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We celebrated my Reader’s** birthday on Sunday. She is *GASP* 14 years old now. It’s hard to believe that little 4 1/2 lb. preemie whose whole world revolved around me is now an almost full grown young woman who’s counting the days until she can leave for college. 😛

Color Coding Key

  • Red – Not started.
  • Pink – In progress.
  • Green – Ongoing goal completed for the check-in/week/month.
  • Aqua with strike out – Goal reached.
  • Yellow – New goal.
  • Plain text with strike out followed by Orange – Goal altered.
  • Gray – Goal dropped. (Hopefully there won’t be any of these.)

Blogging

I will…

  • participate in Mirth and Music Monday 3+ times per month, because my buddy Rose D’Andrea has been awesome to keep it going for this long and I want to show her support. Also, it’s fun. 4 out of 3 this month. 4 out of 9 this round.
  • participate in WIPpet Wednesday 2+ times per month, because I want to support my WIPpeteer buddies with encouragement and take advantage of the opportunity to be encouraged. Participate in WIPpet Wednesday 1+ times per month. Reason for change: I have come to a point in Queen of Bears where there is a LOT of accent wrangling and translating. This is very time-consuming. The bright side: Tai backstory hints. 2 out of 2 this month.
  • post 1 interview, review, or article per month, because helping each other out is what writing bloggers do and I have thoughts to share. Not yet done. 0 out of 3 this round.
  • encourage 2 other ROW80ers per check-in, because others need encouragement, too. Done for 04-17 10 2out of 50 this round.

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Community

I will…

  • start 3 social skills groups to meet weekly, because 3 out of my 4 and many other children in Anchorage and the surrounding communities are in need of a safe, semi-structured environment in which to practice skills most people take for granted. Playdate scheduled for this coming Monday and I have more venues to contact.
  • invite someone new over, because, too often, I allow self-consciousness about my housekeeping to keep me from enjoying guests. The physical therapist is visiting today, so unless something goes wonky after this posts, this goal is achieved. YAY!!!

 

Family

I will…

  • collect school samples for each subject from each child weekly, because it will make paperwork time easier thus allowing us to take a small break at the end of the semester. Not yet done. 0 out of 12 this round.
  • play 1 board/card/dinner game per week, because my children love them. Not yet done. 0 out of 12 this round.
  • compliment each member of my immediate family on a specific action or attitude every day, because nice words help good things grow. I think I slipped on this one a bit, but there have been lots of smiles and joking going on, so that’s something.
  • read to the kids 3+ nights per week, because it gives them books in common to discuss among themselves and it creates fond memories they can enjoy together in the future. 1 out of 3 this week. 1 out of 36 this round.

 

Health

I will…

  • walk 1+ hour per day, 4+ days per week, because my mind and body do best with long chunks of exercise. Not yet done. 4 out of 48 this round.
  • stretch 6+ days per week, because it prevents tension headaches and multiple other aches and pains, and because it’s fun to watch people’s eyes pop when I show off. (Just being honest.) Not yet done. 4 out of 72 this round.
  • seek answers to my joint problems, because I want to be able to type and walk when I’m 60. Answers received. Medication started.

 

Homemaking

I will…

  • purge our wardrobes, because the laundry situation is out of control 
  • remove the popcorn ceiling in the living room and kitchen, because I don’t like popcorn ceiling, I want to paint the ceilings, and it will save money over hiring a professional to de-popcorn the whole house. Not yet started.
  • add 100 stars to the half-bath, because it’s a tiny room that needs something extra special to compensate for the limited space. Not yet started. o out of 100.
  • work on one new home habit per week, because they benefit everyone in the house. (These were all pre-determined by me during the summer. I’ll post which goal I’m working on as I pick them. 0 out of 12 this round.
    • THIS WEEK: Spend 90 sec. cleaning a room whenever I enter it. Not yet started. (I really will get there.)
  • fix up the school walls, because they are getting rather drab and I want them to excite interest and encourage learning. Took down the old in preparation for the new. 

 

Reading

I will…

  • read 1 book club book per month, because it will challenge me to read books I might not otherwise have considered and give me the opportunity to discuss them with others. Book still on hold. :-/ 0 out of 3 this round.
  • read 1 non-fiction book per month, because learning about Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, teaching, and so on gives me inspiration and wisdom for being the best I can be for my family. Listening to the audiobook version of The Autistic Brain by Temple Grandin0 out of 3 this round.
  • read 1 book OR 10 articles on writing OR marketing per month, because writing is my chosen profession and I want to be one of the best. 1 article read. 0 out of 3 this round.
  • read up to 1 beta book per month, because I can’t expect others to help me if I don’t help them. It’s also lots of fun to get sneak peeks and have the satisfaction of knowing I helped someone improve their writing. Reached for this month. 1 out of 3 this round.
  • read 1 just-for-fun book per month, because reading is my escape and I don’t want to burn out on it with obligatory books. Reached for this month.  1 out of 3 this round.

 

Spirituality

I will…

  • write 1 journal entry per week, because reflection helps me to see how God has blessed me during the week. Not done. 0 out of 12 this round.
  • add 3 scripture-art pieces to my home, because I love seeing Truth presented beautifully. Not yet started. 0 out of 3.

 

Writing

I will…

  • publish 1 short story on Kindle and Smashwords, because it will allow me to familiarize myself with the process. Selected story and lined up 4 beta readers for May.
  • finish the current round of editing on Faerie Blood, because I have been stalled out long enough and the things that were stopping me before are gone now. A few thousand words closer to the end.
  • complete character backgrounds for Zeeb, Seraph, and Kel, because I want to reevaluate my series plan and I believe knowing my characters well will help me write a better story. Not yet started.

 

Many thanks to Kait Nolan for hosting ROW-80, Shan Jeniah Burton for encouraging me to join in, and to all the sponsors who help us along the way. To join, visit this page for details.

Motivation

K.L. Schwengel made me this meme. 😀 Click on it to visit her.

 

 

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