January 9, 2017

The Weekly Word

I bet you thought I was back last week, right? I teased you with that flash fiction prompt, then disappeared again.

How horrible of me.

If you don't happen to follow me on Facebook or Twitter and missed seeing the fact that I was once again sick (flu followed by bronchitis), I was once again sick.

Should I say it again?

I WAS SICK. Not just sick, but stay-in-bed, keep-the-lights-off, whine-because-I-can-get-away-with-it-and-I-really-do-feel-like-crap, don't-even-want-to-read, binge-watch-Netflix kind of sick where absolutely nothing got done. I didn't even want to get up to open presents.

Okay, maybe I did. But I didn't feel like baking at all over the Christmas break and that's saying something.

While I was out and feeling like crap, I had a lot of time to reevaluate my goals and think about what I wanted for this year. Some of my goals I came up with while I was feverish have already been scrapped.

Yes. They were that bad. Feverish me is just as loopy as super tired me. Possibly even worse.

The goals that are left have been pared down to something doable and maintainable - get healthy, get organized, and get published. And as I'm typing this, I have just decided that I will choose at least one goal from each category to focus on each week and share it with you.

Three goals per week.

I like where this is going...

Getting Healthy

  • Start exercising. Yoga every morning and evening to loosen and strengthen (maybe even a quick midday routine, too) and the elliptical three days this week. Handyman Husband and I are doing a Couch to 5K thing for the next 10 weeks. Me on the elliptical (back surgeon says I can't run until April, but the elliptical is fine), him on the treadmill. Bathing suit season is coming people, and I'm determined to be ready for it!

Getting Organized

  • Use my planner every day.  My lovely planner I shared with you a couple of posts ago still needs some (a lot) of tweaking. I'm filling in my goals and breaking them down into manageable steps, adding necessary pages for the eating healthy part of things, and just getting used to actually using it daily.
  • Finish setting up my planner/schedule. Okay, this is an extra goal, but one that's going to drive me nuts until it's done. I'll be focusing on this one today.

Getting Published

  • 5-7 chapters in my WIP.  I can't remember just how many chapters I have left until the end of this rewrite, so I'm hoping I get so close to finishing that I can't focus on anything else until it's done and I knock out the last of the book this week! I mean...that would be cool. 
I've got a bunch of smaller goals this week, too. Things like doing a load of laundry start to finish every day, making my bed each morning, taking my vitamins, not eating out, sticking to a cash budget, etc. But I've been working on those for the past couple of weeks (or months) already and I think I've got them figured out for the most part.

My Challenge for You

Take your overly ambitious New Year's resolutions and break them down into more achievable goals. What small thing can you do this week to chase those dreams? It doesn't have to be big. Maybe just doing research on the best method to move forward? Or cleaning out a space to allow you to work/exercise/relax.

Start small. Celebrate when you accomplish it. Even the longest journey begins with a single step. So take that step. You can do it.

I believe in you.

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