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Quest for Discovery: Week Thirty Eight

Hello, friends!
Last week was a pretty lovely week.
I mentioned before that it was getting pretty rough, mentally, so I needed to work on my mindset. A friend mentioned that it might have just been a rough patch and I think she was, in part, right. You can’t be happy all of the time. But also, focusing on the goods and the positives definitely helps me stay motivated and realizing how great life is. I still had some hiccups and I still have a long way to go–especially when it comes to strengthening my confidence within myself–but for a restart, I can’t complain one bit.

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

Last Week’s Goal: Edit 5x.

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. So, it only took one more editing session to not only knock out the ending pages, but also write the new epilogue that I’m pretty stoked about! And then it was polishing my query, double checking the availability of the agents I’d already researched and now ARTEMIS: TVMQ is out in the wild once more! Because of the urban fantasy market right now, I don’t have huge high hopes for it, but I also couldn’t not try it.

Weekly Goal: Start mapping out edits for BLOOD PRICE. And then, begin editing.

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 and write review.

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. I finally read the oldest ARC on my backlog and it turned out to be a really fantastic–and thought provoking–read. I’m still waiting for the latest batch of September/October books to arrive in the mail, a couple of which are sequels to books I’ve always meant to read, but then missed when they are published. So starting the first book, You Die When You Die by Angus Watson, of one of those series tonight and pretty stoked for it (also still trying to work on my backlog, because oof).

Weekly Goal: Read every day and post review on Friday.

Fitness
Long-Term Goal: Continue living a healthy lifestyle and shaping a body I love and am proud of.

Last Week’s Goal: Finishing crafting new routine and try it out.
Status: Affirmative, Commander. So, I love this new routine so far. Basically, I’m doing less cardio and more strength training, mostly because since I moved, I lost the close trail I was running at and it’s harder to run close where I’m at and I’m trying not to spend too much time driving too and from places to go run. So, I alternated, doing:

  • Monday: Arms and abs
  • Tuesday: legs, back and butt + cardio (walk)
  • Wednesday: Arms and abs
  • Thursday: legs, back and butt + cardio (walk)
  • Friday: Cardio (walk)

At least, that was my goal. Thursday, I didn’t do cardio thanks to going out to lunch with my Mom and then Friday, I was going to skip cardio to play more PS4, but then my boyfriend took a half day and asked if we could go walking together, so then I was absolutely down (and super glad he motivated me to do it). I really like the strength training exercises I found. They are super challenge and I can feel my body working, which is great. So I’m excited for the second week here!
Weekly Goal: Workout 5x and try not to spoil on my progress my poor weekend eating,
Last Week’s Goals:

  • Research agents.
  • Polish query.
  • Query?
  • Create ARC September calendar.
  • Write short story and post it for the Muses.
  • Start working on MiddleMoot presentation.
  • Check Mint three times this week.
  • Do Spanish daily.
  • Watch spending.
  • Put money in savings.
  • Start paying off credit card.
  • Catch up on emails.
  • Try out new blogging schedule.
  • Run errands (grocery store, library, get gas).
  • Start planning NC vacation.
  • Make birthday list!
  • Pray.
  • Write letters.
  • Practice a positive and happy mindset.

Weekly Goals:

  • Add pictures and clips to MiddleMoot presentation
  • Check Mint three times.
  • Watch spending.
  • Put money into savings.
  • Start paying off credit card.
  • Start planning NC trip.
  • Catch up on emails.
  • Blog 6x.
  • Make editing game plan.
  • Reach out to Muses about September posts.
  • Practice Spanish daily.
  • Write and mail letters.
  • Get excited for Renaissance Festival!

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I’m also really stoked with how the blogging schedule turned out last week. I was able to post all the times I wanted to, both on the personal side and the book blogger side, but all in one site here. And that was really, really nice. I definitely am going to try and keep it up, though of course that isn’t going to be the case every week. But, on top of that, really excited to get started editing BLOOD PRICE this week and love that I found a workout routine that seems to be working. Not oddly, but if my writing and working out seem to be going well, then life seems to be going well, too.
Which is perfectly fine by me. Now, just waiting for true fall weather and all the exciting things happening in the next couple of months. Hope you have a productive and positive week!
Cheers.

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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.