goals each year, I also determine my three focus words for each year. My words for 2016 were authentic, focus and mercy.

My Word for 2017

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For 2017, I have decided to do things a little differently and focus on just one word:

Courage

2017 is going to be a year of getting out of my comfort zone. It is going to be a year of growth and movement and stretching for me. I don’t know exactly what this will look like in the coming year but I am excited about the possibilities (and a little nervous)!

How about you? Do you come up with a focus word each year? Are you starting the practice for the first time? What are your words? Do share in the comments!

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Why I am Not Making Yearly Goals Anymore (And What I am Doing Instead)

Happy New Year! I had a wonderful couple of weeks of rest, family time and extra writing time! How about you? How was your Christmas and New Year’s? Good, I hope. Now, I am all geared up and ready to get going again with lots of projects and working on my goals. However, I’m not making goals this year and here’s why:

Several years ago, I switched from making “resolutions” to making “goals.” It was more of a mindset and perspective but it made a difference for me. I made those goals specific and measurable and I made great strides in accomplishing my goals.

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Image by condesign (2014) via Pixabay, CCO Public Domain

Nevertheless, I sometimes got overwhelmed looking at the whole year and everything I want to do. (Anyone else?) Last year in 2016, especially, was a challenge for me. I struggled physically, emotionally, and felt like failure when I feel behind in my goals/plans. Some goals, like the making videos, were dropped altogether.Ā  By October, I knew I needed to make a change but felt stuck or trapped.

That is why I decided to stop making yearly goals, and instead, I am made an outline. As writers, we often read or hear about the importance of using outlines to guide us in our writing endeavors. Thus, I sat down and wrote a broad outline of the goals I want to accomplish for 2017 and as the year progresses, I will fill in the gaps monthly and quarterly.

For example: My over-reaching goal for 2017 is to grow my authorpreneur business here at Carolda.com. One way I want to do this is by writing books and creating training programs. However, instead of focusing on the whole year and declaring that “I will write one book a week” and/or that “I will create 6 training programs this year;” I am going to break my goals down even further.

How does this look like?

Using the writing goal, IĀ  made an outline of how many books I want to write each month for January, February, and March. Then, before the beginning of each month, I will fill in the outline with the details for the first book I want to write. Then, at the end of each quarter I will re-evaluate and see if my goal is realistic or needs tweaking.

For January, I want to create a planner and one short grammar guide. Thus, I took some time during the week between Christmas and New Year’s to fill in the blanks: Creating a working title, scheduling writing time, and outlining the book itself.

I am really excited about this plan and I can’t wait to see what the New Year will bring. I am ready to take better control and be more intentional with my life and business! How about you? What are your plans for the New Year? What are you doing to take control and make 2017 your best year yet? Do share!

P.S. I won’t bug you will posts every month and/or quarterly with updates, so don’t worry. šŸ™‚

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