Sunday, February 2, 2014

Maybe I am a slacker, but that's the way it is

I didn’t do quite as good this week. I think I am in the throes of menopause and it is starting to take a toll – the headaches, fatigue, sleeplessness, crankiness, mood swings. People who know me would say that none of those things are new for me, but it is all at a much higher degree right now. I’ve talked to one of our nurse practitioners but I think I need to be more serious about it and get an actual appointment.

A. Weekly goal
1. Read five other blog posts a week.  Yes.       
2. Read ten hours a week in one of the books I am reading.  Yes.
B. Goals for the Round                           
1. Have finished reading five books. I finally finished reading “Ragged Hope”. I also started and finished “My Journey to Kilis”. That was a great book – a short easy read which I will have to write a review of on my other blog.  

A. Weekly goal
1. Work on something five times a week.     
a. Work on “The Early Life of Jesus in 40 Days”, the second book in the Bible Stories in 40 Days series. Yes, but I am still very slow. I wrote half of one entry. I do only have twelve entries left, so if I could keep up that break-neck pace every day, I should be able to finish it in another month, right.   
b. Write on my novel. No.
c. Write my blog posts. Kind of.  I blogged twice in The Dino Chronicles and once here.
B. Goals for the Round.  
1. Have finished the first draft of “The Early Life of Jesus in 40 Days”. No.
2. Have written half of my novel.  No.

A.      Weekly goal.
1. Promote either one of my books on one other site or in person. No, not really.
2. Comment on two other blog posts.  Yes.
3. Research markets for an hour.  No.
4. Keep up on social media, responding to all messages.  Yes.
5. Contact one organization about a speaking engagement.  Umm, no.
B. Goals for the Round
1. Have submitted three pieces somewhere. Still at one.
2. Have booked three speaking engagements or book signings. Still at one.

A. Exercise - Continue exercising four times a week, including running on the treadmill.  Yes.
B. Nonprofit - Continue working on Tumaini Volunteers, Inc., applying for tax exempt status by the end of the Round.  YES. My daughter found online a template for a business plan which she would like us to use. I spent all morning Friday working on that.  
C. Sewing - Finish two projects this Round.  Not yet.

As far as my list of 40 things to do in ’14, I realize I am a putz, but that is how it is. I’ve seen programs that outline how you can read the Bible in one year. That is so unrealistic. I am so sorry, God and Bible-readers everywhere, but I could never read the whole Bible in one year. My goal for the year is to read six books. I know that is pathetic, but that is just how it is. I love reading the Bible – or at least some parts of it. Honestly, some books of the Bible are so boring it is painful. If you have ever read the whole thing, you know what I am talking about. If I could pick and choose which parts to read (most of the New Testament and a few of the shorter books of the Old Testament), I could get through much more of it. As it is, I kind of jump around from a boring book to a more interesting one. Which means, I just finished Numbers (after several months of trying to stay awake) and have crossed that off my 40 things in ’14 list. I am on to something in the New Testament, so I should finish that quicker. Last time I read the entire Bible, it took three and a half years! I know. Slacker.  
I am also sick of winter. We have already shoveled off the deck once this winter. Hubby eradicated the snow again after I took this picture. I just don't know where we are going to put any more of it. 


  1. Loving all those highlighted yeses. It feels so good to cross things off a To Do list. All the best for the remainder of Round 1.

  2. Good luck with your goals, Chris. You have a very ambitious list here, but it sounds like you're making progress!