Changes on the Horizon: #ROW80 R2EoW7 Update


Hey there!


What’s this?! It’s not even 3:30pm Sunday, and I’m writing the intro to my update?

Yup. It’s true.

The habit reset is going so well, I might just go back to more regular blogging soonish. Not deciding when just now, but I feel my mojo coming back, and that’s pretty exciting, because I’ve been feeling somewhat overtaxed.

I’m looking over my goals and tactics this week. I set this plan at the beginning of March, in different circumstances. It seems like a good idea to streamline them for the last third of this very eventful round.

How about you?

Are you changing things up, or staying the course?

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Completed: 27/41; 66%
In progress: 10/41; 24%
Still waiting: 4/41; 10%



I live my life in harmony with my finances.


Completed: 5/6; 83%
In progress: 1/6; 17%

Year 11/Round Two Goal:

I develop an intentional relationship with money.

  • I read one chapter of Overcoming Underearning and do exercises each week upon completing the Financial Goalsetting mini-course.
  • I complete the Financial goalsetting mini-course and listen to the Smart Money Mamas podcast once each week.
    • I assign lessons for this week. Complete Module Two, Lesson One (adapted for reality).
    • I schedule the lesson and podcast for this week.
    • I follow through on the assigned material.
  • I check bank and credit union account balances daily.
    • I consider the best time to do this.
    • I schedule the check-ins.
    • I follow through with the check-ins.



Home is sanctuary, and the cradle of creativity.

Completed: 6/11; 55%
In progress: 3/11; 27%
Still waiting: 2/11; 18%

Year 11/Round Two Goal:

We improve our home within our budgetary framework.

  • I/we devote time each month to improvement/repair projects.
    • I review my existing lists of small home projects and incorporate into one.
    • I share the list with Miah and Lise and ask for their input.
    • I add to the list as/if new ideas occur.
    • I talk with Miah about working together on 1-5 specific projects from the list.
    • I/we follow through as circumstances permit.
  • I devote an hour each to inside and outside maintenance/organization each week.
    • I create lists of indoor and outdoor projects I want to address this Year.
    • I schedule blocks of time each week when I will address these projects.
    • I choose a primary and secondary activity in each area. Outside: yard maintenance (mowing/weeding/decluttering; wood and brush piles). Inside: food storage overhaul and entertainment area reset.
    • I follow through on devoting the time (segmenting accepted), focusing first on primary goal, then secondary if it is completed/I need a break.
      • Outside: 60/60 minutes.
      • Inside: 0/60 minutes.
  • I complete an adapted 27 Thing cleanup cycle each week (three rounds per room, including the porch and garage).
    • I schedule blocks of time each week when this can be a focus.
    • I follow through on the cycle in each room. 2/8 completed; 25%



Our finances are secure.

Completed: 6/9; 67%
In progress: 2/9; 22%
Still waiting: 1/9; 11%

Year 11/Round Two Goal:

I nurture a proactive family financial approach.

  • I invite Miah and Lise to learn along with me as we create our financial plan together.
    • I check bank and credit union balances each day.
    • I track expenses.
    • I share the concept/purpose of the “ramen budget.”
    • We brainstorm and list our essential items and expenses.
    • We add our “wants” in a tiered fashion, from most important to most expendable.
    • We use this information to create a budget we can all live with.
  • We set a financial plan at the end of the month for the month ahead.
    • We discuss individual and family financial intentions/goals.
    • We use these insights to inform our budgetary decisions on an ongoing basis.
  • I gather information on life insurance, trusts, and wills and share with Miah and Lise as they wish.
    • I share any new developments with both offspring as desired during our monthly financial planning.

Professional Development:


I am rewarded richly for my work.

Completed: 9/11; 82%
In progress: 2/11; 18%

Year 11/Round Two Goal:

I create a business plan.

  • I research small and virtual assisting business plans and draft my own.
    • I list my personal priorities for this quarter.
    • I create a schedule for addressing these priorities.
    • I begin conducting my business plan research.
  • I spend an hour each week on administrative matters such as site development, accounting, and file organization.
    • I schedule each week’s session or sprints.
    • I list activities to address in each segment, by priority.
    • I follow through on each session or sprint, moving through my priority list.
  • I tend to my current clients and develop new clients as desired to meet my business plan.
    • I give priority to my existing clients, meeting their needs each week.
    • I invoice/time track current clients as needed, in accordance with our agreements.
    • I prospect for new clients weekly, pitching as indicated.
    • I follow up with two past clients or prospects each week.
    • I gather resources for my “Shoot for the Stars” pitch-of-the-Year.


I flow smoothly through the drafting and revision processes.

Completed: 1/4; 25%
In progress: 2/4; 50%
Still waiting: 1/4; 25%

Year 11/Round Two Goal:

I address monthly writing and revision targets.

  • I focus on revision and beta-reading during and after April CampNaNoWriMo.
    • I devote five hours to How to Revise Your Novel to regain momentum. 2/5 completed; 40%
    • I beta Chapters 12-14 of Stained Blood, through on the schedule, messaging chapters to author as completed. 1/3 completed; 33%.
  • I write 100-word exploratory children’s stories for Story-A-Day May.
    • I write drabbles for May 17 – 23 as exploration for the concept and potential story starts.
  • I write 50,000 words of potential blog content for JuNoWriMo.
    • I brainstorm blog topics:
      • Writing blog/site.
      • VA site blog.

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  1. By my count blue is taking up over 50% of the list! That’s fantastic! So glad to hear that you’re getting some of your mojo back, it’s definitely showing in your goal progress!

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