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Opening to the Now: #ROW80 Round 2 /#12WeekYear 3 Midweek 3

Hi there, ROWers and friends! 

It’s Wednesday – so that means it’s time to unveil my Week 3 Action Plan (Here’s my End of Week 2 progress). 

But first, a bit about my Tuesday:

  • I participated in my second Meet the Author event. The audience was engaged, and asked a lot of great questions.
  • On the way to the event, I noticed an animal shelter. I’ve been looking for a canine companion, and stopped on my way home…and met Nadine-who-will-be-Magnolia (Noli). We hit it off right away, and, once she’s spayed, she’ll be coming home with me. Tomorrow, we’re looking for a sister for her, because Lise wants a dog, too.

What’s new in your world this week?

Notes:

  • Wednesday: Weekly Action Plan
  • Sunday: Weekly Wrap-Up.
  • Quarterly review after Weeks 3, 6, 9,
  • Final Review: after Week 12.

Goal Status:

  • Blue with Overstrike: Completed.
  • Green: In Progress.
  • Black: Still Waiting.
  • Black with Overstrike: 86’ed.
  • Red: Goal Change.

Relationships, Family, and Home:

Family Stuff:

I facilitate Miah’s driving at a pace that’s comfortable for him.  

  • A missed turn led to a driving adventure Sunday.
  • Discussed vehicle maintenance plans and road test.

I facilitate kids’ social travel and time with friends as desired.

  • Sleepover/friend visit for Lise.

I register for Unschoolers Rock the Campground 10  and reserve our rooms at the Northeast Unschooling Conference.

  • Registration is open for URTC.
  • Discussed room plans with my kids and Lise’s best friend, who will be our guest..

I facilitate their efforts to make our home a space where they can invite/entertain friends.

  • Encouraged/discussed room cleaning with both.
  • Began reading Hygge.

I spend 11:11 gathering materials for each child’s third quarter homeschool reports.

  • Both kids shared some of their independent activities.

I facilitate both kids’ learning as needed.

  • Art, drivers’ ed, French and English grammar, literature, home economics, music, and more.

Home Stuff:

I facilitate home and yardtending, asking for assistance as needed.

  • Bedrooomtending; dishes; general hometending.

I post three items (already selected) on a local yard sale site.

I rough draft a schedule for hometending as a baseline for action.

I touch base with Lise about next steps in baking/selecting a mop she wants to use.

Relationship Stuff:

I schedule lunch/coffee dates with two friends.

  • Will meet my friend Darcy on Thursday.

I send thank you notes to Jim’s sisters, and contact them via text to touch base.

  • Texted both.

Professional/Financial:

Writing/Revising Stuff:

I complete the first revision pass of “Storm at Song Glass Cabin” (short story), and return to publishers.

I collect materials, organize, get beta feedback, apply, finalize layout, and submit my Secret Project.

I use April CampNaNoWriMo to complete the rough draft of Still Nameless (Kifo Island #8).

  • 30,819 new words; 3,705 this week.

Blogging From A-Z April Challenge: The Alphabet of Grief – complete 26 posts.

I check in at Story A Day, catch up on recent podcasts, and begin collecting story sparks for this year’s stories. If there is a way to get advance notice of the prompts, I utilize it.

Learning Stuff:

I complete Pixels to Platform intro and Module 1.

  • Watched Video 1 for Module 1

I complete two 11;11 learning sessions for How to Write Flash Fiction That Doesn’t Suck.

I complete organization for How to Revise Your Novel, and one 11:11 learning session.

Networking Stuff:

I serve as an DIY-MFA Pixels to Platform Master Class Ambassador.

I answer blog comments and visit other blogs on my current informal schedule.

I complete current chapter of Stained Blood, return to author, and highlight next section for revision.

I touch base with author next in my queue, and another possible beta author regarding manuscript schedule.

I post current goals and Dark and Bitter reading video/transcript to Patreon, and update Facebook Writer page and blog sidebar.

Family Financial Stuff:

I go through current receipts.

I set budget for groceries, eating out, and monthly expenses, using receipts and bank statement as guides.

I contact insurance agent (re: business insurance).

I read at least one article or blogpost on a financial matter.

I talk with both kids about what prosperity means to them.

  • Discussed with Lise; opened topic with Miah.

Body, Mind, and Soul:

I return to tai chi on Thursday, and swim afterwards.

I shift opening of 5k training to next week, so Noli can be part of it.

I make chicken and rice soup; garlic parmesan chicken, bone broth, and a pasta bake.

I meditate and journal daily, and twice daily at least three times this week.

  • Meditation (Insight Timer at 3:33) and journaling each morning.

I read at least one spiritual growth article this week.

I allow myself sufficient time for rest, recreation, and reflection, without guilt.

  • Time with friends; Spider Solitaire; dog adoption; Fixer Upper.
  • Meditation, journaling, pondering ongoing.

I share my experiences with others as I am inspired.

  • Through blogging, and in person.

I create art that allows me to explore and express my emotional state.

  • Singing and writing.

I memorialize Jim’s place in my life, and make changes as I am moved to, without guilt.

  • Through writing, and in life (shopping; financial decisions).

ROW80 –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have A Life!

ROW Along, or Cheer Us On!

We’re On Facebook, Too!

This was Corki, our late pittie mix. Noli looks like a purebred; same sweet face and disposition, though….

 

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Where Am I Now? #ROW80 Round 2 /#12WeekYear 3 End of Week 2

Hi there, ROWers and friends! 

It’s Sunday – time to wrap up my Week 2 Action Plan (Here’s my midweek progress).

What I accomplished this week:

  • A lot of hometending, provisioning, homeschool, and family stuff.
  • Accepted invitation to appear at my second meet the author event.
  • Laid groundwork and made a bit of headway on 2/3 classes.
  • Kept up with #atozchallenge posts, and CampNaNoWriMo word count.

What’s on deck?

  • More hometending, provisioning, homeschool, and family stuff.
  • Meet the author event on Tuesday.
  • Much more classwork; and begin researching a WP hosted website.
  • Keep up with both challenges.

How do these suit my greater purpose?

  • Every one of these goals is a step toward raising of my children well, and/or developing a writing career which offers my readers something of value while sustaining my family.

Have you asked yourself these questions, lately?

Notes:

  • Wednesday: Weekly Action Plan
  • Sunday: Weekly Wrap-Up.
  • I review/adjust my Round 2/12 Week Year 3 after weeks 3, 6, 9, and a final one after Week 12.

Goal Status:

  • Blue with Overstrike: Completed.
  • Green: In Progress.
  • Black: Still Waiting.
  • Black with Overstrike: 86’ed.
  • Red: Goal Change.

Relationships, Family, and Home:

Family Stuff:

I facilitate Miah’s driving at a pace that’s comfortable for him.  

  • City driving:  emergency detour, emergency vehicle convoy, and unfamiliar locations.

I facilitate kids’ social travel and time with friends as desired, and check up on Unschoolers Rock the Campground.

  • Birthday party for Lise; sleepover/visit plans next week, weather permitting.
  • Checked URTC group page; nothing new.

I spend 11:11 gathering materials for each child’s third quarter homeschool reports.

  • Not officially, but learned about independent activities through conversation.

      I facilitate both kids’ learning as needed.

  • Art, drivers’ ed, French and English grammar, literature, home economics, music, and more.

Home Stuff:

I facilitate home and yardtending, asking for assistance as needed.

  • Made deal with Lise –laundry traded for fries.
  • Bedrooomtending; laundry; dishes.
  • Yardtending: raking/decluttering.

I post three items (already selected) on a local yard sale site.

I rough draft a schedule for hometending as a baseline for action.

I touch base with Lise about next steps in baking/selecting a mop she wants to use.

Relationship Stuff:

I schedule lunch/coffee dates with two friends.

  • Coffee date w/Eden Mabee.

I send thank you notes to Jim’s sisters, and contact them via text to touch base.

  • Texted both.

Professional/Financial:

Writing/Revising Stuff:

I complete the first revision pass of “Storm at Song Glass Cabin” (short story), and return to publishers.

I collect materials, organize, get beta feedback, apply, finalize layout, and submit my Secret Project.

  • I have secured 4 beta readers (3 more to ask).

I use April CampNaNoWriMo to complete the rough draft of Still Nameless (Kifo Island #8).

  • 25,273 new words; 9,264 this week.
  • More than halfway done.

Blogging From A-Z April Challenge: The Alphabet of Grief complete 26 posts.

I check in at Story A Day, catch up on recent podcasts, and begin collecting story sparks for this year’s stories. If there is a way to get advance notice of the prompts, I utilize it.

Learning Stuff:

I complete Pixels to Platform intro and Module 1.

  • Running behind due to an extremely busy week; intro viewed.

I complete organization for How to Write Flash Fiction That Doesn’t Suck, evaluate my current progress, and complete one 11:11 learning session this week.

  • Finished organization and reread lesson materials.

I complete organization for How to Revise Your Novel.

Networking Stuff:

I serve as an DIY-MFA Pixels to Platform Master Class Ambassador.

  • Made a couple of comments; haven’t been there as much at end of week

I answer blog comments and visit other blogs on my current informal schedule.

I complete current chapter of Stained Blood, return to author, and highlight next section for revision.

I touch base with author next in my queue, and another possible beta author regarding manuscript schedule.

I post current goals and Dark and Bitter reading video/transcript to Patreon, and update Facebook Writer page and blog sidebar.

Family Financial Stuff:

I go through current receipts.

  • I’ve decided to begin with this week’s receipts.
  • Sorted, and found a box in which to home them.
  • #babysteps!

I set budget for groceries, eating out, and monthly expenses, using receipts and bank statement as guides.

  • Began organizing current bills/receipts, and kept an eye on transactions electronically; paid electric bill.

I contact insurance agent (re: business insurance).

I read at least one article or blogpost on a financial matter.

I talk with both kids about what prosperity means to them.

  • Discussed with Lise; opened topic with Miah.

Body, Mind, and Soul:

I return to tai chi on Thursday, and swim afterwards.

I reset my 5K training; prepare to restart next week.

  • All set.

I make chicken and rice soup; steel cut oats; a pasta bake; and steam sweet potatoes in Instant Pot..

  • Purple and Japanese sweet potatoes steamed.
  • Ingredients purchased for pasta bakes and soup.

I meditate and journal daily, and twice daily at least three times this week.

  • Meditation (Insight Timer at 2:22) and journaling each morning.
  • Night journaling 2/3; Night meditation (Insight Timer at 1:11) 1/3.

I read at least one spiritual growth article this week.

I allow myself sufficient time for rest, recreation, and reflection, without guilt.

  • Time with friends; Cake Mania; TV; shopping; Fixer Upper.
  • I’m still not sleeping as much as I need, but am allowing myself more restful days to compensate.
  • Meditation, journaling, pondering ongoing.

I share my experiences with others as I am inspired.

  • Through blogging, and in person.

I create art that allows me to explore and express my emotional state.

  • Singing, home decorating. and writing.

I memorialize Jim’s place in my life, and make changes as I am moved to, without guilt.

  • Through writing, and in life (shopping; financial decisions).

ROW80 –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have A Life!

ROW Along, or Cheer Us On!

We’re On Facebook, Too!

My life very much feels like this, lately…

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Settling Into the Now:  #ROW80 Round 2 /#12WeekYear 3 MidWeek 2

Hi there, ROWers and friends! 

It’s Wednesday – time to list out my Week 2 Action Plan, and current progress (Here’s my Week 1 progress). 

These goals are more specific than my Week 1 goals. I’ve refined things; made them more measurable and specific. Some of these may take a few weeks to complete, so they’ll be here a while.

And that’s okay.

I’m reminding myself of something I’d lost sight of for a while. NOW is the only time I have, no matter how much I might wish it was otherwise.

What are you doing with your now?

Notes:

  • I post my Weekly Action Plan on Wednesdays, and Weekly Wrap-Ups on Sundays.
  • I review/adjust my Round 2/12 Week Year 3 after weeks 3, 6, 9, and a final one after Week 12.

Goal Status:

  • Blue with Overstrike: Completed.
  • Green: In Progress.
  • Black: Still Waiting.
  • Black with Overstrike: 86’ed.
  • Red: Goal Change.

Relationships, Family, and Home:

Family Stuff:

I facilitate Miah’s driving at a pace that’s comfortable for him.

I facilitate kids’ social travel and time with friends as desired, and check up on Unschoolers Rock the Campground.

  • Nothing posted for URTC yet.

I spend 11:11 gathering materials for each child’s third quarter homeschool reports.

I facilitate both kids’ learning as needed.

  • Lise checked the weather around the world, with some suggestions from me. We discussed climate and geographic features which influence weather.

Home Stuff:

I facilitate home and yardtending, asking for assistance as needed.

  • Made a deal with Lise – a sinkful of dishes traded for an order of fries.
  • Bedrooomtending; laundry; dishes; yardtending (raking leaves; decluttering).

I post three items (already selected) on a local yard sale site.

  • I’ve taken photos for these posts.

I rough draft a schedule for hometending as a baseline for action.

I touch base with Lise about next steps in baking/selecting a mop she wants to use.

  • She’s comfortable with prepackaged cookie dough for now, but may want to experiment with mixes soon.
  • We agreed that I will find a few potential mopping solutions for her to choose from.

Relationship Stuff:

I schedule lunch/coffee dates with two friends.

  • Tentative plans to meet Eden Mabee (best friend since almost forever; we were little, little girls!) on Wednesday.

I send thank you notes to Jim’s sisters, and contact them via text to touch base.

Professional/Financial:

Writing/Revising Stuff:

I complete the first revision pass of “Storm at Song Glass Cabin” (short story), and return to publishers.

I collect materials, organize, get beta feedback, apply, finalize layout, and submit my Secret Project.

  • I have my base materials, and have secured 3 beta readers (3 more to ask).

I use April CampNaNoWriMo to complete the rough draft of Still Nameless (Kifo Island #8).

  • 18,277 new words; 5,668 this week.

Blogging From A-Z April Challenge: The Alphabet of Grief complete 26 posts.

I check in at Story A Day, catch up on recent podcasts, and begin collecting story sparks for this year’s stories. If there is a way to get advance notice of the prompts, I utilize it.

  • Made a quick survey; selected some follow-up items.

Learning Stuff:

I complete Pixels to Platform, and complete Module 1.

  • Began intro video rewatch: 30%.

I complete organization for How to Write Flash Fiction That Doesn’t Suck, evaluate my current progress, and complete one 11:11 learning session this week.

  • Organization 95% complete; evaluation 50%

I complete organization for How to Revise Your Novel.

Networking Stuff:

I serve as an DIY-MFA Pixels to Platform Master Class Ambassador.

  • Checked in regularly with private Facebook group; class is now live.

I answer blog comments and visit other blogs on my current informal schedule.

  • Several #atozchallenge visits. #babysteps.

I complete current chapter of Stained Blood, return to author, and highlight next section for revision.

I touch base with author next in my queue, and another possible beta author regarding manuscript schedule.

I post current goals and Dark and Bitter reading video/transcript to Patreon, and update Facebook Writer page and blog sidebar.

Family Financial Stuff:

I go through current receipts.

I set budget for groceries, eating out, and monthly expenses, using receipts and bank statement as guides.

I contact insurance agent (re: business insurance).

I read at least one article or blogpost on a financial matter.

I talk with both kids about what prosperity means to them.

  • Opened a discussion with Lise. It was enlightening, and showed how she’s matured in the last several months.

Body, Mind, and Soul:

I return to tai chi on Thursday, and swim afterwards.

I reset my 5K training; prepare to restart next week.

I make chicken and rice soup; steel cut oats; a pasta bake; and steam sweet potatoes in Instant Pot.

  • Bone broth for soup and steel cut oats.

I meditate and journal daily, and twice daily at least three times this week.

  • Meditation (Insight Timer at 2:22) and journaling each morning; extra journaling Sunday night (1/3).

I read at least one spiritual growth article this week.

  • Read Strip Away Stress and How to be Kind in a Rude World from the Real Simple Find Your Balance special issue.

I allow myself sufficient time for rest, recreation, and reflection, without guilt.

  • Rest was rocky until Tuesday, but others are solid. Coloring, meditation, journaling, and pondering in abundance.

I share my experiences with others as I am inspired.

  • Through blogging, and in person.

I create art that allows me to explore and express my emotional state.

  • Singing, writing, and coloring

I memorialize Jim’s place in my life, and makes changes as I am moved to, without guilt.

  • Through writing, and in life.

ROW80 –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have A Life!

ROW Along, or Cheer Us On!

We’re On Facebook, Too!

Just a bit of now-themed silliness! =D

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One Week In:  #ROW80 Round 2 /#12WeekYear 3 End  of Week 1

Hi there, ROWers and friends!

It’s Sunday, so it’s time to take account of my Week 1 progress on the Action Plan I posted Wednesday.

But let me begin by borrowing a tactic from DIY-MFA founder Gabriela Pereira, and ask myself 3 questions about the week just past, and what’s upcoming:

What did I accomplish this week?

  1. I attended the kickoff webinar for the Pixels to Platform Master Class, for which I am an Ambassador.
  2. I shifted focus to my Secret Project – something that’s been on my goals list for years, and which I am finally moving forward on, due to an unexpected opportunity too good to pass up (more details in a few weeks – stay tuned!).
  3. I added 12,609 words to my Kifo Island novel-in-progress, Still Nameless. I’m gearing up for the climactic scenes….*rubs hands together gleefully!*
  4. I wrote 7 poems and accompanying text for the #atozchallenge.

What’s on deck for next week?

  • Complete revision pass 1 for “Storm at Song Glass Cabin”, a short story that has been accepted for publication in a small-press anthology.
  • Pixels to Platform Module One goes live.
  • Get Secret Project to Level Two.
  • Move Still Nameless toward completion.
  • Continue with the #atozchallenge.
  • Resume flash fiction course.

How do these further my deeper purpose?

  • Each of these goals and accomplishments furthers the purpose of expanding my reach, my personal resources, and the ways in which I can use writing to communicate with those who will value my message, and support myself and my two teens.

Have you ever asked yourself these questions?

Notes:

  • I post my Weekly Action Plan on Wednesdays, and Weekly Wrap-Ups on Sundays.
  • I review/adjust my Round 2/12 Week Year 3 after weeks 3, 6, 9, and do a final assessment after Week 12.

Goal Status:

  • Blue with Overstrike: Goal Completed.
  • Green: In Progress.
  • Black: Still Waiting.
  • Black with Overstrike:
  • Red: Goal Change.

Relationships, Family, and Home:

Family Stuff:

I facilitate Miah’s driving at a pace that’s comfortable for him.  

  • Drove twice locally. Moderate low-lying fog; discussed fog lights/light options.

 I facilitate kids’ social travel and time with friends as desired.

  • Both kids have plans with friends in the works.

I provide for clothing, materials, appointments, and other things needed for kids’ growth.

  • Shopping trip to Target; essential toiletries and a sweatshirt for Lise.

I complete all necessary homeschool administration.

  • Lots of discussion with both on various topics including home maintenance, family economics, social issues, ethics, and personal/family plans.

Home Stuff:

I facilitate home and yardtending, asking for assistance as needed.

  • Regular hometending; asked kids for specific help.
  • Did a round of yardtending: policed clutter in front yard.

I research and acquire items that improve our quality of life.

  • Bought storage containers for food, laundry supplies, and spare towels.
  • Exploratory visit to Honest Weight, the local natural foods co-op.
  • Considering a $100.00 lifetime membership, which will get us a 5% discount on future purchases.

I research, budget for, and oversee home improvement projects.

I assist the kids in learning to maintain a home independently.

  • I purchased cookie dough for Lise’s baking efforts, at her request.

Relationship Stuff:

I schedule time each week to connect with friends/ family.

  • Attended gathering with writing group friends on Wednesday.

Professional/Financial:

Writing/Revising Stuff:

I complete the first revision pass of “Storm at Song Glass Cabin” (short story), and return to publishers.

I use the spring writing challenges to advance/complete projects in progress.

Learning Stuff:

I schedule weekly time for the writing development courses I have in progress.

I explore new professional opportunities.

  • My Secret Project is a go!
  • Pulling together material for this project – stay tuned for updates!

Networking Stuff:

I maintain, develop, and expand my connections with both other writers and my readers.

  • I participated in sprints and Tweeted with other writers each day.
  • Read/responded to comments and visited a few blogs.

I serve as an DIY-MFA Pixels to Platform Master Class Ambassador.

  • Checked in regularly with private Facebook group.

Family Financial Stuff:

I develop, adapt, and maintain a family budget.

  • I gathered receipts from all purchases.
  • Keeping to the loose partial budgets already in place.

I explore the concept of prosperity and what it means to me and to the children.

  • Read 2 articles on entrepreneurship and pricing.

Body, Mind, and Soul:

I focus on physical health as part of my daily routine.

  • Mindful eating – focus on adding veggies/preparing my own meals and snacks.
  • Made Instant Pot chicken; adapted a new recipe that also provided base soup stock; chicken, rice, and asparagus casserole; and steel cut oats for myself and the kids.
  • Shopped at Honest Weight natural food co-op; trying some new and interesting produce, cheeses, and snacks.
  • Focused on moving at intervals throughout the day – something that can get neglected in writing-intensive months.

I resume focus on my spiritual development.

I tend to my emotional health in this transitional time.

  • I made time for rest, recreation, and reflection, without guilt: #AllStarTrek, #hgtv. Reading, and coloring. Treated myself to a new planner.
  • I enjoyed time with friends and an impromptu health food shopping adventure.

ROW80 –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have A Life!

ROW Along, or Cheer Us On!

We’re On Facebook, Too!

 

 

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As I Begin Again:  #ROW80 Round 2 /#12WeekYear 3 Midweek 1

Hi there, ROWers and friends!

It’s Wednesday, so that means it must be time to make my first update for this sparkly-new Round of Words and 12 Week Year 3.

In the two days since I posted my goals post for this round, I’ve gotten off to….a start. I’m focused, and have been making daily plans, so I know what I want to accomplish.

But it’s been a bit unsettled, like the weather:

  • I’ve embarked on two writing challenges, and taken an online class.
  • My daughter had a friend visit yesterday; since the girls live over an hour apart, we meet in the middle, but it still added a couple of hours’ travel time to the week, and the visit was fairly spontaneous (we’ve now addressed this by setting up a regular, twice-monthly schedule; in future, I’ll be able to plan for the time spent).
  • My son and I had to go further afield to an unfamiliar store for our grocery run, since our regular place was stripping their floors.

Since there’s no #atozchallenge post on Sunday, I will use that as my catch-up-and-settle-in day, so that next week can be built upon more stable footing.

How did you do with your goals, these first few days?

Notes:

  • I post my Weekly Action Plan on Wednesdays, and Weekly Wrap-Ups on Sundays.
  • I review/adjust my Round 2/12 Week Year 3 after weeks 3, 6, 9, and a final one after Week 12. These are m opportunities to evaluate my progress, and whether my goals and Action Plans are serving the purposes I intended.

Goal Status Legend:

  • Blue with Overstrike: Goal Completed.

  • Green: In Progress.

  • Black: Still Waiting.

  • Black with Overstrike: Goal Discarded.

  • Red: Goal Change.


Relationships, Family, and Home:

Family Stuff:

I facilitate Miah’s driving at a pace that’s comfortable for him.  

I facilitate kids’ social travel and time with friends as desired.

  • Lise had her best friend over for a few hours Tuesday afternoon. We’ve decided to make this a twice-monthly event.
  • She’s attending this friend’s birthday party midmonth.
  • Plans in the works for Miah to visit his PA friends.

I provide for clothing, materials, appointments, and other things needed for kids’ growth.

I complete all necessary homeschool administration.

  • Spent time with both kids discussing independent learning/ facilitating new learning.
  • Encouraged both to develop a habit of sharing more of what they’re doing on their own, which will streamline reporting when the time comes.

Home Stuff:

I facilitate home and yardtending, asking for assistance as needed.

  • Regular hometending, and clearly communicating with the kids about areas where I can use their help.
  • Chose a week one yardtending goal – declutter and rake main body of front yard. The weather has not cooperated with my plans!
  • I’ve selected three unwanted items as my debut on local yard sale sites.

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 asked both kids what I could help them learn. Miah (16) said he could handle his own learning. Lise (13), wants to learn to mop, bake, and hard boil eggs using the Instant Pot. She baked cookies independently from pre-made dough.

Relationship Stuff:

I schedule time each week to connect with friends/ family.

  • Accepted invitation to join a writing group outing on Wednesday.
  • Spent a little time chatting with my friend, Lise’s best friend’s mom.
  • Interacted w/Jim’s sisters on social media.

Professional/Financial:

Writing and Revising Stuff:

Storm at Song Glass Cabin (flash fiction): Complete first revision pass and return to publishers.

  • New goal(because I forgot to list it in initial post).

I schedule weekly time for the writing development courses I have in progress.

  • I attended the 2 hour online Pixels to Platform Master Class on Tuesday afternoon, and wrote my intro post on the private FB page, as my ice-breaker for resuming the class as an Ambassador.
  • I organized my work in Holly Lisle’s flash fiction course in preparation for resuming this class.

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 participated in sprints and Tweeted with other writers each day.
  • I took the DIY-MFA Pixels to Platform Master Class; and introduced myself to the Facebook group, since I’m serving as an Ambassador for the full-length course.

I explore new professional opportunities.

Family Financial Stuff:

I develop, adapt, and maintain a family budget.

  • I gathered receipts from weekend purchases.
  • I made some financial decisions to act on in the coming week.
  • I canceled Jim’s website hosting.

I explore the concept of prosperity and what it means to me- and to the children.

Body, Mind, and Soul:

I focus on physical health as part of my daily routine.

  • Mindful eating: I prepared a very simple meal for myself – organic apple maple sausage with sautéed spinach. #babysteps.

I resume focus on my spiritual development.

  • I resumed meditation and journaling: Monday, Tuesday.

I tend to my emotional health in this transitional time.

  • I made time for rest, recreation, and reflection, without guilt: #AllStarTrek, #FixerUpper, and purchased current issue of The Magnolia Journal.I shared my grief experiences in my #atozchallenge posts, and canceledl Jim’s web hosting – another detail that’s been weighing on me.
  • I read an article in a Real Simple special edition: The Real Secret to Happiness. 

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Let’s wrap this thing up with a little silly fun, shall we?!

 

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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?

Notes:

  • 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.

Professional/Financial:

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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Endings and Beginnings: Non- #ROW80 /#12WeekYear End of Week 12

Hi there, ROWers and friends!

 Last Wednesday, I wrote about settling-in and new possibilities as I scrambled the end of ROW80 Round One.

Since then:

  • The round ended, but I was busy with my presentation for my first meet the author event, so this is the first I’ve returned here to update. Here’s my portion of the program (transcript available soon on my Patreon page).
  • I’ve moved forward a bit with taxes, and considerably with the life insurance claims.
  • I’ve laid the footing for that new possibility. Still not ready to talk about it, but maybe before too long.
  • I’ve been preparing for the visit of a dear friend I haven’t seen in far too long.
  • Spring is officially here, and the earth is gradually warming and softening.
  • And now My second 12 Week Year is also complete, so I’ll be spending the rest of the month wrapping up some loose ends, preparing for the Blogging from A-Z Challenge, April CampNaNoWriMo, and developing goals for Round 2/12 Week Year 3 – the first full quarter since Jim’s death.

How about you?

Did you reach your first quarter goals?

What’s on tap for the next?

Blue with Overstrike: Goal Completed.

Green:  In Progress.

Black: Still Waiting.

Black with Overstrike: 86ed.

Red: Goal Change.

Round One Self-evaluation of each category appears after its heading.

 Relationships, Family, and Home:

Doing:

Overall, I did fairly well in this category, despite the challenges of Jim’s illness, death, and the aftermath.

Complete homeschool reports and submit.  Week 11.

Facilitate Miah’s driving practice; four times weekly. Week 12.

  • 5/4; including learning how to put air in a soft tire.
  • Progress: 100%.

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. Week 12.

  • This continues to be a strength.
  • Progress: 100%

Set aside a few minutes five days weekly to arrange facilitation of needs. Week 12.

  • Each day this session, for more than 5 minutes. Hometending; shopping; facilitating interests/goals; and plenty of financial administration.
  • Progress: 100%.

Being:

I consistently did well here.

Focus on at least ten minutes with some combination of family members in common spaces daily. Week 12.

  • Every day this week; between home and erranding.
  • Progress: 100%.

Gather and consider how to make our home a sweeter place. Week 12.

  • More hometending discussions.
  • Progress: 100%

Professional/Financial:

Doing:

This was a difficult area for me; the concrete realities of Jim’s illness and death were a mountain range, and I managed a molehill at a time – at best. More stability at end of round.

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

  • I finally got all but the few loose bottles inventoried – and, since I’ve decided not to deal with those at the moment, I’m calling this one DONE AT LAST!!!!
  • Progress: 100%

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

  • More progress, incrementally, on life insurance and listing – phone app gives a better real-time sense of auto-payments Jim set up. Taking far longer than expected.
  • Progress: 95%

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

  • Found  paperwork that may lead to  (eventually) meeting this goal.
  • Progress: 50%.

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

  • Started the process at last.
  • Progress: 50%.

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

  • Didn’t finish, but did get a much better sense of where we are, and what our financial needs are likely to be going forward.
  • Progress: 80%

Focus on learning via the courses I already have in progress: Week 12.

  • Progress: 65%.

Work on beta projects I’ve agreed to as opportunity arises. Week 12.

  • A bit of work on current chapter-in-progress of Stained Blood.
  • Progress: 100%.

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

  • Sprints as possible; A Little Higher for WiPpet Wednesday.
  • Progress: 100%.

Being:

Did a bit better here than with the above section.

Make lists of things we could use help with, as we think of them. Week 12.

  • Progress: 80%

Ask both kids for ideas at least weekly. Week 12.

  • Progress: 100%

Pair lists with those willing to help at least weekly. Week 12.

  • Many new ideas.
  • Progress: 100%

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

  • Progress: 10%

When someone offers general assistance, be ready with ideas. Week 12.

  • Jumped on an unexpected opportunity.
  • Progress: 100%

Body, Mind, and Soul:

Doing:

This was a strong area throughout the quarter.

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

  • Each night.
  • Progress: 100%

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

  • Fixer Upper; Cake Mania; lunch with Miah;  Hanilton singing.
  • Progress: 100%

Experiment with Instant Pot weekly. Week 12.

  • Progress: 50%.

Keep eyes open for likely recipes. Week 12.

  • Progress: 100%

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

Alternate days of restful focus with more active days. Week 12.

  • I think so, but was distracted from conscious planning for this.
  • Progress: 100%.

Listen to my body, mind, and soul, and follow their leads to adjust accordingly.  Week 12.

  • I continued to do well here.
  • Progress: 100%

Being:

A very strong area – probably what saved my sanity this round.

Follow a morning routine when possible. Weeks 812.

Use quiet moments as they present themselves. Week 12.

  • Yes – they were perfect for developing my presentation.
  • Progress: 100%.

Make a practice of being present- right here, right now. Week 12.

  • Oh, yes!
  • Progress: 100%.

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

  • Yup!
  • Progress: 100%.

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Since it’s between rounds, and someone cracked me up with this, I decided to share it with you – happy ROW80 break!