Note to self: do not harp on the fact that it feels like week 2 went by in a flash, granting that you didn’t write last week’s post until the week was 3/4 of the way over.
SO! Week 2 of 2020 has passed us by! We’re nearly midway through January already which I personally am totally okay with, considering that I’m currently working in Northern Alberta and the weather has been something that could easily be described as “Hell Frozen Over”. I’m ready for Spring, my friends. With all due apologies to skiers and snowmobilers and little kids wanting to build snowmen, I would absolutely snap my fingers and have it be Spring if I had the power.
Anyway, that’s neither here nor there. The point is that the second week of the year has gone by, and that means it’s time for another goal report. It’s not going to be the most exciting or interesting one, I’ll admit, but there are at least a couple of good highlights in there, so let’s just get right down to it.
Goal #1: Be Healthier
This past week I experienced an excellent example of just why I should be focusing on this goal. There were multiple factors at play, of course, but this past weekend I experienced a rather powerful bout of depression, laced with self-loathing. It seemed to have no rhyme nor reason, but I felt tired, useless, fat, gross, lonely, and just all around miserable. And with the help of my loving husband messaging me cheerful thoughts and suggestions I decided that at least a part of the problem was that I’d been eating too much sugar, not enough vegetables, and may have been a little dehydrated as well. Diet can affect you in major ways, people. Don’t forget that.
- Eat better (and less) – The “less” hasn’t been a major problem (although I definitely indulged a bit recently when I found Ritz crackers at camp and promptly dumped half a box of them in my supper soup). The “better” has been more of an issue, mostly due to the fact that there are only so many options available to me while I’m staying at a work camp. As a result I’ve been eating a metric ton of fruit. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, since fruit is good for you, but it’s also quite packed with natural sugars, and I definitely consumed too many of those this past week. Right at the end of the week I made a big effort to switch out some of the fruit for veggies, and I definitely think it made a difference. I’ve never been a person who enjoys vegetables, but I definitely have to work at changing that.
- Drink more water – I must say, I’ve been feeling good about this one! I don’t think I can say that I’ve been getting quite as much water as I should be, but I’ve been getting a lot. My daily fluid intake has been restricted to water, coffee, and herbal teas. The coffee knocks my totals down a bit, but I’ve gotten into the habit of only having the one cup in the morning and drinking herbal tea throughout the rest of the day if I want something hot. So, while I haven’t gotten back into actual tracking yet, I think my totals are doing pretty well.
- Get more exercise – As stated in my last post, this is something that’s just going to have to wait until I get home from this job. 13-hour days simply don’t lend themselves to finding time to exercise. Plus this current job has me sitting at a computer desk all day, so…yeah. I’m definitely getting soft again. That said, I’ve been genuinely, genuinely antsy to get back into exercising, so that’s a good sign, right? I actually would have killed to do a P90 vid the other day, I was so jumpy and fidgety at work. Here’s hoping that energy sticks around for when I get home!
- Lose 2 lbs per month – Once again, this is one that’s going to have to wait until I get home. I could technically weigh myself at camp, but I always weigh myself naked, first thing in the morning, and I obviously can’t do that at the public gym in camp, so…yeah. I’ll wait. It’s only another week and a half. 😛
Goal #2: Be an Author
I’ve been thinking a lot about writing lately. For a while now, actually. I’ve been rather obsessed with it, even when I simply don’t have the time to actually sit down and do it. I have so many ideas, both for my proper original stories, and for the litany of Good Omens fan fiction that keeps pouring out of me (someday I’ll move on to another fandom, I swear, but not this day). I just want to sit down and write for the rest of eternity. If someone could figure out how I can manage that and still be able to pay the bills, that would be just lovely.
- Write 500,000 words throughout the year – Confession: I slacked off a little right at the end of week two when it became evident that if I didn’t get a bit of extra sleep I was going to end up passing out at work. Because of that decision I missed my Pacemaker.press goal by just a bit. Pacemaker wanted me to write 9960 words last week, and I ended up with a total of 9123 words (2003 non-fiction words and 7120 fictional ones). I’m frustrated with that, to be honest, because I want to do well this year, but I can’t deny that it’s still an excellent number (especially considering the 13-hour work days). Plus, since I wrote approximately 700 words extra last week, I’m really only behind by around 200 words. Easily made up in the coming week. MAXIMUM EFFORT!
- Promote published books – Nothing much to report here. I did poke around a bit on Instagram and Twitter, but promotion was not something that was on my mind a whole lot in week 2. I started thinking about it a bit around the end of the week, but not in a way that really progressed toward anything. I’ll think about it more when I get home and can put in a bit more effort, but right at the moment my brain is just too muddled to put any quality effort into such things.
- Promote Patreon & exclusive content – I’m, uh…working on it? Yeah. Let’s go with that.
In all seriousness though, I had plans for week 2 concerning my Patreon, but with the long days and lack of sleep and that bout of depression I had to pull myself out of, it just never happened.
I’ve also been thinking I might change my Patreon around a bit in general, because it seems to me that I’m being a bit presumptuous with my numbers and there are lots of talented people on the platform doing a lot more for a lot less. I pulled most of my numbers right out of my ass, so I will absolutely not try to defend them. I’m willing to learn. 😛
- Work on Author social media – Instagram is definitely the winner this week (and has been for a while), which is rather funny when you consider that surely an AUTHOR would make greater strides on something like Twitter. But then again, the Good Omens fandom on Instagram is enormous, and a lot of my posts end up attracting that group, so…yup.
Long story short, I gained 2 followers on Twitter and 27 (the hell?!) on Instagram last week, and those positives make me happy. *grins and waves to Good Omens fandom*
Goal #3: Be a YouTuber
Continuing on with last week’s theme, there isn’t a whole lot I can either do or report on this front while I’m stuck in Northern Alberta. So let’s get through this one quickly.
- Film/edit/upload – I still can’t do this stuff until I get home, sorry! I briefly considered doing an Instagram livestream the other day just to show people that I’m still alive, but that was quickly squashed when I considered the times that I’m actually available for such a thing and the fact that I’d be doing a visual chat with bags under my eyes heavy enough to count as carry-on luggage.
- Promote and Interact (Social Media) – I definitely haven’t been doing much on this front, although I staunchly insist that I have been trying. It’s just a time issue, combined with the fact that I can’t be playing on my phone while I’m at work. But I have poked around a bit on Twitter and Instagram, which are hanging out pretty steadily concerning follower counts. Twitter went up 4 followers last week, and Instagram lost one. I expect that number to start going up again once I start posting daily exercise pics again (yeah, I have no shame, shut up…lol).
- Expand website content – I wish I could say that I’ve at least been putting some effort into THIS, but nay, not yet. Again I quote time. You might think that, hey…I’ve been writing, so surely I could be writing WEBSITE POSTS, but you’re not taking into account the fact that most of the words I’ve been writing are handwritten in a notepad during breaks/bus rides/waiting in lines/etc. I’ve scarcely looked at my Chromebook beyond writing these update posts, and even that is me desperately grasping at a few available moments that quickly slip away from me.
Goal #4: Be Fun
I need to get home you guys. Just throwing that out there. Enjoying life will definitely be much easier once I drag myself home.
- Read 50 books throughout the year – I intended to read in the evening every night of week 2. That did not happen, mainly because every time my head hits my pillow I end up passing out. Therefore the little bits of reading I’ve been getting in have mostly been while I’m eating lunch/dinner, which doesn’t exactly accumulate to all that much time. Long story short, I’m still working on Nevernight, and I definitely want to devour this book, but it’s been slow-going. Next week when I’m flying home and have a 9.5 hour layover in Toronto, I’m sure I’ll kill the book (and the second in the series, which I also have with me).
- Play video games – I think I’ve settled on Borderlands 3 for what I want to play when I get home. That, and Secret of Mana for when Jason is using the TV. Maybe I’ll play some of Adrianna’s games with her as well. All I know is that I’ve been dying to just curl up on the couch and sink myself into a fantasy world that involves shooting enemies or swordfighting monsters or, hell…I’d even be up for catching some Pokemon right now. I am positively desperate for some geek-style relaxation.
- Watch shows/movies – This will be my last time mentioning a lack of time. But, yeah, I haven’t been watching things because there’s been no time to watch things. I’ll be a big girl and confess that I have, in fact, had Good Omens playing on my Chromebook the last couple of days (shut up), but that was mostly background noise to keep myself awake while I did some other things that needed doing before I could allow myself to pass out. I considered watching some more Supernatural, since it’s available on Amazon Prime now, but I know I’d either fall asleep from fatigue, or else make my fatigue worse by staying up all night watching it, so I’ve decided against. Maybe I’ll spend some of that 9-hour layover on this endeavour. What do you think?
So, all in all, my successes of the week boil down to writing a decent amount, forcing myself to eat some vegetables, and continuing to woo the Good Omens fandom through Instagram. Not exactly a bad week, though I definitely feel that I’ll be much more productive once I drag my exhausted ass home from this job.
How was your week? Any accomplishments you want to share? Goals you worked hard on? Feel free to share in the comments! ❤