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Foundation in Flux:  ROW80/12 Week Year Week 10 Midweek

When I posted my Week 9 Final Update on Sunday, we were looking forward to Jim’s first session of chemotherapy on Monday, and hoping it would signal the beginning of a “honeymoon” where he might get to feeling better for a while. We were thinking of travel, a family portrait – and just enjoying.

Things didn’t quite work out that way.

Jim had allergic reactions to two of the drugs used in his regimen. That caused his blood pressure and heart rates to get scary-high, and he ended up admitted to the acute care ward. They’ve discovered that the cancer in his liver has compromised function; so a stent is being considered. They’ve also found some potential concerns with his heart.

When (if?) chemo resumes, they’ll be using a different regimen less likely to cause reactions.

According to Jim (I haven’t spoken with his doctors yet), they have more questions than answers right now.

I can relate.

 I feel as though I’m poised on the edge between two worlds and two lives…it’s hard to settle or plan too far in advance. For instance, today’s plan is to rest – I’ve been running places for the last week and a half. I’m writing, hometending, and hoping to help Lise pick her Christmas tree today, along with laundry and a bit of shopping.

But, if Jim needs me…well, I’ll be heading out to the hospital about an hour away.

Everything’s in flux, but sometimes life’s just like that, y’know?

Relationships, Family, and Home: 

Beta Reading:

One chapter of either Spellfire’s Kiss or Stained Blood each week, as possible: Weeks 10-12

  • Stained Blood: Highlighted Chapter Six for beta-ing.
  • Week 10 progress: about 10%

 Hometending:

Complete three hometending rounds each in bedroom; porch; and study: Weeks 10-12.

  • Week 10 progress: about 8%

Complete one hometending round bathroom; family room; kitchen; and living room each week. Week 10-12.

  • 1/1: Kitchen; bathroom; living room.
  • 2/1: Family room.
  • Week 10 goal: EXCEEDED.

Homeschool Administration:

Facilitate Jeremiah’s driving practice four times weekly, circumstances dependent: Weeks 10-12.

  • Jeremiah drove on the interstate. At night. In a steady, foggy rain. He was wary and nervous, and did a fine job, nonetheless. 1/4.
  • Week 10 progress: 25%

Professional/Financial:

DIY-MFA Pixels to Platform:

Give 30 minutes/week to Modules One/Two: Weeks 10-12.

  • Week 10 progress: 0%

How To Revise Your Novel:

Complete 30 minutes of current lessons, using “On Any Tuesday Night”: Weeks 10-12.

New Writing:

Among the Firestars:

  • Complete Plotting elements: Weeks 10-12.
  • Complete Rough draft: Weeks 10-12.

Complete Lesson One of Holly Lisle’s Flash Fiction mini-course: Week 10.

  • Read all introductory materials; and to first stop point of Lesson One.
  • Printed all lesson and worksheet pages for later use.
  • Week 10 progress: about 15%

Chef Bluebeard:

Research changing thrust/ownership of website: Weeks 10-12.

  • Week 10 progress: 0%

Organize/inventory existing stock: Week 10.

  • I combined this goal with cleaning the living room (where most of the stock was; began sorting full bottles from those waiting to be filled; moved to family room table to organize later.
  • Week 10 progress: about 15%

Create plan to liquidate/publicize liquidation: Weeks 10-12.

  • The seeds of a plan are rattling around in my brain. They aren’t a cohesive plan by any means, but they are slowly coalescing into the beginnings of one…
  • Which took its first shaky breaths on Tuesday night. We’ll see where it goes once I’ve finished the inventory.
  • Week 10 progress: about 10%

Health, Fitness, and Spirituality:

The Big Scary Thing:

Spend the time needed to learn and adjust to the reality of Jim’s condition, and to deal with the circumstances as they evolve: Weeks 10-12.

  • Way more of this than I wanted, actually. Between the medical front and the documentation front, my brain feels so full of information that it’s kind of leaking out around the edges into everything else.
  • Week 10 progress: about 75%

Seek and accept help as needed/offered.  Also seek out those willing to help organize, because it’s hard for me to think about that while focusing on Jim, the children, and myself: Weeks 10-12.

  • Yes, in several ways I’ll probably detail more in Year 2 (Round One 2018).
  • Week 10 progress: about 75%

Fitness and Health:

Listen to my body, mind, and soul, and give them the types of exercise, stretching, and challenge they need in trying times:  Weeks 1012.

  • Doing the best I can, here. Monday was a lot of sitting with Jim while he was at chemo. Hometending on Sunday and Tuesday; and some much-needed rest.
  • Week 10 progress: about 25%

Mindful Eating:

Eat three vegetable based meals/snacks; aim for Monday/Wednesday/Friday: Week 10-12.

  • Eating in general has been dicey, this week, with time spent in hospitals.
  • Week 10 progress: 0%

Read instructions for Instant Pot: Week 10.

  • Week 10 progress: 0%

Experiment with Instant Pot veggie-based meals: Weeks 10-12.

  • Week 10 progress: 0%

Personal Expression: 

Purchase ear muffs: Week 10.

  • Not ear muffs, exactly. But while Miah and I were at Target, I found a cute knit headband and a bonus neck warmer (like a cross between a turtleneck and a scarf). Bought both.
  • Week 10 and Year One goal: EXCEEDED.

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Foundations That Accommodate:  ROW80/12 Week Year Week 9 Final

As I write this in the wee hours of Sunday morning, we’re a little over a day away from Jim’s first five-hour chemotherapy treatment, which will be followed with another 46 hours of at-home infusion via a pump, which will be attached and detached by a visiting nurse…

And our house is more of a mess than I’d like. In part, it’s the result of a busy week of appointments, car repairs, errands, and little sleep for me. In part, it’s that my efforts to prepare for the journey to come have included purchasing much needed dishes and flatware, as well as an Instant Pot that may alleviate the issue of food…Jim, as a chef, is far better than I am at that kind of thing; but I want to be better, so he can enjoy eating without needing to prepare, but also so I don’t have to add another huge, repetitive task to my already formidable list…

And so there are wrappings, and things I’ve been organizing, and…life.

I probably worry about that kind of thing more than I need to…and, really, life is an amazing thing for any home to be full of…

Still, the next hours will see me trying to get the place tidied…not so much for the nurse, but for those of us living here – all four of us.

Sunday Evening Update: Things look a lot better than they did when I wrote the above. I’m now taking the rest of the night off, for my region’s NaNoWriMo2017 TGIO* Party.

Are you a fan of a tidy house, or not really concerned if things get cluttered?

*Thank Goodness It’s Over, in case you were wondering!

Blue with Overstrike – Goal completed.

Green – Goal in progress.

Black – No progress.

Relationships, Family, and Home:

Beta Reading:

One chapter of either Spellfire’s Kiss or Stained Blood each week, as possible: Weeks 9-12.

  • Stained Blood; Chapter Five: I finally got back to this. I left off a few weeks back on page 5/11; now on 11/11pages completed and submitted to author.
  • Week 9 goal: COMPLETED!

Hometending:

Complete five hometending rounds in bedroom; three on porch; and one in study: Week 9.

  • Bedroom: 5/5
  • Porch: 3/3
  • Study: 1/1
  • 9/9 total.
  • Week 9 goal: COMPLETED!

Complete one hometending round bathroom; family room; kitchen; and living room each week. Week 9.

  • Living room, kitchen: 1/1.
  • 2/4
  • Week 9 progress: 50%

Homeschool Administration:

Facilitate Jeremiah’s driving practice four times weekly, weather and car dependent: Week 9.

  • 1/4 practice runs completed.
  • I got my car back on Friday; he drove to do errands with me on Saturday.
  • Week 9 goal progress: 25% completed.

Draft Miah’s homeschool report: Week 9

  • Week 9/Year One goal COMPLETED!

Revise/proof/update attendance/submit homeschool reports: Week 9.

  • Done and submitted in the wee hours of Friday morning.
  • Week 9/Year One goal COMPLETED!

Professional/Financial: 

DIY-MFA Pixels to Platform:

Give 15 minutes/week to Modules  One/Two:  Weeks 9-12.

  • Week 9 goal progress: 0% completed.

Slaying SEO:

Get all revelant materials from the Page/blog links, so I can work on this when life permits: Week 9.

  • Week 9 goal progress: 0% completed.

How To Revise Your Novel:

Complete 15 minutes of current lessons, using “On Any Tuesday Night”: Weeks 9.

  • Week 9 goal progress: 0% completed.

New Writing:

Among the Firestars:

Complete Plotting elements: Week 9.

  • Week 9 goal progress: 0% completed.

Chef Bluebeard:

Research changing thrust/ownership of website: Weeks 9-12

  • Discussed again; decided to keep it as Jim’s site for now; might be a way to move inventory when I finish and activate it.
  • Week 9 goal progress: about 10% completed.

Organize and inventory stock; research business establishments for potential wholesale opportunities: Weeks 9-12.

  • Some organizing, and some discussion with Jim regarding wholesaling.
  • Made some decisions on how best to organize stock for inventory.
  • Week 9 goal progress: about 20% completed.

Consider whether selling at local events is still desirable/feasible; if so, think about adaptations we’d need to make: Weeks 9-12.

  • Introduced the topic with Jim; no resolutions, but it’s on our radar.
  • Week 9 goal progress: 20% completed.

Mind, Body, and Soul: 

The Big Scary Thing:

Spend the time needed to learn and adjust to the reality of Jim’s condition, and to deal with the circumstances as they evolve: Weeks 9-12.

  • Wednesday and Thursday appointments completed. Jim now has a central line port for blood draws and chemotherapy infusion, we’ve seen the infusion bay, and had a chemo conferenced. First cycle of chemo scheduled for Monday.
  • We’ve made a start on a multitude of paperwork that needs to be filed so Jim can receive disability. #babysteps
  • Week 9 goal progress: about 60% completed.

Seek and accept help as needed/offered.  Also seek out those willing to help organize, because it’s hard for me to think about that while focusing on Jim, the children, and myself: Weeks 9-12.

  • When a good local friend messaged to ask how we were, and offered help, I made two small suggestions; things that would be of great value to me.
  • Reached out to a Facebook group for ideas/tips for our new Instant Pot.
  • Asking for help is still uncomfortable; neither of us was raised to do it. I’m adapting by remembering that, when folks feel powerless, being able to offer even small bits of assistance makes them feel better while it helps us. That’s a worthy trade.
  • Week 9 goal progress: about 35% completed.

Fitness and Health:

Listen to my body, mind, and soul, and give them the types of exercise, stretching, and challenge they need in trying times:  Weeks 9-12.

  • Deep cleaning, moving furniture, and organizing.
  • Finally took a walk with Jeremiah Saturday night.
  • Week 9 goal COMPLETED!

Mindful Eating:

Eat three vegetable based meals/snacks; aim for Monday/Wednesday/Friday:  Week 912.

  • Veggie pizza and salad; Monday.
  • Veggies and noodles: Tuesday.
  • Autumn squash Panera soup: Wednesday.
  • Sweet potato/quinoa; autumn squash soup/chicken Cobb salad: Friday.
  • Butternut squash ravioli: Saturday
  • 5/4 meals/snacks.
  • Week 9 goal EXCEEDED!

Personal Expression:

Purchase ear muffs: Week 9.

  • Briefly looked in one catalog, no luck.
  • Week 9 goal progress: 20% completed.

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Breathing Into My Foundations:  ROW80/12 Week Year Week 8 Final

A *funny thing has been happening since Jim received his diagnosis….

In the midst of this time when the possibility for Jim to grow old with me, or even to see the children through their final run-up to adulthood has been whisked away from us…

I’m seeing possibilities everywhere, and in everything.

Maybe, when life is shaken to its foundations, the resultant tremors and shifts open up new landscapes and new perspectives. Maybe it’s as simple as the fact that I’m trying to be present here in the moment, where all the magic lives, and, at the same time, to look ahead and try to anticipate our needs, and potential trouble spots, before we get to them…or maybe it’s just the book I’m reading (You are a Badass by Jen Sincero).

Whatever it is – I’m seeing alternatives I hadn’t, before…and having choices is breathing new air into my shaky foundations…and giving me the strength to find stable places in which to anchor myself, and my family, as we move forward…still together.

*Well, actually – I’m not sure “funny” is quite the right word. But then, I’m not sure there really is a “right” word, either…so let’s just go with it, OK?

Have you ever had a revelation (or a whole series of them), when faced with a serious challenge?

Relationships, Family, and Home: 

Beta Reading:

One chapter of either Spellfire’s Kiss or Stained Blood each week, as possible: Weeks 8-12.

  • Week 8 Progress: 0%.

Hometending:

Complete five hometending rounds in bedroom; three on porch; and one in study: Weeks 89.

  • Bedroom: 5/5
  • Porch: 3/3
  • Study: 1/1
  • Week 8 goal COMPLETED!

Complete one hometending round bathroom; family room; kitchen; and living room each week. Weeks 8-9.

  • Living room, kitchen, family room, and bathroom rounds completed; 4/4
  • Week 8 goal COMPLETED!

Homeschool Administration:

Facilitate Jeremiah’s driving practice thrice weekly, weather dependent: Weeks 8-9.

  •  1/3 practices completed.
  • Hopefully, repair will be made in next week or two, and we can get back to it.
  • Week 8 Progress: about 33%.

Draft Miah’s homeschool report: Week 8.

  • Sciences Section completed; Social Sciences (4 subcategories categories) in progress, 6/16.
  • Week 8 Progress: about 30%.

Revise/proof/update attendance/submit homeschool reports: Weeks 8-9.

  • Week 8 Progress: 0%.

Professional/Financial:

DIY-MFA Pixels to Platform:

Give 15 minutes/week to Modules One/Two:  Weeks 8-12.

  • Week 8 Progress: 0%.

Slaying SEO:

Get all relevant materials from the Page/blog links, so I can work on this when life permits: Week 8.

  • Week 8 Progress: 0%.

How To Revise Your Novel:

Complete 15 minutes of current lessons, using “On Any Tuesday Night”: Weeks 8-12.

  • Week 8 Progress: 0%.

New Writing:

Among the Firestars:

Complete Plotting elements: Weeks 8- 9.

  • Week 8 Progress: 0%.

Complete 50,000 words of rough draft: Week 8.

  • Despite taking Thanksgiving Day off to just relax, I managed to chip away at the total, and, with a surge at the end, cross the 50,000 word line sometime very early Saturday morning.
  • Wednesday, November 22: 1,884 words.
  • Thursday, November 23: 0 words.
  • Friday, November 24: 5,151 words.
  • Saturday, November 25: 1,155 words.
  • Total word count: 50,270/50,000 words.
  • NaNo Official Word Count: 50,633/50,000 words.
  • Year One Goal EXCEEDED!

Chef Bluebeard:

Research changing thrust/ownership of website: Weeks 8-12.

  • Week 8 Progress: about 15%.

Complete plan for offering wholesale opportunities: Weeks 8-9.

  • Began organizing materials to inventory current stock.
  • Week 8 Progress: about 25%.

Discuss how/if to address/publicize selling at local events in future: Weeks 8-9.

  • Posted a status giving a general health update, and acknowledging that our business model is going to have to change.
  • More thought on how to move forward.
  • Began cleaning/organizing the stock area; in preparation for inventory. Once we have numbers, it will be easier to decide on an approach, going forward.
  • Week 8 Progress: 20%.

Body, Mind, and Soul:

The Big Scary Thing:

Spend the time needed to learn and adjust to the reality of Jim’s condition, and to deal with the circumstances as they evolve: Weeks 8-12.

  • Mostly, at this point, dealing with things as they arise; appointments and clearing other items off my list, so I can have the focus, time, and acuity needed to delve into the learning aspects.
  • Week 8 Progress: about 50%.

Seek and accept help as needed/offered.  Also seek out those willing to help organize, because it’s hard for me to think about that while focusing on Jim, the children, and myself: Weeks 8-12.

  • More responding to individual messages. Still haven’t needed help; still considering what types of help will be most, well, helpful.
  • Week 8 Progress: about 75%.

Fitness and Health:

Listen to my body, mind, and soul, and give them the types of exercise, stretching, and challenge they need in trying times:  Weeks 812.

  • My body seemed to most need to rest and recharge this week.
  • A fair amount of hometending through the course of the week.
  • Week 8 progress: about 50%.

Tai chi: Attend Monday, Tuesday and/or Thursday classes; work around schedule and energy levels: Weeks 8-12.

  • Week 8 Progress: 0%.

Mindful Eating:

Eat three vegetable based meals/snacks; aim for Monday/Wednesday/Friday: Weeks 812.

  • Acorn squash ravioli on Monday; vegetable lasagna on Tuesday; blueberry smoothie on Wednesday; Chinese vegetables and rice on Friday; pomegranate seeds on Saturday.
  • 5/3 for the week.
  • Week 8 goal EXCEEDED!

Personal Expression:

  • Acquire new, more efficient jewelry storage: Week 12.
  • I began setting up my new system. I might want to buy a couple of tiny wooden knobs for the jewelry box.
  • Week 8 and 12Week Year goal COMPLETED!

Evaluate and purchase ear muffs: Weeks 8- 10.

  • Week 8 Progress: 0%.

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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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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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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%

 

 

 

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Spontaneous Building: 12 Week Year/#ROW80 Week 2 Final Update

Hey there!

As I noted in my midweek update, which I didn’t get posted until Friday, the week began with a fall festival and a dinner for two, and quickly moved on to a rather stressful drive to Rochester, New Hampshire, where I discovered I’d left my computer bag sitting on the family room table – 4 hours away – an occurrence which meant that I did no work on any of my goals from then until early Friday morning.

That was compounded by the fact that, although we’d had this trip planned for months, I somehow forgot to take that fact into consideration while planning my very first 12 Week Year, so the workload was unrealistic even if I had taken the laptop and decided to work (not something I do well when I travel, under the best of circumstances).

And then…

Last night, I happened across a local friend’s Facebook picture. He and his wife were waiting in a very long line for the annual Candlelight Tour of the General Philip Schuyler House – an event I planned to attend, but somehow thought was scheduled for Monday night, even though that really doesn’t make much sense.

So, I decided to feed my Hamilton passion (Schuyler was Alexander Hamilton’s father-in-law); a way for me to partake in my rich local history (the Battles of Saratoga were fought in my hometown); and indulge in some writing research (parts of my Philodosia story occur in this house, by night).

I waited about 2 hours in line. Chatted with the folks in front of me, and, after a while, volunteers and rangers (the Schuyler House became part of Saratoga National Historical Park in 1950) moved along the line sharing information and stories, and taking questions.

We only toured the downstairs rooms: main hall with surveying office at the end (this was a working country house, not a mansion); parlor, dining room, and the kitchen where only slaves and servants generally entered. In the kitchen (maybe my favorite room), I joined the Old Saratoga Historical Association, and volunteered for training on giving the tour, which would be #awesomewow!

Needless to say, my Week Two doesn’t look stellar – but progress toward goals isn’t all that matters in life, and it was a full-rich week, in other ways.

How do you handle it when life offers treasures that weren’t in your game plan?

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Schuyler House by Day, September, 2016. Photo by Shan Jeniah Burton.

Week 2 Action Plan Progress:

  • Blue: Completed.

  • Green: In Progress.

  • Black: Not Yet Begun

Relationships, Family, and Home:

Complete beta reading for two chapters Spellfire; one Stained. Weeks: 1-5

  • No progress on Spellfire this week.

  • Chapter Four of Stained completed (but not readable by author, so I need to resent the file); Chapter Five highlighted for future comments.

  • About 33% progress for Week 2.

Complete five hometending rounds on porch; three in study; and one in bedroom: Weeks 1-3.

  • All rooms addressed and quotas met (although I’m a little shocked I managed it).

  • Goal COMPLETED for Week 2.

Facilitate Jeremiah’s driving practice twice weekly: Weeks 1-3.

  • No progress this week, by mutual decision.

Professional/Financial:

DIY-MFA Pixels to Platform Course:

Complete Module One: Week 2.

  • No progress this week.

Holly Lisle’s How To Revise Your Novel Course:

Complete three hours of lessons, using “On Any Tuesday Night.” Weeks 1-12.

  • No progress this week.

Solemates:

Complete Planning elements: Weeks 1-2.

  • No progress this week.

OctPoWriMo 2017:

Complete 31 poems. Week 15.

  • 14/31 poems completed.

  • Goal COMPLETED for Week 2.

Chef Bluebeard:

Create social media schedule: Week 2.

  • Prototype schedule created; I’ll use it for this year, then assess it in Year 2.

  • Goal COMPLETED.

Contact three venues and three stores for sales. Weeks 1-3.

  • About 15% of goal completed for Week 2.

Health, Fitness, and Spirituality:

Samsung Health:

Complete 5K Week 10: Week 2-7

  • Runs from Friday, October 6, and Monday, October 9 completed; still 2 behind.

  • About 50% of goal completed for Week 2.

Tai chi, yoga, reiki:

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

  • I was away on all available class days.

  • No progress this week.

Cook a vegetable based meal.

Cook a vegetable based meal on Wednesday: Weeks 1-2.

  • Helped prepare a veggie-rich Wednesday meal.

  • 50% of goal completed for Week 2.

Personal Expression:

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

Go through the jewelry I already have; save and/or discard as I choose: Week 2 3.

  • Went through heart-shaped trinket box which holds most of my jewelry.

  • Goal COMPLETED for Week 2.

Evaluate wardrobe as the season changes.

Purchase snow and driving gloves: Week 2-4.

  • No progress this week.

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