ROW80 Check-In – 3.2: Start Again

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They say that the hardest thing to do is start.  You know what your passions are, you can see the life you want to be living, you can identify in clear detail your Dream Goals.  You know these things, but that’s enough, right?  You have to start pursuing your goals.  You have to take the first step.  Well, I think maybe the second hardest thing is to start again after a period of absence or a short pause from focusing on your goals and evolving into who you want to be.

Write 7000 words each week.  301/7000.  This week of writing has gotten off to a much different start than last week.  Yes, being on vacation helped, but I also neglected to protect my writing time on Monday morning and the result is that the week didn’t begin the way I wanted.  Monday was a zero day, as was today.  The first zeroes of the month.  I am not going to be too hard on myself here, because today I actually spent some time thinking about what it would look like if I took the step of outlining a publishing plan for 2018.  Does anyone else do this? If so, what does yours look like? I am planning to post the novella I’m working on now as a serial on my website, and thinking about how I might want to continue doing that in 2018.  This is all to say that even though I didn’t spend this morning writing, I did writing stuff, and that’s important, too.

Journal everyday.  10/10.  Truly, my journal has helped me keep perspective this week.  I can’t explain how grateful I am that I started journaling on a regular basis again.

Read one book a week.  Nothing new to report here.

  1. The Sisters Brothers – Patrick DeWitt
  2. This Side of the Grave – Jeaniene Frost
  3. Turn Coat – Jim Butcher
  4. Surrender – Lisa Renee Jones
  5. The Return of Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle
  6. Ride Rough – Laura Kaye
  7. Entice Me – J. Kenner
  8. Anchor Me – J. Kenner
  9. Ripley Under Ground – Patricia Highsmith
  10. Demon from the Dark – Kresley Cole
  11. Just One Touch – Maya Banks
  12. Hard As Steel – Laura Kaye
  13. Hard Ever After – Laura Kaye
  14. The Iscariot Sanction – Mark A. Latham
  15. Random – Craig Robertson

Write one book review for my blog each week.  Nothing new to report here.

Walk/Run twelve miles each week.  It was not easy starting back on this goal after being away for eight weeks.  But, I did start again, and I’ve added walking/running to my daily calendar.  My overarching goal for 2017 is 100 days of exercise (walking/running/yoga).  I’m officially at 30%.  There’s still work to do here (lots of it, in fact) but at least I’m not at 0%.

  • Tuesday = 2.30 miles / 45 minutes (30/100)

One of the successes of this week so far is that I did a major redesign of my website.  I wasn’t thrilled with the previous iteration but now I love it.  I also committed to watching some of the WordPress tutorials so that I can learn a bit more about how to customize my site.  I still don’t have word debt for CampNaNo, but I will have to get some writing done in the next few days in order to meet my goal and complete my current WIP by my self-imposed deadline of 8/15.

Are you the kind of person who makes a daily or weekly to-do list? What is the first item on your list?  You know, that number one thing that must get done?  Is your number one priority item, once complete and checked off, something that will get you closer to achieving your goals, closer to living the life you want to be living? If the answer is no, then what can you do today to prioritize your Dream Goals?

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Have a great week!

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Congrats on your progress! Every success is worth celebrating.

    I like the idea of outlining a publishing plan. I have some general ideas in my head but haven’t written them out. I’d like to do that.

    1. Anderson says:

      It’s my Type A personality coming out. I really do much better with schedules and deadlines so I think a publishing/writing plan would work for me. I’ve been making a first draft but hope to tweak it a bit more in the coming weeks. We’ll see how it goes. Thanks for dropping by!

  2. Eden says:

    I like the layout you’ve chosen for your blog, And with these solid goals you’ve set, looks like you’re on your way to a pretty awesome round of words. As I’ll be soon devoting some time to those same WordPress videos, I’m glad to hear you found them useful. Even with different learning types possibly being involved, it’s always nice to hear about some successes.

    1. Anderson says:

      Thanks, Eden. I also watched a few of the BlueHost videos on how to setup a WordPress site on YouTube that were informative. I learned several tricks that I didn’t know, including stuff about SEO. Appreciate you stopping by!

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