ROW80LogocopySo, I felt like I rocked April. May stunk, though, for my productivity. After talking to a fantabulously supportive and wise friend, I’m pretty sure I know why. I’m not going to share details, but I think next May, if I remember, I will try to keep it a low key month.

One WONDERFUL thing did happen: We went to a wedding yesterday. Mind you, I feel really old today, as I met the bride when she was 10 and I was, um, more than that. 😛 It was gorgeous. The day was bright and the lake was so calm and pretty. There was just enough of a breeze to keep the skeeters away without being cold.

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. 3 out of 3. 
  • 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 the change: See this post  Done as a 3-parter. (So that knocks out next month, too. 😀 )
  • post 1 interview, review, or article per month, because helping each other out is what writing bloggers do and I have thoughts to share. Done. 1 out of 3 this round.
  • encourage 2 other ROW80ers per check-in, because others need encouragement, too.  Done for 05-25-16

 

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. Timing was off. Will revisit in October. In the meantime, trying to keep the playdates and such coming.
  • invite someone new over, because, too often, I allow self-consciousness about my housekeeping to keep me from enjoying guests.

 

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.
  • play 1 board/card/dinner game per week, because my children love them.  Dinner game: Today my Daddy built…   2 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. Trying.
  • 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. Not this week. Long sunlight = long days outside playing and hurrying to bed. We’ll find out summer routine again, though.
  • get ready for the new school year, because it is necessary and much work during the sunny summer months when the kids can play outside is better than scrambling in August or September. Broken down, this goal includes the following steps:
    • research high school requirements
    • determine objectives for the 2016-2017 school year
    • plan curriculum and resource purchases
    • figure out extras (music, swimming, and so on) for the kids, find teachers/additional therapists, and budget for any classes
    • submit my children’s Individual Learning Plans (ILP’s)
    • begin compiling necessary paperwork for filing an Individual Education Plan (IEP) for Reader and consider filing for Builder
    • figure out a way to make stuff fit
    • update my planning pages to reflect changes

 

Health

I will…

  • walk 1+ hour 40+ minutes per day, 4+ 3+ days per week, because my mind and body do best with long chunks of exercise.  Changing this whole dang thing. It sounded nice, it worked for a while, and then I had a flare up in my hip joints and that was that. SO. The new goal is: Walk every day, even if just 10 minutes at 0.5 mph, but aim for 40 minutes at 3+ mph. Sun. Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat.
  • stretch 6+ days per week every day, 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.)  If I’m going to be walking every day, I need to be stretching every day. Sun. Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat.
  • seek answers to my joint problems, because I want to be able to type and walk when I’m 60.
  • perform 15+ not-crunches-crunch-things a la Cirque du Soliel trapeze guy (see video below) per abdominal grouping (60+ total), 3+ times per week, because my youngest kid is 7 1/2 and I still haven’t recovered much of my core strength. 0 out of 3

 

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. Nope. o out of 100.
  • work on one new home habit per week, because they benefit everyone in the house. (These were all predetermined by me during the summer. I’ll post which goal I’m working on as I pick them. 1 out of 12 this round.
    • THIS WEEK: Roughly follow recently brainstormed 2-week cleaning rotation (see below). Not so much. :-/ I had some stuff to deal with. I’m not beating myself up over it.
    • Previous: Spend 2 minutes cleaning each room as I enter it. Nope.
    • Before that: Get everyone to make their beds every morning. Nope.
    • And before that: Get everyone to bring their laundry down to be washed every morning. Nope.
  • fix up the school walls, because they are getting rather drab and I want them to excite interest and encourage learning. No further progress.

 

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. Had to return before I could get to it. :-/ 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. Not yet started. 1 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. 3 out of 10 articles + part of a podcast. I’m calling it good for now. 0 out of 3 this round.
  • read up to 1 beta book per month quarter, 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. Done for this month. Reason for change: see this post
  • 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. Not yet done.  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. 
  • add 3 scripture-art pieces to my home, because I love seeing Truth presented beautifully. No further progress. 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. Got three beta reads back. Waiting on 2 more.
  • 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. Changed up the way I’m doing this. I was trying to finish revisions I started like a year ago. I’ve scrapped that and started reading with a critical eye from the beginning.
  • 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.

MAKOVSKY, Konstantin Yegorovich The Russian Bride's Attire 1884

The Russian Bride’s Attire by Konstantin Yegorovich Makovsky, 1884.

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