Rachel Rittenhouse

Christian fiction for ladies young and old

Summertime To-Do List

June 16th, 2016

Summertime To-Do List!Summer is one of my favorite times of year! I love being able to enjoy the sun, spend time with family and friends, and have a break from school! Though I’m intending to work a lot this summer, it is always a good idea to plan out some fun activities to squeeze in before it is suddenly the start-up of another school year.



Here are some things on my “summertime to-do”:

  • Day at the Beach ~ or multiple days! Can a person ever really spend too much time at the beach??


  • Fireworks ~ Summer isn’t complete without watching a firework show or two!


  • Bonfire and S’Mores ~ games, firepit, and s’mores are a must in my book. There is nothing like sitting around a bonfire with your friends!


  • Shadow boxes  ~ And since summer can’t be all outside, one must spend some time doing arts-n-crafts! I’ve always wanted to make a shadow box for each of my books, and with 5 already published, I’ve better get on it!


  • Write a book! ~ Because who else wouldn’t want to write a book one summer? 🙂 I already started tackling my newest one, so with my accountability out there now, *fingers crossed* the first draft (however messy) will be done before September!!


So what’s on YOUR summertime to-do list? Share below in the comments!!

Rachel Recommends – Tip #3

June 2nd, 2016

2It’s time for Rachel Recommends – Tip #3: “Post your plan where you can see it daily.”

Writing can be discouraging. It takes time. It takes energy. And it takes being creative.

I am very much a list-oriented person. I love to have daily plans to remind myself what I need to accomplish to complete a certain goal. 

When you know what you need to do, even when your list seems long, you can rest easier knowing that you don’t have to stress over what you think you may need to do.

This helps you determine what your priorities are so you can be sure that you get everything done in a timely manner.

All that to say — I have two different tools that help remind me of my goals as a writer and also my daily plans.

A daily planner and a whiteboard. 

WP_20160229_16_54_27_ProMy daily planner is something that I can keep track of my long term and short term plans. I can write in monthly tasks and also zone in on what I want to do each day/week.

My whiteboard helps me stay on track daily. Usually the night before, I will write out the different things that I want to complete that day.

Or if I need some encouragement, I will write down goals for myself to help motivate me.


from A Student’s Guide: 10 Easy Steps to Writing & Publishing



Where do you keep track of your plans? Do you enjoy making lists? 

Rachel Rittenhouse

Christian fiction for ladies young and old