Goals and Aspirations in Review – July 2017

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As always, as it seems to be lately, it seems as though the past month has just flown out from under my feet without my even noticing. I feel so busy and yet never seem to get anything done, and then when this post comes around each month I sit here and stare at my results and wonder what the hell happened.

So with that said, let’s just get right into it, shall we?

Goal #1. WRITE WRITE WRITE WRITE WRITE.
As mentioned last month, I attempted to get my motor revved up throughout July by adding a “write 300 words” mini-goal to every day in my personal day planner. That plan, while solid, did not work at all for me. For one thing, for a number of reasons, I barely glanced at my planner all throughout the month. But there were also a number of other issues, not the least of which was a major funk I went through for a couple of weeks that I won’t get into, but basically kept me from accomplishing anything worth speaking of, including writing. In the end I turned out with a word count for the month of 4132, which isn’t my worst month, but is pretty close to it, and abysmal in general. I’m attempting the 300-words-per-day mini-goal again this month, and hopefully I’ll have better luck this time.

Mini-Goal #1.a. Publish more erotic fairy tales.
I won’t really go into detail with this one because it has basically been put on hold for the time being while I work on other, more important things, but I do have plans for more of these short stories in the future.

Mini-Goal #1.b. Start writing blog posts again.
I’ll admit it: it has been difficult to get back into blogging again. I still stand behind my decision to make the new blog, and I’m much more fond of it than I was of the old one, and I think it works for me. But I’ve been at a loss for what to blog about, to be perfectly honest. There are the set posts like this one, but on a day to day basis I just can’t figure out what it is I want to say. In the coming month I might delve into some writing prompts to try and get the juices flowing again.

Mini-Goal #1.c. Find ways to promote the book(s).
This never gets any easier, and I can’t honestly report any kind of real success. I was lucky enough this past month to have some of the awesome people from our Basement Geeks Facebook group read “Nowhere to Hide” for their BG Book Club, and as a result I got a few more sales than usual and a couple of awesome reviews. However, as far as actively finding ways to promote the books…I’m still working on it and not having a wide range of successes.

#2. Get healthier.
This is always an ongoing battle, of course, but I do believe that I’m doing better. My weakness is food, of which I eat a vast quantity, but I’ve been doing lots of little things, including drinking more water, doing squats and stretches and the like, and other mini-changes. I have been feeling better in general, but it’s definitely a slow, uphill journey. Onward and upward!

Mini-Goal #2.a. Walk/run 10k 8k steps per day.
The month started off a lot better than it finished, and there was a definite wonky week during that “funk” period that I mentioned earlier. As a result my numbers aren’t as nice as they could be, but they’re not terrible either. I wound up with only ten 8-k days, with a daily average of 7566 steps. As always, I hope to do better this month, and since I’m back to work out West and hauling my ass all over the oilsands, that shouldn’t really be a problem.

Mini-Goal #2.b. Take daily “me time”.
This one can be taken one of two ways for the month of July. On the one hand, yes, I believe I had daily “me time” throughout the month. On the other hand, I think that most of that “me time” was spent moping around during my “funk”. I don’t really know what more to say about that.

#3. Work on my online presence – specifically, YouTube.
I’m not going to go too deep here either because, to be honest, YouTube is part of why I hit that “funk” I keep bringing up. It’s a complicated issue that can’t really be boiled down into a single explanation, but suffice it to say that I wasn’t at all happy with anything even remotely involving YouTube for several weeks, so I didn’t really think a whole lot about this goal throughout July.

Mini-Goal #3.a. Learn to respond immediately.
I’m definitely getting better at this, but there’s still a long way to go. I’ve been jotting notes in my planner for when I really can’t get to something like an email right away, but I’m getting better in general at responding to comments on social media posts and the like. Yay me!

Mini-Goal #3.b. Focus more on daily social media.
And this one I feel is going well too, as I’ve started to work myself into a bit of a groove. I’m better some days than others, but in general I’ve been pretty decent at getting something up on each of the social media accounts each day so that there is steady content. Yay me again!


All in all I can’t say that I was terribly happy with July, but I also worked through a few things throughout the month that will hopefully lead toward August being a better one. Fingers crossed, and all that jazz. But in the meantime, how was your month? Did you accomplish anything? Set any new goals? Feel free to share!

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