Posted in 2018, A Round of Words in 80 Days, A Round of Words in 80 Days 2018, Challenges and Contests, Life Writing, Round One, slices of life, The 12 Week Year, The 12 Week Year 2018, The 12 Week Year Two, Writers' Resources, writing, Writing in Freedom

Another Beginning:  ROW80 Round One/12 Week Year Two Goals

Happy 2018, everyone!

As has become the custom, I’m running later than I wanted to be. Life has been very busy of late, as I and my family learn to deal with the realities of terminal illness. The ROW80 “break” was filled, for me, with adjustments – moving furniture, accepting and adapting to Jim’s new limitations, taking on new responsibilities, and seeking joy amid sorrow.

I also spent some time thinking about my 2018 Round 1/ 12 Week Year Two goals. I was stumped, for a while, because so much is uncertain in my life, beyond that the changes will keep coming, and are likely to be disruptive.

I finally decided to create goals that are less specific than my usual. I’ve separated them by category, but also by Doing/Being.

I may not manage all, most, or any of these goals – but I have a need for a direction and goals of my own, even now…

On Wednesday, I’ll share my progress-to-date, as well as the Action Plan for Week One.

Blue with Overstrike: Goal Completed.

Green:  In Progress.

Black: Still Waiting.

Relationships, Family, and Home: 


  • Tend to family and home through cleaning, rearranging, homeschooling, and meeting needs.
  • Touch base with all family members weekly; facilitate what they need/want as I am able.


  • Gather and consider ideas on how to make our home a sweeter place.
  • Simply be with my beloveds, and enjoy the spaces we’re creating in our home and our lives.



  • Make and enact plans for business liquidation; family finances; and personal professional development as possible.
  • Evaluate family finances while Jim is still able; assure I can access all relevant accounts; secondary priority.
  • Devote one hour to personal professional development, five days weekly; tertiary priority.


  • Take time to feel my way and the needs of those around me; ask for and accept help as needed/offered.
  • Spend a few moments five days weekly organizing these ideas and available/potential resources into plans/actions, and honoring those who offered them.

Body, Mind, and Soul:


  • Get adequate exercise; stress relief; entertainment; nutrition; and rest.


  • Dedicate time to personal and interpersonal mind/body/soul practices.
  • Practice journaling and meditation at least five times weekly.
  • Take breaks/touch base with other family members as needed throughout the week. 


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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!

6 thoughts on “Another Beginning:  ROW80 Round One/12 Week Year Two Goals

    1. Thank you. It’s definitely an – interesting – place to be, with the present so precious, but the future looking different than I ever imagined. There’s sorrow in it, but also a strange kind of liberation.

      Thus far, there hasn’t been much writing, but I’ve decided to put my focus on the cleaning I feel compelled to do – to allow for the best possible now, and to begin the process of stepping into the next phase of life – the one where I am a widowed mom of two teens, then of two young adults….

      Thank you for your kind words. Taking care of myself first is still tricky for me, but I am finding that when the magnitude of everything that’s happening is too much, doing a little something for myself makes things better. Tonight, I’ve claimed one shelf of a built-in bookcase that was cluttered with my husband’s no-longer-wanted bits and pieces. It took me from an overwhelmed and frantic place too a peaceful one. I’m about to do the bottom shelf, too.

      I’ll be visiting a bit later, and look forward to meeting you in return!

      1. Shanjeniah, your story touches my heart. It sounds like you are doing what you have to do to get through a tough situation and still find peace for you and your family. Even if it’s just cleaning off a shelf, it can be very therapeutic.

  1. The idea of setting goals shouldn’t be a crop to force you somewhere, but a bright spark of inspiration and curiosity to draw you forward into a new future place. And sometimes the present has all the bright lights, busy and exciting you need, so the future just doesn’t seem to matter quite so much. It’s there, but it steps aside so you can deal with what’s directly in front of you.

    Peace and love… and a ready shoulder (or truck) when/if you need them. 😀

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