A Nesting Time: My ROW80 Round 4 Goals


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Yes, I know that Round 4 doesn’t begin until tomorrow – but I’ve got whole-round goals, and October goals, and the thought of sharing both in one post makes me head spin a little. So, today I’ll share my goals for Round 4, and get myself back in that Sunday/Wednesday updating rhythm. Tomorrow, for the “official beginning of the round, I’ll post my October goals – and, of course, on Wednesday, my first update, which should be enough to re-establish my ROW80 mojo!

What does autumn feel like to you?

For me, early fall is like a big inhalation – full of energy and possibility. The middle part of autumn feels like a pause, a gathering- something’s on its way, but not quite ready to break. The later part of the season is like a long slow exhale….settling in for a slower, deeper space, a more reflective, dreamy mood, as winter slips or roars in.

So, this seems like the perfect round to focus on nesting – beautifying our home and preparing it for winter – a time of creation, here, and cocooning more inside, where it’s warm and snug; updating and streamlining my online presence; clearing out physical and virtual files; and assessing what I’ve accomplished this year, so that I can plan for the next.

With this in mind, here are my Round 4 goals!

Stretching toward treasure.

2014 Blogging:

Focus on layout and design aspects of my Blogging Action Plan.

  • Update shanjeniah sidebar and bio.

  • Review and update Blogging Action Plan.

Build positive blogging habits – post regularly, build queues, answer comments, and share diversely.

  • Queue all November posts for Coffee and Conversation and Wordless Wednesday features.

  • Share each feature post to 3 diverse places.

  • Maintain blogging schedule; find a comment rhythm that supports a 2-3 day turnaround.

Brainstorm what I want in a website; move The Unfettered Life to a spiffy new home.

  • Draft a Rough Website Plan; stay in contact with Kristen as I develop ideas into a vision.

Stretching into a leap of faith!

2014 Writing:

Complete rough drafts of To Be or Not to Be, The Stars Are Fire, and Perchance to Dream.

  • Complete rough draft of Perchance to Dream.

Draft another novel in the Trueborn duology series, as my NaNo project.

  • Finish planning/ plotting The Earth Doth Move by October 31.

  • Complete rough draft of TEDM as my November NaNo project.

Complete first revision passe for Chameleon’s Dish; make pre-revision notes for Blood and Breath.

  • Continue first revision pass for Chameleon’s Dish.

  • Continue readthrough/pre-revision notations for Blood and Breath.

Freewrite on the ideas I’ve had for the unwritten portions of the story.

  • Write rough sketches for all as-yet unwritten volumes in the Trueborn duology.

  • Plot a rough schedule for creating first drafts for all.

Complete OctPoWriMo Challenge; write 31 poems in October.

Putting on a smile!

Editing 2014:

Revise all poems for Queen of My Infinite Spaces; until satisfied with the results.

  • Do first revision pass on each poem.

Complete Deep Revision process with my three short story WIPs.

  • Complete process for all stories.

  • Submit all stories to World Unknown Review.

2014 Hometending:

Continue physical and virtual hometending plans – resetting rooms, cleaning files, and inhabiting my study.

  • Complete the family room reset.

  • Begin the massive kitchen reset.

  • Explore the 52 Weeks of CHaOS program, beginning in October.

  • Continue cleaning and organizing my study.

  • Take time at least once a week to simply be in the space, as it is.

Clean up files.

  • Clean up all files on laptop. Organize in a rational, intuitive manner.

  • File or delete Inbox email backlog; maintain at a manageable level.

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

  • Continue using calendar app to manage my time.

  • Read Smart Change.

Apple cheeks! =D

2014 Lifetending:

Stretch and find new ways to blend the facets of my life with intention and awareness.

  • Move Play Jar to a more visible area.

  • Return to exploring the slips inside – in a playful, FUN way!

  • Read the 9 TBR books on the bookcase by my bed.

  • Complete my two FutureLearn classes; Shakespeare and His World and Exploring Play.

  • Continue to meet and make plans with friends.

Seek out playful new ways to move and challenge my body.

  • At least one workout at the Y each week.

  • At the Y; at least 4 weight-bearing exercises/machines for arms/legs/core weekly.

  • Treadmill: 18 minute mile, walking/jogging; using “Rolling Hills” Program.

  • Work up to 2 miles, at any speed for the second mile.

  • Recumbent bike: 8 miles in 30 minutes, using an interval program.

  • Build to one half mile walking/jogging on the track each week.
  • Add time on elliptical, arc trainer, and/or rowing machines: goal is 10 minutes on each, at least twice monthly.

  • At least one strenuous home/yardtending activity each week.

  • Dance, swim, or play physically with kids at least once each week.

  • Buy and begin using resistance bands at home at least once weekly.

  • Set up Wii balance board and use at least 4 days weekly, for a minimum of ten minutes.
  • Maintain or reduce body weight – monthly checks.
  • Plan at least two monthly excursions that promote physical activity.

Natural beauties!

Continue exploring nutrition goals.

  • Maintain existing nutrition goals (smoothies/salads and yogurt/nuts).

  • Eat fresh vegetables other than salads (raw or cooked), and/or fresh fruits at least 3 times each week.

  • Eat whole grains, in any form, at least 3 times each week.

  • Eat broth or vegetable-based soup at least once each week.

  • Read Intuitive Eating.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

  • Complete and submit my sponsor post.

  • Visit my “team” twice weekly.

  • Visit other ROWers as time and energy permit.

Silly selfie!

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