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Quest for Discovery: Week Eight

Hey, friends!

Last week was a pretty awesome week! Stayed on top of all my writing goals, ate well and worked out consistently, plus had a day that broke 60 degrees, so managed to even workout outside and enjoy the beautiful weather, as well.

I started my period in the middle of last week, however, and it hit hard over the weekend, especially emotionally. I’ve either been sad (to the point of crying) or angry, for no apparent reason (and honestly, it’s just annoying). I definitely want to work on being happier, this week, and not letting my emotions gets the best of me, hormonal imbalance or otherwise.

Image result for elegant page break clip artWriting 
Long-Term Goal: Write two new books and edit two books. Enter the query trenches.

Last Week’s Goal: Write 5x. Continue meeting word count.

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. I did manage to write 5x last week, which I’m really stoked about. A couple sessions were a bit harder than others and one session, I did fall short of my writing goal for that day, but I am still ahead slightly on my overall word count goal, so for that, I’m pretty grateful. I’m excited for a couple of scenes that I should write this week and to have already hit 20,000 words, so I’m stoked to continue that process and continue writing this story.

Weekly Goal: Write 6x. Continue meeting word count.

Reading
Long-Term Goal: Read every day, finishing up some old series and keeping up with new ones.

Last Week’s Goal: Finish Embers of War. Write review to come out on the 20th. Start new book!

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. 

Weekly Goal: Finish Kings of the Wyld. Write review. Read every day.

Fitness
Long-Term Goal: Continue living a healthy lifestyle and shaping a body I love and am proud of.

Last Week’s Goal: Check out Rock Chalk Park. Workout 3x. Log food honestly.

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. I didn’t check out Rock Chalk Park, but I did work out 4x (including a four mile walk that was ridiculously heavenly, even if I was also ridiculously sore afterwards). I also logged my food accurately and honestly (and consistently) and only had one bad day last week, eating wise, but I blame my period, 100%.

Weekly Goal: Workout 4x. Keep up good work!

Financial
Long-Term Goal: Learn to have a healthy relationship with money and build my savings.

Weekly Goal: Stay frugal. Reevaluate finances

  • Status: Negative, Commander. I didn’t look at my finances like I planned, but I did stay frugal, so sorta like a half win/half lose situation.

Weekly Goal: Stay on budget and put some more money into savings.

Spiritual
Long-Term Goal: Reconnect with God and grow personally to live more like Jesus.

Last Week’s Goal: Actively work on lessening mental tangents during prayer.

  • Status: Negative, Commander. Still really need to work on this.

Weekly Goal: Pray each night.

Carpe Diem
Long-Term Goal: Find a reason to smile every day and something to get excited about weekly. 

Last Week’s Goal: Have way too much fun on Valentine’s Day. ❤

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. Valentine’s Day was positively wonderful. This week, I get to meet my parents for lunch and am (starting) to get my sleeve filled in, color wise, so it’s a pretty busy weekend on top of usual DnD shenanigans.

Weekly Goal: Smile every day at work.Image result for elegant page break clip art

So, like I mentioned above, definitely going to focus on smiling a lot more and shoving down the wayward emotions, spawned from anxiety, depression or just my period, and instead focusing on all the good that is going on in my life–and I have a lot of it, right now.

Also working on really honing my routine, including getting up at 9:30am instead of 10:30am (or 11am…), working out as soon as I get up and doing my hair each day (because I definitely feel more put together and confident when my hair is done). Then, I’m hoping to even try a new recipe this week or at least make something a little bit different to eat, instead of my usual go-to meals. And, of course, keep up with writing and keeping it a priority.

I can see progress happening and habits forming. No time–or plans–to relent now. I’ve got dreams to achieve.

Cheers.

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Quest for Discovery: Week Seven

Hello, friends!

Last week was a lot of, “Hey, how are you feeling?” or “Welcome back to the land of the living,” which was both sweet and got old really quickly really fast. Yet it was really nice to get back into some sort of routine with work, writing and working out. I really needed that. The fact that I was able to meet my writing goals and eat a lot better (until the weekend) were some boosts my confidence and belief in myself definitely needed. Knowing that I can provides some great forward momentum, which is exactly what I plan to do.Image result for elegant page break clip art

Writing 
Long-Term Goal: Write two new books and edit two books. Enter the query trenches.

Last Week’s Goal: Write 4x. Meet (or exceed) word count.

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. So, apparently writing roughly 1,900 words four times a week (and then another 1,000 on Fridays, since I put writing 5x a week as my writing goal on WriteTrack) is a lot harder than I thought. I’m going to write a blog post about it, hopefully this week, but I’m really proud that I not only wrote four times last week, but with today’s writing, I’m 2,000 words ahead of schedule, which gives me a day’s wiggle room. And that’s awesome.

Weekly Goal: Write 5x. Continue meeting word count.

Reading
Long-Term Goal: Read every day, finishing up some old series and keeping up with new ones.

Last Week’s Goal: Finish Times Shards. Write review. Start another novel.

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. 

Weekly Goal: Finish Embers of War. Write review to come out on the 20th. Start new book!

Fitness
Long-Term Goal: Continue living a healthy lifestyle and shaping a body I love and am proud of.

Last Week’s Goal: Get fully healthy. Get well, but be forgiving if your body isn’t ready to work out, yet.

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. I actually managed to work out twice last week and ate really well, plus logged my food, resulting in losing a pound! Then, Saturday, I ate like shit, so…we’re getting there. Definitely need to continue working on being more forgiving and less manic about seeing progress in this and instead, focus on making it a lifestyle I enjoy.

Weekly Goal: Check out Rock Chalk Park. Work out 3x. Log food honestly.

Financial
Long-Term Goal: Learn to have a healthy relationship with money and build my savings.

Weekly Goal: Make tax appointment. Actually put money into bloody savings.

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. Not only did I make my tax appointment, but I actually got to go last week and it was really lovely to see my Aunt and catch up with her. I also put in money to savings for both January and February, so I’m really stoked about that (but as I’m already seeing some things on the horizon that are probably going to dip into that, I’m now nervous, but oh is the life of constant financial anxiety).

Weekly Goal: Stay frugal. Reevaluate finances.

Spiritual
Long-Term Goal: Reconnect with God and grow personally to live more like Jesus.

Last Week’s Goal: Focus.on.prayer.

  • Status: Negative, Commander. I hardly prayed last week. Really need to change that. But, I did talk with my Mom about getting devotionals (since apparently a problem with shipping caused us to never get ours), so hopefully we’ll make some forward progress on that!

Weekly Goal: Actively work on lessening mental tangents during prayer.

Carpe Diem
Long-Term Goal: Find a reason to smile every day and something to get excited about weekly. 

Last Week’s Goal: Get excited to get back into the routine and being back amongst the living. Plus, hair appointment Saturday!

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. Lots of reasons to smile, last week. Getting my hair done was awesome (especially since I got it done with my Mom, sister and brother). Had a fun game night, met my Aunt for lunch and generally just had a pretty awesome week.

Weekly Goal: Have way too much fun on Valentine’s Day. ❤Image result for elegant page break clip art

I’m not going to lie: this week, I’m most excited about Valentine’s Day, since it’s the first time I’m celebrating it as a holiday and not as Single Awareness Day, like I have the previous 25 years. And my boyfriend and I are kinda going all out and I’m really freakin’ stoked about that, too. But on top of that, it’s continuing the writing grind, looking into a potentially free (!!) gym membership, trying to finish up editing a friend’s book and keeping my fitness and health in check as we (hopefully) start making the turn towards some more consistently warmer weather.

Wishing you good vibes, positive thoughts and marks off your To-Do list!

Cheers.


Quest for Discovery: Week Six

Hello, friends!

Thanks to the flu, I not only missed posting anything for Week Five, but my goals below–which were from Week Four, since I didn’t make any new ones–were far from accomplished, especially the main one I had for that week: to start writing the second book in the Artemis Smith quintet. But with as sick as I got, I’m not beating myself up for not accomplishing anything (I’m just proud I didn’t end up in the hospital). I’m still recovering–this cough is nasty and persistent–so the goals for the upcoming week are a little lower intensity/lower key than what I’d like, but after a sickness like that, you can’t rush the recovery, either, or you’ll be right back to where you were.

And I have no desire to do that again.

Image result for elegant page break clip artWriting
Long-Term Goal: Write two new books and edit two books. Enter the query trenches.

Last Week’s Goal: Start writing Artemis Smith and the Steam Powered Fallacy. Write 4x.

  • Status: Negative, Commander. I ended up falling behind by almost two weeks. I did manage to write the first page last night (*squee*) and adjusting my Write Track goal, I only increased my daily word count goal by a couple hundred of words each day, going from roughly 1,500 to roughly 1,900 per day, in order to still meet my deadline on the 31st of March. So still totally doable.

Weekly Goal: Write 4x. Meet (or exceed) word count.

Reading
Long-Term Goal: Read every day, finishing up some old series and keeping up with new ones.

Last Week’s Goal: Finish The Guns Above. Write review.

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. Plus, wrote another review and start reading another novel that is BAMF.

Weekly Goal: Finish Times Shards. Write review. Start another novel.

Fitness
Long-Term Goal: Continue living a healthy lifestyle and shaping a body I love and am proud of.

Last Week’s Goal: Indoor routine 4x. Log food.

  • Status: Negative, Commander. Yeah, probably no surprise that this one didn’t get accomplished. The weather seems to be improving slightly, but this week it’s supposed to snow, so it doesn’t look I’ll be getting outside to do anything any time soon. But considering my body is still regaining its strength, my main focus will be to eat well and just slowly work my way back into it.

Weekly Goal: Get fully healthy. Get well, but be forgiving if your body isn’t ready to work out, yet.

Financial
Long-Term Goal: Learn to have a healthy relationship with money and build my savings.

Weekly Goal: FRUGAL.

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. One plus of being bedridden is you can’t really spend money if you can’t move, so…

Weekly Goal: Make tax appointment. Actually put money into bloody savings.

Spiritual
Long-Term Goal: Reconnect with God and grow personally to live more like Jesus.

Last Week’s Goal: Actively work on lessening mental tangents during prayer.

  • Status: Negative, Commander. I actually didn’t pray at all last week. My mind was sorta out of it.

Weekly Goal: Focus.on.prayer.

Carpe Diem
Long-Term Goal: Find a reason to smile every day and something to get excited about weekly. 

Last Week’s Goal: Get stoked for family day on Saturday and find a reason to smile, every day.

  • Status: Negative, Commander. I dunno if it’s ironic or not, that I had “find a reason to smile, every day” and then I ended up getting sick for eight days. I am bummed that I missed a lot during that time, including two DnD sessions and a family day I was really looking for to. But, luckily, things can be rescheduled and I’m ready to get back to it.

Weekly Goal: Get excited to get back into the routine and being back amongst the living. Plus, hair appointment Saturday!Image result for elegant page break clip artSo, it was a rough end for January, but that’s okay. Ready to make February that much better, refocusing on my goals, concentrating on my health and putting writing to the forefront.

Let’s do this.

Cheers.


Quest for Discovery: Week Four

Hello, friends!

Last week was a pretty decent week–looking at everything below, it was actually better than that. I finalized some details writing wise, read a good book, got caught up on reviews and blogging and enjoyed seeing some people I normally don’t get to see. I’ve just been in this weird funk, emotionally, where I get sad randomly and it becomes hard to shake, for a bit. I’m not really sure why I’m feeling that way and I’m hoping to try and break out of that funk here soon, because life is just too wonderful to be randomly sad.

So this week, while I still want to accomplish these goals, my main goal will be this: to smile and chase happiness.Image result for elegant page break clip art

Writing
Long-Term Goal: Write two new books and edit two books. Enter the query trenches.

Last Week’s Goal: Finish chapter outline and character profiles. Create map (for fun). Create WriteTrack plan.

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. I got the rest of the characters mapped out and, I have to say, they are going to be quite the cast. I can already tell they are going to be a challenge to write, yet at the same time, I’m really excited to get to know these characters more and continue advancing Artemis’s story. I didn’t outline at all and I plan to try and finish up a rough outline tonight, but even if that doesn’t happen, tomorrow, we begin writing.

Weekly Goal: Start writing Artemis Smith and the Steam Powered Fallacy. Write 4x.

Reading
Long-Term Goal: Read every day, finishing up some old series and keeping up with new ones.

Last Week’s Goal: Finish Karen Memory. Write review and Necrotech review. Read during my meal breaks.

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. Yeah, I’m really, really enjoying making reading a priority again. I missed it a lot and I’ve loved reading every day again.

Weekly Goal: Finish The Guns Above. Write review.

Fitness
Long-Term Goal: Continue living a healthy lifestyle and shaping a body I love and am proud of.

Last Week’s Goal: Indoor routine 3x. Log food.

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. I got in 3 indoor workouts, including adding in another “sheet” to the workout routine that I put together (and those abs workouts are killer). Some parts are definitely harder than others and it takes me roughly 30 minutes to complete, which isn’t bad at all. And I work up a sweat, which I miss. Hoping to keep this routine up and add it on top of running when the weather allows and stop beating myself up when I don’t eat as well as I’d like. This isn’t a race. Stop panicking.

Weekly Goal: Indoor routine 4x. Log food.

Financial
Long-Term Goal: Learn to have a healthy relationship with money and build my savings.

Weekly Goal: Actually put money into savings. Start prepping for taxes.

  • Status: Negative, Commander. Still no money in savings (yet) and I’m anxiously waiting for all of my tax stuff to come into the mail so I can get that sorted. *sigh*

Weekly Goal: FRUGAL.

Spiritual
Long-Term Goal: Reconnect with God and grow personally to live more like Jesus.

Last Week’s Goal: Pray every night without losing focus (too much).

  • Status: Negative, Commander. I try to pray every night, but I often find myself getting distracted and going on mental tangents that spawn from whatever topic I’m praying about. So I’d really like to focus on not doing that.

Weekly Goal: Actively work on lessening mental tangents during prayer.

Carpe Diem
Long-Term Goal: Find a reason to smile every day and something to get excited about weekly. 

Last Week’s Goal: Beat Horizon: Zero Dawn and prepare to have my mind blown. Have fun hanging out with Kylee (and hopefully my sister) on Saturday.

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. Oooh, and that ending, too. Don’t regret immediately buying the DLC. It was great to see Kylee and Tanna, too, plus get caught up in the Avengers: Infinity War countdown with my man.

Weekly Goal: Get stoked for family day on Saturday and find a reason to smile, every day.Image result for elegant page break clip art

So, I got some goals this week. Starting a new book is both terrifying and so exciting, especially since I’ve had scenes and conversations popping into my head the entire past week, so obviously, my brain is ready to go (it’s just a matter of shutting out the doubt, now). Also want to try and get out of this funk that I’ve been in emotionally, because I don’t like just being, “Eh.”

Time to get to work.

Cheers.


Quest for Discovery: Week Three

Hello, fam!

As you can see, I’m posting this update a couple days late (oops), but this is what a three day weekend interrupting your routine does to you (especially when you’re nearing the end playing Horizon: Zero Dawn). Better late than never though, right?

Working out was still a struggle, though I did do my indoor routine one day last week and my body was sore for three days after the fact, so obviously I needed it. And considering I did it again this morning is a good beacon for this week’s outcome, hopefully, but I was a bit disappointed at my inability to make it a priority with my holiday schedule (as my two pound weight gain reflects). Since I’m back on my usual routine, now it’s just a matter of keeping up the indoor exercises until the weather is nice enough outside to run again.

Otherwise, I killed it writing wise (had a day of plot breakthroughs that resulted in five hours of outlining I’m going to finish up this week). Reading during my lunch break (which will switch to my dinner break, now) was magical. I’ve had to spend a bit more money this month than I hoped, with getting a new phone, eye appointments and getting ahead with Valentine’s Day shopping for my man, so hopefully next month will be more reflective of my actual spending habits. I forgot to get the devotional from home when I was there last week, so I’ll have to readjust that plan.

Overall, though? Sorta what I expected with the start of the year/ending of the holidays/getting back into the swing of things; some progress and some hiccups, but the same level of determination to keep pushing forward, despite.Image result for elegant page break clip art

Writing
Long-Term Goal: Write two new books and edit two books. Enter the query trenches.

Last Week’s Goal: Research tropes. Map out second narrative arc. Make gameplan in WriteTrack. Prep for starting novel next week.

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. I didn’t make my gameplan in WriteTrack and I’m not starting it today, like I hoped, but I did have such a breakthrough figuring out the second narrative arc that I can’t help be excited, even if I’m going to start actually writing later than I planned.

Weekly Goal: Finish chapter outline and character profiles. Create map (for fun). Create WriteTrack plan.

Reading
Long-Term Goal: Read every day, finishing up some old series and keeping up with new ones.

Last Week’s Goal: Finish Age of Assassins. Write review (and Necrotech review?). Start new steampunk novel.

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. I finished Age of Assassins (and that one line in the epilogue is still haunting me), wrote the review and started reading Elizabeth Bear’s Karen Memory, which is such a neat steampunk read. Should finish it in a day or two.

Weekly Goal: Finish Karen Memory. Write review and Necrotech review. Read during my meal breaks.

Fitness
Long-Term Goal: Continue living a healthy lifestyle and shaping a body I love and am proud of.

Last Week’s Goal: Exercise indoors 3x. Log food…accurately.

  • Status: Negative, Commander. Worked out once, but didn’t log my food at all. Still weighed, though, and while I wasn’t stoked about the results, I’m not giving into despair yet. I got plenty of work–and time–to do it.

Weekly Goal: Indoor routine 3x. Log food.

Financial
Long-Term Goal: Learn to have a healthy relationship with money and build my savings.

Weekly Goal: Put money into savings. Don’t spend any extra money that I don’t have to.

  • Status: Negative, Commander. I ended up buying a new phone. I didn’t really need one, but my old one was so shit, I really wanted one. It’s making everything a little tighter and will probably have to use my tax return to pay it off, but it wasn’t exactly the best financial week.

Weekly Goal: Actually put money into savings. Start prepping for taxes.

Spiritual
Long-Term Goal: Reconnect with God and grow personally to live more like Jesus.

Last Week’s Goal: Pick up book from my parents. Come up with reading and check-in gameplan with my Mom to implement next week.

  • Status: Negative, Commander. Completely forgot to pick up book and haven’t talked to my Mom about it, yet.

Weekly Goal: Pray every night without losing focus (too much).

Carpe Diem
Long-Term Goal: Find a reason to smile every day and something to get excited about weekly. 

Last Week’s Goal: Enjoy spending some time with my Dad after my eye doctor appointment. Try not to kill Edward after watching Battlestar Galactica.

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. Had fun chilling with my Dad and catching up with my siblings last week, especially as we watched some college basketball. Didn’t watch any Battlestar, but have been grinding Horizon: Zero Dawn and considering I’m at 95% completion…

Weekly Goal: Beat Horizon: Zero Dawn and prepare to have my mind blown. Have fun hanging out with Kylee (and hopefully my sister) on Saturday.Image result for elegant page break clip art

This week, definitely going to focus on the final outlining prep for Artemis Smith and the Steam-Powered Fallacy, so hopefully I can start writing the book next week. Working out and eating better will also be on the forefront of my mind. But mostly, I’ll just be getting back into the habit of working evenings instead of days and trying to survive the cold.

Cheers.


Quest for Discovery: Week One

Hello, fam!

It’s really weird, getting into the groove of being productive again. The holidays always have a way of upending any routine I once had and disrupting the flow, so it always feels a little weird–not to mention intimidating–to get back into the swing of things once again. All morning, I’ve been bouncing back and forth between 20 different things and while it feels good to start working towards my goals again, at the same time, I’m also trying to not get stressed out and overwhelmed.

You know, like how this post was meant to go up on Sunday and it’s, ah, Tuesday.

*shrugs*

But, I’m excited. I’m invigorated from the rest and relaxation. I have a lot of goals I want to accomplish this year and I’m ready to get started.

So, let’s, shall we?

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Writing
Long-Term Goal: Write two new books and edit two books. Enter the query trenches.

Weekly Goal: Map out an online of the second narrative arc (namely, pick tropes I want to twist). Pick out some steampunk reads.

Reading
Long-Term Goal: Read every day, finishing up some old series and keeping up with new ones.

Weekly Goal: Finishing Age of Assassins. Read during my lunch breaks. Write review.

Fitness
Long-Term Goal: Continue living a healthy lifestyle and shaping a body I love and am proud of.

Weekly Goal: Do body exercises 3x. Log food.

Financial
Long-Term Goal: Learn to have a healthy relationship with money and build my savings.

Weekly Goal: Reevaluate budget and get it to a manageable state.

Spiritual
Long-Term Goal: Reconnect with God and grow personally to live more like Jesus.

Weekly Goal: Look up some different devotionals and find one I like. Discuss with Mom and make a game plan of when to touch base (because she’s doing with this me *fistpump*).

Carpe Diem
Long-Term Goal: Find a reason to smile every day and something to get excited about weekly. 

Weekly Goal: Get to Meridian in Horizon Zero Dawn. Have a blast catching up with old friends and at the fantasy football party.

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Looks a little sparse, this week, considering we’re just getting started and there are no goals to report progress on from the week before, but I feel like these are some manageable goals to start out with. I’m trying out a new layout, too, of how to write out these goals…still trying to figure out how exactly I want to do that, so we’ll see if it sticks or if I change it up.

For now, here’s to 2018 and trying to discover–by creating–a better version of myself, one day at a time.

Cheers.


Introducing My Quest for Discovery

Friends.

You followed me on my Quest for Happiness. It had roadblocks and stumblings, wrong turns and backtracking, yet also was filled with learning, success and forward progress. It’s a quest that doesn’t end, but instead, continues in new forms.

This year, it’s time to continue on that quest. It’ll feel familiar, yet also different. It’ll be challenging, but also rewarding. I’ll always quest and strive to create happiness, but for 2018, I thought we could take on a new name, a new focus, that expands on all of the foundations my first quest built, while matching the shape of what I hope to achieve this year.

This year, I embark on the Quest for Discovery.

The layout is the same. Every Sunday, I’ll post goals to help mark the map of how to get from Point A to Point Z. It helps me stay accountable and provides a paper trail to show where I started and where I’ll end, highlighting all the failures and successes that got me there.

Without further ado, here are the long-term goals I’m hoping to accomplish, with a few highlights to describe my vision of how I think I’ll get there.

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Writing: Write two new books and edit two books. Enter the query trenches.

  • On good writing days, I average roughly 1,500 words. So, if I wanted to write (almost) every day and get a first draft of (roughly) 80,000 words, it was take (practically) two months to write. So, add in some missed days, some unproductive sessions and time to outline and panic, and I think it’d take roughly three months to write a new novel. Same for editing (though I can prolly edit in a month, depending on the weight of the edits). 12 months in a year, so four projects to focus on. I like this idea. It feels breathable, yet challenging.
  • Editing wise, I’d like to tackle the NA trilogy I wrote. I have at least one major change I want to make to book one (I lied, I can already think of two) and though it’s been on the shelf for a while and has a lot of issues, I still think this series has hope. So I’d like to get through the first book, definitely, and start working on the second book, if I can.
  • Writing wise, I want to write book two in Artemis’s series. I think I’ll spend the first two weeks of January trying to get the book outlined (out of the double narrative within it, there is one mapped out and one still needing to be fleshed out) and then start writing on January 15th. Then, have a draft done by March 31st. I also really want to reattempt writing the first book I shelved last year, during the fall.
  • To achieve this, I’m going to use an amazing app called WriteTrack to help plot when I should be writing and goal word counts. I first tried this with the sci-fi project last year and even though I shelved that project, I really loved that app. It was helpful to schedule days I knew I wouldn’t write (like Saturdays) or change the weight on the days I was writing, so my goal word count changed. And the progress bar is always wonderful. My goal is to work on writing related things Sunday through Thursday every week.

Reading: Ready every day, finishing up some old series and keeping up with new ones.

  • I’d like to start reading during the lull moments of the day. Random 10 minutes here, 20 minutes there, because it really adds up. Also, reading during my lunch would be awesome, as well as the hour before I go to bed.
  • Carry a book with me everywhere.
  • In early January, I’ll prolly take an afternoon to look through all of my books that I own and highlight some series I really want to finish this year, as well as some single books I’m really feeling. Who knows, maybe I’ll even write a blog post highlighting them and then write a couple updates throughout the year of how I’m doing.
  • But, ideally, the goal is to finish a book every two weeks (but, for Goodreads, I’ll round up to 40 books for the year), if not more, and then write a review for each book I read.

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Fitness: Continue living a healthy lifestyle and shaping a body I love and am proud of.

  • Main goal is to lose these last 10 pounds and reach my goal weight of 160 lbs.
  • I’d really like to tone up some areas that are still a little flabby (lower back, hips, thighs, ass, arms) and focus not only on cardio, through running, but also add in some strength training. I’m not sure how that’ll look yet.
  • Ideally, I’ll run four times a week–either Monday through Thursday or Monday through Friday, with Wednesday being a rest day. After running, I plan to stretch and incorporate whatever strength training I’ll add in. I’ll prolly stick with running 30 minutes per day or roughly 2 miles.
  • ^^ With this, though, winter is always really hard, with crappy temperatures, bad trail conditions and a different work schedule. So I’ll probably wait to try and implement this until January 15th, when I’m back on my normal work schedule, and then play it day by day until spring comes.
  • Food wise, just want to continue using the principles of Naturally Slim to keep myself eating a healthy amount of food, without sacrificing the carbs I love so much. Would really like to increase my water intake and protein consumption, though.

Financial: Learn how to have a healthy relationship with money and build my savings.

  • First off, in the first week of January, I’m going to reevaluate my budget, based on my spending last year and also incorporate putting money into savings every month. My savings account will not only serve as a backup nest, but also as my (hopefully) travel fund. The goal is to put in $100 per month into savings, starting in January.
  • I want to figure out a way to become less stressed in regards to money. I don’t want to break out into nervous sweats whenever I spend any or constantly feel like I’m behind. Though I know there are some challenges ahead, especially when I go on my own healthcare plan after this year, I am also doing okay and I need to recognize that.

Spiritual: Reconnect with God and grow personally to live more like Jesus.

  • This goal I’m actually the most nervous to have, because my spiritual relationship with God is one I don’t mind talking about, but it’s also personal, so writing about it weekly will be a different experience with me. But I’m not as close with God as I feel I used to be and I want to remedy that, through incorporating more prayer and perhaps a devotional or online weekly service.

Carpe Diem: Find a reason to smile every day and something to get excited about weekly. 

  • This goal, I’m substituting my Relaxation Goal for, and expanding upon it a little bit. I enjoyed tracking how I wanted to relax each week, because it reminded me how important that was to purposefully plan to relax and make time for myself (or family and friends) every week. I want to expand upon it and make it more general; not just relaxation, but general happiness and enjoying every day.
  • I’m also hoping, through focusing on this, that I can lessen some things I struggle with, like my anxiety and depression, as well as overthinking everything, getting overly stressed out, confidence issues, self-doubt, jealousy, plus loads of other things I wouldn’t mind improving/erasing/managing.

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My Quest for Discovery is focused on a lot of things, as you can see. It’s mostly focused on discovering how I can be the best version of myself and what that woman looks like (as well as putting in the effort becoming her); as well as what stories I can discover and how I can dedicate my life to writing them. I have no idea how this quest will go, but at the moment, I’m feeling excited and invigorated, because instead of feeling like I’m setting up impossible resolutions doomed to fail by February, I know I can do this. I’m proved it before. I can prove it again.

Welcome, friends, to 2018 and my Quest for Discovery. I can’t wait to see what you discover about yourselves, too.

Cheers.