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Quest for Happiness: Week Forty Four

Fitness:

  • Long-term Goal: Shape the body I want and become healthier.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Workout 3x and stay positive about my body, no matter what the scale says.
    • Status: Success! 
  • This Week’s Goal: Walk 3x.

Writing:

  • Long-term Goal: Edit all previously written works. Query one.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Write 4x and stay on WC track.
    • Status: In a sense? So, I changed projects in the middle of last week, so I didn’t meet the WC for the first WIP, because I wasn’t writing it. But I did work on the other novel, so I’m counting that.
  • This Week’s Goal: Figure out plot of Book Two and begin editing first 50 pages.

Reading:

  • Long-term Goal: Read 60 books.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Read every day.
    • Status: Success! And I got in the review, to boot.
  • This Week’s Goal: Try not to read Communication Failure too quickly.

Relaxation:

  • Long-term Goal: Create and maintain a mindset that taking care of yourself is just as important as everything else.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Have a blast with Marie’s visit, a little time off of work and tattoo appointment.
    • Status: Success! I love this time of year, because it’s always so busy with the holidays. ❤
  • This Week’s Goal: Watch my ‘Hawks kick some Wildcat ass. Maybe even start Christmas shopping.

Blogging:

  • Long-term Goal: Increase output over all three blogs, i.e., post more consistently.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Keep up blogging output. Catch up reading blogs.
    • Status: Success!
  • This Week’s Goal: Blog at least once and write review.

Financial:

  • Long-term Goal: Manage money with more awareness, start retirement fund and build savings.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Look up car insurance quotes, reevaluate budget, investigate second sources of income.
    • Status: Success! I (finally) found an insurance plan that works and, though I’m still stressing pretty hard, I think I’m doing okay. Hopefully I’ll be able to get all the Christmas presents I want to for everyone, but we’ll see!
  • This Week’s Goal: Stay frugal on everything but Christmas presents.

Balancing progress and flexibility have been really key, I think–not being afraid to be adaptable when the time comes (like walking a mile when you don’t have time to run or changing a writing project because the muse calls to you) yet still calling it moving forward and accomplishing your goals. Hoping to keep it up as the holidays really begin to get underway!

Cheers.

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Quest for Happiness: Week Forty Three

Fitness:

  • Long-term Goal: Shape the body I want and become healthier.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Keep running despite the cold weather (3x is the goal, this week). Be forgiving if your food intake isn’t the best, especially considering this week officially begins the holiday season.
    • Status: Halfway, I’ll say. I went on two walks last week (including an almost five mile walk that kicked my ass), so almost hit the workout goal. And I definitely kicked off the holiday season with my birthday celebrations over the weekend, which meant a lot of really delicious food that makes me terrified to check the scale on Monday. Stressing a bit about how that’s going to affect my weight loss goals, so trying to work on being a little more forgiving and a little less panicky.
  • This Week’s Goal: Workout 3x and stay positive about my body, no matter what the scale says.

Writing:

  • Long-term Goal: Edit all previously written works. Query one.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Keep up writing (3x, this week, 4x if time allows) progress and remember that this first draft is all about getting the words down, even if they’re shit.
    • Status: Success! Though they weren’t always the best writing sessions, I did write 4x last week and am still on track to finish a draft of this book by the year’s end.
  • This Week’s Goal: Write 4x and stay on WC track.

Reading:

  • Long-term Goal: Read 60 books.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Read The Tethered Mage and write review.
    • Status: Success!
  • This Week’s Goal: Read every day.

Relaxation:

  • Long-term Goal: Create and maintain a mindset that taking care of yourself is just as important as everything else.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Enjoy Halloween and my birthday!
    • Status: Success! 
  • This Week’s Goal: Have a blast with Marie’s visit, a little time off of work and tattoo appointment.

Blogging:

  • Long-term Goal: Increase output over all three blogs, i.e., post more consistently.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Write two personal blog posts and one review.
    • Status: Success!
  • This Week’s Goal: Keep up blogging output. Catch up reading blogs.

Financial:

  • Long-term Goal: Manage money with more awareness, start retirement fund and build savings.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Continue to stay frugal and be aware of my finances
    • Status: Eh. With birthday shenanigans and the need for new running shoes, money is a little tight. Plus, with getting the rest of my tattoo outline done this weekend and the need to start Christmas shopping, I really need to stay aware of my finances.
  • This Week’s Goal: Look up car insurance quotes, reevaluate budget, investigate second sources of income.

Not a bad week, goals wise. It’s crazy to me, though, how much one area can take up my entire mind and every spare thought (which, this week, is my finances and working out/weight). So much so that I’m pretty positive you’ll be seeing blog posts about those very topics this week, so stay tuned for more in-depth thoughts surrounding those areas. Otherwise, I love that I’m keeping up most of my goals!

Cheers.


Quest for Happiness: Week Forty Two

Fitness:

  • Long-term Goal: Shape the body I want and become healthier.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Keep working out and enjoying this nice weather while it lasts. Make something new to eat this week.
    • Status: Halfway! I ran/walked 3x last week, which isn’t too shabby at all. Ate pretty well until the weekend (*shrug* I’m getting there) and didn’t end up making any new recipes and not sure I will this week, either, but we’ll see!
  • This Week’s Goal: Keep running despite the cold weather (3x is the goal, this week). Be forgiving if your food intake isn’t the best, especially considering this week officially begins the holiday season.

Writing:

  • Long-term Goal: Edit all previously written works. Query one.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Write 5x and keep up word count goal.
    • Status: Success!! Though I had two days where I didn’t meet my word count goal, I did write five times, even on the two days where I wasn’t feeling it at all. And the fact that I went from not writing at all to actually writing five days in one week, hell to the yes I’m counting this.
  • This Week’s Goal: Keep up writing (3x, this week, 4x if time allows) progress and remember that this first draft is all about getting the words down, even if they’re shit.

Reading:

  • Long-term Goal: Read 60 books.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Finish Something Beautiful and write review.
    • Status: Success!
  • This Week’s Goal: Read The Tethered Mage and write review.

Relaxation:

  • Long-term Goal: Create and maintain a mindset that taking care of yourself is just as important as everything else.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Enjoy the nice weather before it disappears into misery.
    • Status: Success! 
  • This Week’s Goal: Enjoy Halloween and my birthday!

Blogging:

  • Long-term Goal: Increase output over all three blogs, i.e., post more consistently.
  • Last Week’s Goal:  Keep blogging. Update bio and layout.
    • Status: Success!
  • This Week’s Goal: Write two personal blog posts and one review.

Financial:

  • Long-term Goal: Manage money with more awareness, start retirement fund and build savings.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Continue to stay on top of it. Create a Christmas budget.
    • Status: Success! Though it does feel like I need to get a second job if I’m going to be able to get everyone what I want to get them for Christmas.
  • This Week’s Goal: Continue to stay frugal and be aware of my finances.

It started to feel like winter, this week, and my mindset isn’t really ready for that quite yet. However, not a bad week at all. And as we creep into November this week and only have two months left in the year, I’m hoping to finish strong with these resolutions!

Cheers.


Quest for Happiness: Week Forty One

Fitness:

  • Long-term Goal: Shape the body I want and become healthier.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Keep it up.
    • Status: Success! Combo of running and walking last week, plus ate pretty well. Period hit over the weekend, though, so that definitely wasn’t the best, eating or working out wise, but I’m hormonal, cramping and bleeding. I think I can cut myself some slack, here.
  • This Week’s Goal: Keep working out and enjoying this nice weather while it lasts. Make something new to eat this week.

Writing:

  • Long-term Goal: Edit all previously written works. Query one.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Finish Color Psychology. Write chapter one.
    • Status: SUCCESS. Prolly write a blog post about this, but I’m really stoked that I wrote 4,000 words last week.
  • This Week’s Goal: Write 5x and keep up word count goal.

Reading:

  • Long-term Goal: Read 60 books.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Continue reading KotW. 
    • Status: Success! Finished book, wrote review and started another!
  • This Week’s Goal: Finish Something Beautiful and write review.

Relaxation:

  • Long-term Goal: Create and maintain a mindset that taking care of yourself is just as important as everything else.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Enjoy the hell out of hanging out with friends this weekend. Plus, GEOSTORM.
    • Status: Freakin’ success. That was a pretty awesome weekend.
  • This Week’s Goal: Enjoy the nice weather before it disappears into misery.

Blogging:

  • Long-term Goal: Increase output over all three blogs, i.e., post more consistently.
  • Last Week’s Goal:  Keep up blogging routine.
    • Status: Success! 
  • This Week’s Goal: Keep blogging. Update bio and layout.

Financial:

  • Long-term Goal: Manage money with more awareness, start retirement fund and build savings.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Stay frugal.
    • Status: Pretty decent. Spent a little money, but no more than I planned to, this weekend.
  • This Week’s Goal: Continue to stay on top of it. Create a Christmas budget.

Pretty stoked about my progress and things are pushing forward.

Last week, I actually lost half a pound after having a couple weeks in a row stagnant and maintaining (which I can’t complain about, by any means). Definitely going to have to stay on top of my food intake and running routine if I want to lose these last ten pounds to reach my ultimate weight loss goal. Also stoked that I’m finally writing another novel again and, after getting some feedback from a friend, have an idea how to improve my favorite novel that I’ve written. Also stoked to have found some reading grooves again.

Basically, life’s pretty sweet right now, and that’s really freakin’ awesome.

Cheers.


Quest for Happiness: Week Forty

Fitness:

  • Long-term Goal: Shape the body I want and become healthier.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Look up some different strengthening stretches. Keep up routine.
    • Status: Success! I ran four times and walked once, so that was awesome. Also managed to find some different stretches I might start incorporating.
  • This Week’s Goal: Keep it up.

Writing:

  • Long-term Goal: Edit all previously written works. Query one.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Finish outline, figure out some details and read another section in Color Psychology.
    • Status: Success! I’m really excited about the progress being made and I think…I might it might be time to start writing again.
  • This Week’s Goal: Finish Color Psychology. Write chapter one.

Reading:

  • Long-term Goal: Read 60 books.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Finish the second book in the Gentlemen’s Bastard series and write review.
    • Status: SUCCESS. I’ve been getting back into the reading groove, friends, and my my, what a freakin’ ending that was.
  • This Week’s Goal: Continue reading KotW. 

Relaxation:

  • Long-term Goal: Create and maintain a mindset that taking care of yourself is just as important as everything else.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Find a reason to smile every single day.
    • Status: Success. The smiles and laughter outweighed the tears last week, which, in my book, is always a win.
  • This Week’s Goal: Enjoy the hell out of hanging out with friends this weekend. Plus, GEOSTORM.

Blogging:

  • Long-term Goal: Increase output over all three blogs, i.e., post more consistently.
  • Last Week’s Goal:  Post twice on each blog.
    • Status: Success!
  • This Week’s Goal: Keep up blogging routine.

Financial:

  • Long-term Goal: Manage money with more awareness, start retirement fund and build savings.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Need to look into the bank account again, especially after a weekend of some really fun adventures that I certainly enjoyed, but wasn’t expecting to take out of my wallet.
    • Status: Success. Not doing as badly as I thought. But with the holidays coming up (not to mention a sleeve I wanted to get colored in), I really want to be on top of my money so I can actually get people awesome stuff for Christmas.
  • This Week’s Goal: Stay frugal.

A pretty solid week, friends. A pretty solid week. Time to continue the grind, keep being productive, continue being happy and continue finding ways to challenge myself and grow.

Cheers.


Quest for Happiness: Week Thirty Nine

Fitness:

  • Long-term Goal: Shape the body I want and become healthier.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Workout 4x, log food and keep up new routine.
    • Status: Success! Thanks to a really rainy week, I ended up walking twice and running twice, but I was still getting active, which is the most important thing. Didn’t do the best, food wise, towards the end of the week, but excited to keep at it this week.
  • This Week’s Goal: Look up some different strengthening stretches. Keep up routine.

Writing:

  • Long-term Goal: Edit all previously written works. Query one.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Keep up new schedule, keep fleshing out the outline and start reading one of the novels I checked out for research.
    • Status: Success! Really glad I’ve been able to keep up the writing routine in the evenings.
  • This Week’s Goal: Finish outline, figure out some details and read another section in Color Psychology.

Reading:

  • Long-term Goal: Read 60 books.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Read every night.
    • Status: Success! Still haven’t finished a book in ages, but I have been sneaking in some more writing time.
  • This Week’s Goal: Finish the second book in the Gentlemen’s Bastard series and write review.

Relaxation:

  • Long-term Goal: Create and maintain a mindset that taking care of yourself is just as important as everything else.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Enjoy this beautiful fall weather.
    • Status: Yes? It rained most of the week, but that is fall for you, so…
  • This Week’s Goal: Find a reason to smile every single day.

Blogging:

  • Long-term Goal: Increase output over all three blogs, i.e., post more consistently.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Keep killing it on the blogs.
    • Status: Success! 
  • This Week’s Goal: Post twice on each blog.

Financial:

  • Long-term Goal: Manage money with more awareness, start retirement fund and build savings.
  • Last Week’s Goal: See if I can put some money away in savings this week.
    • Status: Negative. 
  • This Week’s Goal: Need to look into the bank account again, especially after a weekend of some really fun adventures that I certainly enjoyed, but wasn’t expecting to take out of my wallet.

Now that the fall semester is completely underway, I think I’m finding getting my routine underway. Of course, every week presents its own challenges and hurdles, but I’m glad I’ve found a routine that, generally, works for me. The plan is to keep on expanding and evolving so I can keep up progress on these goals.

Cheers.


Quest for Happiness: Week Thirty Eight

Fitness:

  • Long-term Goal: Shape the body I want and become healthier.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Workout 4x, log food and try out new schedule/routine.
    • Status: Success! Even though I only worked out three times, I still kept up with the schedule that I adjusted to last week and it felt amazing. This week, trying to mp it up to four days doing the same thing.
  • This Week’s Goal: Workout 4x, log food and keep up new routine.

Writing:

  • Long-term Goal: Edit all previously written works. Query one.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Try out new writing schedule, fix at least one plot hole, map out main character and research one thing.
    • Status: Success! Similar to working out, I didn’t exactly meet every goal that I wanted to, but I also sat my ass down in a chair and worked on trying to figure this story out, which I’m going to count. Plus, got some research done and am considering some different ideas of how exactly this story needs to be told, and that amount of outlining and brainstorming isn’t the easiest to track, success wise.
  • This Week’s Goal: Keep up new schedule, keep fleshing out the outline and start reading one of the novels I checked out for research.

Reading:

  • Long-term Goal: Read 60 books.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Actually finish this dang book. 
    • Status: Negative. I really, really need to make reading important again.
  • This Week’s Goal: Read every night.

Relaxation:

  • Long-term Goal: Create and maintain a mindset that taking care of yourself is just as important as everything else.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Have fun at the Blues Game!
    • Status: The utmost success. Blues date night was the best win of the week, even if we ended up losing with 4.3 seconds left in the 3rd period.
  • This Week’s Goal: Enjoy this beautiful fall weather.

Blogging:

  • Long-term Goal: Increase output over all three blogs, i.e., post more consistently.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Keep up blogging routine.
    • Status: Success! I’m really digging the consistency I’ve had posting on both blogs. Hoping to keep it up!
  • This Week’s Goal: Keep killing it on the blogs.

Financial:

  • Long-term Goal: Manage money with more awareness, start retirement fund and build savings.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Pay rent.
    • Status: Success (though part of me wishes this was one goal I didn’t have to meet, because ouch, my poor bank account).
  • This Week’s Goal: See if I can put some money away in savings this week.

So, after the laziness I experienced last week, I sat down and wrote out a rough idea of my weekly schedule and then plotted in times to write and run: the two most important things to me. And it made a huge difference. I’m hoping I can keep up that schedule as it continues to get busier throughout the year, because it’s crazy how much my happiness is tied into how often I run and how often I write.

Cheers.