Trip, Stumble,and Fall? #ROW80 /#12WeekYear  MidWeek 7

Hi there, ROWers and friends!

On Sunday, I wrote about giant strides – stepping off into another element.

Here’s the thing:

Like any other form of growth, it’s not always a smooth and graceful transition.

This week has been filled with tripping and stumbling, but, thus far, no serioous falls.  Just like a baby has to fall sometimes to master the controlled falling that is walking, I apparently need to bang my shins and skin my knees a little as I learn the steps to this new dance.

I think I’m stumbling over my metaphors, too…

What’s tripping you up, 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 712.

  • Tuesday – locally, some with computer monitors in the cargo area, and two patio gliders lashed to the roof! Also, effectively used Google Maps to navigate. 1/4.
  • Progress: 25%.

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 7-12.

  • Though I made this goal, there’s been some friction this week – I think it’s due to passing the one-month mark, pursuing some difficult goals, and a degree of overwhelm and fatigue that are likely hormonal.
  • Considering ways to alleviate the stressors.
  • Progress: 100%

Set aside a few minutes five days weekly to arrange facilitation of needs. Weeks 712.

  • Shopping, including yard sale site pickups and monitors for our desktops, arriving next week. Some hometending; administration; personal enrichment. 3/5.
  • Progress: 70%.


Focus on at least ten minutes with some combination of family members in common spaces daily. Weeks 7-12.

  • Yes, each day this session. 3/3.
  • Progress: 100%.

Gather and consider how to make our home a sweeter place. Weeks 7-12.

  • More discussion/brainstorming for short/mid/long term; and enacting them.
  • Progress: 100%



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

  • Progress: 85%

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

  • Progress: 85%

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

  • Progress: 35%.

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

  • Progress: 25% 

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

  • More consideration of our budgetary needs.
  • Progress: 50%

Focus on learning via the courses I already have in progress: Weeks 7-12.

  • Completed Story Start 10/10; rough draft and first revision of Story Middle 1/5.
  • Progress: 50%.

Work on beta projects I’ve agreed to as opportunity arises. Weeks 712.

  • Completed Chapter 8, Scene 1
  • Progress: 100%.

Keep in touch with other writers –  reading blogs; commenting; participating in sprints and blog hops as I am able: Weeks 712.

  • Monday sprint and conversation with my Twitter and local NaNoWriMo group, including a visit with a writing friend.
  • Progress: 100%.


Make lists of things we could use help with, as we think of them. Weeks 712.

  • Progress: 50%

Ask both kids for ideas at least weekly. Weeks 7-12.

  • Lise wants her friend to accompany us to an unschooling conference we’ll be attending this summer; began arrangements.
  • Progress: 50%

Pair lists with those willing to help at least weekly. Weeks 712.

  • Lunch/coffee dates in the not-distant future.
  • Will be speaking at the conference this summer; asked for help from a friend who has spoken at previous conferences.
  • Progress: 100%

Seek out someone(s) with good organizational skills who can coordinate as/when needed. Weeks 712.

  • 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 7-12.

  • When offered a scholarship to the conference, I offered to speak instead – because I feel I need the chance to help others more.
  • Progress: 100%.

Body, Mind, and Soul:


Watch Star Trek: Enterprise whenever possible; join in Twitter live chat at #AllStarTrek. Weeks 7-12.

  • Every night this session. We’ve come to the unofficial end of the series (the actual end is a poorly-written travesty I won’t be watching). I’ve also reread a fan fiction project in progress, in preparation for returning to it.
  • Progress: 100%

Resume taking pictures, beautifying our home, drawing, coloring, singing, and other activities that I enjoy, as opportunities arise. Weeks 7-12.

  • More Home and Garden TV; decluttering/organizing/hometending; assisting Miah with assembling my L-shaped work station; singing; and fan fiction reading.
  • Progress: 100%

Experiment with Instant Pot weekly. Weeks 7-12.

  • Progress: 0%.

Keep eyes open for likely recipes. Weeks 712.

  • Progress: 0%

Use Ninja for food prep once weekly. Weeks 7-12.

  • Progress: 0%

Alternate days of restful focus with more active days. Weeks 7-12.

  • Still doing well with this one.
  • Progress: 100%.

Listen to my body, mind, and soul, and follow their leads to adjust accordingly.  Weeks 712.

  • Stumbled a bit on this one.
  • Progress: 60%


Follow a morning routine when possible. Weeks 712.

  • Progress: 0%.

Use quiet moments as they present themselves. Weeks 7-12.

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

Make a practice of being present- right here, right now. Weeks 712.

  • Fell down on this one, too, as I pushed myself to overwhelm territory.
  • Progress: 30%.

Prioritize time and connection with my beloveds over busy-ness. Weeks 712.

  • Another weak area as busy-ness took precedence.
  • Progress: 85%


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  1. Being able to navigate successfully with Google Maps is one heck of an achievement… I still don’t do that right. 😉

    Love that you’re going to be speaking at the conference. May I ask which one?

    As for stumbling… Definitely have some of that going on here these days. But it is what it is…

    • I kind of LOVE Google Maps. Discovered it when Jim and I went to Maine last fall, and have been using it since. It’s been a goal for Miah to learn how to use it.

      I’ll be speaking at the Northeast Unschooling Conference, about how unschooling can help in times of major uhheaval – like terminal illness and death in the family…because it has helped in so very many ways.

      Sorry about the stumbling in your life. Hope you will all find your balance soon.

      Maybe we could have a girls’ lunch next week?

      • A girl’s lunch sounds grand, though next week is jam-packed (Friday at the Desmond or something like that could work… Marcus has soccer camp that day), as Marcus is participating with the Shakespeare & Co. residency peeps from Tues-Thursday. He’s excited about Othello (The crew is doing stage-combat presentations/training on Wednesday (and yes, most anyone is welcome, though HVCC asks parents to sign a release form for safety in case parents leave the campus for a time) and clown-training/workshop on Friday (was thinking Lise might actually enjoy that… we did it last year and it was incredible!)

        Anyway… if next week doesn’t work, we can always plan for another day the week after.

  2. Congratulations on recognizing that ‘stumbling and falling’ is a natural part of learning to fly! Or drive. Or make a new workspace. Or saying yes to a conference presentation. Lots of good progress this mid-week. Re the presentation, your energy, commitment, and focus will help you reach and motivate your audience, regardless of topic. That’s your gift to give, and you do this beautifully.
    Now, you did ask what’s tripping me up lately, and I have to say we’re in this perfect bubble, no trauma, no drama. Each day we’re on an adventure. I know drastic change will come. I don’t know what form it will take. So I’m cherishing these moments together, truly. Last night we had dinner out and talked about death, as we are at that age when friends are naturally facing serious illnesses. I don’t know if I will be strong enough — if he goes first. So I’m aware that each day is a gift, mine to treasure. On this, I don’t want to stumble.

  3. Even if you’ve stumbled some, you’ve got a lot of progress here.

    And I wish you would have told my daughter, stumbling and falling was okay. She didn’t walk and didn’t walk and didn’t walk…then one day just started walking. Didn’t fall hardly at all. She just waited until she knew she could do it. Should have known then she’d be a perfectionist(which, despite what some people have said, is not a good thing). If she can’t do something right the first time, she gets upset. No matter how many times we tell her it’s okay if it’s not perfect or she makes mistakes.

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