A Giant Stride: #ROW80 /#12WeekYear  EOW 6

Hi there, ROWers and friends!

At my last update, I wrote about taking a stride on my own.

There’s an old saying that goes:


For me, that stride has led to others – a cascade effect of new actions that have cumulatively helped me to reach another point – the point of a giant stride forward.

In scuba diving, a “giant stride” is the technique for stepping off a boat and into the water – into another element, and another world…

It feels like I’m gearing up and checking my equipment, stepping carefully onto the dive deck…almost ready to plunge into the unknown…

Have you taken any giant strides lately?

 Blue with Overstrike: Goal Completed.

Green:  In Progress.

Black: Still Waiting.

Black with Overstrike: 86ed.

 Relationships, Family, and Home:


Complete lists of homeschool activities/ update attendance for November. Due Week 2.

  • Progress: 10%.

Facilitate Miah’s driving practice; four times weekly. Weeks 612.

  • Friday –local rush hour. 2/4.
  • Discussed timing for his prelicensing course.
  • Progress: 55%.

Move bedroom furniture to better accommodate nurse visits; deep clean as I go; ask for help from kids as needed.  Week 1.

Use one-on-one time to touch base with both kids. Weeks 612.

  • Connection with both; chatting about matters casual and deep, as well as plans for future travels/home improvements.
  • Progress: 100%

Set aside a few minutes five days weekly to arrange facilitation of needs. Weeks 612.

  • Shopping; summer and future purchase plans; hometending; administration; personal enrichment. 7/5.
  • Progress: 100%.


Focus on at least ten minutes with some combination of family members in common spaces daily. Weeks 612.

  • Not quite 10 minutes Friday; none of us spent much time in common spaces. 5/7.
  • Progress: 70%.

Gather and consider how to make our home a sweeter place. Weeks 6-12.

  • More discussion/brainstorming for short/mid/long term.
  • Progress: 100%



Inventory sauces; get count on what/how many labels needed: Due Week 3.

  • Dining room organization nearly to point I can complete inventory/organization process.
  • Had another idea for disposition.
  • Progress: 85%

Go through checking account and insurance policy info; make list of monthly/quarterly bills and due dates: Due Week 4.

  • Received both life insurance claim paperwork and January credit union statement; completed 5/6 sections of claim form.
  • Progress: 85%

Pay Jim’s back sales taxes; find out how to dissolve business. Due Week 6.

  • Read over sales tax form to get the lay of the land.
  • Progress: 35%.

Do (or delegate) our taxes: Due Week 10.

  • More gathering of material.
  • Progress: 25%.

Create a base family budget for the kids and I: Due Week 12.

  • Working out some details of the basic plan.
  • Progress: 50%

Focus on learning via the courses I already have in progress: Weeks 6-12.

  • Completed Story Start 9/10; rough draft and first revision of Story Start 10/10.
  • Progress: 100%.

Work on beta projects I’ve agreed to as opportunity arises. Weeks 612.

  • Completed Chapter 7; sent to author. Highighted Chapter 8 for comments.
  • Progress: 100%.

Keep in touch with other writers –  reading blogs; commenting; participating in sprints and blog hops as I am able: Weeks 6-12.


Make lists of things we could use help with, as we think of them. Weeks 612.

  • Progress: 50%

Ask both kids for ideas at least weekly. Weeks 6-12.

  • Happening organically, and with intention.
  • Progress: 100%

Pair lists with those willing to help at least weekly. Weeks 612.

  • Also giving this more thought. Working toward a couple of lunch/coffee dates in the not-distant future. Taking care of me takes care of the kids, too.
  • Progress: 100%

Seek out someone(s) with good organizational skills who can coordinate as/when needed. Weeks 6-12.

  • I’ve got a couple of very organizationally oriented friends helping me out here and there – it’s good for now.
  • Progress: 100%

When someone offers general assistance, be ready with ideas. Weeks 6-12.

  • I have accepted chances to get some adult time.
  • Progress: 100%

Body, Mind, and Soul:


Watch Star Trek: Enterprise whenever possible; join in Twitter live chat at #AllStarTrek. Weeks 6-12.

  • Every night this session. Getting to the extremely emotional end of the series, which is stirring my desire to read/revise/create fan fiction.
  • Progress: 100%

Resume taking pictures, beautifying our home, drawing, coloring, singing, and other activities that I enjoy, as opportunities arise. Weeks 6-12.

  • More Home and Garden TV; decluttering/organizing/hometending/for challenge otherwise; singing; photography, and reading.
  • Progress: 100%

Experiment with Instant Pot weekly. Weeks 612.

  • I made another, slightly smaller faux-rotisserie chicken. It was easier this time.
  • Progress:100%.

Keep eyes open for likely recipes. Weeks 6-12.

  • I found two chicken and wild rice soup recipes – one broth, and one cream – and a fish chowder recipe.
  • Progress: 100%

Use Ninja for food prep once weekly. Weeks 6-12.

  • Progress: 0%

Alternate days of restful focus with more active days. Weeks 6-12.

  • Going with my natural rhythms accomplishes this very well.
  • Progress: 100%.

Listen to my body, mind, and soul, and follow their leads to adjust accordingly.  Weeks 612.

  • Even when I feel guilty for dozing, napping, or sleeping in.
  • Progress: 100%


Follow a morning routine when possible. Weeks 612.

  • Fell off routine this session; I needed sleeping in/early activity, and went with it.
  • Progress: 80%.

Use quiet moments as they present themselves. Weeks 6-12.

  • Lots of renewal/planning/execution time.
  • Progress: 100%.

Make a practice of being present- right here, right now. Weeks 612.

  • More and more.
  • Progress: 100%.

Prioritize time and connection with my beloveds over busy-ness. Weeks 612.

  • Productivity back up some; with it came a bit of overwhelm I’m dealing with.
  • Progress: 85%

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In case you need to take a giant stride anytime soon!




  1. It sounds as though you are making great progress and doing a wonderful job of being self-aware and in touch with what your needs and your children’s needs are right now. Well done! I am trying to learn to allow things to unfold at their own pace rather than forcing them, and reading your posts always reminds me that I need to learn to go with the flow rather than try to force things to go my way, to balance being goal driven with embracing the ever-changing nature of life. Thanks, Shan, for a wonderful post!

  2. I see you celebrating those ‘giant strides,’ poised, graceful, grateful, nurturing, and practical, organized, focused, and finding your way. May it be a good week.

    • Not always all of those, all at once! =D

      There’s also a fair share of flailing, awkward, grouchy, needy, impulsive, chaotic, wandering, and lost going on. The shadows of all the sunny things you noticed.

      Because life’s often like that.

      Still, we’ve survived the first month, and that’s something….

    • They do indeed.

      By the end of this week, I hope to have my L shaped desk set up. In two weeks, the new desktops will be here and I should be able to have an actual base of operations again.

      I think that’s going to be the beginning of a return to more consistent, focused progress.

      But for now, I’m very happy with where I am.

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