Barbara Burgess

Hello, this is Barbara. Writer, Podcaster, Wellness Coach.

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My Workout Routine

Staying healthy as a writer is the same as staying fit as anything else.  You have to make a plan, establish some rules and habits, and stick to them.  Put on your big writer pants, and do your job.  Take care of your body so that you can keep writing FOREVER!

My plan is:

To work out five days a week, and write five days a week.

Have weekends off from my writing, the gym, and my pedometer while making an active lifestyle.

My rules are:

  • I have concentrated writing time five days a week between 2p and 4p with squat, sit-up, and push-up breaks every 20 minutes.
  • I work out for at least 20 minutes Monday through Friday.
  • I hit 10,000 steps a day every day.

I stick to these rules and this plan by:

  1. I make a gym appointment in my daily planner.
  2. If I miss my gym appointment, I have time scheduled in the evenings to make up what I missed.
  3. I have a Garmin step counter on my wrist and a pedometer on my phone.  If I don’t get my steps in, I’ll know and can make it during my “make up what I missed” time.
  4. I use the Writeometer app to track all of my projects.  I have the timer set for 20-minute writing bursts.  Every 20 minutes, I take a 10-minute break to do squats, push-ups, sit-ups or walk the dog.

My weekends are active by:

I currently teach a yoga class on Saturdays.  I can go kayaking or hiking.  Easy stuff.

This is how I do it, but that doesn’t mean that everything I do will work for you.  Perhaps, by seeing how I make it work, you can make your own plan of action and take control of your health while maintaining your creative output.

Good Luck + Happy Hunting

My Week in Workouts

Monday – 1 hour of yoga

Tuesday – day off due to allergy issues/double up on Wednesday

Wednesday – 3.85 mi hike on trail labeled difficult; 1 hour of yoga

Thursdays – light 20 minute hike/walk (some woods, some pavement)

Friday – 30 minutes of yoga

If you are also a #FitWriter, I would love to know about your fit life and your routine to stay healthy while writing.  You can leave a comment below and follow me on Instagram @hellothisisbarbara.

You can find my children’s books are available on Amazon Here:

Fernando Learns About Asking –

Fernando Learns About Helping –

An Eartha and Audi Story –

Follow my work with illustrator Duncan Ragsdale here:


Twitter | @hellothisisshe

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While I am wellness coach (yoga instructor, etc.), I am not a doctor.  So, typical disclaimer stuff:  Talk to your doctor before trying any new exercise regimen.  The advice I give here is an example of what works for me (the writer, Barbara Burgess), and may not be appropriate for you.  Once again, I am not telling you how to live your life.  Blah, blah, blah.  Full disclaimer here:


September Reading Wrap-Up


Turn Coat by Jim Butcher –

Changes by Jim Butcher –

Goliath by Tom Gauld –

Ghost Story by Jim Butcher

Cold Days by Jim Butcher –

Writing a Novel In Seven Days: A Hands-On Example by Dean Wesley Smith –

You can find my children’s books are available on Amazon Here:

Fernando Learns About Asking –

Fernando Learns About Helping –

An Eartha and Audi Story –

Follow my writer’s life blog where I discuss writing in all genres, staying healthy, word counts and more, here:


Twitter | @hellothisisshe

Instagram | @hellothisisbarbara

Facebook |

Website |

4th Quarter Goals

We are in the fourth quarter of 2017 which is basically New Years Eve to people like me.  

As it is October first, I will be solidifying my fourth goals, well, right now.

My 4th Quarter Writing Goals

  • Write the free gratitude short story for the WAMS newsletter
  • Write the free winter short story for the WAMS newsletter
  • Finish the first draft of untitled Sci-Fi project

Bonus Round for Writing Goals

  • Work on world building, character development, and detailed outline for Fantasy Novel (because all of this autumn weather makes me want to write about all of the camping, adventure, and battle)

My 4th Quarter Health/Wellness Goals

  • Meditate for 10 minutes daily
  • Run three times a week
  • Schedule a weekly hiking date with mom

Bonus Round for Health/Wellness Goals

  • Hit 10,000 step minimum daily three weeks out of each month and win tiramisu! (Can win tiramisu once a month!)

My 4th Quarter Community/Communication Goals

  • Create a New Years Resolution worksheet for wellness community
  • Draft and record four podcasts
  • Create four quick YouTube posts per month about read + writing life

Bonus Round for Community/Communication Goals

  • Hold “office hours” videos in private yoga group as well as on Facebook page

The Bonus Rounds are optional.  Therefore, they are not a priority.  I will not put them in my planner or on my to-do list in my bullet journal unless I have achieved or have scheduled all other goals.

I know this looks like a lot, and it would be a lot if I were just starting to do this goal setting thing.  All of these items are completely doable for me (barring any unforeseen circumstances).

Want to Start Goals Setting for Your Writing?

If you want to start goal setting for your writing, health, and community, then you need to pick one goal in each category for this quarter.  More than one goal will be overwhelming to you at first.

Steps to Start

Let’s use the example of writing goals:

  1. Make a list of all of your writing goals on a piece of paper.  Yes, paper.  Not iPad or computer.
  2. Put all of those goals in order of achieveablility.  Which goal can you complete first?
  3. Make the most achieveable goal your only goal in the writing category for this quarter.
  4. Complete that goal by December 31st, and win the goal setting game!  Easy + Simple.

Do this for the wellness category and community category.

The Three Category System

At the end of the day, these three categories are the most important for me to fill:  Writing, health/wellness, and community/communication.

Writing is my business and creative outlet.

Health/wellness is also my business and a pleasure for me.

Community/communication includes spending time with my family, interacting and contributing with my community.

Your categories may need to be different, but I recommend starting with these.

Now, go set your goals and get stuff done!

#FitWriter Friday

Here are the workouts that I’ve done this week away from my workspace

Saturday – 1 hour of yoga

Monday – 1 hour of yoga

Wednesday – 1 hour of yoga

Thursday – 1.10-mile run


It’s Banned Books Week!

Here is a video from one of my favorite BookTubers featuring some of the best banned books around!