February Check-in

So I told myself at the beginning of the year that I would do a monthly check-in on all the goals I set for myself in 2014.  So this is the first check-in, and I imagine that it’s gonna be a bit of a wake up call, lol.

1. Write more. At least 500 words a day. (or 3500/week, or 15,000/month).

Sadly I have failed rather miserably at this. I have not written 500 words a day.  Not even close.  I get so tired and rarely have the energy.  Plus I think I may have fallen out of love with my story.  I’ve got to get it back. I have written.  I am writing for the Capital Geek Girls blog, and submitted a piece on Winter Reads: Classics to Catch Up On.

Additionally,though it hasn’t started yet, I have another writing gig lined up.  The Shenkman Arts Centre is a local venue that hosts all sorts of arts-related events. They happened to be looking for someone to write reviews of some of their shows, and I indicated my interest.  I’ve been lucky enough to be chosen to do it, so that’s more practice, and the reviews will be posted on the very popular local blog Apartment 613.  The first show to review is next week, so stay tuned for my review!

Plus, of course, my piece for Geez Magazine.  It’s closer to publication! I saw a PDF of the print layout, which is very exciting.

Despite all that, I’m still not reaching that 500 words/day goal.  So it’s possible I need to adjust that number yet even lower.  Or try harder.

2. Take more photos. At least one active shoot a month.

I achieved this one for January! I took a photo shoot of my friend’s costume portfolio and I have to say that I was quite pleased with how they turned out.

3. Exercise at least 4 times a week (2 “traditional” + yoga and/or swimming)

Oh man, no.  So bad.  The fatigue and laziness that plague my writing goal definitely hit me here.  I managed a few times, but nowhere near 4 times a week.  Personal training starts up again this week, so hopefully that will help get me moving.

4. Read more. One book a month.

I thought I had achieved this by finishing Lean in by Sheryl Sandberg in January, but it turns out I finished it December 29th, so that’s a fail.  I have already started on my book for February: An Atlas of Impossible Longing, so hopefully this month will be more of a success.

5. Work on self-promotion, but with a focused approach. Learn at least one new medium thereof.

I consider this one a success, given my new gig blogging for Shenkman. To me, that’s a good source of self-promotion. So far, so good.

6. Focus more at work.

Fail.  So much fail.  In fact, I forgot this was even on the list.  Oops.

7. Empty and fill the dishwasher within 24 hours. Seriously.

Sigh.  No.  And this is so easy!

8. Vacuum once a week.

50% of goal here.  Need to get better, but not completely failing…

9. Find one more crafty thing like arm knitting that I can actually *do*

Well I haven’t done this yet, but there’s still lots of time.  Plus I’ve made a few new scarves.  Sold one even!

10. Any day it is above -5 spend at least half an hour walking outside.

This has been a great success.  Mostly because it hasn’t been above -5 very often!!

11. Save & attend the photography workshop in Lake Louise.

Still lots of time, but I put together a budget so I’m on track!

12. Check in on this list once a month.

Done!

Stay tuned.  Hopefully next month will be better!

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