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Taking Steps: #ROW80 /#12WeekYear Midweek 5

Hi there, ROWers and friends!

As January draws to  a close, I’m finally making headway  with the administrative details relating to Jim’s death. I expect I’ll be working through the process for most of February, as well – and maybe beyond. My approach is to handle a bit at a time – one or two focuses a week.

When February dawns tomorrow, I will also be returning to my writing, giving myself two weeks to complete How to Write Flash Fiction That Doesn’t Suck (and submit at least one story to a local anthology).  Long-postponed beta reading and homeschool administration will also be on my agenda.

But it’s still January for a few more hours, so here’s where I stand:

Blue with Overstrike: Goal Completed.

Green:  In Progress.

Black: Still Waiting.

Black with Overstrike: 86ed.

 Relationships, Family, and Home:


Complete lists of homeschool activities/ update attendance for November. Due Week 2.

  • Progress: 0%.

Facilitate Miah’s driving practice; four times weekly. Weeks 5-12.

  • 1/4 –local driving.
  • Progress: 25%.

Move bedroom furniture to better accommodate nurse visits; deep clean as I go; ask for help from kids as needed.  Week 1.

Use one-on-one time to touch base with all family members. Weeks 5-12.

  • Connection with both kids; contact with one of Jim’s
  • Progress: 100%

Set aside a few minutes five days weekly to arrange facilitation of needs. Weeks 5-12.

  • Groceries and plans for Plated order; brought Lise take-out fries; discussed plans for updating personal/common spaces and potential travel destinations/events/schedules.
  • 3/3 for this session.
  • Progress: 100%.


Focus on at least ten minutes with some combination of family members in common spaces daily. Weeks 512.

  • While hometending; making food; and just hanging out together chatting.
  • 2/3 for this session.
  • Progress: 66%.

Gather and consider how to make our home a sweeter place. Weeks 5-12.

  • Lots more discussion/brainstorming, and planning.
  • Rearranging in my room and dining room (was family room, but we’ve decided we actually do want to be able to eat there at least sometimes).
  • Brewing a surprise for Lise, and helped her move one of her new-to-her dressers into her room and remove her outgrown dollhouse.
  • Progress: 100 %



Inventory sauces; get count on what/how many labels needed: Due Week 3.

  • Progress: 55%

Go through checking account and insurance policy info; make list of monthly/quarterly bills and due dates: Due Week 4.

  • Progress: 80%

Pay Jim’s back sales taxes; find out how to dissolve business. Due Week 6.

  • I have the forms from the state and our records gathered for when I get to the point where I can focus on figuring out the process.
  • Progress: 30%.

Do (or delegate) our taxes: Due Week 10.

  • Progress: 20%.

Create a base family budget for the kids and I: Due Week 12.

  • More discussion on general economics, immediate and extended.
  • The seeds of a plan is beginning to form in my mind.
  • Progress: 50%

Focus on learning via the courses I already have in progress: Weeks 5-12.

  • During Sunday night’s write-in, I completed my final revision of Story Start 4/11, and drafted/made first revision for Story Start 5/11. That’s more than I managed last week, with less distraction. It was also a good warm-up for a more intense focus on finishing this course by February 15.
  • Progress: 20%.

Work on beta projects I’ve agreed to as opportunity arises. Weeks 5-12.

  • Progress: 0%.

Keep in touch with other writers –  reading blogs; commenting; participating in sprints and blog hops as I am able: Weeks 5-12.

  • Sprinted Monday and Tuesday; 2/5 for the week so far.
  • Progress: 20%.


Make lists of things we could use help with, as we think of them. Weeks 512.

  • Progress: 25%

Ask both kids for ideas at least weekly. Weeks 5-12.

  • Happening organically.
  • Progress: 100%

Pair lists with those willing to help at least weekly. Weeks 512.

  • Progress: 45%

Seek out someone(s) with good organizational skills who can coordinate as/when needed. Weeks 5-12.

  • Progress: 45%

When someone offers general assistance, be ready with ideas. Weeks 5-12.

  • Progress: 100%

Body, Mind, and Soul:


Watch Star Trek: Enterprise whenever possible; join in Twitter live chat at #AllStarTrek. Weeks 5-12.

  • Every night this session.
  • Progress: 100%

Resume taking pictures, beautifying our home, drawing, coloring, singing, and other activities that I enjoy, as opportunities arise. Weeks 5-12.

  • More Home and Garden TV; decluttering/organizing/hometending/joined decluttering challenge and organizing FB group; singing; and reading.
  • Progress: 100%

Experiment with Instant Pot weekly. Weeks 5-12.

  • Progress: 0%.

Keep eyes open for likely recipes. Weeks 5-12.

  • Saved a few more recipes.
  • Progress: 100%

Use Ninja for food prep once weekly. Weeks 5-12.

  • Progress: 0%

Alternate days of restful focus with more active days. Weeks 512.

  • Regained rhythm post-travel.
  • Progress: 100%.

Listen to my body, mind, and soul, and follow their leads to adjust accordingly.  Weeks 512.

  • Progress: 100%


Follow a morning routine when possible. Weeks 512.

  • My morning routine seems to be shifting to focus on connecting with Lise.
  • Progress: 50%.

Use quiet moments as they present themselves. Weeks 5-12.

  • I use this as my renewal time.
  • Progress: 100%.

Make a practice of being present- right here, right now. Weeks 512.

  • I continue to focus on this.
  • Progress: 100%.

Prioritize time and connection with my beloveds over busy-ness. Weeks 5-12.

  • Spent time with both kids, just being, as well as tending to their needs.
  • Progress: 100%


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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!

3 thoughts on “Taking Steps: #ROW80 /#12WeekYear Midweek 5

  1. This isn’t a process that can be resolved all at once… It’s life… it’s life long. The way you’re doing it, moving forward, processing, evaluating and considering, doing and being, is the way. Love the Monkees song (as always)

  2. Planning and taking those steps every day creates order out of chaos. Each day builds a foundation for what comes next. Your notes show wonderful effort and progress, especially with family and writing. Congrats on those writing sprints!

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