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Quest for Happiness: Week Eighteen

Fitness:

  • Long-term Goal: Shape the body I want and become healthier.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Alternate running and lifting.
    • Status: Kicked ass. I worked out six–yeah, six–times last week, running three times and lifting three times. It felt amazing. It was amazing. Now to keep it up (maybe not six days every week, but definitely every time that I can).
  • This Week’s GoalKeep up working out.

Writing:

  • Long-term Goal: Edit three books, write four new books and query at least one.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Research. Write. Edit.
    • Status: Still…nothing. Lord help me, I don’t understand what I’m so scared of. Why I am constantly putting writing on the back-burner so I can complete everything else. I hate it and something’s gotta change. Immediately.
  • This Week’s Goal: Research. Write. Edit.

Reading:

  • Long-term Goal: Read 60 books.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Finish The Bloodbound and write reviews.
    • Status: Almost! I did finish both The Bloodbound and Warlock Holmes, though I only wrote a review over one.
  • This Week’s Goal: Write review and 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: Play Andromeda during the thunderstorms.
    • Status: Complete! Not only did I get to play Andromeda during the storms, but I also BEAT the game. Booyah.
  • This Week’s Goal: Read outside once when the weather is awesome. Figure out a new video game to conquer.

Blogging:

  • Long-term Goal: Increase output over all three blogs, i.e., post more consistently.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Blog twice.
    • Status: Complete…if you count the Week Seventeen goal’s post, which, honestly, I usually do. But I was hoping to get two additional posts written.
  • This Week’s Goal: Catch up on reading blogs!

Financial:

  • Long-term Goal: Manage money with more awareness, start retirement fund and build savings.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Reevaluate finances for May.
    • Status: Sorta. 
  • This Week’s Goal: Only buy what is necessary.

So Week Seventeen, a little bit of heartbreak motivated some killer workouts–and I still managed to get some other things done, too. And though I feel pretty proud of that, I’m still upset that I’ve been unable to overcome this weird, fear-inspired mental block when it comes to my writing. I haven’t felt whole in months. So I must figure out something. A change in routine, lessening my commitments, reorganizing my schedule…something. Hopefully this week, I can figure it out.

Cheers.


Week Seventeen

Check the level, bro.

Fitness:

  • Long-term Goal: Shape the body I want and become healthier.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Workout three times. Practicing eating slowly and actually tasting all of my food.
    • Status: Sorta. I did work out three times, but I still haven’t mastered the eating slowly concept of the Naturally Slim program. Eating quickly is going to be hard habit to break.
  • This Week’s GoalAlternate running and lifting.

Writing:

  • Long-term Goal: Edit three books, write four new books and query at least one.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Research how to make characters have more depth. Edit two chapters. Finish short story.
    • Status: Nada. Why is this so difficult to accomplish!? 
  • This Week’s Goal: Research. Write. Edit.

Reading:

  • Long-term Goal: Read 60 books.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Finish The Bloodbound and Warlock Holmes: The Hell-hound of the Baskervilles.
    • Status: Halfway. I did finish Warlock (which, holy shit), but I haven’t finished Bloodbound yet.
  • This Week’s Goal: Finish The Bloodbound and write reviews.

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: Finish the loyalty missions!
    • Status: Nada. While I didn’t play Andromeda last week (and still need to do Peebee’s loyalty missions), I did hang out with friends and celebrate my best friend getting married, so I’ll count that as some relaxation.
  • This Week’s Goal: Play Andromeda during the thunderstorms.

Blogging:

  • Long-term Goal: Increase output over all three blogs, i.e., post more consistently.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Blog twice.
    • Status: Nada. Didn’t blog at all, but sometimes, you just run out of time.
  • This Week’s Goal: Blog twice.

Financial:

  • Long-term Goal: Manage money with more awareness, start retirement fund and build savings.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Not need to pull anything else out of savings.
    • Status: Success!
  • This Week’s Goal: Reevaluate finances for May.

So, I didn’t focus on writing like I wanted to. Most of my free time was taken up trying to stay on top of my internship before I was swapped with the bestie’s wedding stuff, so hopefully this week I can finally break that block and start pursuing my passion again. The hole of not doing so is real. I’m also trying to get back into running, so hopefully Week Eighteen is awesome!

Cheers.


Quest for Happiness: Week Fifteen

So, last week, I was sicker than I was the week before, so productivity wasn’t exactly my strong suit. My groove was thrown off, if you will–and you can tell, with how many goals I didn’t meet last week.

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Fitness:

  • Long-term Goal: Shape the body I want and become healthier.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Complete Week Two and get back to the gym.
    • Status: Forgiven. With as sick as I was, trying out a new lifestyle surrounding how and when you eat isn’t exactly smart. Plus, hacking up my lunges make working out impossible. So I’m going to let last week’s goals slide, yet go at this’ week’s goal with vigor.
  • This Week’s Goal: Actually try out eating a week by Naturally Slim’s principles.

Writing:

  • Long-term Goal: Edit three books, write four new books and query at least one.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Edit two more chapters.
    • Status: Nada.
  • This Week’s Goal: Research how to make characters have more depth. Edit two chapters. Finish short story.

Reading:

  • Long-term Goal: Read 60 books.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Write book review.
    • Status: Nada.
  • This Week’s Goal: Write book review. 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: Beat another planet on Andromeda.
    • Status: Success! And I only screamed three times when invisible enemies surprised me and tried to kill me. Plus, killed an Architect and made it through a Kett Base without dying.
  • This Week’s Goal: Hang out on planet four and maybe makes some strides in the main quest.

Blogging:

  • Long-term Goal: Increase output over all three blogs, i.e., post more consistently.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Okay, actually actually catch up on reading blogs.
    • Status: Success! I managed to read through all my favorite blogs and comment on most of them.
  • This Week’s Goal: Blog twice.

Financial:

  • Long-term Goal: Manage money with more awareness, start retirement fund and build savings.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Maintain tight budget.
    • Status: Success! Back to the frugal life for the next few weeks, but that’s A-OK with me!
  • This Week’s Goal: Go grocery shopping and don’t buy anything unnecessary.

Luckily, groove can always be regained and this week, I’m ready to dance.

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Cheers.


Quest for Happiness: Week Fourteen

Let’s see how I did, shall we?

Fitness:

  • Long-term Goal: Shape the body I want and become healthier.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Complete the first week in the Naturally Slim program.
    • Status: Partial? So, I did watch the videos for Week One of the program. However, because I wasn’t feeling too hot, I didn’t actually alter my eating habits at all to try and follow their advice. So I’m hoping, once I kick this cold out, that’ll be able to start trying those out.
  • This Week’s GoalComplete Week Two and get back to the gym.

Writing:

  • Long-term Goal: Edit three books, write four new books and query at least one.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Get halfway through Round One edits.
    • Status: Nada. I did get another chapter down, but not much further than that. Still, progress is progress!
  • This Week’s Goal: Edit two more chapters.

Reading:

  • Long-term Goal: Read 60 books.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Finally finish The Desert Spear. 
    • Status: Almost. I seriously have 20 pages left in this book. Goodness me.
  • This Week’s Goal: Write book 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: Keep playing Andromeda without guilt.
    • Status: Success! I didn’t get to play as much as I wanted, but definitely enjoyed the times I got to play (especially the night it rained).
  • This Week’s Goal: Beat another planet on Andromeda.

Blogging:

  • Long-term Goal: Increase output over all three blogs, i.e., post more consistently.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Actually catch up on reading blogs.
    • Status: Nada. 
  • This Week’s Goal: Okay, actually actually catch up on reading blogs.

Financial:

  • Long-term Goal: Manage money with more awareness, start retirement fund and build savings.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Don’t spend any unnecessary money. ANY.
    • Status: Nada. My bank account isn’t as bad as I feared it would be, but it definitely needs some strict management.
  • This Week’s Goal: Maintain tight budget.

So, not the best week. It’s crazy how a little old cough and feeling slightly under the weather can throw off my entire groove. Which sucks, because last Monday, I felt so productive and on top of things. Hopefully this week, I’ll be able to do better.

Cheers.


Quest for Happiness: Week Thirteen

Definitely ready to get back on the grind after a busy (and unproductive) but enjoyable weekend. It’s getting to that point in the year where everything is about to get hectic and crazy, so self-care is going to be important. But so is productivity, which I haven’t been tonight, so this post is going to be “short,” comparatively speaking.

Fitness:

  • Long-term Goal: Shape the body I want and become healthier.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Workout four times.
    • Status: Partial! I worked out twice, so not too shabby!
  • This Week’s GoalComplete the first week in the Naturally Slim program.

Writing:

  • Long-term Goal: Edit three books, write four new books and query at least one.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Fix first chapter and first 50 pages.
    • Status: Almost! I did fix the first chapter and edited the first few chapters, but only reached around the page 30 mark. But I’m making more progress than I have in months, so I’m okay with that.
  • This Week’s Goal: Get halfway through Round One edits.

Reading:

  • Long-term Goal: Read 60 books.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Read every day.
    • Status: Success! 
  • This Week’s Goal: Finally finish The Desert Spear. 

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: Help the Angara on both their planets.
    • Status: “Success.” Though I didn’t actually help the Angara on Voeld, I did play a hefty amount on Thursday, since work on my second job got canceled. So I definitely relaxed, which is the main goal.
  • This Week’s Goal: Keep playing Andromeda without guilt.

Blogging:

  • Long-term Goal: Increase output over all three blogs, i.e., post more consistently.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Catch up on friends’ blogs. Write one post.
    • Status: Sorta? I wrote two posts instead of one, but definitely did not catch up on blogs like I wanted to. So win some, lose some.
  • This Week’s Goal: Actually catch up on reading blogs.

Financial:

  • Long-term Goal: Manage money with more awareness, start retirement fund and build savings.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Calculate how much I still need to save in order to pay off London trip.
    • Status: Success.
  • This Week’s Goal: Don’t spend any unnecessary money. ANY.

Have a wonderful week, lovelies!

Cheers


Quest for Happiness: Week Twelve

I can’t believe I’m already 12 weeks into this. Sure, not every week has been exactly successful or productive, but the fact that I’ve already made it this far in really trying to keep up with my resolutions is exciting. Woot, woot!

Fitness:

  • Long-term Goal: Shape the body I want and become healthier.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Run twice and lift twice.
    • Status: Success! While I didn’t run at all, I did go to the gym and lift four times, so I’m definitely counting that as a success. I’m still trying to figure out a balance between going to the gym and running, but considering it hasn’t stopped raining for days (and isn’t going to stop any time this week), I’m going to keep lifting and continue to do what I can.
  • This Week’s GoalWork out four times.

Writing:

  • Long-term Goal: Edit three books, write four new books and query at least one.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Research for edits. Edit short story.
    • Status: Success! Super stoked about some of the materials I’ve found, some of which I haven’t read yet, as I’ll incorporate it later. But glad to be making some headway based on beta reader feedback!
  • This Week’s Goal: Fix first chapter and first 50 pages.

Reading:

  • Long-term Goal: Read 60 books.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Read every day.
    • Status: Success! Now almost halfway done with The Desert Spear. Got back into the habit of reading during meals, during breaks at work and sometimes before bed, catching 15 minutes here and there instead of waiting for large chunks of time and going days without reading. I dunno how I ever got out of that habit.
  • 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: Beat Eos in Andromeda.
    • Status: Success! Though I still have some side missions to beat, I definitely snuck in playing time throughout the week and then played a solid amount on Friday, which was really the main goal. It was just so…refreshing. And needed.
  • This Week’s Goal: Help the Angara on both their planets.

Blogging:

  • Long-term Goal: Increase output over all three blogs, i.e., post more consistently.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Write three times on the personal blog.
    • Status: Almost! Wrote twice, which is a lot better than I have been doing. And I really enjoyed writing both of those posts.
  • This Week’s Goal: Catch up on friends’ blogs. Write one post.

Financial:

  • Long-term Goal: Manage money with more awareness, start retirement fund and build savings.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Adjust budget based on spending habits.
    • Status: I think so? There wasn’t too much to adjust, actually, even though I felt like there was when I made this goal.
  • This Week’s Goal: Calculate how much I still need to save in order to pay off London trip.

All in all, I think that’s a pretty damn good week.

Cheers.


Quest for Happiness: Week Eleven (Plus, The Importance of Rest)

If you’ve been following this series of resolutions posts that occur every Sunday, you might realize that the last post was for Week Nine yet this week is Week Eleven. You might have also noticed that no post went up last week for Week Ten.

At first, a break in routine simply caused me to actually forget to write said post. I usually write these posts after I get caught up at work on Sunday evenings, but last week, since it was Spring Break, I didn’t have to work Sunday, so I spent time at home instead. It wasn’t until Monday that I thought offhandedly about which goal I wanted to focus on when I realized I hadn’t made any for that week and forgot to post. My plan was to write something and post it later that day, but obviously that didn’t happen. It wasn’t until Tuesday that I actually decided to not only not post anything, but also to take the entire week off.

So, Week Ten was a rest week.

I didn’t work out once. Didn’t write. Didn’t read. I spent a little too much money. I didn’t blog. I literally did nothing in any of the areas that are so important to my life; areas that I want to improve in. So what on Earth did I do?

I played video games. Mass Effect: Andromeda, to be exact. It came out last Tuesday, technically, though two friends and I went to Monday’s launch party. And since my schedule was different last week due to Spring Break, my evenings were free. Most of them, I played Andromeda for hours (yet not long enough, as the itch is strong and I just want to go back and play). Thursday, I went home and watched basketball with my family. Friday, I went to a friend’s house and spent the night, playing video games with her and her fiancé. Saturday, I went to a one day writing conference (which I’ll hopefully blog about later this week!) before helping with my brother’s birthday party and watching my team get knocked out of the Big Dance. And then I went to another friend’s house and spent the night before we got up this morning and met a friend to go shopping before work today.

Yeah, I was probably busier in the last week than I have been in while. Part of me is exhausted. Yet another part of me feels fantastic. I haven’t taken that much time for myself in…hell, a while. I haven’t unabashedly played video games in weeks. I didn’t feel guilty about choosing to take a nap instead of rushing from one goal to the next. I choose socialization over routine.

And I think that’s important.

Yes, I still desire to achieve my goals. And yes, I’m actually quite excited to get back on track this week and rededicate myself to getting things done. But I can’t work myself into the ground. I can’t be afraid to mess up every once in a while. I’m allowed to take a step back and just…relax, actually.

Honestly, I think I need to do a better job of incorporating relaxation into my goals. A friend of mine actually reached out a few weeks ago and asked me why relaxation wasn’t already a part of my plan. He pointed out: “you only have goals about productivity not about leisure.” It kind of blew my mind. Part of me wanted to resist trying to “add in” something else. How am I supposed to work in relaxation as well? I’m already overworked as it is! Yet I quickly realized that was why it was so important to add in relaxation and focus on it as much as I focus on all of my productive goals. I am overworked. I am feeling the hints and edges of burn out. And without actively working towards relaxing and taking time to take care of myself every week, I will burn out–which is more detrimental than any missed gym session or single failed writing attempt.

So, below are the goals for this week, with a new category added in. I’m excited to get back to it and continue working on finding balance, bettering myself and working towards creating–and choosing–my own happiness every single day.

Fitness:

  • Long-term Goal: Shape the body I want and become healthier.
  • This Week’s Goal: Run twice and lift twice.

Writing:

  • Long-term Goal: Edit three books, write four new books and query at least one.
  • This Week’s Goal: Research for edits. Edit short story.

Reading:

  • Long-term Goal: Read 60 books.
  • 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.
  • This Week’s Goal: Beat Eos in Andromeda.

Blogging:

  • Long-term Goal: Increase output over all three blogs, i.e., post more consistently.
  •  This Week’s Goal: Write three times on the personal blog.

Financial:

  • Long-term Goal: Manage money with more awareness, start retirement fund and build savings.
  • This Week’s Goal: Adjust budget based on spending habits.

Thanks, as always, for your support and your belief in me, friends. If I can ever support you and your goals in any fashion, please don’t hesitate to reach out! ❤

Cheers.