Ahead, Cruising Speed: 12Week Year 6/ROW80 Round 1; End of Week 1

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 Hey there!

We’re seven days into the first Round of Words of 2019, and the first week of both the round, and my sixth 12 Week Year –have ended.

I’m cruising along. I’ve made progress on most of my Week One Action Plan and finished over half of it. It’s a learning process – I consistently set goals that are beyond my ability to attain. Honoring both my ambition and my reality is the underlying goal I’m embracing through everything else.

What’s your greatest challenge when it comes to reaching your goals?

I shared this photo on my website, shanjeniah.com, for Eden Mabee’s First Friday Photo.

Week One Totals:

Completed: 33/59; 56%

In Progress: 17/59; 29%

Still Waiting: 9/59; 15%




Completed: 19/24; 79%

In Progress: 5/24; 21%

Still Waiting: 0/24; 0%

Body (9 items):

  • I complete a 200 meter swim.
  • I reread Intuitive Eating through Chapter 7; 28%.
  • I assess approximate number of whole grains currently consumed.
  • I assess approximate number of vegetables/fruits currently consumed.
  • I assess approximate amount of fish/seafood currently consumed.
  • I assess approximate amount of water currently consumed.
  • I assess approximate number of self-prepared meals/snacks currently consumed.
  • I establish a three-step sleep routine: pajamas; brush teeth; read one section from Sleep, applying if possible.
  • I use naps as needed. This goal has changed – I seem to be back to my more typical 6 hours of sleep and doing fine.

Mind (6 items):

  • I read Chop Wood, Carry Water through Chapter 5, Family; 104/287 pages.
  • I set a 4 hour Breakout Block in this week’s schedule.
  • I honor my #AllStarTrek time.
  • I play with one or both kids weekly, as desired.
  • I play with the dogs daily (unless not at home).
  • I ask both kids what play activity they’d like to do as a family this month or early next. We consider the choices, choose one, and schedule.

Soul (9 items):

  • I read front matter and explore the Acceptance section of Paths to Wholeness.
  • I create a place to sit and begin using my meditation cushions.
  • I touch base with my Slack group six days this week (not just for accountability, but for community).
  • I interact regularly on #AllStarTrek (Voyager and Enterprise, as possible).
  • I reach out to DIY-MFA 101 fb group and three unschooling FB groups this week.
  • I make plans to spend in-person time with at least two unschooling mom friends while Lise and I are at the winter waterpark gathering January 15-17.
  • I touch base with both kids daily.
  • We decide together how/if we want to mark the anniversary of Jim’s death.
  • I spend time just being with the dogs, and the cats as they will have me.



Completed: 2/4; 50%

In Progress: 1/4; 25%

Still Waiting: 1/4; 25%

  • We complete all daily items on the master hometending list one day this week. (this is a #babysteps goal; we want to make a habit of these, so starting slowly and building from there).
  • I ask kids to help in person as seems appropriate.
  • I post this goal to Discord family server and follow up with both kids.
  • I do A Year to Clear What’s Holding You Back lessons 14 and 15 this week.

To DO Today


Completed: 8/16; 50%

In Progress: 5/16; 31%

Still Waiting: 3/16; 19%

Administration (5 items):

  • Clear email inbox from 1416 messages to 1,111. 1,248 at the moment.
  • Unsubscribe to anything in those messages that is no longer relevant. 
  • Make a schedule for organizing One Drive files.
  • Add schedule to calendar.
  • Email school district about legality concerns in the form they sent.


  • Organize budget info I’ve gathered to this point.
  • Create a cash envelope to cover meals ordered/eaten away from home. No envelope yet, but first $80 allocated.
  • Schedule and hold first Tuesday financial meeting at dining room table so kids can participate if they wish.
  • Pay bills as needed. Began the setup for this.
  • Explain the 60% plan to kids. Initial discussion – need to go more in depth, maybe on Discord.


  • Complete Year 6/Round One goalsetting.
  • Complete Year 5/Round Four evaluation.
  • Complete Week 1 WAM with ReGi.
  • Check in at Slack 6 days/week; ROW80 2 days/week.
  • Make arrangements with my ROW80 Accountability partner and honor them.

The Stuff of Life:

  • Look into part time reporter job – touch base with editor.



Completed: 49/7; 57%

In Progress: 0/7; 0%

Still Waiting: 3/7; 43%

  • Finish revisions for “R.I.P. Left Shoe” and moon poetry.
  • Submit to Pub 518 Influence of the Moon anthology by 12/31/18.
  • Add 333 words each to Enterprise fan fiction side stories: “A Beagle’s Bedside Manner”; “Arachnid Nebula”; “Love and Loss”; and “Parted from Me”.
  • Add 1,111 words to Unpromised; my Enterprise fan fiction WIP.
  • Rough revise and post next five chapters of Unpromised to ff.net.
  • Pull five more Unpromised chapters: skim, title, save, and add to revision queue.
  • Reread The Last House, one of my two Kifo Island WIPs from 2017.



Completed: 0/6; 0%

In Progress: 4/6; 67%

Still Waiting: 2/6; 33%

  • Complete Pixels to Platform (remainder of Module Four).
  • Create an editorial calendar for January 2019.
  • Schedule time to work on TryIt Tuesday posts; production; and publishing…batching is best.
  • Research Curriculum Vitae; list my relevant experience.
  • Configure Google Analytics for my website.
  • Network via DIY-MFA 101, Pixels to Platform, ROW80 and Albany NNWM, and through my daily life, via write-in and #AllStarTrek.

Claw Hand


Completed: 0/2; 0%

In Progress: 2/2; 100%

Still Waiting: 0/2; 0%

  • Complete DIY-MFA 101 (complete Module 5 Video One play sheets; Watch Video 2; skim play sheets).
  • Complete How to Revise Your Novel Lesson 6, using On Any Tuesday Night, pp 9-40.

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  1. I know how much you love blue, Shan. Nice to see so much of it here.

    What paperwork did the school district send you that you’ve got to reply to? I didn’t hear about this!

    • They have a new superintendent’s secretary. She wants info not covered by Section 100.10, like proof of residency (seriously? We’ve been reporting for 12 years, and paying school taxes for 16! Just look us up at the address you sent the letter to…), parents’ occupations and phone numbers.

      It’s not a huge deal, and she probably doesn’t realize she has no legal grounds to ask for the information, so I’m going to politely but firmly decline to give it, with an explanation that the only information NYS homeschooling parents are required to give is in the Letter of Intent to Homeschool, Individualized Home Instruction Plan, Quarterly Reports, and test scores/peer review.

      They already have her LOI and accepted this year’s IHIP, and I sent the first quarter report in several days early, and received acknowledgment of same.

      So there’s no need for this paperwork, from a legal standpoint, although I can easily see where it might be helpful to the district from an administrative one.

      I don’t especially object to most of it – though I am not willing to share my phone number – but I want them to understand where the parameters are for what they can and cannot legally request.

  2. As always, your lists and the way you keep track of so many things astonishes me! I have that problem of setting goals that are beyond my reach, too. I really like your phrase about honoring your ambition and reality. I like that idea of balance.

    Have a great week!

    • Strangely, I think being an unschooling mom has helped a lot (a lot of the unschooling moms I know are really, really good at juggling Lots of Things at Once, like our amazing mutual friend Gwen!)

      In order to pursue my things while dealing with the standard adulting, and helping the kids to pursue their things – I need to know where I am and where my time and energy are going.

      I’m far from perfect at this, especially since life threw us the curve ball of Jim’s illness and death, so now I’m the only parent in the game. Of course, the kids are older now, and need me more as support staff, so that does help.

      As always, I’m seeking a blend I can shift with our needs, more than a balance. But it is something I’ve become acutely aware of, this tendency to try to do far more than I can conceivably achieve in any time period. Not sure I’ve got any answers, but awareness does help.

      May your week be lovely!

    • I keep a running checklist I refer to throughout the week/month/round. Also, I base my goals on long-term visions of what I want my life to look like. It’s a lot easier to stay motivated when I know WHY I’m devoting my time, focus, and energy to something.

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