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Quest for Discovery: Week Twenty Nine

Hello, friends!

First off, I have to say thank you to everyone who reached out after last week’s Quest for Discovery post and wished me luck on trying to get back on track, goal wise, wishing me a productive week. That meant more than I think people realize.

Especially as I filled out this week’s reflections and noticed that I did even worse, as far as goals went.

Part of it was due to laziness. Part of it was due to a spike in workload at my day job that I completely and totally didn’t expect. Part of it is also tied into busy weekends and trying to frantically finish packing as I prep to move in with my boyfriend by August 1st. As you can see below, editing was pretty much non-existent, as well as working out and reading–three of the most important things to me. I’m tentatively hopeful that might prove better this week, but with an altered schedule thanks to emergency coverage and a ton of interviews to complete for our student position openings, I may not be productive like I want to be, still.

But that’s okay, because that’s life, friends. And goals will always be there.

PB4Writing 
Long-Term Goal: Write two new books and edit two books. Enter the query trenches.

Last Week’s Goal: Edit 5x.

  • Status: Negative, Commander. So, ironic story (I think), but pretty much the entire time I was on a writing break, I had plenty of time to write. The week I decide to start, my “day job” life explodes and I barely got through 20 pages–and those 20 pages weren’t even very focused. And it doesn’t look like it’s going to calm down at all this week, so…

Weekly Goal: Edit if I can. But don’t beat myself up if I can’t.

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

Last Week’s Goal: Read every day. Write review.

  • Status: Negative, Commander. Thanks to the business of last week, I hardly read at all…again. Which sucks, because now I’m going to be behind on ARCs for July and August…again. Obviously I got some re-balancing to do as I try to figure this out once more.

Weekly Goal: Read every day. 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: Workout 5x. Log food. Improve mental fitness.

Status: Negative, Commander. This was just pure laziness. I did run once and then walk once, thanks to a messed up back, but the next few days, I was just purely lazy and unmotivated. And my body is really feeling it and I don’t like it. I did still continue to log my food, though, however, so I’m pretty stoked about that one.

Weekly Goal: Workout 5x. Log food. Improve mental fitness.

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

Weekly Goal:

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. I forgot to put a goal on here again. How do I keep doing that?

Weekly Goal: Get back to being frugal.

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

Last Week’s Goal: Just do it.

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. I FINALLY STARTED IT. And I’m actually really enjoying this devotional so far, though I also feel kinda weird doing it, because I’m not really sure how to “properly” do it? So I’m trying to let that feeling go so I can just focus on trying to reconnect with God.

Weekly Goal: Devotional 5x.

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

Last Week’s Goal: Stay productive and actually go to the pool this week!

  • Status: Negative, Commander. Monday was definitely productive, but the rest of the week slowly teetered off to not being the most productive…and then I only went to the pool once or twice.

Weekly Goal: Smile every day.

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My To-Do list this week is even bigger than the one last week and I’m starting to get that feeling of anxiety bubbling up in my chest as I start to get stressed out on all the things I haven’t accomplished yet and all the things I’m falling behind on. Yet I’m also just trying to remember to breathe, slow down and focus on completing one thing at a time. I also am going to go on a run when I get home and clear my head, so hopefully, that’ll help. Otherwise, just focusing on smiling every day and enjoying life, no matter how productive I am.

Cheers.

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Quest for Discovery: Week Twenty Eight

Hello, friends!

It turned out to not be the best week last week, as far as goals went. I hardly read, definitely didn’t work out or log my food, still haven’t started the devotional I got weeks ago…

And yet, last week was really awesome. I saw family I never get to see and watched my Dad and boyfriend bound by, as my boyfriend puts it, “celebrating America by blowing a piece of it up (via fireworks)”. I went on a trip down nostalgia lane with my best friend as we went to the last ever Warped Tour. I got to spend a day with my sister celebrating her birthday, spending some 1-1 time that we almost never get. And I got to see my lovely and amazing boyfriend and his family while he celebrated his Dad’s birthday.

It’s a nice reminder that just because you’re not as productive or accomplished as I wanted to be, doesn’t mean the time you spent was entirely wasted.

PB4Writing 
Long-Term Goal: Write two new books and edit two books. Enter the query trenches.

Last Week’s Goal: Try not to panic flail realizing this is the last week of my break and next Monday, the editing game begins.

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. There is only one appropriate response to the fact that editing will begin AFTER I FINISH THIS POST. And that response, friends, is this GIF:

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Weekly Goal: Edit 5x.

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

Last Week’s Goal: Read every day. Write review.

  • Status: Negative, Commander. Even though I was so excited to see some extended family during the 4th of July, it was all I could think about, I also somehow kept forgetting that the holiday was going to mess up my productivity all last week, so I hardly got anything done that I wanted to. Reading was definitely on that list…

Weekly Goal: Read every day. 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: Workout 4x. Log food. Continue finding resources of how to improve mental fitness.

Status: Negative, Commander. ^^ Read above explanation as to why I only ran once last week and didn’t log my food at all. But, already done both of those things today and I feel like this week will be a good one, because I want more days like today: productive, positive and overall just feeling lovely.

Weekly Goal: Workout 5x. Log food. Improve mental fitness.

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

Weekly Goal: Put money in savings and get back into the habit of checking my budgeting app regularly. Finish up moving prep.

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. I am checking my budgeting app more regularly again! Which feels good, so I know exactly what I’m doing with my money when.

Weekly Goal:

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

Last Week’s Goal: Add my devotional onto my To-Do list. Actually start it.

  • Status: Negative, Commander. So, I got one step closer: I added it to my To-Do list. But then I proceeded to forget my devotional at home every time I had a chance to read it for the entire week. *sigh* Baby steps, I guess?

Weekly Goal: Just do it.

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

Last Week’s Goal: Enjoy seeing family and friends I normally don’t get to see on the 4th! Plus, last Warped Tour and birthday shenanigans celebrating my sister this weekend.

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. Despite hardly completing any of my goals, last week was a pretty stellar week.

Weekly Goal: Stay productive and actually go to the pool this week!

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It feels nice to start the week off right. I got to sleep in an extra hour, since the pool doesn’t open until noon on Mondays (meaning that I don’t get to go, since it’s too close to when I have to go to work). Then I ran, came home and cooked dinner, showered, ate lunch while reading a book, before getting to work and getting started on crossing items off of my To-Do List. I really love productive days like that and it’s all because I started the morning off right, hitting the trail.

Now if only I could remember this feeling every morning when I wake up…

Cheers.


Quest for Discovery: Week Twenty Seven

Hello, friends!

So, it’s ah, July.

The end of June completely snuck up on me. This summer is flying by and I’m determined to spend the rest of it at the pool as often as I can, because every time I go, it proves to be one of the most relaxing things. Considering last week, my period really prevented, I’m definitely itching to get back into the routine of running, swimming and cooking before work. This morning’s run was desperately needed and I already feel a lot better. And even though this week is going to be mixed up a little bit, thanks to the 4th of July and then going to an all-day concert the day after, I’m still excited to continue making strides and enjoying each day.

PB4Writing 
Long-Term Goal: Write two new books and edit two books. Enter the query trenches.

Last Week’s Goal: Enjoy writing break (effective until July 9th).

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander.

Weekly Goal: Try not to panic flail realizing this is the last week of my break and next Monday, the editing game begins.

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

Last Week’s Goal: Read every day. Write review.

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. I didn’t read nearly as much as I wanted to last week (which is surprising, since I started Husberg’s Blood Requiem and that’s been one of my most anticipated reads all year), so I’m ready to rectify that this week.

Weekly Goal: Read every day. 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: Enjoy the break week and get ready to get back to it next week.

Status: Affirmative, Commander. Last week was an impromptu break week, after I had a mixture of food poisoning and starting my period kept me on the couch most of the day Monday and then it rained Tuesday, with me then working 8am-5pm Wednesday through Friday (and I haven’t really figured out how to work out on that schedule, since I work it so rarely). And though I did enjoy the break, by the end of the week, I was itching to run again and start logging food once more (because apparently, I don’t do one without the other).

Weekly Goal: Workout 4x. Log food. Continue finding resources of how to improve mental fitness.

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

Weekly Goal: Pay bills. Finish changing address for the move and figure out storage unit stuff.

  • Status: Negative, Commander. Forgot to put my money in savings again…and still don’t have a storage unit situation figured out, nor have I finished switching over my addresses. But I did pay my bills, which was honestly the most important financial goal for last week.

Weekly Goal: Put money in savings and get back into the habit of checking my budgeting app regularly. Finish up moving prep.

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

Last Week’s Goal: Start devotional.

  • Status: Negative, Commander. Once again, I didn’t do this because I wasn’t ever thinking about it. So, I made the decision to put doing my devotional on my weekly To-Do list. I didn’t do this originally because I figured my relationship with God should be more ingrained, not something I cross off a list. Yet every other important aspect of my life is on that list every week and that is honestly one of the main ways it gets accomplished. So why can’t God be on there, too?

Weekly Goal: Add my devotional onto my To-Do list. Actually start it.

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

Last Week’s Goal: Enjoy working at orientation and life in general!

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. Orientation was a lot different than what I was expecting (and I was way more nervous than I realized I would be) but I also really enjoyed working it and kinda wish I could continue doing so. Maybe next summer, I’ll be able to pick up more shifts doing that. But otherwise, it was a good weekend and I’m excited to be a little more productive once more, working nights again.

Weekly Goal: Enjoy seeing family and friends I normally don’t get to see on the 4th! Plus, last Warped Tour and birthday shenanigans celebrating my sister this weekend.

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You know, with getting Wednesday off for the 4th, I kinda wish we always only work four days a week, working two days, with one day off, then working two more days, then two days off. It’d be a pretty neat world if that was the normal schedule. I’m abnormally excited for this 4th of July (despite feeling disgusted to be an American with our current political climate) because I get to see some family friends we almost never get to see, plus spending the day with my family, who I also don’t see as often as I’d like. Plus, my man gets to blow up fireworks and watching his eyes light up like a child’s at the prospect is just too adorable not to get excited about.

Cheers.


Quest for Discovery: Week Twenty Six

Hello, friends!

This post is coming a little late, thanks to having a sick day yesterday where I spent more time moving between the couch and the bathroom than I did doing anything else and all I wanted to do was anything but fight my body with whatever I ate the night before. And although my instinct is to panic, looking at my To-Do list and wanting to cross everything off of it yet it already being Tuesday, I’m forcing myself to step back and take a breath, realizing/remembering that I totally got this.

PB4Writing 
Long-Term Goal: Write two new books and edit two books. Enter the query trenches.

Last Week’s Goal: Enjoy writing break (effective until July 9th).

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. This has actually been surprisingly hard to do (as you can see, if you read this post last week). But I’m also hoping to read a little more in these next two weeks, before I hit the editing grind.

Weekly Goal: Enjoy writing break (effective until July 9th).

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

Last Week’s Goal: Read every day. Write review.

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. I am *almost* caught up on my May/June ARCs. Which is great, since the July/August ones are coming my way here soon. But I’m really digging this book I’m reading right now and excited to see how it ends!

Weekly Goal: Read every day. 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: Workout 4x (assuming the weather holds). Log food.

Status: Affirmative, Commander. Mixed up the workouts a little bit last week (including helping a colleague move on Saturday) and it was nice to mix up the routine a little bit. This week, though, after a lovely case of the food poisoning (I think), stormy weather and a change in the work schedule for just this week, I don’t think I’ll actually be able to workout at all. Not going to beat myself up about it, though. Instead, going to just enjoy the rest.

Weekly Goal: Enjoy the break week and get ready to get back to it next week.

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

Weekly Goal: Pay off credit card and put money in savings.

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. Forgot to put money in savings, but will do that this week!

Weekly Goal: Pay bills. Finish changing address for the move and figure out storage unit stuff.

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

Last Week’s Goal: Start devotional.

  • Status: Negative, Commander. Haven’t been thinking about this at all. Definitely need to make this more of a priority. (<– Look familiar? *sigh*)

Weekly Goal: Start devotional.

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

Last Week’s Goal: Find a reason to be happy every day. Plus, get excited for Jurassic World!

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. 

Weekly Goal: Enjoy working at orientation and life in general!

PB4

It’s been pretty nice these past couple days, with the storms bringing in some cooler, eighty degree weather. Of course, it’s all about to change, with the high on Thursday being projected as 102 degrees, but there is something magical about summer, despite this heat and how sweaty I get every time I go outside. Something about summer just releases the happy endorphins and I’m hopeful that continues as we creep into July. Oh, and the highlight last weekend, by far, was catching up with my Mom over lunch and then going swimming for two hours. It makes me wonder why I haven’t made swimming more of a priority over the summer months and I definitely plan to rectify that.

Cheers.


Quest for Discovery: Week Twenty Five

Hello, friends!

It’s mind blowing to me that June is already halfway done. Honestly, time just flies by too quickly for this kid to truly keep up with it. I’m bummed I haven’t been swimming nearly as much as I wanted to, but I’m really enjoying this summer schedule; kinda wish my hours were always aligned like this!

PB4Writing 
Long-Term Goal: Write two new books and edit two books. Enter the query trenches.

Last Week’s Goal: Enjoy writing break.

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. And I got a game plan in motion. Taking a break until after Independence Day, then I’ll be editing Artemis one last time before querying it widely. After that, it’ll be first round of edits for Blood Price before sending that to betas and then the first round of edits for Artemis, book two, before finally (hopefully) getting another round of edits done for Blood Price to round out the year.

Weekly Goal: Enjoy writing break (effective until July 9th).

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

Last Week’s Goal: Read every day. Write review.

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. Didn’t finish the book, but I’ll hopefully knock it out tonight, if not tomorrow. Though this isn’t my favorite one, I’m super excited to start my next read!

Weekly Goal: Read every day. 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: Workout 4x. Log food.

Status: Affirmative, Commander. Had a good workout week last week and food week, until the weekend, when I completely let myself off the handle and ate way too much. But hey, every day is a different opportunity to continue being the best person you can be–and sometimes, that definitely includes cookies.

Weekly Goal: Workout 4x (assuming the weather holds). Log food.

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

Weekly Goal: *didn’t have one because I somehow forgot to actually include that?*

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. 

Weekly Goal: Pay off credit card and put money in savings.

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

Last Week’s Goal: Start devotional. Continue to pray and trust in God more.

  • Status: Negative, Commander. Haven’t been thinking about this at all. Definitely need to make this more of a priority.

Weekly Goal: Start devotional.

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

Last Week’s Goal: Enjoy my writing break and get stoked for Sporting this weekend!

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. 

Weekly Goal: Find a reason to be happy every day. Plus, get excited for Jurassic World!

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Last weekend was really awesome: between a needed DnD session that felt too short (but it was cut short because of me, so there is that) and a much needed catch-up session with the bestie, plus another Sporting match with my man, the start of the World Cup and seeing my family (and his) for Father’s Day; yeah, last weekend was really, really lovely! Looking ahead, however, that isn’t a weekend where there isn’t something planned in…a while, it feels like. But I’m excited for whenever that weekend arrives, because I’m either going to not move from my couch or the pool.

I can’t decide what sounds more glorious.

Cheers.


Quest for Discovery: Week Twenty Four

Hello, friends!

So, this is sort of an odd feeling. Last week, I finished a rough draft of Blood Price (blog post to properly freak about it to come this week), three weeks early from my self-imposed deadline of June 30th. Because of that awesomeness, I’m going to spend the rest of the month relaxing and not doing anything writing related, really. Instead, I’m going to try and catch up on the ARCs I’ve been given and on this blog, which definitely got a little neglected these past few weeks. I’m excited about both of those prospects, but it’ll be weird to not write for a bit, after spending the first six months of the year writing the first drafts of two different books. Then, starting after Independence Day, I’m going to go back to the editing grind, first with Blood Price, so I can send it to beta readers over the holidays and then with my Artemis quintet, with books one and two.

Until then, I have a lot of books to read and a lot of sun to enjoy.

PB4Writing 
Long-Term Goal: Write two new books and edit two books. Enter the query trenches.

Last Week’s Goal: Write 5x. Finish novel?

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. NOVEL FINISHED. Celebration post to follow.

Weekly Goal: Enjoy writing break.

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

Last Week’s Goal: Read every day. Write review.

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. No new reviews last week, but definitely have been enjoying A Demon In Silver, which I’m a little over halfway down with. Hoping to finish it tonight and get a review written up for tomorrow, when it releases.

Weekly Goal: Read every day. 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: Workout 5x. Log food.

Status: Affirmative, Commander. Thanks to working nights again, I’m back to my running routine–and oh boy, how I missed it. My body is pretty sore and my pace is completely shattered–though my pace still hasn’t regressed back to the point when I first started running, at the end of 2016. Didn’t eat that great over the weekend, but still making forward progress!

Weekly Goal: Workout 4x. Log food.

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

Weekly Goal: Get back to being a little more frugal and watching my money more closely.

  • Status: Negative, Commander. Definitely need to start monitoring closer, as I’ve been spending a lot more than usual lately.

Weekly Goal:

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

Last Week’s Goal: Start devotional whenever God wills the post to arrive.

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. Ironically enough, the devotional came in the day last Tuesday, the day after I posted my weekly update. Unfortunately, I keep forgetting I have it, so I need to be more focused/purposeful in that regard.

Weekly Goal: Start devotional. Continue to pray and trust in God more.

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

Last Week’s Goal: Get used to my new summer schedule.

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. 

Weekly Goal: Enjoy my writing break and get stoked for Sporting this weekend!

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I’m still trying to get used to being a sweat bucket, though these summer temperatures (especially when they hit the triple digits, like today) are quickly helping me remember what that’s like, i.e., a lot of tank tops and carrying deodorant in my purse. I’m excited to take a moment to breathe–feels like I’ve been struggling to keep up these past few weeks. So just trying to enjoy the more relaxing atmosphere of the summer, while still staying productive and keeping track of my goals. It’s always a balance, but it’s a good one.

Cheers.


Quest for Discovery: Week Twenty Three

Hello, friends!

Welcome to June! It’s such a weird feeling that it’s…well, it’s freakin’ June. Sure, I’m sweating enough on a daily basis to where I can totally believe that’s the reality in question, but it’s also very surreal that 2018 is halfway over already, summer has truly hit us and I have only been to the pool once so far this summer.

Oh, the need to re-prioritize.

PB4Writing 
Long-Term Goal: Write two new books and edit two books. Enter the query trenches.

Last Week’s Goal: Write 4x.

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. So, I didn’t realize how close I truly was to the end of this book until last week, where I had an, “Oh, shit, there are only three major events left before the book ends” moment. At that point, I was at roughly 60,000 words and then started worrying that I wasn’t even going to reach my minimum word count goal of 80K before the book ends. Now, I’m at 72K and still have two of those major events left, so…I’m no longer worrying about the final word count, but instead, panicking that I might actually have a first draft completed of this novel by Friday.

Weekly Goal: Write 5x. Finish novel?

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

Last Week’s Goal: Read every day. Write review.

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. Didn’t get to read nearly as much as I wanted to, last week (sorta thanks to writing more than usual, so I’m not going to beat myself up too much about it). But I’m thinking, after I finish this novel, that I might try and take a reading break for the rest of June and spend most of my free time reading, before I go to work editing the novels I wrote during the first half of this year. So…a lotta more books and reviews are on my horizon, I think.

Weekly Goal: Read every day. 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: Workout 3x. Log food.

Status: Negative, Commander. I did walk during three of my four lunch breaks, but I didn’t exactly eat the best, didn’t log my food and I started my period, so that only intensified that and basically, I’m just really excited to get back on a regular workout routine this week.

Weekly Goal: Workout 5x. Log food.

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

Weekly Goal: Pay rent. Put money into savings.

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. And I’m really stoked to continue seeing my savings account rise, slowly but surely.

Weekly Goal: Get back to being a little more frugal and watching my money more closely.

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

Last Week’s Goal: Start devotional.

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. Considering my order with this book in it has decided to take a tour around the country before it reaches my mailbox, I’m going to give myself a pass for not starting a devotional I haven’t even received yet.

Weekly Goal: Start devotional whenever God wills the post to arrive.

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

Last Week’s Goal: Enjoy my last week on a normal schedule.

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. 

Weekly Goal: Get used to my new summer schedule.

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Aside from Fridays, I’ll now be working 2pm-10pm Monday through Thursday. Tentatively, I think I’ll still go to bed around 10:30/11 each night, once I get home and then try to continue getting up before 8am, so I have plenty of time to: workout, swim/lay out by the pool, shower, get ready and cook before I leave for work at 1:30pm every day. I definitely need to kick my ass back into shape after a pretty consistent month of not doing that, but I also want to enjoy my last summer having a pool at my apartment complex and I have a lot of books that require to be read beside said pool (seriously, it says so on the cover).

Cheers.