ROW80 Check-in #56 One Step at a Time

This round I’ve challenged myself to be the best I can be. Some weeks that will mean reaching all of my goals and some weeks it will not. The promise is to be the best I can be. Our best effort does not always mean accomplishing everything. I’ll need to simply be honest with myself and take a fresh look at each week.

Each week I want to take advantage of what I learned and accomplished in the previous week and set myself up for success, not failure. So, what did I learn this week? What did I accomplish?

I learned why it takes me so long to recover after crazy, fun times. Jenny Hansen had this post in her A to Z challenge this week. I learned I’m 89% introvert. Wow. 89%. Geesh. I adore my family and friends and I love spending time with them, but after, I need time to recover and here’s why: Introverts gain energy from time spent by themselves.

I Promise to no longer fault myself for taking time to recover.

Last week (Easter week) I hosted my family and spent four days at an in-door water park surrounded by people. I was exhausted by the end of the week. I had such big plans for the time between rounds and wanted to start round 2 with a bang, but I needed time to recover. Ugh. Nope, I promised, remember. 🙂

I took time over this past weekend to recover and Monday I was fresh and ready to be the best I can be. Sweet. I finished my Margie packet. Yeah! I started a new craft book. I got back into editing my WIP and even spent time with Nia. Sweet.

Now, this weekend I’m spending time with my two besties from high school. Squee. I love those two ladies, but by Sunday night I’ll be in recovery mode. I’m hoping to start fresh on Monday. We’ll see what happens. I’ll remember my promise and not let my recovery ruin my week.

Did you learn something about yourself this week?

The Goals – week-1 results

  • Spend at least 1-hour a day with my characters – done.
  • Daily progress in writing craft, word count, editing, and/or plotting – done. I finished lecture 9 and the wrap-up in my Margie packet and a finished another round of edits on my WIP. I was planning to start a new Margie packet right away, but I’ve started to read another book and then I’ll get back to Margie. I’m really enjoying Writing Love: Screenwriting Tricks for Authors II by Alexandra Sokoloff
  • Workout a minimum of three times a week and round it out with plenty of water, sleep, and my calorie limit – not done. Boo. I kept up the water and calorie limit, but I only worked out once and I didn’t get enough sleep. WEEK 2 PRIORITY
  • Weekly Nia study (i.e. studying the song/movement structure) – done. One of the things I adored about studying ballet was the repetition.  Each morning was spent at the bar doing the same or similar movements. The simplest moves can be very complicated when you take the time to break them down and feel your way through each one. Nia has a similar process and it’s called the 52-moves. It’s been sometime since I took the time to think and feel my way through each move in the Nia practice. This week I took the time and the practice was invigorating.
  • Stay on top of my co-op preschool Treasurer responsibilities – done. We’re getting close to the end of the school year and finally some of the pressure is drifting away. I attended a parent meeting this week and collected tuition payments.
  • Organize something in the house each week – I prepared my home for company this week and my hubs started his spring project of finishing the walls in our boys basement play room. It’s his task, but I’m pretty excited about it.

What you might have missed here this week:

Spotlight: Marooned with the Millionaire by Sandra Bunino <– fabulous, must read book

Flash Fiction #40 – Chasing Alison

Cover Reveal: WEREWOLVES BE DAMNED by Stacey Kennedy

18 thoughts on “ROW80 Check-in #56 One Step at a Time

  1. I’m always keen to see your goals and watch you meet them. I should define mine so well. I think I don’t so I won’t have too much self-flagellation when I don’t meet them (which would be often).

  2. Rockstar job on yoru goals, Sidney! I’ve been dreadful about ROW80 for the last few rounds. I’m so proud of you. And THANK YOU for including my Introvert vs. Extrovert post. 🙂

  3. Be the best you can is a great way to evaluate ourselves! So much better than beating ourselves up when we don’t accomplish all we wanted. And you accomplished quite a lot this week – great job and keep up the good work!

  4. Your clear goals are inspiring! Thank you! I appreciate most the clarity of your goals and how you simply marked DONE. Yes, it is far too easy to get judgmental and stressed out when we don’t reach our goals. ROW80 helps me to be more accountable. I’m just not measurable . . . yet! May the week be a good one for you.

    • Keep it simple. <–such a good theme. I used to push myself harder, but I couldn't keep it going. Now a days, I try to keep it simple. Forward movement everyday and that's all I'm asking for. Thanks. I hope the week is good for you too, Beth.

  5. I’m definitely an introvert, but I have figured out how to manage that for the most part. Thankfully, I’m married to an introvert who understands that need to wind down. My bigger personality challenge is that last letter (P for me). I love starting projects, but trudging through to the absolute total finish is less compelling. LOL. I like to leave things open, like editing/revising a book ad infinitum. Not a good idea. I am learning to introduce external prods to push myself through. Knowing your personality can really help you know how to approach your work.

    Great week overall! Fabulous goals this time around.

    • My husband must be somewhere in the middle. He enjoys the crowds more than me, but it is really easy to get him to simply stay home with me. He’s my prince 🙂 Learning these things are so helpful. Love the aha moment. Thanks, Julie.

  6. Great approach to the challenge, looking at what you can learn and always moving forwards. When you talk about spending time with your characters, is it just writing or do you include daydreaming about them, etc?

    • Thanks, Buffy. Time with my characters is actually anything but writing. I fill my thoughts with scenes I have not yet plotted or I simply think about how they’d spend their day. I learn all kinds of things about my characters during this time. It seems to really work for me.

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