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. 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:)

  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. 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!

  4. DeeDee in the Rockies says

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! I was so touched by this post, and I am so happy for you. You may not realize just how many people you HAVE helped. I have been following for just a few months, but I have made some wonderful changes, simply from reading your blog. I had a time in my life, when I had to ask God “Now what???”…. I spent many solitary days figuring out what I wanted to do that truly made me Happy.
    I realized that nothing could hold a candle to how it feels to help others, to give to others. That is what you have done. You’re a real blessing Jillee! Can’t wait for the book!

  5. says

    Congratulations Jillee!!! I can’t wait for the book to come out. I stumbled across your blog a few months back whle searching for a recipe for homemade body wash and have stuck around since then. One of the things I do daily is read your posts. My goal is to start a Travel Blog since I do a lot of traveling, and I want to share all my findings and knowledge with everyone…

  6. Jessica R says

    Huge congrats to you and your current achievement!! I’m a devoted fan (Facebook,twitter, and blog follower) and now I’m pumped to get a book in 2014! Great
    Mother’s Day gift too!! :)
    Keep up the great work and sense of humor!!

  7. LindaF says

    WOW & CONGRATS!!! It’s sad, but I haven’t set any real “goals” in quite some time! I counted things like rearing my children to self sufficiency (not so much MY goal, but theirs!). I have work projects that need goals for end dates, but they tend to be flexible. I do need to refocus myself… I can get SO much done, when I actually do set a goal. Not sure why I ever stopped?

  8. Kathee says

    I literally stumbled on your blog a few weeks ago ands am already addicted! Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful news today. I already had realized that you had the gift of inspiring others but now I feel like you have spoken directly to me.
    I cannot yet speak of reached goals, other than perhaps making it through the last several years. But I can tell you of my new goal and that is to FIND A PURPOSE IN LIFE!

    Thank you!!

  9. Paricia Lucado says

    24 years ago I to suffered from alcoholism. I cried out for help and my prayers were answered. It has been a wonderful journey. I have cried out for help several times and again my prayers were answered. So it is every morning I get up , have my cup of Joe and say thank you thank and continue throughout the day. I started reading your site this year and it inspires and uplifts me. Have shared a lot of articles. I also have a womens site, Women inspiring Women. It was divinely led just like everything else. So today I continue my journey and am so grateful to have read your story.Look forward to your post everyday

  10. Diana Sanner says

    Jillee I can hardly wait for this book. Finding your bog was a great moment in my life. I’m a great fan and can’t wait for the book. You have accomplished so much in your life if you just set back, blog and work on book2, that would be amazing. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!

  11. Heather says

    Jillee, that’s WONDERFUL news!!!! How exciting!! Congratulations on every single step of your journey and know that you have all of our support for every new step. This truly is so much like “family” blog. It’s not just about all the fantastic ideas about different ways to save money but it’s a lifestyle change, for the better, and that’s pretty great. I know for me personally coming here in the morning is something to look forward to. On a more personal note, I also have dealt with alcoholism, not with me, but my father (who was terribly vicous when he had a few under his belt). He’s been sober for 22 years (YAY DAD!) and now he’s the best dad on earth! Anywho (I’m getting longwinded- sorry) so again, congrats! And thanks for sharing your news with us!

  12. Deb says

    Jillee! There was never a doubt in my mind that you would one day have a book and that is ONE GOOD THING! Can’t wait to read it, and I guarantee it will become dog eared and written in quickly, as I have a file of my favorite One Good Things and they all have spots and splashes, notes and highlights covering them. Saturday is my time to do home made, and there is rarely a weekend that goes by that I haven’t once again pulled up your website to search for an article there, for instance, last weekend it was home made oil diffusers (after I finally remembered to purchase bamboo skewers!) Thanks for always being an inspiration, and do take time to bask in the glory of your achievements!

  13. Julie A says

    Congratulations on your book deal! I found your blog last year when I was looking for a “first thing in the morning” website to read as an antidote to the sensationalized news flashes coming across the screen on mainstream sites like CNN and The way the headlines are presented paints the world in such a negative light. Of course, I don’t discount that bad things happen, but for me it’s much more positive to start the day with your blog first. After reading what you’re up to, I feel refreshed and empowered. Thank you for being my primary “good news” source!

  14. Mary S says

    Congratulations on your book deal.I can’t wait to be able to buy my copy. I tell everybody I meet about your blog because it has saved me so much money and solved so many problems for me.I wrote your blog down for the cashier at Wal Mart’s yesterday. Hopefully that’s one more person who will be following your blog.Good luck and I’ll be praying that writing your book will be a easy project for you.

  15. Victoria H says

    That’s super great news. CONGRATULATIONS in a big way. Your post excite me, and adds a bit of adventure to my every day. Never sure what’s coming next. :) I’m sure your book will inspire and encourage others to do “good things.” I rise my cup to a life being well spent!

  16. Margo says

    Jillee, congratulations. I am blessed to see that what was meant for harm in your life was turned around for incredible good and helpfulness. Enjoy the ride. You are my go to girl. God bless this new chapter in your life.

  17. Nancy Carpenter says

    First I would like to thank-you for changing alot of wrong things in my life! Next I just want to shout out a huge CONGRADS!!!! to your daughter! I look forward to seeing you every day!

  18. Ashley says

    Congratulations! Such an exciting new endeavor! I can’t help but pass on your tips and tricks and tell people to check out your website! I love all of it! Thanks again and really do enjoy!!

  19. Diana Holm says

    Congratulations! I, as well as your daughter, will be graduating from college in just 1 week! It is still sinking in for me, it has been a difficult and trying road, but has flown by. What will I be doing after graduation, that is still in the works… I really have no idea. But I do know that one thing will be buying your new book once it is published!! I wish you and your daughter the best, hopefully she has a better grasp on what she is going to do next than I do.

  20. Mommy of three says

    congrats Jillee!! you deserve this! all your hard work and dedication into making this blog and making us look at everything differently has been an inspiration! :)
    does that now mean, you’ll blog about a topic and send us to read about it in your book? ;)lol!!

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