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Monday, April 16, 2018

Did I Accomplish Anything In The First Quarter of 2018?

 It is that time again. Time to go over the goals I set for the first three months of 2018. Some were accomplished with great fanfare, others sadly fell far behind. The lesson learned though is that there is no true failure if you attempt to accomplish them.

My list of goals for the beginning of the year was a tad small. There were only six goals I sought to accomplish. I know what you are thinking. I only had six goals and didn’t accomplish all of them. Sadly the majority of the month of March saw me fighting the flu. This strain had me so tired, and in pain that I found the easiest project a burden. Then at the end of the month, I had a gout flare-up that added to my misery. I finally broke down and went to the doctor, only to get a lecture for not coming to see her sooner and her thinking I may have contracted a lung virus or a light case of pneumonia in the midst of my otherwise crappy month.
a stuffed bear with tissue and thermometer

With all that said I did accomplish my one major goal. That goal was to finish my book. I can proudly say that I finished the first draft of Tales of The Cat’s Eye Gang and I am getting ready to start the first edit/revisions this week. If you are in the mood to read a fantasy about a group of friends who set off on a quest to find the mysterious Triad. Stop by my story blog and check it out. I posted it in all of its unedited glory for your enjoyment.

My writing goal sadly fell far short this past quarter. I decided to take a break from writing because I just wasn’t feeling inspired. I wanted to clear my mind so that when I sat down to begin re-reading my manuscript to start the revision process, I came to it with no other project cluttering my mind. I instead did some reading to prepare me for what was coming up. I brushed up on the art of story structure so that I can bring you the best product possible come publication time.

Now I know that I failed to deliver in writing word count goal, but since I chose to take a break after finishing my book, I chop that goal up as a goal removed rather than failed. With me taking a break from writing, I also couldn’t accomplish my third goal because it was to begin posting regularly again on my blogs. With the completion of Tales of The Cat’s Eye Gang, I have put that blog on hold. It will only get posted on monthly as I work on this next step in the book’s formation. Starting in the second quarter I will begin to post on a regular basis again. So keep your eyes out for news of new posts or better yet subscribe to my blogs so that you never miss a post.

people doing water aerobics
Let’s move on to the goal that I listed as my second. This was to exercise more. This one met with failure. I started a health club membership, only to discover that said health club had very limited hours.Hours which they did not list on their website. You can imagine my surprise when I showed up that first day and they were closed; in the middle of the afternoon. It also didn’t have a pool which when I was looking at the amenities gave the impression my local club did. This was upsetting because I like to exercise in water. I am a lap swimmer, and I was really looking forward to the water Zumba classes. With the flu coming to plague my existence I also didn’t feel like exercising. It was taking a lot of energy to crawl out of bed just to go to the bathroom. I guess during the month of March that was my exercise. Hey, I take a small goal accomplishment where I can.

My fifth goal was to start saving money for those times when there is an emergency, such as my car needs tires. Or one of my cats getting sick. I did get my new tires and took a sick cat to the vet, so I chalk this up as a win. The next item I am saving for is new shocks on my car because when you have tires that hold the correct amount of air for longer than three minutes after airing them up, showed me that shocks are always nice to have.
a rack of new tires and wheels.
 Also on the list that I am saving for is saving to hire someone to create my book cover, as well as finding an artist to draw up the Cat’s Eye Gang’s pictures for promotional purposes. And I am also saving money to hire two different editors for the book. I still have a little time to stash away money for this one. I am just starting the revision process in the said book.

My last goal to accomplish was to update my author’s website. You can check it out here. I have begun the updates, but there is much more I intend to do. It is an ever-evolving website to fit me, the ever-evolving author. I cannot wait for the day when I can add links to where you can buy my book. I also hope to have a trailer up sometime soon to give you a bit of entertainment.

My goals for the second quarter are:

1. Begin re-read and revisions of my book. My book covered up with hi-lighter and red ink is going to be a hard sight to see but it will be done.

2. Exercise more. I put this on every goal list. It is something that makes you feel good and helps you stay healthy.

3. Write at least 500 words per day.

4. Save money for an artist to do book cover and one to do character pictures, and shocks for the car.

5. Pay off some of my debt. If I pay off some bills that money is freed up to put into savings.

6. Work on web presence. I am always looking for more followers. It is my followers that will help my dreams come true. I am thankful for everyone who chooses to join me on my journey to becoming a published author.

7. Drink more water. You think this is a silly goal but it isn’t for me. I hate to drink water. I prefer to slack my thirst with a nice glass of iced tea or a big steaming hot mug of cappuccino. I figure there is water in both of them, right? Well, I recently had to start seeing a Nephrologist(kidney doctor) and found out that I am fighting stage three kidney disease. This means I need to drink more water to keep my kidneys flushed out.

8.Finish my Spring cleaning. Around this time every year, I get this incredible urge to clean up the house and clean out the cupboards. I began this at the end of March but when you live in a house with two kids, four cats, and one dog. It seems like a never-ending battle of keeping things clean. Speaking of which I really need to shampoo this rug.

9. Do my daily Manifestation/Mindset exercises. I am a firm believer if you have the right mindset to make your dreams come true, they will manifest for you. That being said if you start your day believing you will make things happen, then they will.

10. Feel Good! There are things you can do every day to make you feel good. You just need to sit down and make a list of things that make you happy and make you feel good. Then do something from that list every day.

There you have it, folks. My goals past and present. Do you make goal lists? Share some of your goals for the next few months in the comments section. I always like to see what the goals are for other people. You never know one of your goals may become one of mine. Until next time,  love fully and laugh often.

A stuffed emoji with the word Happy on its front.


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