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I came home last weekend from my writer’s conference on an incredible high. I used some of that energy to finished writing my book that I was muddling through for the last year (or at least came to a good stopping point for now).
Monday, I was still bounding with excitement and started working on a new writing project after work.
Tuesday was a hard day on the phones at work, then Cub Scouts started a few minutes after I got home. I was worried about losing that pep in my step so quickly after my awesome weekend. But when everything settled down, I spent a few minutes working on the opening scene to my new book. My mind kept working on the scene while I slept and I added to it when I got up the next morning. My workout suffered, but I was excited about my day again!
Sometimes I think I spend too much time in my own head, but maybe that’s not such a bad thing. Maybe I need to be more intentional and escape into my imagination as a way to escape the mundane. This could be a tool to balance my mood when I’m feeling discouraged or overwhelmed; a way to stay connected to my goals and dreams.
So now to put my theory to the test and experiment with spending more time living in my head, which sounds like a lot more fun than a lot of the other tests I’ve been taking lately! How do you escape reality?
The New Year is goal time and I don’t mean football. Before we get too far into 2015, I wanted to take this time to reflect on my progress on last years goals. I start each year recording my top 10 memories of the previous year and setting 10 goals for the new year.
Of last year’s goals, I completed five. I finished a couple of specific books. I attended a conference. I doubled my target of adding 2000 words to my book. Not only did I finish one class for my insurance designation, but I finished four of the five.
The other half of my goals, I didn’t quite achieve. I wanted to finish the first edit of my short story, but I didn’t even it touch it last year. Another goal was to lose weight, instead I gained weight. I made some progress on the others. I read half of a specific book, I worked on my scrapbook a little bit (and I do mean a tiny bit) and I read 14 of my 24 book goal.
It would be very easy to look at these unmet goals as failures, but I’m choosing to think about why I didn’t achieve those goals. I haven’t worked on my short story because I’m not ready to relive some of the memories the story triggers. I realized a couple of the goals aren’t as important to me right now. My lifestyle isn’t conducive to reading 24 books, so I scaled that goal back. And I didn’t have a plan to make the weight-loss goal become a reality.
- Finish my AIC insurance designation
- Go to a writing conference
- Add 5000 words to my book
- Blog monthly (maybe weekly if I can get back into the swing)
- Read 18 books
- Complete digital scrapbooks for 2011 -2014
- Lose 10 pounds
- Log in food journal 5x a week
- Get a promotion
- Exercise/play with the kids weekly
I’m hoping this is the balance I’m looking for between focusing my goals on what’s important to me while remaining attainable. I’d love to hear your goals for the year. We could support and encourage throughout the year.
I keep getting more and more behind with this whole blogging thing, now I’m slicing November and December in the middle of January! But I’m glad to review the last too months regardless. Maybe this year I can come up with a schedule I can make happen.
.6 – Pounds gained
1 – Book read, Crossed by Ally Condie
29 – Countries visited
48 – Rolls made for Thanksgiving, I thought I’d grab a shower while I let the rolls rise. As you can see that wasn’t the best idea.
49 – States visited
687 – Words added to book
1512 – Page views on Easy As PIE
0 – Words added to my book, I did Christmas instead
2 – Books read, yeah a big finish
2.8 – Pounds gained
12 – Months sliced
20 – Countries visited
25 – Projects completed
46 – States visited
48 – More rolls for Christmas. I had more than I needed for dinner, so I asked my kids if they minded if I shared some of the extra rolls with my team members at work. One of kiddos said, “No, we can eat 30 rolls.”
587 – Pages views
Now that I’ve survived December and have a year of months sliced under my belt for 2013, I’m trying to wrap my head around the New Year. I’m still wrestling with setting my goals for this year so I can move forward and successfully slice another year’s worth of months.
Where did September go? I’m still getting used to my new schedule. How long will it take til the schedule to stop feeling new? As I sliced September, I see I did still manage to get a few things done.
0 – Articles written, I need to make some time for more Arizona Mama writing
1 – Book read, review to follow soon
2 – Food days at work, it’s great to surround myself with people who love food too
4 – Pounds gained; must be all those food days at work
4 – Games of darts, I was on the winning team for the first game
5 – Minutes jogging in place with my Cub Scouts
8 – Projects completed
9 – Guests at a family Labor Day party; we BBQ’d sausages and pineapple, and played ladder ball
30 – Countries visited Easy as PIE
46 – States visited Easy as PIE, apparently the Dakotas aren’t my biggest fans
100+ – Dinners plated for Relief Society; Teriyaki chicken with grilled pineapple, rice salad, fruit kababs and Hawaiian rolls. There were the cutest mini cheesecakes in these cool cylinders.
431 – Words added to my book, just short of my 600 word goal
1006 – Page views to Easy as PIE
Top Posts of September
- Pizza Nachos
- Book Theme Party Decorations
- Family Home Evening: Lehi’s Dream
- Family Home Evening: Joseph Smith’s First Vision Revisited
- Family Home Evening: Joseph Smith’s First Vision
So despite my slow adjustment to working full time, I am happy with how September sliced and look forward to even better October. How did your month slice up?