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Quest for Discovery: Week Twenty

Hello, friends!
It’s officially summer!
I mean, the pool isn’t open yet, unfortunately, but the weather is certainly here. And so is the calm of the library, which is always busy the other nine months of the year, but for the summer season, it gets to be a little quieter, which means we can catch up on projects and the like, and just takes some moments to breathe. In that same vein, over the summer, I want to keep up my writing output and make working out a priority in the mornings (especially once I get to my 2pm-10pm summer schedule, instead of the lovely 8am-5pm I get to work throughout the rest of May). But I also want to take time to relax: mainly, going to the pool after my workouts and then catching up on my ever daunting To-Read list, which I’m actually really excited about. Thanks to those goals, I’ll probably be playing less PS4 than I usually do, but for the summer, I think I’m okay with that.

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

Last Week’s Goal: Write 5x.

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. Crossed over the 50K mark! The next few scenes that are about to happen aren’t at all what I originally planned, but I am much more excited about these possibilities and what is going to happen next than I was before. It’s one of my favorite parts about writing: discovering the story along the way.

Weekly Goal: Write 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. Make ARC review calendar.

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. Though I got too many ARCs to actually read any of them in time to publish the review on the dates of publication, I’m excited to get started reading them this week!

Weekly Goal: Read every day.

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 (especially since the weather is supposed to be shitty).

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. My workouts were a little different, last week. I had the intention of running four times, walking once (while talking on the phone with a friend) and then doing some different strength training exercises at least three times. I ended up running twice, walking three times (including two phone-call-walks) and then doing strength training once. Though it wasn’t what I envisioned, I was still active and that’s what counts.

Weekly Goal: Workout 5x.

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

Weekly Goal: Pay car tag renewal. Put money in savings for May.

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. I haven’t put the money into savings yet, but it’s there and I’ll do that after this post. Paid the car tag, though, so that’s exciting. And my bank account is crying a little bit.

Weekly Goal: Look at budget again and adjust. FRUGAL.

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

Last Week’s Goal: Actually think about this goal.

  • Status: Negative, Commander. Though I did think about this a little more, I didn’t pray very much and I haven’t really looked at any devotionals, so I need to rededicate myself to that.

Weekly Goal: Try again.

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

Last Week’s Goal: Enjoy the mirad of plans this weekend, including special date night and Mother’s Day!

  • Status: Affirmative, Commander. 

Weekly Goal: Enjoy working a normal schedule and cooking at home with the boyfriend!
PB4
Until summer starts, working 8am-5pm means getting a little creative with my workouts (going on walks during my lunch break, for example, and then doing some strength training stuff when I get home, after dinner) because I also want to spend quality time with my boyfriend, since we’re working the same schedule (including making dinner together, which I’m super jazzed about). So going to try that out this week and see how that workout schedule goes. It means I’ll practically be starting over with my running routine come June, but I’m staying active and still making progress. And for that, I’ll take it.
Cheers.
PS: Beautiful new line break was made by the aforementioned boyfriend because he’s just so dang creative like that. <3

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Quest for Happiness: Week Twenty

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The feeling I get when I’m making strides, the pool is open and it’s officially summer.

Fitness:

  • Long-term Goal: Shape the body I want and become healthier.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Eat well.
    • Status: Eh? I didn’t eat particularly poorly, but I didn’t focus on eating well like I should have. I think next week will definitely be a more eating focused week, but this week, I want to be back in the gym and on the trail.
  • This Week’s GoalWorkout 5x.

Writing:

  • Long-term Goal: Edit three books, write four new books and query at least one.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Complete in-depth write up of Artemis’s character.
    • Status: YES. Not only did I sit down for an hour and write out some of Artemis’s quirks and life stories, but I also started editing the book and actually edited two chapters. Doesn’t seem like a big deal, but for this writing rut, it means the world.
  • This Week’s Goal: Edit 3x.

Reading:

  • Long-term Goal: Read 60 books.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Read!
    • Status: Um…I only read once. Dang it.
  • This Week’s Goal: Finish The Bloodforged. 

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: Get outside.
    • Status: Yes! I have a feeling I’ll be outside a lot more often now that the pool at my apartment is open. And I’ll get a lot more reading done.
  • This Week’s Goal: Watch series 2 of Sherlock and lay out by the pool.

Blogging:

  • Long-term Goal: Increase output over all three blogs, i.e., post more consistently.
  • Last Week’s Goal: Catch up writing reviews over video games.
    • Status: Yes! Still have quite a few reviews I need to write over video games, but I did write the two I wanted, so I’ll count that as a win.
  • 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: Get ready to pay June’s bills.
    • Status: Yes! All the bills are set up and ready to go. Goodbye beautiful money. *sighs*
  • This Week’s Goal: Stay frugal this month.

 
20 weeks. It’s almost June and yet I’m still maintaining, with varying degrees of success, focusing on the goals I made in January (even though I really technically started doing this in February, but…). I’m making progress and I’m enjoying the ride along the way. Life is good, friends. Life is good.
Cheers.