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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.

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Quest for Happiness: Week Thirty Seven

Fitness:

  • Long-term Goal: Shape the body I want and become healthier.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Workout 4x and log food. Keep up new stretching/toning routine.
    • Status: Negative. I worked out twice and logged my food mostly, but I definitely ate horribly last week and completely failed at keeping up the new stretching/toning routine. Tied at the top for my main focus this week (with writing).
  • This Week’s Goal: Workout 4x, log food and try out new schedule/routine.

Writing:

  • Long-term Goal: Edit all previously written works. Query one.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Recreate writing routine, figure out plot holes and learn about my main character.
    • Status: Negative. 
  • This Week’s Goal: Try out new writing schedule, fix at least one plot hole, map out main character and research one thing.

Reading:

  • Long-term Goal: Read 60 books.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Finish Red Seas Under Red Skies.
    • Status: Negative. 
  • This Week’s GoalActually finish this dang book. 

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 some Strikes with my Clan.
    • Status: Success! We even did a compete Crucible match which was actually really fun (and I even finished second on the list in terms of efficiency and number of kills, which is…unheard of).
  • This Week’s Goal: Have fun at the Blues Game!

Blogging:

  • Long-term Goal: Increase output over all three blogs, i.e., post more consistently.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Two posts on each blog.
    • Status: Success! Even wrote a bonus third one of the personal blog.
  • 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: Pay bills for next month and stay frugal.
    • Status: Success! 
  • This Week’s Goal: Pay rent.

Not the best week, yet not the worst week, either. I did have a massive To-Do list last week and was impressed that I managed to almost cross everything off of it–with the notable exception of working out and writing. So while I can’t really label last week as a bust, I’m definitely very conscious (perhaps over conscious) of those two missing elements from my life and I need them to be present this week.

So…

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Cheers.


Quest for Happiness: Week Thirty Five

Now wait a second, you might be thinking. There’s something missing

You’d be right. If you follow this Resolutions Series regularly, you’ll have noticed that the last time I posted was on week Thirty Two. You might also remember that I went out of town and disappeared entirely from every avenue, including this blog. Hence why we’re suddenly at Week 35 (also, how is it September already??). It’s also the reason why all of the “Last Week’s Goals” portions are blank this time around, because honestly, I can’t remember whether I completed those goals or not.

Jetlag does that to you.

But now that I’m back, I’m eager and ready to get back into the swing of things, which most definitely includes both kicking ass and struggling to achieve these goals.

Fitness:

  • Long-term Goal: Shape the body I want and become healthier.
  • Last Week’s Goal: N/A.
    • Status: So while on vacation and eating out for every meal for two weeks, I was prepared to gain back some weight and have some work to do when I got home. Luckily, London involves a lot of walking, so even though I was the ultimate pastry taster, I still managed to lose a pound over those two weeks and am right on track to keep up my fitness goals. Now to get back into the working out routine.
  • This Week’s Goal: Workout 4x, log food, meet target calorie count and look up some different exercises to start toning the muscles.

Writing:

  • Long-term Goal: Edit all previously written works. Query one.
  • Last Week’s Goal: N/A.
    • Status: Obviously didn’t do any writing, but I did think about the novel I want to rewrite a lot while I was gone. Now that summer is over and I’ve gone on vacation, my schedule should be pretty regular for the rest of the year. Which means my writing should be, too.
  • This Week’s Goal: Recreating writing routine and start drafting outline for the new RESISTANCE rework.

Reading:

  • Long-term Goal: Read 60 books.
  • Last Week’s Goal: N/A.
    • Status: I did have a streak there for a while of reading much more consistently than I have been of late, even before I went out of town. I’d read during meals and during lulls, even if it was only 10 minutes here and there. Which would add up and let me read a lot more books than I am now. I miss that. So I hope to get back into the routine of reading more often.
  • This Week’s Goal: Finish Red Seas Under Red Skies.

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: N/A.
    • Status: Now that I’m in the mood to hunker down on my workout and writing goals, I also have to remember to fit in some time to relax, which for me, mainly comes in the form of video games. And considering Destiny 2 came out while I was abroad and all my friends are way ahead of me in levels, I have some catching up to do.
  • This Week’s Goal: Reach Level 15 with my Awoken Hunter.

Blogging:

  • Long-term Goal: Increase output over all three blogs, i.e., post more consistently.
  • Last Week’s Goal: N/A.
    • Status: I definitely missed reading blogs and writing my own. I hope to keep up some of the productivity I had on my better weeks over the summer as the semester gets underway, as well as increasing my interaction with the community.
  • This Week’s Goal: Catch up on all the awesome posts I missed, plus perhaps write a few of my own.  

Financial:

  • Long-term Goal: Manage money with more awareness, start retirement fund and build savings.
  • Last Week’s Goal: N/A.
    • Status: After spending so much money on vacation, I’m ready to get back into the frugal mindset–especially because I also want to finish my sleeve by the end of the year and that’s a bit pricey. Time to go back to the drawing board and figure out a game plan.
  • This Week’s Goal: Recalculate budget and get back to being frugal.  

Time to chase after goals and achieve dreams. It’s good to be back, friends.

Cheers.


Quest for Happiness: Week Twenty Eight

Fitness:

  • Long-term Goal: Shape the body I want and become healthier.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Workout 4x and eat well.
    • Status: Success! Somehow, I managed to work out 5x and eat pretty well, aside from Saturday. But I’m not even going to count Saturday as a mishap, because that food was damn good and sometimes, you just gotta treat yourself.
  • This Week’s GoalKeep up fitness routine.

Writing:

  • Long-term Goal: Edit all previously written works. Query one.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Finish ARTEMIS.
    • Status: Success! I finished another round of ARTEMIS!! *throws celebratory balloons* I still want to do a little bit of tidying up and double checking before I enter my MS into Pitch Wars next week, but I’m really stoked of where this draft is at.
  • This Week’s Goal: Complete last minute revisions.

Reading:

  • Long-term Goal: Read 60 books.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Finish Dark Immolation and write review.
    • Status: Success! That book was so good, friends. So, so good.
  • This Week’s Goal: Finish Invasive.

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: Swim 3x.
    • Status: Success! I actually found time to swim this week, which was awesome. It was really freakin’ hot, but there’s only two more weeks until I won’t be able to swim anymore, so I’m trying to get in as much time at the pool as I can.
  • This Week’s Goal: Swim 3x.

Blogging:

  • Long-term Goal: Increase output over all three blogs, i.e., post more consistently.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Blog twice on both personal and book review blog.
    • Status: Success! 
  • This Week’s Goal: Read through all of the Pitch War mentor wishlists and #PimpMyBio participants posts.

Financial:

  • Long-term Goal: Manage money with more awareness, start retirement fund and build savings.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Don’t spend any more unnecessary money the rest of the month.
    • Status: Success! Aside from going to the grocery store, I think I’ll be able to stay frugal and keep this up. Hopefully.
  • This Week’s Goal: Stop stressing so much about money.

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Friends. Whoa, that was a stellar week. It’s crazy what happens when you actually focus on what you want to accomplish, instead of letting it sit in the back of your mind and then suddenly it’s Sunday and you didn’t accomplish a thing. I know not every week will be that amazing, but for now, I’m staying stoked.

Cheers.


Quest for Happiness: Week Twenty Three

Fitness:

  • Long-term Goal: Shape the body I want and become healthier.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Workout 5x and eat well.
    • Status: Nada, señor. I worked out once and ate pretty decently (still gotta figure out how to navigate those weekends). The journey continues!
  • This Week’s GoalWorkout 5x and eat well.

Writing:

  • Long-term Goal: Edit three books, write four new books and query at least one.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Edit three chapters.
    • Status: Killed it. Only 60 pages left to edit and I’m pretty jazzed about my progress so far.
  • This Week’s Goal: Edit two chapters.

Reading:

  • Long-term Goal: Read 60 books.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Read every day.
    • Status: Nada. 
  • This Week’s Goal: Finish book 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: Swim, game and Sherlock.
    • Status: Success! Didn’t swim much or watch Sherlock, because my life has once again been consumed by playing Shadows of Mordor. I regret nothing.
  • This Week’s Goal: Kill some war chiefs and get my tan on.

Blogging:

  • Long-term Goal: Increase output over all three blogs, i.e., post more consistently.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Blog twice, catch up on reading blogs and responding to comments.
    • Status: Success!
  • 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: FRUGAL.
    • Status: Eh? Finally caved and bought some new running shoes. Very, very close to not being paycheck to paycheck anymore. Very ready to get there.
  • This Week’s Goal: Map out available spending.

Last week, I had a lazy week and got lost executing orcs in Mordor. And I’m okay with that, especially as I still accomplished my writing goals. This week, as I start my new schedule going full-time, I’m ready to get back on the grind and form a routine. Let’s see what goals we can accomplish.

Cheers.

 


Quest for Happiness: Week Twenty Two

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Fitness:

  • Long-term Goal: Shape the body I want and become healthier.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Really attempt to eat like Naturally Slim teaches you.
    • Status: Success. I slipped up a couple of times, but I actually tried to follow the advice of the program I’m trying out and I’m pretty proud that I managed as well as I did. Now to see if I can keep it up and continue working out, as well.
  • This Week’s GoalWorkout 5x and eat well.

Writing:

  • Long-term Goal: Edit three books, write four new books and query at least one.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Edit two chapters.
    • Status: Almost. I edited roughly one and half chapters, so I’m still counting this as a win. And though I’m being ambitious with the number of chapters I edit per week, honestly, I’d be happy with one, considering I’m at the point of the novel that will probably take the most reworking. So as long as I keep writing, I’ll be happy.
  • This Week’s Goal: Edit three chapters.

Reading:

  • Long-term Goal: Read 60 books.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Read every day.
    • Status: Almost. 
  • 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: Not die from the summer heat and either watch Sherlock or start a new video game.
    • Status: Success! I swam, I watched the entire second series of Sherlock and I started playing Lords of the Fallen, which is a lot harder than I imagined it would be. Still, I’m stubborn, so we’ll see if I can keep it up and ever get pass the second boss.
  • This Week’s Goal: Swim, game and Sherlock.

Blogging:

  • Long-term Goal: Increase output over all three blogs, i.e., post more consistently.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Blog twice.
    • Status: Wahoo! Done and done.
  • This Week’s Goal: Blog twice, catch up on reading blogs and responding to comments.

Financial:

  • Long-term Goal: Manage money with more awareness, start retirement fund and build savings.
  • Last Week’s Goal: FRUGAL.
    • Status: Almost. Still a few little things I shouldn’t have bought, but I’m doing pretty well resisting spending any money.
  • This Week’s Goal: FRUGAL.

Life has bit a bit…rough, in the past couple of days. However, I’m grounding myself in these goals and pushing myself to continue creating and working towards the person I want to be; a person that I am proud of, love and am comfortable being. I’m hoping to really remind myself this week, through working on these goals, that I can create happiness myself, alone, as I continue to learn on how to love myself and strive to have a life I enjoy and am proud of.

Cheers.


Quest for Happiness: Week Twenty One

Fitness:

  • Long-term Goal: Shape the body I want and become healthier.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Workout 5x.
    • Status: Halfway. I only worked out twice, so the plan is to get back to at least four times a week this week. Also, I really want to focus on actually eating when I’m hungry, managing my portions and eating slowly next week, on top of working out.
  • This Week’s Goal: Really attempt to eat like Naturally Slim teaches you.

Writing:

  • Long-term Goal: Edit three books, write four new books and query at least one.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Edit 3x.
    • Status: Almost. I only edited twice, but I did get through two chapters. Now I’m getting into the true meat of the work, as the next section desperately needs some attention.
  • This Week’s Goal: Edit two chapters.

Reading:

  • Long-term Goal: Read 60 books.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Finish The Bloodforged. 
    • Status: Done! And wrote the review, to boot.
  • 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: Watch series 2 of Sherlock and lay out by the pool.
    • Status: Yes. Didn’t watch Sherlock, but did enjoy the pool opening, which was really nice.
  • This Week’s Goal: Not die from the summer heat and either watch Sherlock or start a new video game.

Blogging:

  • Long-term Goal: Increase output over all three blogs, i.e., post more consistently.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Blog twice.
    • Status: Negative. I did write a review on the book review blog, but neglected to post anything on the personal blog. Hopefully will amend that this week!
  • 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: Stay frugal this month.
    • Status: Hopeful. I had to buy some shorts in order to survive the summer and when I was out shopping for those, I definitely felt the urge to just shop. I have some stuff I want to buy for the house, new clothes, some books…but gotta stay frugal for the bills to get paid.
  • This Week’s Goal: FRUGAL.

Though I didn’t necessary do horrible last week, I definitely didn’t try as hard as I could have to really focus on and achieve my goals. Luckily, every week is a chance to better myself, try harder and recommit. Ready to conquer Week 21.

Cheers.