Embracing 2019: 12 Week Year 6/ROW80 Round One Goals

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Hey there!

Yup, it’s that time again – time for a new 12 Week Year, a brand new Round of Words in 80 Days … and a brand new year.

For me, that also means it’s time to unveil a new #oneword to guide me through the next 365 days. This year, my word is EMBRACE.

I intend to embrace all of life – the joys and the sorrows, the highs and lows. The order and the chaos, lovely and otherwise.

Along with that, I embrace possibility, including the possibility of creating a life that is only a vague dream right now.

Which means embracing a new set of goals and targets.

How do you welcome a new year?
If you choose one word to define your year, what is yours?

Sometimes order makes sense,  and other times it’s the physics of dirty knives!

This Year/round, I have 6 goals, broken down into 55 targets.



7 targets

I tend to the needs of my body, mind, and soul by creating, maintaining, assessing, and adapting action plans for each.

  • Body:
    • I increase my physical activity by resuming and building endurance in swimming, tai chi, weight training, and steps walked per day.
    • I improve my health by assessing my current food habits and adapting them to provide better nourishment.
    • I honor my need for rest.
  • Mind:
    • I prioritize mindfulness learning.
    • I honor the need for play: for myself, for my family, and for the dogs.
  • Soul:
    • I resume and strengthen my meditation practice.
    • I prioritize connection with others.



9 targets

I oversee home repairs, maintenance, and improvements; develop a sustainable hometending routine; and continue learning to address my deeper clutter issues.

 Home Repairs:

  • I schedule, oversee, and pay for plumbing repairs.
  • I get an electrician’s estimate.

Home Maintenance:

  • I clean furnace filter, ceiling fan, light fixtures, and shower doors.

Home Improvements:

  • I research flooring repair and cabinet installation costs.
  • I research/budget for new or gently used dryer and stove.


  • I establish a routine for daily, every other day, twice weekly, and weekly master hometending list items.
  • I encourage the kids to take an active role in assisting with these tasks. 
  • I complete and employ my Room by Room rubric weekly (5/8 sections completed at round/Year opening).

A Year to Clear What Is Holding You Back:

  • I pick up on Day 14 (where I left off) and do a lesson five days weekly by the end of the round.

To DO Today


20 targets

I organize my life and implement changes that allow me to effectively use my time and energy.


  • Clear email inbox.
  • Organize all OneDrive files coherently.
  • Complete Lise’s 2nd quarter report/ attendance log.


  • I read and organize the budget information I’ve gathered.
  • Create a cash-budget envelope for dining out (our biggest spur-of-the moment expense).
  • Conduct weekly Tuesday financial sessions at the dining room table and invite the kids to participate.
  • Tally up all regular and recurring expenses.
  • Begin applying the 60% plan.
  • Read Prosperity for Writers; begin applying principles.


  • Complete Year 6/Round One goalsetting.
  • Break down goals into Week by Week Action Plans.
  • Complete Year 5/Round Four evaluation.
  • Complete all WAMs with ReGi.
  • Check in at Slack 6 days/week; ROW80 2 days/week.
  • Meet with my ROW80 Accountability partner as arranged.
  • Complete Obstacle/Contingencies on all Action Plan Steps.
  • Complete my “Perfect Week.”
  • Complete Week 4, 7, 10, and 13 quarterly evaluations.

The Stuff of Life:

  • Look into part time reporter job.
  • Consider other efforts in progress – where do I want to put my focus in 2019?
  • Goal is to earn $1000/month before Miah ages out of SS on 9/2/19.



5 targets

I plan, plot, draft, revise, and submit writing for market and for passion.

Marketable Writing:

  • Finish revisions for “R.I.P. Left Shoe” and moon poetry.
  • Submit to Pub 518 Influence of the Moon anthology by 12/31/18.
  • Develop outlines and production schedule for remainders of my three marketable novel WIPs: 2 Kifo Island and one Trueborn; all started in 2017.

Fan Fiction:

  • Continue adding to four Enterprise fan fiction side stories.
  • Complete Unpromised (an Enterprise fan fiction novel WIP); continue rough revisions and posting.



10 targets

I continue to learn, build a platform, and network as a foundation for eventual sales, and to offer content of value to my readers.


Website/Blog/Social Media:

  • Complete Pixels to Platform (remainder of Module Four, and Module Five).
  • Brainstorm list of items to address on website/blog/other social media.
  • Schedule time to address these items and honor it.
  • Create an editorial calendar for 2019.
  • Schedule time to work on posts; production; and publishing…batching is best.
  • Make sure Google Analytics is up and running on my website.


  • Design and order business cards/bookmarks.
  • Create a Writing Curriculum Vitae.
  • Network via professional groups and through my daily life.
  • Begin posting my newsletter and related posts twice monthly, beginning in mid-January.

Claw Hand


3 targets

I focus on active learning that builds my professional writing and revision skills.

  • Complete DIY-MFA 101 (currently beginning Module 5/10).
  • Complete through Lesson 10/22 of How to Revise Your Novel (currently in beginning of Lesson 6).
  • Interact in the HTRYN Class Forums at least once per lesson.

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  1. Nice to meet another fan of the 12-week year. My TWYs start a month out of sync with the RoW80 rounds, but the system is still useful.

    Your goals are very well organised, and you seem ready to tackle them.

    • Since I started ROW80 years before I learned about 12 week years, it made sense to do mine to coincide with the rounds. It’s not perfect, but it does line up very well.

      Last round, I went through the process methodically for the first time. I didn’t quite get to setting up my “perfect week”, and I skimped on the Week 13 review, but I learned a tremendous amount, and accomplished a good deal!

      Nice to have someone else to chat with about it. =D

    • Lila!

      It’s so good to see you again! It’s been a while!

      It seems like a long list, but much of it is built upon things I’m already doing, and all of it will become scaffolding for future goals.

      I’m aiming to achieve 85% of what’s on this list. That will be enough to lay a solid groundwork for the next stages in my Grand Plan (insert evil cackle here!)

  2. Nice goals, especially as they cover life in its entirety and help remember it’s not only about writing.
    Good luck with everything Shan! 😊

    • Thank you, Julie!

      As an unschooling mom of nearly 11 years, I’ve long since learned that everything is connected. Just as my kids don’t break down the things they learn into subject areas, I can’t easily separate writing and life. It’s in everything, and everything is in it.

      May your round go swimmingly!

  3. Something I always love about your goals, Shan… your goals are always connected to something higher. They’re steps in a journey, a process, not always an end in themselves. Love it!

    • Thank you. I do have longer term visions for life, and I want the things I’m doing today to get me closer to them.

      It helps me a lot to reverse engineer from there, rather than picking goals more or less out of the blue, the way I used to. It’s a lot easier to be motivated when I know what these steps are building toward.

      • I was just writing my own “goals post” based on a similar concept. It’s too easy, imho, to get caught in the doing doing doing and not the living…and yet we’re the challenge that knows its members have a life. Giving a place for life matters.

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