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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.

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Quest for Happiness: One Month Down

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Friends, it’s time to get serious.

The first week that I began pursuing goals I really wanted to accomplish, I did really, really well. Since then, my success has fallen on a downward slope. Don’t get me wrong: there has been some partial successes some weeks and definitely some forward momentum, but flipping the same coin, there has been plenty that I haven’t accomplished and plenty that I haven’t done that I wanted to; that I should’ve done.

Of course, life will always find ways to get in the way. I refuse to regret taking a mental health day, sleeping in and beating Technomancer on the PS4 while eating a pizza instead of sticking with the rigid structure of the routine. I won’t feel bad about socializing a bit more these past few weeks and falling behind as a reason. I can’t control that the only time I have to write blog posts are when I have down time at work and the entirety of last week, there was no downtime to be had. I refuse to beat myself up for life getting in the way and causing some detours in my quest towards happiness.

Yet I also need to get a bit more serious.

Though I’m aware of these goals in the back of my mind, quite often, I find myself not even attempting them. Writing an outline, for example. I’ve had that on my To-Do list for the past two weeks, yet haven’t even attempted it once. Or balancing my checkbook. Or sneaking in five minutes to read instead of messing around on my phone. Reaching the third week in a row–and rounding out the first month having three out of the four weeks with more near successes (if that) than successes–where I haven’t come close to accomplishing all of my short-term goals, it snapped my eyes open and made me ask:

How bad do you want this?

Do you want a body that you’re proud of? Do you want to look in the mirror and smile instead of frown? Do you want to write one more book than you did last year? Do you want to query by August? Do you want to read more books and be happier because you’re reading consistently again? Do you want to increase your blogging output and perhaps even your readership? Do you want to manage your money more wisely and be more aware of what you spend, how you spend it and what creating a budget is like?

Of course, the answer, to all of those questions, is yes. But the answer to the first question; how badly do I actually want all of those things?

That answer will be revealed in next week’s post.

Fitness:

  • Long-term Goal: Shape the body I want and become healthier.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Four days in a row.
    • Status: Close! Made it three days and tried out a new machine that made my legs feel like spaghetti noodles.
  • This Week’s Goal: Four days in a row. Plus, try out new fitness regime that my gracious, lovely and BAMF friend created for me to help me achieve my fitness goals.

Writing:

  • Long-term Goal: Edit three books, write four new books and query at least one.
  • Last Weeks Goal: Write four times. Outline novel.
    • Status: Negative. Definitely choose naps and video games over writing last week. And the constant itch I’ve felt since I last wrote reflects that.
  • This Week’s Goal: Write four times. Outline novel. Draft short story.

Reading:

  • Long-term Goal: Read 60 books.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Finish The Lies of Locke Lamora and write review.
    • StatusNegative. Remember those naps I took and the video game I beat? Yeah, they cut into writing time, too. And after I went to the library and got a beautiful book haul, including the sequel to this fantastic read, I need to crank out this ending so I can keep on keeping on.
  • This Week’s Goal: Finish The Lies of Locke Lamora and write review.

Blogging:

  • Long-term Goal: Increase output over all three blogs, i.e., post more consistently.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Keep up blogging schedule.
    • Status: Negative. I didn’t post anything on the blogs this past week. Definitely gotta amp up my game on that one.
  • This Week’s Goal: Reattempt blogging schedule.

Financial:

  • Long-term Goal: Manage money with more awareness, start retirement fund and build savings.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Actually.balance.checkbook.
    • StatusNegative. Checkbooks are, apparently, made to remain unbalanced. My friend suggested I try out a budgeting/money tracking app, instead. I downloaded one called Wally and though I haven’t messed with it too much, yet, at least attempting to use it should be more promising than the risk of going a month without balancing my checkbook.
  • This Week’s Goal: Try out budgeting app.

Cheers!