Quest for Happiness: Week Seven



Let’s see how I fared this week, hm?


  • Long-term Goal: Shape the body I want and become healthier.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Run outside twice and go to the gym twice.
    • Status: Partial! I did run outside twice, which was awesome. And then my period hit, which derailed all working out possibilities. So, I’m still counting this as a successful week, yet I’m going to repeat that goal and see if I can do both this week (I’m still trying to figure out a balance between free weights at the gym and cardio outside).
  • This Week’s Goal: Run outside twice and go to the gym twice.


  • Long-term Goal: Edit three books, write four new books and query at least one.
  • Last Weeks Goal: Read beta feedback and make editing game plan for Artemis. Edit short story.
    • Status: Success!! Short story edited (and posted) and read through the questionnaire responses over Artemis Smith this afternoon. A lot of really great ideas and critiques to muse over. And I feel so excited and rejuvenated about writing, which I haven’t felt in ages. YES.
  • This Week’s Goal: Read through line edits, map out editing plan.


  • Long-term Goal: Read 60 books.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Read every other day, at least.
    • StatusSuccess! Though it wasn’t every other day, I did read four days last week, so it’s practically the same thing.
  • This Week’s Goal: Finish Break the Chains and write review.


  • Long-term Goal: Increase output over all three blogs, i.e., post more consistently.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Catch up reading on blogs.
    • Status: Success! I spent a day trying to catch up and comment on the blogs that I had been wanting to read yet kept running out of time to. I know I still missed some, but I’m glad I was able to catch up enough that I don’t feel it breathing down my neck.
  • This Week’s Goal: Write twice on personal blog.


  • Long-term Goal: Manage money with more awareness, start retirement fund and build savings.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Find a budgeting/financial app that is useful.
    • Success! Two different friends suggested Mint and I downloaded it. It seems very, very promising and I’m excited to look more into it and figure out some of the features.
  • This Week’s Goal: Make a budget.

Well, holy shit. That was a pretty damn good week. Kuddos to you, Week Six. Now let’s keep it rolling into Week Seven!



About Nicole Evans

Nicole Evans is a writer of fantasy and science fiction. She is currently unpublished and is working fervently to get the "un" removed from that statement. With six books under her belt and more on the way, she loves to write about destined heroes who fail anyway, twisting classic tropes on their heads, animals who feel more like people and, hopefully, about characters and worlds for you to have an opinion about. She really can't wait for you to read these stories.  Considering she has run out of space for putting rejections letters up on her wall, Nicole now uses her spare time doing the typical things that nerds do: blogging, dying repeatedly during video games (which she believes is retribution for the characters' she's killed), wishing she was the character she is currently reading about and trying to fight off the real world by living in her own head, with varying degrees of success. Nicole has a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Film and Media Studies, and works as an evening librarian assistant. View all posts by Nicole Evans

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