This check-in will be short because I got zip done on any of my goals in the past week. Zip, nada, null, rien, and many other cognates in lots of other languages. I did think a lot, and had a wonderful time with the kids and grandkids. As a result of the thinking, I wrote a long post about life goals on my Lapidary Prose blog, which gives more delineation of the changes I have made to my goals. I haven’t managed to make them SMART yet, but I’m getting there.
Health: Lose ½ pound to 1 pound a week
Exercise 45 minutes a day 5 days a week
Stop purchasing and eating empty calorie foods.
Family: Contact each of the kids every week.
Devote one weekend evening to time with my husband.
Friends: Contact one friend a week until contact is well established.
Continue to contact my closest friends at least once a week; unless that is unworkable for them, and adjust accordingly.
Writing: 1½ hours a day, 7 days a week, on the articles I have to publish.
½ hour a day, 7 days a week, on the dissertation.
½ hour a day, 7 days a week, on creative writing.
2 hours a week writing a book review until I am caught up. I have read 10 novels or novellas by RoW80 participants and will write those first; I have 6 written by other authors which will come next; I have 6 more by RoW80 participants that I need to read that will be next.
Day job: Disappear from the face of the earth on days off, vacations, and evenings. That means do not answer the phone, do not check work email, do not go to the office “just to finish up this one little thing.”
Work 40 hours a week.
I mentioned in my life goals post about how much I hate ice. I remembered a conversation I had with my aunt, who never travelled outside of Georgia except to visit her daughter in Jacksonville, FL. The first time I ever broke a bone (I’ve broken 16 now) was when I was in graduate school in southern Indiana and slipped on black ice, breaking my elbow. When I told my aunt, she asked, “But honey, why didn’t you walk around it?” To which I replied, “I would have had to walk to Louisville to do that.” I loved her approach to life–straight on and full of common sense. It was rare that she was wrong, and only when she had a gap in her knowledge, since she had more wisdom than most.
I hope all of you have a lovely week.