Shifting My Vision: March 11, 2015

ROWin’ strong to the end of Round One!

So, after a time of chaos of many types, do you find that your vision has been shifted, and different things seem important?

I do. I’m readjusting to having my trusty Lenovo back up and running. It’s so speedy! I feel a new ease – I’d come to take this machine for granted, and now it seems fresh and wonderful. More than that – the air has shifted, and, yesterday, here in upstate New York, it was 50 degrees Fahrenheit! Snow is melting, birds are chattering, and there’s a new, soft energy whispering in…

And, as the last days of ROW80 Round One roll out, and my April, May, June, and July writing challenges get closer, I’m shifting my vision toward making things ready and getting into creative form…

I might change my goals again on Sunday. For now, though, I’m still happy with the five revised goals I set forth on Monday, and three new ones I’ve tacked on, now that I feel a sense of equilibrium reasserting itself.

Over a quarter of the way through the year, I’m still feeling like we’re at the beginning of things, with many of my objectives underway, but little finished. How about you? Are you making great forward progress, stalled, slipping backwards, or something else? Won’t you share?

Airport art – whale skeleton and crows.

As for my revised goals, here’s how I’m doing.

Blue with overstrike = completed.

Green = in progress.

Red = goal-in-waiting.

  • Homeschool reports. I’d honestly rather not, but it’s the law, and the price I pay to allow us to live as we choose. So…it’s time, and those will be a primary focus, this week. Annalise‘s report is complete; excepting attendance. Jeremiah‘s not yet begun.
  • Planning for my CampNaNo projects. I’ll likely only work on this sporadically, but I have two novellas to plan and plot, and I want to make some forward progress on these. I’ve located and skimmed the appropriate files. Ideas forming.
  • Blogging. I have one Love Is In Da Blog post still to get up, and my A-Z Challenge Intro post is partially completed. I want to do both of these, and catch up on ROW80 and other visits, this week. ROW80 visits and all #LoIsInDaBl posts are – finally, finally! – all caught up! I’ve given some thought to the A-Z post.
  • Hometending and lifetending. I intend to do more cleaning, decluttering, and organizing, and to resume my weekly workout at the Y, this week. More of all of the hometending projects; and yes on a moderate, getting back into the swing of things, workout at the Y.
  • Revising and writing: Revisions for “Slow Jazz Awakening” and completing Terry’s story, begun in January, and still awaiting a conclusion. This story is essential character exploration for CampNaNo, so there’s great value in finishing it. Terry’s story is complete – it only needed two paragraphs. I’ve been letting “SJA” simmer. Ideas and impressions gathering; I’ll do more on this later in the week.
Boy in the airport, ready for adventure!

And now, three new things, to round out the week’s list…

  • Review and adapt goals lists for February, March, Round One, and 2015. It’s been an – interesting round, bisected as it was by a vacation, followed by sickness and unforeseen computer issues. Now that I can access my goals lists, I want to assess where I am and where I want to be, and adjust accordingly.
  • Prepare posts for the rest of the week. I’ve been scrambling to keep up for a few weeks. It’ll feel great to get things set up in advance of the intended posting day.
  • Begin editing/sharing photos from our Oregon trip. I took over a thousand pictures, so this will take some time. But I promised folks trapped in wintry places a peek, and the images were trapped in my laptop, inaccessible. Now that I can get to them, time to begin following through on those promises.

Now you’ve reached the end of my goals, so why not pop by and visit another ROWer – or maybe several?

Annalise is not the world’s most patient waiter…



  1. Am glad you have your Lenovo back and enjoy it :-). My focus has changed a lot since “Love Is In Da Blog” . Something’s shifted inside of me and I have cut out most of my many, many goals I wanted to achieve this year. Right now there is only gardening/walking & finishing Zara’s 1. draft which seems to be the most important. The rest groups itself around these goals and it somehow all falls into place :-). Great post and great to have you back 🙂

    • Sometimes there’s a sea change. Something similar has happened within me. I have a few more goals; but, like you, many of the things that seemed very important at the beginning of the year don’t, now.

      I think that’s a big part of loving mindfully. I’ve also noticed that my perspective tends to shift with the seasons…

      May we both continue to find nurturing and accomplishment, whatever goals we pursue. ❤

  2. The change in time and the warmer weather, sun shining and birds singing – sure does energize me! Love it. You sound energized and ready to tackle all your goals. Great progress!

    • I am ready – and moving at a relaxed but purposeful clip. I just submitted the kids’ homeschool reports for the quarter; there is always something liberating in getting that off my agenda! And I got this round in three days early!

      May we both experience the simple joys of spring after a long cold winter, and enjoy the sense of accomplishment of goals well met!

  3. I’m at a stage of my life where one year kinda runs into the next one. It’s not really like the start of anything: December runs into January, and while the holidays are fun, January is just “next month.” If anything, my birthday (in two weeks) is the beginning of a new year (historically, March 25 was the start of a new year). Like Lucy from the Peanuts cartoon, I have my own fiscal year.

    You really got a lot done. I realize there’s a lot more to do, but still, that’s a lot of stuff. Nice goin’!

    • I’m much faster with my own laptop! Also, with that wonderful spring energy in the air, luring me to DO The Things. All. The. Things.

      There is still a lot to do, but I’m moving through the list. It feels good to be accomplishing, after what feels like a long lull…

      And I know what you mean about the months and years. As I get older, I’m becoming more and more familiar with that…

  4. Your list of goals always astounds me! 🙂 Congratulations on achieving so much! 🙂

    I’ve just rediscovered the usefulness and ease of the WordPress posting calendar, and I’m just LOVING IT! I used it last year, but quickly fell out of the habit once the A to Z challenge was over. I hope I’ll keep it up this time, though – pre-scheduling posts can be really great! 😀

    • This is a very minimal list, at least for me, but I find that I’m really liking that, right now. It’s giving me lots of grokking space between projects, and the house is looking sooo much better, which makes me feel lighter and freer, just in time for the coming of spring.

      I’m feeling more energetic and optimistic than I have in quite some time. I’m thinking I’ll stick with the less cluttered approach for a while. I can work from a long list, still, which suits me, but, rather than try to squeeze every possible thing in, I can focus on a few things each day, and leave lots of time for the non-writing things that have been waiting.

      Ah, breathing room! =D

  5. I’m still thinking that it’s the beginning of 2015, even though we’re almost halfway through March. Time is flying by. I’m pleased with the progress I’ve made so far, though I still have a lot of projects that I want to complete this year. Here’s hoping 2015 is a year of productivity.

    Enjoy the rest of your week, Shan Jeniah! Congrats with the progress you’ve made so far. 🙂

    • That’s exactly how I feel. A year that’s just whizzing by. I’m happy, so far, with what I’ve accomplished – and I’ve gotten several long-term projects underway. Once I finish one or two of these, I’ll feel a lot better about where I am. It’s just the getting to that point…

      It’s turning out to be a rather tempestuous, but basically lovely, week. Hope yours is going well, too! =)

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