Reaching Your Goals! Now What Do You Do?

reaching goals

Whether you are graduating from college like my daughter Britta is doing in a couple of weeks (Go Britta!)….or climbing Mt. Everest…or writing a book (more on that in a minute)…or whatever, there are always going to be milestone’s in our lives that deserve to be savored and celebrated!  I personally find myself in such a place right now…and as exciting as it is…it has definitely caused me to do some serious reflecting on the whole experience.

What exactly do you do when you find yourself crossing something REALLY BIG off your life’s “To Do” list?

publishers weekly

If you happen to subscribe to the publication called Publisher’s Weekly, you will already know this next bit of news I’m going to share….but since I’m fairly certain no one reading this post is a subscriber (except maybe my “literary agent” Steve Troha…Hi Steve!)…I hope you won’t mind if I go ahead and toot my own horn for a minute.

Yesterday in Publishers Weekly, there was a short paragraph announcing the fact that Putnam Books, part of the Penguin Group of publishers, will be publishing a book based on my blog, One Good Thing By Jillee! How crazy is that!?!? In MY book (haha) it’s C R A Z Y!

The last couple of months have been SO crazy, I could probably write a BOOK about the book that is now officially in the works….but I will spare you all that and do my best Reader’s Digest version.

book button

For quite awhile now I have been getting requests from readers of this blog to put together a One Good Thing By Jillee book (thus the button on the top of the website!). We were actually quite far along in the process of self-publishing a book (some of you may remember us talking about it coming out this Mother’s Day) but then things took a bit of a dramatic turn.

Due to a series of fortunate events, my business partner Scott and I were introduced to Steve Troha, a literary agent in New York. One thing led to another and pretty soon I was spending every spare moment writing a book outline to present to book publishers.

new york city

Two weeks ago today I landed in New York City for a whirlwind week of meetings where Steve dragged Scott and I around to sky rise after sky rise and conference room after conference room where we met with some of the most incredibly nice and talented people in the book publishing world. It was definitely one of the most surreal weeks of my life.

LAST Tuesday I found myself in the unbelievable position of having to consider several offers and choose just one. Nice problem to have huh? We chose to go with Putnam and the deal was made official yesterday when it was published in Publishers Weekly!

penguin group

Here is the official announcement as it was printed:

A Good Thing for Putnam

Kerri Kolen at G.P. Putnam’s Sons bought world rights for a book by Jill Nystul, based on her blog, Steve Troha of Folio Literary Management did the deal, and Putnam has set hardcover publication for Mother’s Day 2014, with the paperback to follow from Berkley. In One Good Thing, Nystul will provide readers with more of the tips and projects for each day that have made her blog so popular, while also telling the story of how she came to focus on one good thing per day, in order to overcome a failing marriage, postpartum depression, and alcoholism.

One of the strangest things about all of this is that writing a book about my “story” was always something I thought I would do “someday”. But you know how that goes….”someday” is always out there….somewhere….someday. Not TODAY! But I guess my “someday” is TODAY! Ready or not! :-)

So to wrap this whole thing up….what DO we do when we reach that “someday” that we thought would probably never actually arrive?

I found an article about this subject at Better Life Coaching Blog and I’m going to borrow the four “things” suggested and add my own comments:

reaching goals

Enjoy the view

I admit I am struggling with this one! Instead of taking time to just stop and really SAVOR the moment…my mind is on to the next thing I have to worry about! WRITING the book for one thing! Just a minor detail. :-)  But still, I really do need to take some time to enjoy and celebrate this achievement! I promise to try at least. :-)


reaching goals

Learn from the experience

This one is much easier for me. I can’t believe how much I have learned about the world of books and book publishing through this whole experience. Not to mention the last two years creating and sharing this blog with all of you. Some of my life’s most meaningful learning and growing has been done since One Good Thing By Jillee was born. And it is my heart’s desire to share some of that in a meaningful way through this book.


reaching goals

Thank those who have helped you along the way

Another easy one…..THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! To each and every one of you reading this right now, I want you to know how grateful I am for the part you have played in my life, my story, my journey. Without each and every one of you, none of this would be happening.

I could go on and on and on here…but now is not the time or place. Suffice it to say I am very blessed with wonderful people in my life who I am more grateful to than words can express.


reaching goals

Look to greater heights

OK…not so easy. Actually, this one scares me to death. How do I look to higher heights than the heights I never even imagined I’d attain!? But at the same time, I’ve never been one to sit still for very long and I can foresee a time when all of this awesomeness has finally sunk in and I will start looking for new challenges. I was just born that way. :-)


Thank you for letting me use today’s “One Good Thing” to share with you my big news! And thank you AGAIN for joining me on this journey!

More Good Things to come! We’re just getting started! :-)


I would love it if you would share YOUR “reached goals” and how you savored the moment!

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  1. Debbie says

    So happy for you Jillee! I started following your site about a year ago and have enjoyed every minute. I’ve learned so much from you! I’ve also shared about your blog with my daughters and friends. I pray this will be a wonderful new adventure for you and your family!

  2. Deepa says

    I have been an avid reader of your blog for about 6 months now and I’m not the commenting kind. However, this post is special! You give and share so much of yourself on your blog EVERY day. Your commitment to getting a unique post done everyday is totally amazing. I cant wait to read your book and I know it will be a worldwide sensation! Congratulations!

  3. Emma says

    Congratulations Jillee, that is wonderful news and I am so happy for you. Can hardly wait to read your book.

  4. says

    Fabulous news! You are one lucky author and have worked hard to earn it. Best wishes with the writing. The Gracious Posse enjoys your daily inspiration.

  5. says

    Well, how wonderful is that! Congratulations! I stumbled across your blog awhile back ago and have continued to read it daily. You’ve saved me energy, time and money thank you so very much . I want to. invite you to my church Landmark Apostolic in Phoenix, Arizona!! When your in phx stop in and I will personally greet you with a warm hug and a big thanks. My recent achievements have been:Finishing another homeschooling year. Its tough with two kids in school and one not quite old enough for school yet. But we reached our goal this year. Our next goal was to write a few short Childrens books. So,once again you have motivated me. Thanks! Happy book writing! I can’t wait to buy your book! I’m sure Alot of us are excited! Blessings to you from my family. ~The Lopez family:)

  6. Cameron says

    I am so proud of you Aunt Jill. You are an inspiration to so many of us! You deserve all of this and more! Love you!