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First Blocks in the Foundation: #ROW80 October 4, 2017

The first update of every round comes quickly; but, this time, I feel like I’ve got more than random progress to report – and the update is a whole lot simpler than those I’ve done previously.

Why is that?

All right, I know I asked the question just to be able to answer it – but this might help more folks than just me, so here we go:

This round, my first with The 12-Week Year, involves not just setting goals, but creating weekly action plans that support and move me toward the completion of those plans. So, throughout the week, I need only schedule the action steps, then execute.

Of course, there’s a bit more to it than that…but I’m still working my way through the learning process – and this is as far as I’ve gotten, right now…I’m planning to move further along after I sleep, and, in a week or two, to have fine-tuned the entire process.

Until then, though – my first-ever 12 Week Year/ROW80 Update!

Week 1 Action Plan Progress:

  • Blue with Overstrike: Completed.

  • Green: In Progress.

  • Black: Not Yet Begun

  • Note: My final September update will be posted on Sunday, October 8.

Relationships, Family, and Home:

Complete two chapters Spellfire; one Stained. Weeks: 1-5

  • Spellfire: Chapter Four (1 /2 for the week) in progress; page 7/13 complete.

Complete five hometending rounds on porch; three in study; and one in bedroom. Weeks 1-3.

  • Bedroom round completed; top of cabinet; some clutter policed.

Facilitate Jeremiah’s driving practice twice weekly. Weeks 1-3.


DIY-MFA Pixels to Platform:

Complete Modules One/Two. Week 1.

SEO Course:

Get idea of dates for this course/set base schedule. Week 1

  • I now know when the course will launch, and have set my tentative schedule. 


Complete three hours of How to Revise Your Novel lessons, using “On Any Tuesday Night.” Weeks 1-12.

  • 1/3 hours completed; Lesson 5/22 in progress; Scene Card 21/21 in progress.


Complete Planning elements.Weeks 1-2.

OctPoWriMo 2017: 

Complete 7/31 poems. Week 1.

  • 3/7 poems completed for Week 1.

Chef Bluebeard:

Format UPC code labels; experiment with sticker paper: Week 1.

Create discount program and signage: Week 1.

Respond to L.S. and order more books. Week 1.

  • Contacted editor; once shipping price confirmed, will pay.

Create event calendar to avoid overbooking. Week 1.

Work events as needed. Weeks 1-12.

  • Worked Sunday/Monday markets.

Contact three venues and three stores for sales. Week 1.

  • Contacted 1/3 venues; already full.

Health, Fitness, and Spirituality:

Samsung Health:

Catch up 5K Week 3/Complete Week 4: Week 1

  • I made up the two workouts I missed last week due to having a cold.

Tai chi, yoga, reiki:

Tai chi: Attend class twice weekly; either Monday evening, or Tuesday and/or Thursday afternoons: Weeks 1-12.

  • Tai chi 1 /2 completed Tuesday.

Cook a vegetable based meal/snack.

  • Cook a vegetable based meal/snack on Wednesday: Weeks 1-2.

Personal Expression:

Purchase three new bras.

Buy bra at Lane Bryant/order 1 at ThirdLove. Week 1.

  • 1/3: Cacique bra purchased at Lane Bryant; now know my size for ThirdLove.

Assess jewelry; purchase new pieces as they speak to me.

  • Go through the jewelry I already have; save and/or discard as I choose. Week 1- 3.

Evaluate wardrobe as the season changes.

Purchase jeans at Lane Bryant, and running socks. Week 1.


Kait Nolan’s ROW80  –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

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I am myself. I own my life, and live with three other people who own theirs. My intention is to do only those things that bring me joy, and to give myself wholly to those things I do. Writing has been my passion throughout my life, and this will become the home for my writing life...because it brings me great joy!

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