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Holding My Foundations: #12WeekYear / #ROW80 Midweek 6 Update

If ROW80 is the writing challenge that knows we all have lives, this is the week my life decided to be sure I know it’s there – in spades.

I’m not ready to share details, but there are things that take precedence over goals, and this is one of them. So, although I was planning to re-evaluate my #12WeekYear goals at the end of the week, I’ll be setting some aside, at least temporarily, a little early.

I’ll also be focusing in on other goals more intensely, because, when life is chaotic and uncertain, I’ve found that certain activities help me to channel my nervous and restless energies. And that’s imperative, because as I go, so does my household.

What do you do, when life throws you a hard curve?

Have you found some techniques that work better than others?

Relationships, Family, and Home:

Beta Readings:

Complete two chapters Stained Blood; one Spellfire’s Kiss, until both are complete: Weeks 6-12.

  • Resumed Stained Blood Chapter 5 comments: page 5/11 in progress.
  • Week 6 Progress: about 5%

Hometending:

Complete five hometending rounds in study; three in bedroom; and one on porch: Week 6.

  • Study: 2/5
  • Bedroom: 0/3
  • Porch: 0/1
  • 2/9 total.
  • Week 6 Progress: about 22%

Homeschooling:

Facilitate Jeremiah’s driving practice thrice weekly, weather dependent: Weeks 6-9.

  • 1/3 for the week.
  • Week 6 Progress: 33%

Draft Miah’s first quarter report: Week 6.

  • English Language Arts and Mathematics drafted; 2/16
  • Week 6 Progress: about 11%

Professional/Financial:

Ongoing Learning:

DIY-MFA Pixels to Platform:

Complete Module One:  Week 6.

  • Worked on Breadcrumb Method.
  • Week 6 Progress: 10%

Complete Module Two: Week 8.

  • Week 6 Progress: 0%

Slaying SEO:

Spend 3 hours/week on class materials: Weeks 6-7.

  • .25 / 3 hours.
  • Answered comments and skimmed a few things on the workshop page.
  • Page descriptions started for blog in Week 5; 2/16
  • Week 6 Progress: about 8%

How To Revise Your Novel:

Complete three hours of lessons, using “On Any Tuesday Night.” Weeks 6-12.

  • Week 6 Progress: 0%

New Writing:

Among the Firestars:

Complete The Story Toolkit Plotting elements through Act One Beat Sheet (can skip steps as indicated); then move forward with Acts Two-Four Beat Sheets as I complete each previous act’s drafting: Weeks 612.

  • Subplot A (1/3): 1/7 in progress.
  • Section 10/14 (22 total) in progress.
  • Week 6 Progress: About 20%

Complete rough draft to 25,000 words: Week 6.

  • 11/5:   3,010 words:   15,035/50,000.
  • 11/6: 1,836 words:    16,871/50,000.
  • 11/7: 1,690 words:    18,561/50,000.
  • Session Total: 6,536 words.
  • Week 6 Progress: About 40%

Chef Bluebeard:  All goals on hold for the time being; hopefully not for long.

Adapt media schedule: Week 6.

  • Week 6 Goal: COMPLETED!

Find/contact holiday venues as indicated; contact total of 4 businesses for POS sales: Week 6.

  • Completed most of online application for 2 events; it just needs to be signed and have payment remitted (they didn’t state how, so I need to find out) – on hold, due to extenuating circumstances.
  • Week 6 Progress: about 10%

Health, Fitness, and Spirituality:

Samsung Health  (on hold; I likely won’t finish this program before it runs down):

Complete 5K Week 8 (missed 2 workouts); 2 workouts from Week 9: Week 6.

  • Week 6 Progress: 0%

Tai chi ,yoga, and reiki: (all goals on hold, for now).

Tai chi: Attend class at least weekly; either Monday evening, or Tuesday and/or Thursday afternoons: Weeks 6 -12.

  • Week 6 Progress: 0%

Attend a drop in yoga class at ReVibe: By Week 7.

  • Week 6 Progress: 0%

Mindful Eating:

Eat three vegetable based meals/snacks; Monday/Wednesday/Friday: Week 6.

  • Missed Monday meal; thought I was still on twice a week.
  • Week 6 Progress: 0%

Personal Expression:

Evaluate bras; choose a favorite. Week 6.

  • The Goddess sports and Cacique everyday bras are in a dead heat, but I don’t need another sports bra. So, when the time comes, I’ll be adding another Cacique to my collection.
  • Week 6 goal: COMPLETED!

Return Torrid bra. Week 6.

  • Week 6 Progress: 0%

 Make a list of jewelry items I might enjoy adding to my collection: Weeks 6-7.

  • Week 6 Progress: 0%

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Novel Foundations: #ROW80 #12WeekYear W5 Final Update

 Hey there!

As I write this, four days of NaNoWriMo are in the books, and I’m in the midst of the second of three write-ins I’m attending this weekend.

My progress this week was focused on a few specific goals, while others took a back-burner position, simmering through a waiting week. While I’d love for all of my goals to be at least the green of progress being made, I know this is natural for my transitions between one challenge and another.

Speaking of challenges…

I’m getting to the point where I can feel my characters starting to breathe into their lives and flesh out. They aren’t exactly jumping up and taking over yet, but they are more than I imagined them as in my 25K words of planning and early plotting.

What is different is that last night I had an epiphany regarding the major plot problem of not just this novel, but also the entire series. And here’s the thing – the answer was there all the time – it features prominently in every volume in the series. I won’t have to change anything, and it won’t seem contrived at all when it comes into play later in this novel. As a matter of fact, it’s the kind of realization that makes me wonder why it didn’t occur to me sooner…now that it has, it seems absolutely obvious – and perfect, as far as I can see right now.

Have you ever had this kind of writing epiphany?

If so, has it stood the test of drafting?

If not, what’s your biggest plotting challenge?

Blue with Overstrike: COMPLETED!

Green: Progress Made.

Black: No Progress this week.

Relationships, Family, and Home:

Beta Readings:

Complete two chapters Stained; one Spellfire, until both are complete. Weeks: 5-12.

  • Week 5 Progress: 0%

Hometending:

Complete five hometending rounds in study; three in bedroom; and one on porch: Weeks 5-6.

  • Study: 5/5 completed
  • Bedroom: 3/3 completed.
  • Porch: 1/1
  • 9/9
  • Week 5 Goal COMPLETED! 

Homeschooling:

Facilitate Jeremiah’s driving practice thrice weekly, weather dependent: Weeks 59.

  • Driving in local larger cities, in traffic. First roundabouts; busy stores. Doing very well and becoming comfortable at 55mph. 3/3
  • Week 5 Goal COMPLETED!

Draft Lises’s first quarter report: Week 5.

Draft Miah’s first quarter report: Weeks 5-6.

  • Week 5 Progress: 0%

Professional/Financial:

Ongoing Learning:

DIY-MFA Pixels to Platform:

Complete Module One:  Week 5.

  • Week 5 Progress: 10%

Complete Module Two: Weeks 5- 7.

  • Week 5 Progress: 0%

Slaying SEO:

Spend 3 hours/week on class materials: Weeks 5-7.

  • 3 / 3
  • Still quite a ways behind where I’d like to be, but learning a LOT, and moving forward with a better sense of where I’m going and how I’m getting there. New page titles for this blog (private until the pages are revamped), and Jim’s website. Page descriptions started for blog; 2/16
  • Week 5 Goal COMPLETED!

How To Revise Your Novel:

Complete three hours of lessons, using “On Any Tuesday Night.” Weeks 5-12.

  • Week 5 Progress: 0%

New Writing:

Among the Firestars:

Complete Plotting elements through Act One Beat Sheet (can skip steps as indicated): Week 5.

  • Character Arc: 7/7 sheets completed;
  • Romance Arc: 4/7 in early progress.
  • Section 8/14 (22 total) in progress.
  • Week 5 Progress: About 47%

Complete 6,668 words of rough draft: Week 5.

  • 11/1: 2,161 words:    2,161/50,000.
  • 11/2: 1,691 words. 3,852/50,000.
  • 11/3: 2,150 words. 6,002/50,000.
  • 11/4:6,023 words. 12,025/50,000. (Double-Up Saturday!)
  • Week 5 Goal EXCEEDED!

OctPoWriMo 2017:

Complete poems 29-31. Week 5.

Chef Bluebeard:

Adapt media schedule: Week 5.

  • Week 5 Progress: 0%

Find/contact holiday venues as indicated; contact total of 4 businesses for POS sales. Weeks 56.

  • Contacted 2 holiday venues; considering a third.
  • Received online application from Dec. 2 event; will return by Monday.
  • Week 5 Progress: about 25%

Health, Fitness, and Spirituality: 

Samsung Health:

Complete 5K Week 8: Week 5.

  • Made up run from Monday, Oct. 30. Struggled with the 20 minute jogging interval; 1/3 for week.
  • Week 5 Progress: 33%

Tai chi, yoga, and reiki:

Tai chi: Attend class  at least weekly; either Monday evening, or Tuesday and/or Thursday afternoons: Weeks 5-12.

  • Week 5 Progress: 0%

Attend a drop in yoga class at ReVibe: By Week 7

  • Week 5 Progress: 0%

Mindful Eating:

Eat two vegetable based meals/snacks; Wednesday/Friday: Week 5.

  • Wednesday: Butternut squash and rosemary sage ravioli.
  • Friday: Bell peppers; celery; carrots; strawberries; and hummus.
  • 2/2
  • Week 5 Goal COMPLETED!

Personal Expression:

Purchase snow gloves: Week 5

  • Gloves purchased!
  • Week 5 Goal COMPLETED!

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November Foundations: #ROW80 #12WeekYear Midweek Update 5

Hey there!

As we bid farewell to October, I was sitting at a local Denny’s with several members of my local NaNoWriMo region, beginning the new month and the new challenge with a writing sprint.

It’s a good way to start a month, and a good way to pile up some early words as an insurance policy, since life inevitably happens until it doesn’t.

There have been some months when I’ve made it my goal to surge through those 50,000 words as fast as I can (once in just 10 days, which was at once exhilarating and exhausting)

This year, I have a lot of things going on. Since I’d like to close out both my first 12 Week Year and 2017 with a cleaner slate and more breathing room, I’m aiming for a maintenance word count most days…somewhere between the 1,668 I need to make my goal, and about 3,000, which is an amount I can do in a less than three hours if the words are there, but which won’t make me unavailable for the rest of life.

I’m making a few exceptions. I’ll be attending two writing sprints each Sunday, so I may top 3K those days. Also, this Saturday is NaNo’s Double Up Day, with a goal to double donations and word counts, and I’ll be attending a four-hour write-in (and trying for the double). And on Tuesday nights, our fantastic, forward thinking Municipal Liaison, Shannon Kauderer, has set us up with NaNo’s new chat feature, so we’ll be having online sprints then.

So Sundays and Tuesdays will be my only high-NaNo-intensity days.

If all goes well, that should leave me with five days a week to focus more on other parts of this Action Plan, and those that follow it.

I should have some idea how it’s going by the end of next week, when I hit the halfway mark in my inaugural 12 Week Year, and take stock of my overall progress toward my goals. If necessary, I’ll make adjustments then.

Are you participating in NaNo?

If so, why?

If not, are there other writing challenges you enjoy?

Relationships, Family, and Home:

Beta Readings:

Complete two chapters Stained; one Spellfire, until both are complete. Weeks: 5-12.

  • Week 5 Progress: 0%

Hometending:

Complete five hometending rounds in study; three in bedroom; and one on porch: Weeks 56.

  • Study: 2/5 completed.
  • Week 5 Progress: about 25%

Homeschooling:

 Facilitate Jeremiah’s driving practice thrice weekly, weather dependent: Weeks 5-9.

  • Jeremiah drove from our home to the nearest large town 10 miles away, by night. Gaining confidence on state routes and 4-lane highways. 1/3
  • Week 5 Progress: 33%

Draft Lises’s first quarter report: Week 5.

  • Arts, Practical Arts, Music, Health and Safety, Physical Education, and Attendance completed; 10/10
  • Realized at this point it’s not due till Dec. 1; but close enough to done that I’m going to proof, revise,  and submit.
  • Week 5 Action COMPLETED!

Draft Miah’s first quarter report: Weeks 5-6.

  • Week 5 Progress: 0%

Professional/Financial:

Ongoing Learning:

DIY-MFA Pixels to Platform:

Complete Module One:  Week 5.

  • Week 5 Progress: 0%

Complete Module Two: Week 7.

  • Week 5 Progress: 0%

Slaying SEO:

Spend 3 hours/week on class materials: Weeks 5-7.

  • 15 min/ 3 hours.
  • Week 5 Progress: About 8%

How t0 Revise Your Novel:

Complete three hours of lessons, using “On Any Tuesday Night.” Weeks 5-12.

  • Week 5 Progress: 0%

New Writing:

Among the Firestars:

Complete Plotting elements through Act One Beat Sheet (can skip steps as indicated): Week 5.

  • Antagonist Sheets: 5/5 sheets completed; 6/22 sections total; skipping 7 for now.
  • Character Arc: 5/7 sheets completed; Section 8/22 in progress.
  • Week 5 Progress: About 35%

Complete 6,668 words of rough draft: Week 5.

  • Although I have words written, my cutoff for Wednesday’s update is 12AM, so they’ll appear on the next update.
  • Week 5 Progress: 0%

OctPoWriMo 2017:

Complete poems 29-31. Week 5.

  • Poem 31/31
  • GOAL COMPLETED! Time to celebrate!

Chef Bluebeard:

Adapt media schedule: Week 5.

  • Week 5 Progress: 0%

Find/contact holiday venues as indicated; contact total of 4 businesses for POS sales. Weeks 5-6.

  • Week 5 Progress: 0%

Health, Fitness, and Spirituality:

Samsung Health:

Complete 5K Week 8: Week 5.

 Made up run from Monday, Oct. 30. Struggled with the 20 minute jogging interval.

  • Week 5 Progress: 33%

Tai chi, yoga, and reiki:

Tai chi: Attend class  at least weekly; either Monday evening, or Tuesday and/or Thursday afternoons: Weeks 5-12.

  • Week 5 Progress: 0%

Attend a drop in yoga class at ReVibe: By Week 7.

  • Week 5 Progress: 0%

Mindful Eating:

Eat two vegetable based meals/snacks; Wednesday/Friday: Week 5.

  • Week 5 Progress: 0%

Personal Expression:

Purchase snow gloves: Week 5.

  • I don’t have gloves yet, but I have possibilities. I’ll need to go to a large local mall to return the Torrid bra, and there is an LL Bean store in the same mall. I’ll look for gloves there, or, alternatively, I can use a Kohl’s gift card that came in the mail this weekend.
  • Week 5 Progress: 10%

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Foundations Building Slowly: #ROW80 and #12WeekYear Week 4 Final Update

Hey there! 

On Wednesday, I asked this question:

What is your favorite book, and why do you love it?

Today, I’m going to give you my answer. I have many favorites, but two I come back to again and again. One is fiction, the other a memoir of sorts:

Stranger in a Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein. This is the book that gave us the word “grok” – and opened my eyes to new philosophies and perspectives. It was recommended to me by a sometimes lover in my early twenties, and it was the best thing by far to come from that connection.

Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. While her husband and her firstborn child are more famous, Anne Morrow Lindbergh was a gifted writer and poet in her own right. This book was written during a mostly solitary island retreat, and the stages of a woman’s life are symbolized by different varieties of seashells. Each time I read it, I’m in a slightly different phase of my own life, and understand on a different level.

Now, on to the main event. This wasn’t my best week ever; I think being in a low point in my biorhythm had an effect, as well as the inclusion of the homeschool reports. Still, I did get some things finished, and most things moved forward, so there’s that. =D

Relationships, Family, and Home:

Complete two chapters Stained; one Spellfire, until both are complete.

  • Stained: Chapter Five comments (p. 3/11); 1/2 chapters in progress.
  • Week 4 Progress: About 25%

Complete five hometending rounds in study; three in bedroom; and one on porch: Weeks 4-6.

  • Bedroom 3/3; Study 5/5.
  • Week 4 Actions COMPLETED!

Facilitate Jeremiah’s driving practice thrice weekly: Weeks 4-9.

  • 3/3: More navigation; four lane highways; moderate traffic; hairpin curves; and light rain. He’s really getting the hang of turns and traffic lights. Decided to skip a third session due to being too tired – which shows he can exercise good judgment about WHEN to drive, too. =)
  • Week 4 Actions COMPLETED!

Draft Lise’s Homeschool Quarterly Report: Week 4.

  • ELA; Math, Sciences, and History and Geography sections complete; Arts in progress: 5/10
  • Week 4 Progress: 45%

Professional/Financial:

DIY-MFA Pixels to Platform:

Work on Modules One (due Week 5) and Two (due Week 7). There will be some overlap here.

  • Module One: Input of info into Video 2; Play Sheet 2/3, and created 7 Respondent Research Pages.  Reread Play Sheet 3/3; chose a book to begin the Breadcrumb Process.
  • Week 4 Progress: About 30%

Slaying SEO:

Complete 3 hours/week in this class.

  • 1.5/3 hours completed; watched video and did intros.
  • Week 4 Progress: 50%

How To Revise Your Novel:

Complete three hours of lessons, using “On Any Tuesday Night.” Weeks 4-12.

  • 3/3 hours completed; Lesson 6/22 in progress; p. 6/82; Scene 3/21 in progress.
  • Week 4 Actions COMPLETED!

New Writing:

Trueborn: Solemates (title changing to Among the Firestars):

Plan through Character Arc – Step 8/22. Week 4.

  • Antagonist Sheet in progress; Step 6/22 (Part 2/5).
  • A great deal of insight gained!
  • Week 4 Progress: About 35%

OctPoWriMo:

Write poems 22-28/31. Week 4.

  • Poems completed through 28/
  • Week 4 Actions COMPLETED!

Chef Bluebeard:

Maintain/adapt media schedule: Week 4-12.

  • Simmering ways to adapt schedule as I move through this week.
  • Discovered a major problem with our gestating website, and resolved it with tech support – hooray for me!
  • Week 4 Progress: About 25%

Find/contact holiday venues; contact total of 4 businesses for POS sales. Weeks 4-6.

  • Began drafting a contact letter for cold sales contacts.
  • Percolating a brochure.
  • Checked local listings; no new venues, but names of several businesses to add to our contact list.
  • Week 4 Progress: 2o%

Health, Fitness, and Spirituality:

Samsung Health:

Complete 5K Week 7: Week 4.

  • Workout made up for Wednesday, Oct. 25.
  • Workout completed for Friday, October 27 – I jogged a 15 minute interval for the first time! =D
  • Week 4 Actions COMPLETED!

Tai chi, yoga, reiki:

Tai chi: Attend class at least weekly. Weeks 4-12.

  • Week 4 Progress: 0%

Mindful Eating:

Eat a vegetable based meal Wednesday/Friday: Weeks 4-5.

  • Wednesday: Veggie Panini Sandwich/Side Salad
  • Friday: Rosemary and Sage Acorn Squash Ravioli
  • Week 4 Goal COMPLETED!

 

Personal Expression:

Return Torrid bra for refund/exchange.

  • Week 4 Progress: 25%

Assess jewelry; purchase new pieces as they speak to me.

  • Finished going through my existing jewelry.
  • Week 4 Actions COMPLETED!

Make a list of items I might enjoy adding to my collection: Week 4– 6.

  • Began simmering ideas.
  • Week 4 Progress: 75%

Evaluate wardrobe as the season changes.

  • Decided to get earmuffs; other than that; I’m set.
  • Week 4 Actions COMPLETED!

Purchase snow and driving gloves: Week 4.

  • Looked for snow gloves while shopping w/Lise; no luck.
  • Week 4 Progress: 25%

 

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New Foundations: #ROW80 and #12WeekYear Week 4 Midweek

Hey there!

I’m a bit late getting this update posted. Between the extra post to make my first quarterly adjustment to my 12 Week Year goals, and taking my 13 year old daughter shopping for cold-weather clothing and out to a long-belated birthday lunch (her birthday is in early July)…well, I ran out of day before I ran out of things to post!

Looking at this update feels a bit odd to me. I’ve been very busy the last few days, but the percentages of completion don’t really reflect it. I have a feeling the balance will tip somewhere around Thursday or Friday.

Some weeks are like that.

Like I said, though, I have been busy.  One of my projects was getting back to my Pixels to Platform course. I’m moving forward slowly and beginning to research my audience.

Since you’re reading this, you are a potential part of my research group…and so, I’m going to ask you a question that will help me with my learning process. No worries if you’re not inclined to answer – this isn’t a test! But if you’d like to, please feel free. And if you’d like to go one step further, and answer another question or two, just let me know – I’ve got a pretty comprehensive list to work with!

So, first the question, and then my Week 4 Midweek Progress Report.

What is your favorite book, and why do you love it?

Relationships, Family, and Home: 

Complete two chapters Stained; one Spellfire, until both are complete.

  • Stained: Began Chapter Five comments (p. 1/11); 1/2 chapters in progress.
  • Spellfire: Finished Chapter Eight (left over from last week; doesn’t count toward goal); sent to author. Highlighted Chapter Nine for commenting.
  • Week 4 Progress: About 20%

Complete five hometending rounds in study; three in bedroom; and one on porch: Weeks 4-6.

  • Porch: 1/1; bedroom 2/3.
  • Week 4 Progress: About 33%

Facilitate Jeremiah’s driving practice thrice weekly: Weeks 4-9.

  • 1/3: More night driving, and learning how to navigate for himself.
  • Week 4 Progress: 33%

Draft Lise’s Homeschool Quarterly Report: Week 4.

  • Week 4 Progress: 0%

 

Professional/Financial:

DIY-MFA Pixels to Platform:

Complete Module One. Weeks 4- 5

  • Reviewed remaining Play Sheets, which deal with research and are meant to be done over time.
  • Week 4 Progress: About 50%

Complete Module Two. Weeks 4– 7. 

  • Watched first video; simmering.
  • Week 4 Progress: About 20%

Slaying SEO:

Complete 3 hours/week in this class. Weeks 4-8.

  • 15 min./3 hours completed; watched video and did intros.
  • Week 4 Progress: About 8%

How To Revise Your Novel:

Complete three hours of lessons, using “On Any Tuesday Night.” Weeks 4-12.

  • 15 min./3 hours completed; Lesson 6/22 in progress.
  • Week 4 Progress: About 8%

New Writing:

Trueborn: Solemates:

Plan through Character Arc – Step 8/22. Week 4.

  • Major Plot Points Sheet in progress; Step 4/22.
  • Week 4 Progress: About 15%

OctPoWriMo:

Write poems 2228/31. Week 4.

  • Poems completed through 24/31.
  • Week 4 Progress: About 40%

Chef Bluebeard:

Maintain/adapt media schedule: Week 4-12.

  • Maintaining is tricky – I didn’t build enough leeway or adjustment time into this schedule.
  • Simmering ways to adapt it as I move through this week.
  • Week 4 Progress: About 10%

Find/contact holiday venues; contact total of 4 businesses for POS sales. Weeks 4-6.

  • Week 4 Progress: 0%

Health, Fitness, and Spirituality:

Samsung Health:

Complete 5K Week 10: Week 47

  • Workout made up for Friday, Oct. 20.
  • Workout made up for Monday, Oct. 21.
  • On schedule at last!
  • Week 4 Progress: 66%

Tai chi, yoga, reiki:

Tai chi: Attend class at least weekly. Weeks 4-12.

  • Week 4 Progress: 0%

Mindful Eating:

Eat a vegetable based meal Wednesday/Friday: Weeks 4-5.

  • Week 4 Progress: 0%

Personal Expression:

Return Torrid bra for refund/exchange.

  • Verified return policy and placed in my car; can return in-store, and I know several malls in my area have Torrid stores.
  • Week 4 Progress: 25%

Assess jewelry; purchase new pieces as they speak to me.

  • Finished going through my existing jewelry.
  • Week 4 Progress: 75%

Make a list of items I might enjoy adding to my collection: Week 4– 6.

  • Began simmering ideas.
  • Week 4 Progress: 75%

Evaluate wardrobe as the season changes.

Purchase snow and driving gloves: Week 4.

  • Looked for snow gloves while shopping w/Lise; no luck.
  • Week 4 Progress: 25%

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Reshaped Foundations: 12 Week Year EOQ1/ROW80 Round 4

 The 12-Week Year is still new for me, so I’ve decided to review my goals at the end of each quarter (every three weeks) to make sure they’re still working for me. Here’s my first review, with some adapted goals based upon what I’ve learned during the inaugural three weeks.

Note: This isn’t my Week Four Midweek Update; that will follow a bit later in the day.

Relationships, Family, and Home:

Complete beta readings for Spellfire’s Kiss and Stained Blood (giving back and paying forward).

  • No changes to the overall goal here, but my action plan is shifting. More on that in my midweek update.

I’ll celebrate the completion of each of these books by giving myself an evening of leisure to cap off the effort expended.

Declutter/clean/ organize porch; my side of bedroom; and my study, making these spaces useful and tidy.

  • No changes needed here.

I’ll celebrate the completion of each area by spending some time in it – reading, journaling, having a cup of coffee, listening to music – just some time to quietly and privately enjoy what I’ve accomplished.

Complete required homeschool obligations, including facilitating Jeremiah’s driving practice.

  • No changes to the goal, but moving the reporting action plan forward; I forgot I adjusted the due date by two weeks.

I’ll celebrate the completion/submission of the reports with an evening of relaxation once the reports have been emailed (prior to November 15, 2017). I’ll celebrate assisting Miah by continuing to enjoy our time together, and sprinkling adventures along the way.

Professional/Financial:

Complete the DIY-MFA Pixels to Platform Course and Montoya Digital Marketing’s Slaying SEO class, and devote 3 hours weekly to Holly Lisle’s How to Revise Your Novel course.

  • With  Slaying SEO now active, I’ve adjusted the action plan for this goal to accommodate it.

I’ll celebrate the completion of each course with an hour or two of reflection/brianstorming/dreaming accompanied by a beverage of my choice. I’ll celebrate completing each week’s revision time with an Enterprise episode or fanfiction hour.

New Writing:

Plan, plot, and draft one fantasy novel (Trueborn: Solemates), and write a poem a day for OctPoWriMo.

  • No changes here, either. 

I’ll celebrate the completion of each stage of the novel creation by reading one work of fiction from my Kindle library, and purchasing another (because books!). I’ll celebrate the completion of my OctPoWriMo challenge by compiling the poems and associated drawings into a rough chapbook.

Chef Bluebeard:

Attain average sales of $200/week. 

  • Reduced this goal.

Complete and launch website.

  • No changes here.

Contact 10 business establishments regarding POS placement.

  • Changed goal to be more specific.

Continue scheduling/ selling at local events.

  • No changes.

I’ll celebrate the attainment of this income level with Jim, and with the kids, in a way that will be relevant for us all…since I won’t be the only one involved in this, I don’t want to be the only one determining the nature of that celebration. I”ll celebrate the site launch by sharing it widely, staring at it plenty, and tweaking it as I learn and grow! 

 

Health, Fitness, and Spirituality:

Samsung Health:

Complete the 5K Training Samsung Health, and begin again, to build strength and competency.

  • Changing this a bit. Rather than move right to the 10K, I’m going to repeat the 5K, to gain strength.

I’ll celebrate the end of the 5K Training with the purchase of 2 pound hand weights; and the end of the 12 Week Year training by investigating 5K races for 2018.

Attend tai chi class six times monthly, health and weather permitting, and explore yoga and reiki at ReVibe.

  • Changing goal to six tai chi classes a month, and timing for yoga in action plan.

I’ll celebrate this goal – by doing it! The doing will be its own reward, each time.

Eat three vegetable-based meals or snacks weekly by end of year.

  • Although I’d love to think I’m going to cook every week – well, I’m not that likely to do it. So I’m shifting the goal to simply eating veggie-based meals and snacks.

I’ll celebrate attaining this goal by going out to enjoy a vegetarian meal.

 

Personal Expression:

Purchase three new bras from three sources, and evaluate.

  • No changes needed.

I’ll celebrate attaining this goal by retiring my existing bras – and by getting one more of whichever is my favorite of the new three.

Assess my jewelry and other accessories, and purchase new pieces under $20 as they speak to me.

  • Changing action plan – taking an extra 2 weeks to go through jewelry.

I’ll celebrate the attainment of this goal by finding and purchasing a more efficient place to store my pretty little treasures when I’m not wearing them.

Evaluate my wardrobe as the season changes, purchasing a second pair of jeans; gloves; and other items as needed.

  • No changes needed here.

I’ll celebrate this one by enjoying my new, well-fitting clothing!

 

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Reshaping My Foundations: #12WeekYear/#ROW80 Week 3 Final Update

Hey there! 

It’s time again for my 12 Week Year 1 End of Week 3//ROW80 Round 4 Update. It’s been a productive week, but, one-quarter of the way into my first “year”, I can see that what I suspected at the outset is true – I have too many goals.

Not as many too many as I’ve often had in the past, but my reach is just slightly too far ahead of my grasp. I’m focused, but I seem to be falling a bit short each week, which is a clear sign that I need to dial things back a bit for Year Two.

Of course, that’s still 9 weeks away. So, I’m going to take this week to go through my Year One goals, and lighten them up a little. The point, after all, is to learn to set goals that are a challenge, but are also attainable. If I can’t make the goal with genuine focused effort…the goal needs to shift a bit.

The beauty is that there will be another “year” after this one – and then another, and another, and another. I can grow incrementally, and, even if it’s not as fast as I might prefer, I am doing better than I was when my goals extended over a 52 Week Year rather than a 12 Week Year, which gives me a lot more opportunity to adjust things.

I’ve decided I’m going to do this every quarter-“year.” That way, I won’t start floundering, and lose my momentum because my goals are just a bit too much. And, if I’ve set my bar too low, I can add a bit.

Do you  adjust your goals periodically, or stay the course once you’ve set them?

Week 3 Action Plan Final:

  • Blue, with overstrike: COMPLETED!

  • Green: In Progress.

  • Black: Not Yet Begun

Relationships, Family, and Home:

Complete three chapters Spellfire; one Stained. Weeks: 34.

  • Spellfire: Chapter Eight; 3/3; page 16/24 in progress.
  • Stained: No progress.
  • Week 3 progress: About 70%.

Complete five hometending rounds on porch; three in study; and one in bedroom: Week 3.

  • 5/5 porch; 3/3 study.
  • Week 3 action COMPLETED!

Facilitate Jeremiah’s driving practice twice weekly: Week-3.

  • Replaced my lost license, so I can legally take him out; and discussed with him.
  • Night driving early Friday morning and late evening; 2/2 complete.
  • Week 3 action COMPLETED!

Professional/Financial:

DIY-MFA Pixels to Platform:

Complete Modules One and Two; watch first video for Module Three: Week 3.

  • Module One: reread transcript for Video Two; completed Play Sheet 1/3.  Read through Sheets 2 and 3; they will be done over time.
  • Week 3 progress: about 30%

Slaying SEO:

Begin class: Week 3.

  • Course began Saturday; read first offerings on group page; simmering.
  • Week 3 action COMPLETED!

How To Revise Your Novel:

Complete three hours of lessons, using “On Any Tuesday Night.Weeks 3-12.

  • 3/3 hours completed. Lesson 6/22 Character Sharpening: All materials read and printed; early progress: p 1/82, line 10-11 in progress.
  • Week 3 action COMPLETED!

New Writing:

Solemates:

Complete The Story Toolkit Planning elements through Supporting Characters (Step 7/22): Week 3.

  • Section 2/22 (Worldbuilding) completed. Detouring into Main Character Development from The Writers’ Coloring Book before going back to these; completed 5 Personality Worksheets.
  • Week 3 progress: about 30%

OctPoWriMo 2017:

Complete poems 15-21. Week 3. 

  • 21/31 completed.
  • Week 3 action COMPLETED!

Chef Bluebeard: 

Maintain/adapt media schedule: Week 3-12.

  • Spent about 2 hours on website development.
  • Off target; did nothing for this Tues, Wed, Fri, or Saturday. Still adjusting to new schedule; it’s not habit yet.
  • Week 3 progress: about 45%

Contact three venues and three stores for sales. Week 3.

  • Emailed 1/3 stores and 1/3 venues; heard back from venue contact; will speak again after January 1. She’s an event coordinator, and might really help to fill out our 2018 schedule.
  • Week 3 progress: About 33%

Health, Fitness, and Spirituality:

Samsung Health:

Complete 5K Week 10: Week 37

  • 32 min. Makeup workout from Monday, October 16: 5 min. warmup; 4 min jogging at 4.66mph; 1 min walking at 3.1 mph; 8 jogging; 4 walking; 4 jogging; 1 walking; 5 min. cooldown. Jogged 100% first interval; about 50% of intervals 2 and 3. First time with these intervals.
  • 31 min. Makeup workout from Wednesday, October 18: 5 min. warmup; 8 min jogging at 4.7mph; 2 min walking at 3.1 mph; 8 jogging; 2 walking; 5 min. cooldown. Jogged 100% first interval; about 66% of interval. Longest continuous interval to date.
  • Still 1 workout behind schedule (will be caught up after Sunday‘s run; doing 2 days on, 1 off till caught up.
  • Week 3 action COMPLETED!

Tai chi, yoga, reiki:

Tai chi: Attend class twice weekly; either Monday evening, or Tuesday and/or Thursday afternoons: Weeks 1-12.

  • Took Thursday off due to fatigue from catching up workouts, and needing to take care of some personal business.
  • Week 3 progress: 0%

Cook and eat vegetable based meals.

Cook two vegetable based meals; Wednesday/Friday: Weeks 3-5.

  • Week 3 progress: 0%

Personal Expression:

Purchase three new bras.

Send back Torrid bra; research through HerRoom/Cacique; order 1: Week 3.

New bras are here. Not thrilled with the Just My Size (fits, but very low quality; you get what you pay for). LOVE the Goddess sports bra…LOVE! Supportive, comfortable, and even pretty-ish! That’s a lot for a large-size working bra!

  • I’ll close out this goal as soon as I’ve sent the Torrid bra back from whence it came.
  • Week 3 progress: 90%

Assess jewelry; purchase new pieces as they speak to me.

Go through rest of the jewelry I already have; save and/or discard as I choose: Week 1- 3.

  • Week 3 progress: 0%

Evaluate  wardrobe as the season changes.

Research snow and driving gloves online: Week 2-4.

  • Week 3 progress: 50%