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Finding My Strut? #ROW80 /#12WeekYear  End of Week 9

Hi there, ROWers and friends! 

 On Sunday, I wrote about striding and strolling my way to my goals.

Since then:

  • I’ve had a couple of days of intense activity, followed by two mellower days.
  • I mailed the package to Jim’s family, and feel freer without the emotional burden of that self-imposed obligation.
  • Lise’s homeschool report is drafted, and Miah’s has been started.
  • My recently composed flash fiction story, “Symphony at Song Glass Cabin,” was accepted to Pub 518’s upcoming anthology, Exploits in the Adirondacks. First round of edits due at end of month; a first review found only minor fixes needed.
  • I’ve also had an epiphany regarding our house, and how we can deal with some rather significant structural damage in our one bathroom. It involves a cargo container addition, possibly two, and moving several rooms. I’ve got a quick sketch and a headful of ideas, but very little else, thus far. I’m watching Fixer-Upper, though – so stay tuned!

I’m not sure I can claim a strut just yet – but with my reading approaching swiftly, and things taking on some semblance of order here…I can sense it out there, somewhere…

What brings out your strut?

Blue with Overstrike: Goal Completed.

Green:  In Progress.

Black: Still Waiting.

Black with Overstrike: 86ed.

Red: Goal Change.

 Relationships, Family, and Home:


Complete homeschool reports and submit. Due Week 11.

  • Miah’s report: opened file; began adapting intro. It’s a start.
  • Progress: 47%.

Facilitate Miah’s driving practice; four times weekly. Weeks 9-12.

  • Weather not especially conducive; talked about pre-licensing course and gear-up for his license.
  • Progress: 30%.

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 both kids. Weeks 912.

  • Touching base in bits and pieces.
  • Progress: 100%

Set aside a few minutes five days weekly to arrange facilitation of needs. Weeks 9 -12.

  • Yes, each day. Hometending; personal enrichment; cooking; shopping; connection with and facilitating interests/goals for both. 7/7 for session.
  • Progress: 100%.


Focus on at least ten minutes with some combination of family members in common spaces daily. Weeks 912.

  • 7/7 days this session: mostly in kitchen area while cooking/cleaning.
  • Progress: 100%.

Gather and consider how to make our home a sweeter place. Weeks 9-12.

  • Discussed division of home labor; major renovation ideas; upcoming travel; and puppies.
  • Progress: 100%



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

  • Stored labeled sauces to make room for inventory of unlabeled (for which I have a different plan).
  • Progress: 93%

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

  • Progress: 85%

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

  • Progress: 35%.

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

  • Progress: 25%.

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

  • First step: we have an eating out budget for the month.
  • Progress: 55%

Focus on learning via the courses I already have in progress: Weeks 9-12.

  • Progress: 60%.

Work on beta projects I’ve agreed to as opportunity arises. Weeks 912.

  • Progress: 100%.

Keep in touch with other writers –  reading blogs; commenting; participating in sprints and blog hops as I am able: Weeks 9-12.

  • Some sprinting; some blog reading/commenting.
  • My #SoCS post, Redefine.
  • Prepped for #BOAW2018 Blogfest.
  • Progress: 100%.


Make lists of things we could use help with, as we think of them. Weeks 912.

  • The very beginnings of a list, sort of. I listed a few essentials in my #SoCS post.
  • Progress: 63%

Ask both kids for ideas at least weekly. Weeks 912.

  • Talked with both regarding various new ideas.
  • Progress: 100%

Pair lists with those willing to help at least weekly. Weeks 912.

  • Continued simmering ideas on how to request help with our improvement projects.
  • Progress: 15%

Seek out someone(s) with good organizational skills who can coordinate as/when needed. Weeks 9-12.

  • Progress: 0%

When someone offers general assistance, be ready with ideas. Weeks 912.

  • Progress: 100%

Body, Mind, and Soul:


Watch Star Trek: Enterprise whenever possible; join in Twitter live chat at #AllStarTrek. Weeks 9-12.

  • Every day, yes.
  • Progress: 100%

Resume taking pictures, beautifying our home, drawing, coloring, singing, and other activities that I enjoy, as opportunities arise. Weeks 9-12.

  • Home and Garden TV; drawing simple renovation plans; photography; decluttering/organizing/hometending; singing; coffee with a friend; walking.
  • Progress: 100%

Experiment with Instant Pot weekly. Weeks 912.

  • Made couscous and sautéed ground turkey.
  • Progress: 100%.

Keep eyes open for likely recipes. Weeks 9-12.

  • New Plated recipes.
  • Progress:100%

Use Ninja for food prep once weekly. Weeks 7-12.

Alternate days of restful focus with more active days. Weeks 9-12.

  • Active two, then restful two, when I couldn’t give any more.
  • Progress: 75%.

Listen to my body, mind, and soul, and follow their leads to adjust accordingly.  Weeks 912.

  • Not so much Wed. and Thurs., but couldn’t avoid it on Friday and Saturday, when I napped and dozed frequently.
  • Progress: 50%


Follow a morning routine when possible. Weeks 812.

Use quiet moments as they present themselves. Weeks 9-12.

  • Better than at the beginning of the week.
  • Progress: 50%.

Make a practice of being present- right here, right now. Weeks 912.

  • Again, a bit better.
  • Progress: 50%.

Prioritize time and connection with my beloveds over busy-ness. Weeks 912.

  • Success here, at least!
  • 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!

4 thoughts on “Finding My Strut? #ROW80 /#12WeekYear  End of Week 9

    1. Or…I won’t. I keep finding little bits and pieces of Jim’s unfinished business. It’s kind of how life works, I guess.

      Until then, I’ll keep trying to find a blend of taking care of the unfinished marriage stuff, the family stuff, and my own stuff…

      And be thankful for people who cheer me on! =D

    1. I think I need a couple of those days in every week about now. I’ve been going full bore for a long time. Sometimes, we all need to rest, and I’m finding lots of ideas born in those mellower spaces.

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