2017 Goals Third Check In

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Alright, who sped September up? I swear it just started and now it’s nearly over. Thinking back since my last check in, everything is blurring together in my mind. While one of my goals was to be more social this year, I did not intend for my social calendar to explode. I don’t know how people do it all—I’m bloody tired.

As I sit here looking at my goals list, I wish I had revamped it during my second check in. The year shaped up much differently than I had anticipated when I drafted those goals, and I know I am not going to be checking very many off come December.

I’m not letting that get me down though. Things are currently rolling in an excellent direction, just not the direction I envisioned nine months ago. Good surprises are always fine with me though.

Here’s how I’m doing and what I’m changing:

  • Write at least 3 days a week –I’m happy to say that I have not missed a week since May. I got my act together in July and I am on top of this one. I’ve even increased my word counts the past few weeks. Am I writing enough? No, but it’s a start.
  • Submit each short story at least three times over the year –I am going to be really happy if I submit “Brew Disaster” even once more this year. I dropped the ball badly with this one.
  • Read a minimum of 68 books over the year –Again, I have good reading weeks and I have bad reading weeks. I’m in the midst of a not so great one. I seriously need to make more time for reading.
  • Write a new short story –I have lost the mojo of my current story and have not given it the attention required to figure things out.
  • Learn how to meditate –I’m still doing really well with this goal—which is a relief! I’ve learned recently that to get the most out of meditating, 10 minutes minimum a day is necessary for me.
  • Keep up the good exercise trend! –I’m doing very well with this one too. The social calendar has affected it a bit, but I think I’m balancing it out well. Now that winter is here (it snowed yesterday, I was not mentally prepared for that), this should get more attention again.
  • Cook –I’m still cooking for myself before yoga…if we work with a loose definition of “cook”. However, I have started a food board on Pinterest in an effort to pique my interest. We’ll see how that works.
  • Try something new –Hmm, this one has also been well handled. I went out for sushi last month, which I’ve never done before. I enjoyed it. I can’t think of anything else at the moment.
  • Look on the bright side and lose the frustration –As always, this is a work in progress.
  • Participate in NaNoWriMo 2017 and exceed 2015’s word count –TBD, NaNo is creeping up!
  • Finish writing RA2 –Ah, my goal was to be done this in three months. This month. It’s getting pushed to I-don’t-know-when. I’m still working on a five year plan, which I discussed on E.V. Writes, and these books are a focal point therein.
  • Turn RA1 into a readable manuscript –see above. Oy.
  • Read outside my comfort zone: Add plays and poetry –I’ve yet to tackle this though the poetry book is literally beside me as I type. I have to have a talk with myself. Yeesh.
  • Change one habit each month to be greener –In September I took some steps to stop using plastic sandwich bags, though I am touch and go with this one. I need to step up my game. In August I did my research and found a face cleanser with scrubbers that are naturally sourced because my skin was not happy with the plain cleanser I had switched to. And (TMI warning), in July I invested in reusable pads. I’m definitely sold on those, for the record.
  • Leave the day job at the day job –I have not excelled at this goal lately. It’s been a bit of a rough go.
  • Make time for hobbies –I don’t know why I neglect the things that make me happy.
  • Learn how to make a t-shirt quilt –I’m going to repeat exactly what I said last time: This is more of a winter activity, but I should plan when I want to get it accomplished.
  • Be more social –I’m tempted to put be less social on here now. I nailed this one.
  • Explore different writing communities –I let this one fall off my radar utterly and completely. Again.
  • Be accountable to the 6 month plan –I’m being very good about my wall tracker.

All in all, I’m standing about where I thought I would be as soon as I decided to tackle this update. Planning is a key weakness throughout here. I need to learn how to plan properly and execute effectively in my personal life.

How is everyone else faring?

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