The Quest for Balance

Balance

or The art of juggling while jumping up and down on a pogo stick

We’re now three months into 2017. As usual, some of my goals are falling apart. It’s not because I lack motivation or desire. Mostly, it’s from my inability to multitask or balance the different segments of my life.

Take today as an example. My plan was to complete the following tasks: write, walk, edit. Short and sweet. But I forgot that I have to make an exchange at the mall and return books to the library. My youngest also forgot school clothes so I have to run those up to the school. I need to buy gas and pay bills. Don’t get me started on the housekeeping chores.

Finding balance with family, work, and writing is hard enough but throw exercise into the mix and watch out. It gets crazy. I prefer to write first thing in the morning (like right now) and I can edit after lunch. But when do I exercise? I prefer to go for a walk as early as possible before it gets hot but that’s prime writing time. I can walk at the mall but that usually leads to hours of wasted time looking around and people watching. So yesterday, I tried Tai Chi. That was interesting. It didn’t take all day and was low impact. I can squeeze it into small pockets of time between other things.

I need to go back to my schedule and rework it to include exercise. And wiggle room for stuff my family throws at me.

“Row80 is the Writing Challenge that knows you have a life.” Be sure to leave an encouraging word for the other rowers.

Red means I did not reach my goal.

Blue means I made steady progress or reached my goal.

At the end of this round (March 22) I will reevaluate my goals and add new ones.

  • Write 200,000 words. Not a single word. I’m making a weekly goal of 5,000 words to help reach my yearly goal.  That gives me 8,978words written this year.
  • Edit 600 pages.  I edited 10 pages of Camouflage. It’s a novella of around 25,000 words. The yearly total is 257/600 pages.
  • Walk 2,600,000 steps.
    I walked 2.8 miles this week a total of 41,052 steps for the week and 341,445 /2.6 million for the year.  I left my pedometer home more than once. I also tried Tai Chi once this week. That was fun. I felt like a heron but with much less grace. My weekly goal is 50,000 steps.
  • Read 80 books. I finished  Caraval by Stephanie Garber. It’s an interesting YA read. Strong overtones of Alice in Wonderland. I also skimmed through theThe Positive Trait Thesaurus and The Urban Setting Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi. I’m not including them in my number of books read. I just started If I Stay by Gayle Firman and I’m still reading Beautiful Creatures. Completed 14/80 books this year.
  • Find the shipwreck at Ft. Morgan. This is a goal for summer so, check back later.

So there you go. Not a total bust but not a great success either.

How was your week?

-CK

2017 Row80 #8

It’s March! How did that happen?

www-ckrich-comI have done nothing. Mardi Gras hit and I’ve turned into a slug. Okay, that’s not entirely true but it’s close. I’ve done what I consider research and a lot of thinking and planning. But as far as my actual goals. I failed monumentally.

“Row80 is the Writing Challenge that knows you have a life.” Be sure to leave an encouraging word for the other rowers.

Red means I did not reach my goal.

Blue means I made steady progress or reached my goal.

At the end of this round (March 22) I will reevaluate my goals and add new ones.

  • Write 200,000 words. This week I wrote 910 words. That’s an all-time low :(I’m making a weekly goal of 5,000 words to help reach my yearly goal.  That gives me 8,978words written this year.
  • Edit 600 pages.  No new progress. The yearly total is 247/600 pages.
  • I spent this week sewing. Over the last two weeks, I’ve made 3 tops and I’m working on a pair of shorts. I’m also helping my daughter make a skirt. I’m placing this under research. My WIP centers on a seamstress. I also made a list of books to read that involve flashbacks. My next edit project is told by using flashbacks. Sort of. More on all of that later.
  • Walk 2,600,000 steps.
    I walked 1.6 miles this week a total of 37,681 steps for the week and 300,393 /2.6 million for the year.  I left my pedometer home more than once.
  • Read 80 books. I finished  The English Spy by Daniel Silva. This is #15 in the series but the first for me. Very good book. Completed 13/80 books this year.
  • Find the shipwreck at Ft. Morgan. This is a goal for summer so, check back later.

Schools are out all week. I know it’s crazy. Mardi Gras is officially over yet schools are closed. I don’t expect much of anything to get accomplished.

How did you do this week?

-CK

2017 Row80 #7

Thank you for all the birthday wishes 🙂 It was nice to recieve them. Just proves Row80 is awesome.

Mardi Gras has descended on Mobile. Therefore, everything has come to a screeching halt. It’s usually this point in the year when resolutions are tossed out the window in favor of moon pies and king cake. I’ve had more than my fill of the latter 🙂 My goals took a hit this week.

If you are interested in playing along with Row80 click here. “Row80 is the Writing Challenge that knows you have a life.” Be sure to leave an encouraging word for the other rowers.

2017 Goals for Row80

www-ckrich-comRed means I did not reach my goal.

Blue means I made steady progress or reached my goal.

At the end of this round (March 22) I will reevaluate my goals and add new ones.

  • Write 200,000 words. This week I wrote 2,363 words. I’m making a weekly goal of 5,000 words to help reach my yearly goal. That total was all from yesterday. It rained all day, so I worked on my WIP. That gives me 8,068 words written this year.
  • Edit 600 pages.  No new progress. I am reading Camouflaged, making notes as I go. That’s the working title. I need a better one. When I finish this read through I can start edits. The yearly total is 247/600 pages.
  • Walk 2,600,000 steps.
    I walked 2.3 miles this week a total of 44,453 steps for the week and 262,712 /2.6 million for the year.  My goal is 50,000 steps a week. So close. I chased down wild moon pies this weekend and still didn’t reach my goal. I must say I was lazy. A little prideful over making my goal last week. See where pride gets you 😦 But on a happy note, my pants are not as tight!
  • Read 80 books. I finished The Hidden Oracle: The Trials of Apollo #1 by Rick Riordan. Sigh. I was very dissappointed, for many resaons. It didn’t live up to the previous books. I’ll leave it at that.  I also finished The Mystery of Wragg Swamp by Jerrye Sumrall. This was another local author. It was a quick, middle grade read. I just started reading The English Spy by Daniel Silva. This is #15 in the series but the first for me. So far so good. Very smart book. I hope to finish it before the end of the month.Completed 12/80 books this year.
  • Find the shipwreck at Ft. Morgan. This is a goal for summer so, check back later.

Time to get back on track.

How did your week go?

-CK

King Cake and Candy Hearts

This week has been chaotic. I wasn’t as successful this week. My birthday was Tuesday and then Valentines was yesterday. This year my baby girl was given chocolate by a boy at school. I am not ready for this! She is too young.  Sigh.

The good think about this week is I worked on my goals each day. I didn’t make huge leaps but I worked on them and that’s what counts. Tomorrow night The Polka Dots have their Mardi Gras parade. I think we will go. Which is good. I know a girl on the float. If I make a sign with her name, hopefully, she will reward us with treats.

A note on my WIP. I started a new cozy for NaNoWriMo, but didn’t finish it. I’m working on it now. This one centers around a seamstress. Currently, my research includes Youtube videos on alterations and making a pair of Mardi Gras PJ bottoms 🙂 I think I’ve had too much coffee.

www-ckrich-com2017 Goals for Row80

Red means I did not reach my goal.

Blue means I made steady progress or reached my goal.

  • Write 200,000 words. This week I wrote 3,304 words. I’m making a weekly goal of 5,000 words to help reach my yearly goal. I don’t write on the weekends. Too much activity with teenagers. I didn’t reach that goal this week but I did work on it. That gives me 5,705 words written this year.
  • Edit 600 pages. I finished the edits of Stella. She is ready for critique group. I edited 20 pages this week. That brings the yearly total to 247/600 pages.
  • Walk 2,600,000 steps.
    It looks like I reached my goal! Unless I added wrong. Which is totally possible, don’t tell me if I did. I walked 5.3 miles this week a total of 58,557 steps! 218,259 /2.6 million.  My goal is 50,000 steps a week. Shocking. The miles walked is above what I normally do and is included in my step count. I did take the young ones shopping. That took forever.
  • Read 80 books. I think I’ve read 4 books this month 🙂 Which is my usual goal.I just started reading The Hidden Oracle: The Trials of Apollo #1 by Rick Riordan. Funny as always.  I’m not sleeping well, so I’m reading at night more. I finished A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. I loved it. I want to read more of his books. I also finished a short book. I think it’s a middle grade book, not sure. The Mardi Gras Chase: True Girls Book 1 by Maggie M. Larche. I was surprised at how much I liked this book. It reads like a cozy not so much like a kid book. Bonus points for being set in Mobile (my hometown) and reflecting the actual city. Highly recommend it. Completed 10/80 books this year.
  • Find the shipwreck at Ft. Morgan. This is a goal for summer so, check back later.

There you go. Not too bad of a week. Any progress is good. Or as Dory says, “Just keep swimming.”

How did your week go?

-CK