ROW80 Check-in #70 Beauty in Contrasts

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Life is full of contrasts, from morning to night, from birth to death. Each point on the spectrum has its beauty and each has the ability to take you completely off guard.

This week I helped my in-laws celebrate 50 years of marriage. They’re an amazing couple. So, I was not surprised at the amount of family and friends that came to celebrate. They re-danced their first dance while my husband and his brother sang and played the guitar. At that exact moment, in the background, was a video of them dancing their first dance at their wedding. It was beautiful.

Also in this same week, we’ve had health scares for an Aunt and a young cousin. A friend learned of her good friend’s cancer and another friend lost her pet.

The contrasts are brutal and each remind you how short life can be. As I move from one busy week right into another one, I will strive for balance and to see beauty even in the contrasts.

I picked Paul and Mackenzie from SYTYCD once again this week. This piece is choreographed by Mandy Moore. The contrasts of strength and breath here is quite extraordinary.

The Goals – week-6 results

    • Spend at least 1-hour a day with my characters – done.
    • Daily progress in writing craft, word count, editing, and/or plotting – kind of done. On Monday, I finished another round of edits on my upcoming debut and sent them back to my publisher. The rest of the week, I struggled to spend time on my WIP. Instead, I spent time reading and enjoying books.
    • Workout a minimum of three times a week and round it out with plenty of water, sleep, and my calorie limit – kind of done. I got in 3 workouts, but I blew my calorie limit.
    • Weekly Nia study (i.e. studying the song/movement structure) – kind of done. I danced the 3rd new routine. Wow. I picked some great routines and this one might be my favorite. 😀 WEEK 7 PRIORITY
    • Stay on top of my co-op preschool Treasurer responsibilities – done. I didn’t have to do anything this week. Yeah!
    • Organize something in the house each week & clean something in the house every day – not done. WEEK 7 PRIORITY
    • Spend time in the garden – done, but I’m hosting a party next weekend. So, this needs to be a priority again. WEEK 7 PRIORITY

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3 thoughts on “ROW80 Check-in #70 Beauty in Contrasts

  1. I get a little giddy inside when I hear an author say the words “upcoming debut.” 🙂

    I also spent my week reading more than writing/editing. I have my work cut out for me the rest of this round. However, I honestly think that I won’t get a lot done until school resumes.

    I also thought this last week about the milestones and cycles of life. As we left the vet office, minus one black cat, there was a black kitten in the lobby waiting to be adopted. It was a small reminder that life moves on. I’ve also been thinking about this as two close friends are about to send their now-adult children off to college, and I’m not that far behind doing the same with my kids. Life is simply not static, and we have the choice whether we will change and grow with it.

    Have a lovely week!

    • Me too, Julie. It’s such an exciting time. I’m not sure what the days ahead will look like. I need to keep moving forward before I lose my mind, lol.

      Oh Julie, you’re giving me the chills and sweet tears. Life is certainly not static. You can waste a lot of time trying to keep things from changing.

      Thank you. I hope you have a lovely week too. ((hugs))

  2. Contrasts = great way to look at life’s changes. My daughter (and only child) is going off to college in a week & a half, so that’s going to be a big change for me and my husband. In contrast, I’m making an effort to reconnect with old friends, and meet some new ones. I like how you put “kind of done” on some of your goals – also a good way to look at it! Keep up the good work, and have a great week!

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