YAB Bootcamp Team Vesuvius Pep Talk!!!

Hi guys,

Guess what, mountain climbing is HARD. And if you are like me, you've reached that point in the trail where the initial "Yay, we're going to climb a mountain!" has turned into "Ya know, I could really use a nap right now." (kayaking for 11 hours straight doesn't help)

But I've got these goals, and I've got this Amazing Team...and I would like to write this book please. And I realized I need a bit of a pep talk. And then I realized I'm the Captain and I should be giving the pep talk. *facepalm*

So this is your Captain speaking. And this is your PEP TALK! *prepare yourselves* (I recommend safety goggles. Not just for the pep talk, they're just super handy in general) Okay, everyone ready?

We're doing a 3 Month Bootcamp. 3 Months. So you got a little behind last week, or the week before that (or both). So What?! You've got 3 months to make progress. That's a whole lot of days to get up again and go, "I think I'm going to write some actual words today. And they might be brilliant and they might be crap, but I will never ever know if I don't actually WRITE THEM!"

Writer: "I am going to try to make time to write."


Do. Or do not. There is no try

Also, you should have a strategy. No one wakes up on a Saturday afternoon and decides to climb Everest. If those big goals are looking about as attainable as that mountain summit, break them down into doable goals. i.e. "I am going to write for 30 minutes each day." Doable. You can watch 30 minutes of television without batting an eye...sooooo. Break things into bite size pieces. And for every bite size goal you accomplish- Reward yourself. Tick off a check box. Give yourself a bite size snickers. Whatever works for you. Whatever you can do to translate, "I want to write" into Actual Words. (Or edits, or plotting, or whatever you're goals for this thing are)

Also the following items have been requested by various members on the Team:

  • Chocolate
  • Elves
  • Elves that look like Orlando Bloom
  • Personal Orlando Bloom's for everyone
  • Cupcakes
  • Italians
  • More cherry Popsicles
  • More Italians
  • Personal masseuse/maid/babysitter
  • Batman

I have managed to secure everything requested from Basecamp and will be airlifting all requested supplies/reinforcements to your next rendezvous point.

This is your Captain's way of saying "I've got your back!" *corrals all the Orlando Blooms into the helicopter* *loads 16 industrial crates of premier chocolate bars* *hits Batman with another tranq dart* *motions heli pilot that we're good for take off*


  1. And we have your back!!! So pep yourself up and make with the words!!!! Love you!

    1. Awww...Have I Ever Told You That You're My Hero?! No? Well, I'm humming it now...so that makes it official. ;) I love you too!

  2. Bite size goals = bite size candy treats. The universe all makes sense to me now. *cue fireworks* Thank you for the shipment of Orlando(s) and thank you for the pep talk! :)

    1. The Universe *does* make a lot more sense with bite size candy treats. And you're welcome for the Orlando(s). Any time. ;)