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Renewal:  #ROW80 Round 2 /#12WeekYear 3 Goals

Hi there, ROWers and friends! 

It’s time again to set goals for a brand-new Round of Words in 80 Days, and a new 12 Week Year – my third.

This is also the first complete round since my husband’s death on January 12. For Round One, my goals were very different, and far less specific, as I didn’t yet know the course his cancer was going to take, or that he would die very early in the round. Even if I had known, the aftermath was rather consuming.

I spent some time over the break dealing with essential administration – the life insurance claim and family taxes. With those complete, I feel much more settled. It’s not that there’s nothing left to tend to – only that I feel I’ve earned some breathing room from the immediacy, and can proceed through the remaining administrative tasks at a more relaxed pace.

Which also means that I feel comfortable returning to goals that are clearly delineated and forward-focused. I anticipate moving forward with my professional plans, while tending to my own needs and those of my family.  Though the basic goals that appear here may seem general, I have developed action plans for each, with due dates for completion (there’s more on that below).

Part of that is my annual four-month stretch of writing challenges, which will help me get back into the flow of writing daily. While I’m far less prepared than I’ve been in previous years, I’m anticipating a productive time ahead as I finish some projects, move some along, and begin others.

What are your plans for the spring season?


  • I will post my Action Plan for each goal on Wednesdays, and evaluate weekly progress on Sundays.

  • I will post complete goals reviews for Weeks 3, 6, 9, and a final assessment after Week 12. These will allow me the opportunity to evaluate my progress, and whether my goals and Action Plans as written are serving the purposes I intended.

The legend below will indicate the status of each goal.

  • Blue with Overstrike: Goal Completed.

  • Green: In Progress.

  • Black: Still Waiting.

  • Black with Overstrike:

  • Red: Goal Change.


Relationships, Family, and Home:

Objective: I tend to our home and the needs of our transitioning family unit.

  • I facilitate the kids’ learning, social activities, and well-being.
  • I complete all necessary homeschool administration.
  • I facilitate home and yardtending, asking for assistance as needed.
  • I research and acquire items that will improve our quality of life.
  • I research, budget for, and oversee home improvement projects.
  • I assist the kids in learning to maintain a home independently.
  • I schedule time each week to connect with friends/ family.


Objective: I develop my professional career and tend to the financial needs of our family unit..

  • I schedule weekly time for the writing development courses I have in progress.
  • I use the spring writing challenges to advance/complete projects in progress.
  • I maintain, develop, and expand my connections with both other writers and my readers.
  • I explore new professional opportunities.
  • I develop, adapt, and maintain a family budget.
  • I explore the concept of prosperity and what it means to me- and to the children.

Body, Mind, and Soul:

I act to support my health – physically, spiritually, and emotionally.

  • I focus on physical health as part of my daily routine.
  • I resume focus on my spiritual development.
  • I tend to my emotional health in this transitional time.


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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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