Goals 2019: Week 7 in Review


Another week, another report, and before I get into it this week I thought I’d give a quick health update.

So the good news is that the blood pressure meds I was prescribed are working quite well. I only needed a low dose option as well, so they’re both affordable and aren’t hitting me with a bunch of annoying side effects. So that’s definitely great and a huge relief to my mental state. Unfortunately, trial and error has revealed something that’s not so pleasant. It turns out that somewhere along the line I must have developed some kind of sensitivity to caffeine. Every time I have a coffee, for example, my blood pressure spikes by about 20/10 points and I start to get that funny flutter in my chest again.

You guys, I can’t express how much of a kick in the head it is to suddenly have to cut out caffeine all together. I can easily go without things like pop and energy drinks, but I’ve been drinking tea and coffee for years and it’s hard getting used to going without them. Sure I can still have things like herbal tea, which I do like as well, but when you’ve had coffee every morning since your daughter was born it’s a bit of a punch to the brain to suddenly have to go without it.

That said, I’m NOT SUPPOSED TO BE LETTING STRESS GET TO ME, so let’s just get this report post over with so I can go back to forcing myself to relax.

Goal #1: Write half a million words.

Phew! I, uh…I honestly could have sworn that I wrote more this past week, but apparently I’m just losing my mind. I wrote 3762 words all together, which isn’t exactly horrible, but man…I really would have sworn that I did more than that. It was once again less than half of what my Pacemaker.press account wanted me to write, so that’s frustrating. Luckily the coming week is asking me for lower numbers, so hopefully I’ll be able to actually pull that one off.

  • Goal #1a: Write at least a quarter million fictional words.  On the plus side of a low-word week, about two thirds of my word count was fictional this time around. 2598 words came across my Final Fantasy novelization and a bit of work toward the sister-book to Nowhere to Hide: Nowhere to Run.

Goal #2: Read at least 50 books.

Reading has slowed down a little bit in the past week, mainly because my brain has been slow from lack of caffeine and I keep drifting whenever I try. That said, I’ve been picking through There’s No Place Like Oz in the Dorothy Must Die series during my lunch breaks at work, and I’m loving it. I definitely intend to go through the entire series because it’s a very fun little imagining of what happens when Dorothy returns to Oz.

Goal #3: Build my social media communities…EVERYWHERE!

Social media has been all over the place recently. I’ve definitely been spending a lot of time on Twitter, mostly because New York Toy Fair is on and I love sharing all the awesome new toys and collectibles different companies are showing off. Instagram, on the other hand, has been a slow slog, mostly because, well…I’ve been too lazy to take pictures. #SorryNotSorry

Additionally, my SnapChat account is on a temporary hiatus because the front-facing camera on my phone is busted. And yes, I realize that SnapChat isn’t all about selfies and that I can use the rear-facing camera to take pics for it, but for some reason SnapChat doesn’t accept that explanation. It keeps glitching up every time I open it, showing a black screen whether I put it on front or rear camera. So until I figure that one out, SnapChat will just have to be put on the back burner.

So what about the actual numbers?

  • The YouTube channel went up 17 subscribers
  • The YouTube Twitter account gained 5 followers
  • The YouTube Instagram account went down 1 follower
  • The Snapchat account’s score changed by x points
  • The Author Twitter account stayed the exact same
  • The Author Instagram account went down 2 followers

I must say that it’s nice to see the YouTube channel get a little boost, and I can’t complain about the Twitter accounts, but I’m obviously annoyed with the Instagram accounts. I really can’t whine though, since I’ve been neglecting both of them pretty badly. I definitely need to try to fix that in the coming week.

Goal #4: Play more (proper) video games. 

One thing I definitely did a good bit of last week was play video games. (Hello, I’m relaxing!) I didn’t get back into Shadow of the Colossus yet because Jason’s been playing Resident Evil 2 on the PS4, but I’ve been getting back into Breath of the Wild, and I’ve become obsessed with Tetris 99. If you haven’t heard of it, Nintendo just released it as a free download on the Switch, and it’s basically Tetris battle royale. You’re playing against 98 other people, and their completed lines become attacks that throw incomplete lines into other people’s screens. It can be extraordinarily frustrating, but is also super-fun, and I swear I won’t rest until I’ve gotten first place at least once. So far my record is 3rd, which is just close enough to make me want to beat my head against a wall, but not actually stop playing.

Goal #5: Put more time, focus, and energy into the YouTube channel.

YouTube has been very slow lately, but part of that is due to my work hours making it extraordinarily difficult to find the time required to film, and part is that I’m refusing to STRESS myself into filming. However, I did manage to film a short update video last week that went over pretty well, and then Jason and I did a Valentine’s Day video courtesy of Entertainment Earth. Those two videos are more than I’d pulled off in the previous two weeks combined, so yay for that. There’s lots more that I want to do though, so hopefully things start to settle out a little soon and I find my groove again. Fingers crossed!

Looking back through what I’ve written for this post, I have to conclude that it wasn’t exactly the best week by a long shot, but at least I got a bit of writing and a couple of videos done. Now if I could just find an alternative to caffeine, maybe we’d be getting somewhere in the coming weeks!

How was your week? Did you accomplish any goals? Make any new ones? Do anything else that made you feel awesome and accomplished? Feel free to share in the comments!

2 thoughts on “Goals 2019: Week 7 in Review

  1. In regards to coffee, you can always switch to…yeech….decaf. Have the same good taste of regular coffee w/o the caffeine (yes, I know its cliché and I’m sorry).

    Herbal tea is the best happy medium I can think of. Haven’t done it in a while myself, but when I did, usually Bigelow was the go-to herbal for me, with the occasional Celestial or Twining thrown in for a change of pace.


    1. Decaf! PSH! Sacrilege!

      In all seriousness though, I have been drinking decaf, and herbal tea as well (mostly peppermint). It curbs the craving for something warm, but I can’t lie…my body is definitely missing the caffeine something fierce.


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