Renewal:  #ROW80 Round 2 /#12WeekYear 3 Goals

Hi there, ROWers and friends! 

It’s time again to set goals for a brand-new Round of Words in 80 Days, and a new 12 Week Year – my third.

This is also the first complete round since my husband’s death on January 12. For Round One, my goals were very different, and far less specific, as I didn’t yet know the course his cancer was going to take, or that he would die very early in the round. Even if I had known, the aftermath was rather consuming.

I spent some time over the break dealing with essential administration – the life insurance claim and family taxes. With those complete, I feel much more settled. It’s not that there’s nothing left to tend to – only that I feel I’ve earned some breathing room from the immediacy, and can proceed through the remaining administrative tasks at a more relaxed pace.

Which also means that I feel comfortable returning to goals that are clearly delineated and forward-focused. I anticipate moving forward with my professional plans, while tending to my own needs and those of my family.  Though the basic goals that appear here may seem general, I have developed action plans for each, with due dates for completion (there’s more on that below).

Part of that is my annual four-month stretch of writing challenges, which will help me get back into the flow of writing daily. While I’m far less prepared than I’ve been in previous years, I’m anticipating a productive time ahead as I finish some projects, move some along, and begin others.

What are your plans for the spring season?


  • I will post my Action Plan for each goal on Wednesdays, and evaluate weekly progress on Sundays.

  • I will post complete goals reviews for Weeks 3, 6, 9, and a final assessment after Week 12. These will allow me the opportunity to evaluate my progress, and whether my goals and Action Plans as written are serving the purposes I intended.

The legend below will indicate the status of each goal.

  • Blue with Overstrike: Goal Completed.

  • Green: In Progress.

  • Black: Still Waiting.

  • Black with Overstrike:

  • Red: Goal Change.


Relationships, Family, and Home:

Objective: I tend to our home and the needs of our transitioning family unit.

  • I facilitate the kids’ learning, social activities, and well-being.
  • I complete all necessary homeschool administration.
  • I facilitate home and yardtending, asking for assistance as needed.
  • I research and acquire items that will improve our quality of life.
  • I research, budget for, and oversee home improvement projects.
  • I assist the kids in learning to maintain a home independently.
  • I schedule time each week to connect with friends/ family.


Objective: I develop my professional career and tend to the financial needs of our family unit..

  • I schedule weekly time for the writing development courses I have in progress.
  • I use the spring writing challenges to advance/complete projects in progress.
  • I maintain, develop, and expand my connections with both other writers and my readers.
  • I explore new professional opportunities.
  • I develop, adapt, and maintain a family budget.
  • I explore the concept of prosperity and what it means to me- and to the children.

Body, Mind, and Soul:

I act to support my health – physically, spiritually, and emotionally.

  • I focus on physical health as part of my daily routine.
  • I resume focus on my spiritual development.
  • I tend to my emotional health in this transitional time.


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