Plans and Goals 2018: Week 25 Review

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Did you know that it’s exactly 6 months until Christmas? The two goofballs on our local radio decided to announce so this morning, and I’ve been shuddering internally ever since. Not only is mentioning Christmas when Summer literally just started a crime that should be punishable by a public stoning, but it’s also a harsh reminder to me that the year is half over, which means I only have half as much time to accomplish some of the goals I set for myself waaaaaay back in January.

Oops, there’s the internal shuddering again. >.< I’d better get this over with before my body vibrates itself to death.


Plan #1: Focus more on Writing.
There were a couple of life-infused days that knocked me off course a little in week 25, but I still managed to put a good bit of effort into writing-related activities, so a big thumbs up to myself right off the bat, even if I didn’t accomplish as much as I was hoping to.

  • Goal #1: Write half a million words throughout the year. This is one of the ones that really makes me shudder. To exemplify why, let’s first look at my numbers from last week. I did a little better than previous weeks, with 1398 words written on the blog, and 2092 fiction words written. That’s a total of 3490, which brings the year’s total so far up to 103,514. See the problem? I’m less than 21% of my goal with only 50% of the time left to do it in. So, yeah…shudder. It’s still possible, of course, but instead of the 1370 words per day I’d originally calculated back in January, I’m looking at close to 2200 words per day required every day for the second half of the year. And considering my average thus far (including week 25’s numbers) has been 591 words, it doesn’t look like a serious possibility.

    Mind you, that’s quitter’s talk, and I’m refusing to quit just yet.

    That said, I wouldn’t be opposed to someone waving some pom-poms and cheering me on a bit. Just sayin’.

  • Goal #2: Sell more books. GAH. Just…can I remove this one from the list? I’d very much love to sell more books, but it’s definitely not getting any easier. I’ve been putting a fair amount of focus into building my author platform through Twitter and Instagram, and hopefully that will make a difference someday, but for the time being I’m still trapped in a world of not having the capital that’s apparently required in order to effectively promote myself. GAH. So HEY YOU! GO BUY MY BOOKS! GO ON! DO IT NOW!
  • Goal #3: Complete and publish The Other World: Book Two. Here we go! I can continue to make a positive report! This was my main focus in week 25, and thanks to that I’m really starting to get somewhere. Unfortunately, thanks to some changes I had to make in order to rectify a plot hole – as well as a plot point that I decided just sounded awful – I’ve had to do some active rewriting along with the editing, and this is obviously slowing me down. I do, however, have a plan that will hopefully speed things along a little. Rather than going through this editing and then going back and editing the rewritten parts, I’m going to play a little game with my beta-readers. I’m going to see if they can recognize the fact that certain parts were rewritten without proper editing taking place. If they see no issues, I’ll know everything flows well despite taking out parts and replacing them with different parts. If they come back to me with issues and questions about why things happened a certain way, or complaints that things don’t seem to match up properly, I’ll know I need to take the extra time to go back through and make sure those rewritten parts fit into the story properly. At least, that’s my plan! Here’s hoping it works, because I’d rather get the manuscript to my beta-readers sometime in the next couple of weeks rather than delay it a few more months.

Plan #2: Focus more on YouTube.
Focus? Psh. Who needs focus? >.>

  • Goal #1: Film more often.  Okay, it’s not a huge leap, but we’ve started moving forward again after that full week of absolutely nothing. We did two videos, one of which was the winner announcement vid for our giveaway hosted by Entertainment Earth, and it was a fun one because I got to attack Jason with copious amounts of baby powder. XD We also did a My Geek Box unboxing, which aren’t generally the most exciting videos going, but this one was super fun because of the absolutely epic shirt design that was included. So hey, two fun vids? I call that a win! Let’s try to keep the fun rolling this week!
  • Goal #2: Put more focus into, and have more fun with, the social media aspect. Still rolling along pretty well with this one. It’s a bit tricky to manage two personas at once, as far as the author stuff and the channel stuff, but I’m getting the hang of it, and sometimes I can even kill two birds with one stone by posting a bookish-toyish thing on one account and then sharing it on the other account. Plus, although it’s slow on a couple of the accounts, everything seems to be steadily growing as far as followers and engagement, so I assume I’m doing something right!

#3: Focus more on myself.
This one has actually gone by the wayside recently, despite previously being the one thing I was managing to do very well on, but it’s not all doom and gloom by any stretch. I’ve just been a little stressed lately for various reasons, and when I’m stressed (for reasons I’ll never understand) I tend to overwork myself on things like housework. Maybe it’s a mechanism to try to keep my brain from thinking too much.

  • Goal #1: Take time daily to read/watch/play. I don’t think I read anything in week 25 (aside from, like…Tweets), which is a sin because I’ve got my reading room all lovely and cozy and smelling wonderful, so I should definitely be cuddling up in there and reading something, but it just didn’t happen recently. Watching stuff has also been on a bit of a downturn simply due to busyness and the fact that lately I honestly haven’t felt like watching much. Playing? Okay, I can give myself a bit of a nod on that front, because my little moments of free time have been distributed pretty evenly among the Switch (Breath of the Wild & Just Dance), the PS Vita (Rayman Legends & King Oddball), and my phone (Fallout Shelter, Sailor Drops, & Plants vs Zombies). Mind you I only seem to find a handful of minutes at a time to play any of them, but when you squish all those handfuls together I think you’ll find that I did manage to take the time to play.
  • Goal #2: Stay active, but don’t obsess. Dear mother nature: kindly take your rain out to the ocean for a while, yes? I only went on two or three (I’m seriously drawing a blank) Zombie Run missions in week 25 because we’ve been getting soooo much rain. Couple that with a bug that knocked me down for a day, and I have definitely not been as active as I would like to have been. I did play a couple of hours worth of Just Dance with the little one though, including a try at the “Sweat” version of “Footloose”, which very nearly murdered me. So that’s something!

All told, I don’t think it was too shabby of a week. Could I have done more? Sure. Would I be mentally, emotionally, and physically broken if I had done more? Okay, maybe not, but you get my meaning. It was an okay week, and I’m holding tight to that. Onward to week 26!

How was your week? Were you able to accomplish anything? Do anything fun? Make any progress toward your own goals? Feel free to share!

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Plans and Goals 2018: Week 24 Review

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Week 24 was EXHAUSTING.

I’m not throwing that out there right at the beginning so that I can use it as an excuse or anything; I’m just stating it as a fact. I spent a lot of time the past week getting my reading/writing/gaming room exactly the way I wanted it, selling off old furniture and other items to make room for the new layouts of both this room and my daughter’s bedroom, worked my ass off reading through my own book in order to complete a necessary side-project (more on that later), plus dealt with a bunch or random kid stuff (sports group, multiple birthday parties, etc.), and capped it all off by driving three hours yesterday (one-and-a-half out, another one-and-a-half back) so we could all spend the day at the local amusement park before it packs up and moves to the next town. So all in all, by the time I laid down my head down on my pillow last night I’m pretty sure I’d already been asleep for several hours. 😛

I just thought I’d share that, because sometimes I’m pretty sure people get the impression that I sit around doing nothing all day and then complain about not having time to write. ^_~

So anyway, with that out of the way, let’s move into the guts of the post.


Plan #1: Focus more on Writing.
I can honestly say that I did put significantly more focus on writing this past week, although not necessarily when it came to the actual writing. Let’s explain:

  • Goal #1: Write half a million words throughout the year. My word count for week 24 was pretty sad, but actually still better than week 23. I only wrote the one blog post, which accounted for 1895 words, and I wrote a further 961 words toward my fiction count. Together that makes a paltry total of 2856, but on the bright side that means my year’s total has finally hit a major milestone, as I’m now up past 100k! The total right now stands at 100,024, which is massively behind where it should be, but is still an excellent number to be able to look at. The second downside, however, is that my daily total has dropped to it’s lowest yet, at 595, so my new mini-goal will be to try to get that back up over the 600 mark.

    Now, normally I’d be extraordinarily disappointed in myself (as usual) for having such a poor word count for the week after I just last week listed some new websites I found to help me actually REACH my writing goals. However, there is a very, very good reason why the actual writing was low in week 24, and that will come up again shortly.

  • Goal #2: Sell more books. Hey you! Yeah, you! You reading this right now! Buy my books!

    That was a little rude, wasn’t it? Unfortunately I’m starting to feel like that kind of shouting into the void is all I’ve really got left in my self-promotion tool-bag. I’ve been putting as much spare time as I can manage into my author social media accounts in the hopes that this will eventually lead to some sales, but it’s a very slow-going kind of plan. Oh what I wouldn’t give for the spare cash to buy some actual visual promotion!

    All that lovely whining aside, I did get two book sales last week. Go me. Ha!

  • Goal #3: Complete and publish The Other World: Book Two. Okay, here we are. This is the reason why I got very little in the way of word count for week 24. I’VE BEEN WORKING ON BOOK TWO! Yes, you better believe it! I spent an entire evening early in the week going through Book One paragraph by paragraph and scribbling down every possible important piece of information in my little notebook, and then I really got to work on the beta-reader-copy edits. It’s taking a little longer than I was hoping because I had to completely rewrite most of a chapter in order to rectify a ridiculous plot hole, but progress is definitely being made, and I hope to be able to send the manuscript off to my beta readers very soon. FINALLY.

Plan #2: Focus more on YouTube.
With each success comes a modicum of failure.

  • Goal #1: Film more often. Nothing. We filmed absolutely nothing this past week. At least part of the reason can be attributed to the business I mentioned at the very beginning of this post (it’s difficult to film when you’re out at the circus for a full day or waiting for people to show up to your house to haul away furniture you’re selling), but a good part of it simply has to do with the fact that Jason and I have been having a hard time getting into it lately, for a number of reasons. The good news is that we’re still working on the channel in other ways, which I hope will eventually become evident once we’ve learned a lot. If that seems cryptic…it’s on purpose. 😛
  • Goal #2: Put more focus into, and have more fun with, the social media aspect. The social stuff continues to go fairly well. Although my attention is now split between two separate personas – the YouTuber and the Author – I think I’m doing a pretty decent job of keeping both moving forward steadily. I go a little quiet on days when I’m extra busy, but more or less I feel that I have a steady handle on things there.

#3: Focus more on myself.
The biggest stride I took toward personal focus in week 24 doesn’t relate to either of the goals for this section, but rather the work (and there was a lot of it!) that I put into getting my reading/writing/gaming room set up. I am in love with this room now. The futon my parents gave me is actually really comfortable, I’m surrounded by things I love – books, geeky plushies, my dragon collection, etc – and although I’m obviously not going to lock my husband and daughter out of the room, it’s still, for the most part, a space just for me. I’ve spent a good bit of time in there the past few days, and it just feels lovely having this place where I can go and curl up to read or get something written in moderate silence, or relax with an old game or two. It is a genuinely huge deal to my mental and emotional health, and I’m so happy that I took the initiative to get it done.

  • Goal #1: Take time daily to read/watch/play. The biggest thing to mention here is that I played a significant amount of Breath of the Wild this past week. That significant amount mostly involved wandering aimlessly across the enormous map and finding random stuff to gather, but oh man…what a beautiful game. And relaxing too! I feel like I could just wander and collect things forever and still be happy with it.
  • Goal #2: Stay active, but don’t obsess. I took a few days off last week for things like the circus day, but I also finally finished the ridiculous race missions on the Zombies Run app so that I could finally get back into the normal Season 2 missions. Don’t get me wrong, I wanted to do the races so that I could get the secret story points, but who the hell thought it was a good idea to hide bits of story behind a 20 kilometer run?! Do you know how long it takes me to go 20 km? Long enough to develop shin splints and massive blisters, I’ll tell you that much. But at least I can say they’re out of the way!

Looking back over this post I tend to feel as though I didn’t really get that much done in week 24, but a lot of time and energy was put into my room, and the majority of my focus has been on editing Book Two, so I look at that as a win. These are important things, my friends! Important things that move me (at least a little bit) toward success!

How was your week? Were you able to accomplish anything? Do anything fun? Make any progress toward your own goals? Feel free to share!

Plans and Goals 2018: Week 20 Review

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Is it Tuesday? Dammit, it’s Tuesday, isn’t it? Late again! Well, at least you can easily see that my organizational skills have not improved. ^_~

This week’s report might be a little all over the place, in conjunction with the all-over-the-place-ed-ness that has been my brain recently. It was another one of those weird, “what the hell happened and what did I do?” kind of weeks. I seem to be having more and more of those lately. Maybe I’m getting old.

ANYWAY, I’ve been trying to catch up on things and get myself into a more organized (ha ha ha ha ha) state of mind, so let’s bounce right into it and get this report posted!


Plan #1: Focus more on Writing.
I took some advice from a friend and let myself relax on this one during week 20. I’ve been getting more and more stressed out as my inability to get any writing done gets worse and worse, so she suggested that I take a week off, don’t worry about my word count, and just try to relax, and I honestly think that it’s been very good for me. 🙂

  • Goal #1: Write half a million words throughout the year. Obviously, as a result of the break mentioned above, I didn’t get a huge amount of writing done in week 20. I did, however, get a little, so it wasn’t a monstrous loss. There was a tiny bit of blogging, for a total of 1728 words, and I managed 741 fiction words toward a new side-project. Adding a new project to the plate probably seems like a horrible idea, but it’s just something I intend to mess about with in my spare time, and maybe it will become something in the future. Either way, between those two things I totaled 2469 words for the past week, bringing my year’s total up to 86,622 and my daily average down to 619.
  • Goal #2: Sell more books. Absolutely nada to report here. Other than a few page reads through Kindle Unlimited (which I effectively make no money from), there’s been no movement on the book sales front. I’ve been trying to brainstorm some new ideas for promoting them, but I haven’t honestly had the time required to really sit down and work on it.
  • Goal #3: Complete and publish The Other World: Book Two. I didn’t get anything in the way of editing/revising/etc done in week 20, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t get anything done toward this goal. I’ve been having a few issues with the manuscript for book two in that I keep forgetting little details and having to go scouring through book one to try and hunt them down. Then I forget them again, because I’m a moron who never writes anything down when she needs to. That’s why I decided to start a special notebook specifically for the Other World series. I started it with a sketch and description of the main character, Tori, and followed it up with descriptions of what happens in each chapter, with important points written in a different color. So far I’ve gotten up to chapter three, plus started a sketch-and-description page for the supporting character, Jacob, and I intend to finish up book one this week. Then I’ll outline the important stuff for book two as I’m going through the manuscript edits, and hopefully when I’m done I’ll have all the necessary information to move on to book three without having to constantly go back and forth between the books to remind myself of what the hell is going on. See? Sometimes I have good ideas!

Plan #2: Focus more on YouTube.
Oh goodness gracious no, what happened here? 😛

  • Goal #1: Film more often. In week 20 I did one video by myself and one more with Jason. Not exactly a huge push on productivity, but as I keep pointing out, it’s still published videos. We’ve really slowed down lately for a number of reasons, but we also started brainstorming ideas for different types of videos we can do in the future, so go us! Hopefully we’ll be able to start pumping out some more of them in future weeks and I’ll have more interesting stuff to report here.
  • Goal #2: Put more focus into, and have more fun with, the social media aspect. Twitter is still, by far, the easiest platform for me to be productive on, but I haven’t been too bad on the others lately either. A few company contests and challenges have made Instagram a little easier to focus on. Facebook, as always, is mostly a copy of what happens on Twitter and Instagram, so as long as those are doing well, so is Facebook. Snapchat is where I petered out as of late, but I’m not worrying about it. I still intend to use it, but I’ve come to the conclusion that it’ll never be a big player for us. It’s just not that big a deal anymore, and is mostly just used for good friends to torment each other with weird filters.

#3: Focus more on myself.
On this front I’m still going strong, mainly because if I wasn’t focusing on myself, I’d probably have crawled into bed and stayed there by now. 😛

  • Goal #1: Take time daily to read/watch/play. Again it’s been mostly playing. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, I’m just pointing out that reading has definitely not been my go-to lately, although I do still have a pile of books I want to read. Instead I’ve been playing a bunch of different games when I have a moment or two, including Rayman Legends on the Vita, Burnout Paradise on the PS4, and Cooking Frenzy on my phone. Plus I’ve been enjoying the tears and recriminations of playing Overcooked with the little one on the Switch. And you know what? I suppose if I’m bringing her into it I can also mention that I actually have been reading a bit, since I’ve been reading Coraline to the little miss (she’s been rather enjoying it too). As far as watching, I’m very nearly caught up to the last available episodes of Supernatural now. 🙂
  • Goal #2: Stay active, but don’t obsess. The one thing on this list that I’m genuinely proud of is that I’ve been definitely staying active. On the one had I have to admit that I decided to give up on P90. It’s not that it was too difficult or anything; I just found that it was taking up more time than I feel I have, and since I enjoy Zombies Run more than I enjoy following along to the same two exercise videos every other day, I decided that P90 would be the one to go. I may try out something different in the future, but for the meantime I’ve been putting more of the focus on my running, with the strength exercise coming mostly from everyday tasks and the occasional mini-exercise. That said, even without P90 I’m confident that I got more exercise in week 20 than any of the previous weeks. I’ve been taking fast runs, and sometimes longer ones, and on occasion been doing multiple in the same day. I genuinely love the Zombies Run app, and it’s made getting outside and moving fun for me. And on a related note, I’ve finally (just barely) dropped below my first weight-loss goal, so I’m more motivated than ever! Go me!

And that was week 20! Some reports weren’t exactly the greatest, but all things considered I’m mostly happy with the way the week went.

How was your week? Were you able to accomplish anything? Do anything fun? Make any progress toward your own goals? Feel free to share!

Plans and Goals 2018: Week 18 Review

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The first thing that I want to say today is that this Monday is not nearly as Motivational as last Monday was. 😛 That’s not to say that I’m in an absolutely horrible mood or anything, but we had an incredibly beautiful weekend, and now today it’s dark, grey, misty, and cold enough for me to be snuggled up in a sweater, under a couch blanket, with a cat on my lap, and still be chilly. So, yeah, motivation is not at an all-time high at the moment, but we shall press forward together, yes? Yes.

Week 18 was a little bit of a mixed bag because it started off really well, and then something happened about halfway through. I still got certain things (like my exercises, for example) done, but it seemed as though Thursday through Sunday up and vanished in a puff of smoke and left me sitting here wondering what had happened. So with that thought in mind, let’s take a look and see what was actually accomplished.


Plan #1: Focus more on Writing.
Oh, I focused. You’re damn right I focused!
….For the first half of the week.

  • Goal #1: Write half a million words throughout the year. I was really hoping to put on a good burst in week 18, and I did, for those first few days. I’m not sure what happened to the rest of the week (I’m fairly confident that I went to bed on Wednesday night and woke up Sunday morning), but at least this week’s report is better than last week’s. I wrote a few blog posts, which accounted for 3526 words, and I did a little bit of work on a side-project, to the tune of 879 fiction words. That gives me a weekly total of 4405, a yearly total of 81,962, and a daily average of 651, which is down a single word from last week. I think I’ll survive that drop. 😛
  • Goal #2: Sell more books. Oh yeaaah, I’m supposed to be selling books, right? Hmm…funny thing that. Ha ha ha ha…ha………ha.
    Okay, I know I sold at least one book recently because I noticed one missing from the local shop. Other than that…I think I may have gotten a few page reads on Kindle Unlimited last week, annnnnnd that’s about it.
    So on that note, I’d like to point out that up above, on the menu bar just above my photo, there is a link to a page where you can buy my books. Just sayin’, you know. Just throwin’ it out there.
  • Goal #3: Complete and publish The Other World: Book Two. I’m sure my promises don’t mean all that much to those who read my blog (ha ha), but I’m really going to make a valiant effort to put some motion into this one during week 19. I did nothing in week 18, as I’m sure you’ve figured out by now, and it’s starting to become seriously unacceptable. My poor beta reader has been waiting on the manuscript for months now, and I’m sure there’s a few people out there beginning to wonder if Book Two is ever actually coming out. Feel free to make me feel bad, people! I need the push!

Plan #2: Focus more on YouTube.
*plugs ears and runs away* La la la la la la la la la, I can’t hear you!

  • Goal #1: Film more often. One whole video! We did one whole video in week 18! And you know what? To hell with it. I was happy with that one video. It obviously would have been nice to do more, but it just wasn’t in the works, and I’ll not explain myself on that one this week. Suffice it to say that I was very happy with that one video, which was our May the 4th Be With You haul. 🙂
  • Goal #2: Put more focus into, and have more fun with, the social media aspect. I don’t really have anything specific to report here. There has been no issues as far as I can recall with social media, other than the fact that I can not, for the life of me, seem to remember to make Snapchat posts. But there’s been plenty of Twitter and Instagram to go around, that’s for sure!

#3: Focus more on myself.

  • Goal #1: Take time daily to read/watch/play. I’m getting better at this one! Which is…good? In a way it means I’m getting less productive stuff done, but I think it’s still good. Yes. I’m going with good.
    ANYWAY, I managed to work in some gaming, some show-watching, and a few other little things in week 18 that kept me more or less happy and relaxed, and I intend to continue that trend if at all possible!
  • Goal #2: Stay active, but don’t obsess. Of everything on this list, this is probably the one that I’m succeeding the most with at the moment. I’m currently one week down on the P90 program (only a little less than 12 weeks to go!), and I’ve been getting out for Zombies Run missions regularly, when it’s not raining at least. I’m really enjoying the runs, even though they’re more walks than anything, and I’m quite certain that it’s doing me a lot of good. I haven’t really seen any kind of significant losses when it comes to the scale, but I’m confident that by the time the day 30 measurements come along for P90 I’ll be able to see some visual representation of results. Fingers crossed, anyway! If nothing else, I’m building a very nice little digital township with my efforts. XP

So that was that for week 18. I wish the writing side had gone a little better, and it would have been nice to sneak in another couple of videos, but all in all I don’t think it was a particularly shabby week at all.

How was your week? Were you able to accomplish anything? Do anything fun? Make any progress toward your own goals? Feel free to share!

Plans and Goals 2018: Week 16 Review

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I am in a genuinely good mood this week! Hard to fathom, I’m sure, but even though the past week was by no means perfect, it was a good one, and I sit myself at my laptop now with a smile on my face. That, it itself, is an incredible achievement for me, since reporting day generally only serves to make me cranky.

There’s also a possibility that the changes in weather are perking me up. Did you know it’s been snowing in Nova Scotia as recently as this past Friday? How disgusting is that? But it seems to have petered off now, and we’re getting reports of actual Spring weather for the coming week, so here’s hoping that the sudden influx of vitamin D continues to keep me in a chipper state of mind. 🙂

With that said, let’s get on into the goals.


Plan #1: Focus more on Writing.
did focus on my writing this week! Maybe not necessarily as much as I would have liked, but hot damn if I didn’t start moving forward in the correct direction again!

  • Goal #1: Write half a million words throughout the year. I finally have a number worth reporting this week! Through a combination of blog posts and the project I mentioned last week (“rewriting” The Other World: Book One from Jacob’s perspective), I actually managed a reasonable total word count for the week. I wrote 3079 blogging words and 3477 fiction words, for a total of 6556, which is more than the past 2.5 weeks combined, and my second highest week overall so far this year. Woo! That brings my total up to 75,824 for the year so far, and brings my daily average up (yay!) to 683. Now let’s just see if I can continue that trend for two weeks in a row!
  • Goal #2: Sell more books. Book selling! ARG! This is one section that I’m definitely grumpy about, simply because it’s just so frustratingly difficult! I mentioned last week that the only days I see a few says are the days I pester the hell out of everyone on my social media, and that continues to be extremely frustrating. I just wish there was a little overlap, you know what I mean? Like, if I pester the internet about my books today, I would hope that there might be a few aftershock sales tomorrow and maybe the next day…but it’ll only be today. Mark my words, because I’ve seen it happen time and time again now. That said, I’ve gotten a few kind words from some people who have picked up the books recently, so that definitely puts a smile on my face.
  • Goal #3: Complete and publish The Other World: Book Two. There has actually been progress on this, in a way… The side-project of rewriting Book OneBook One from Jacob’s perspective has definitely been helping to re-spark my interest in the story overall, but it has also helped to point out a huge plot-hole that I had otherwise missed. You see, in Book Two our heroes travel to the Howling Mountains, which is all well and good, but they do so by foot and it takes a couple of weeks. Yet, I’d forgotten that near the beginning of Book One Jacob tells Tori that they are currently 300 miles from the Howling Mountains. For those who don’t care for the math, I’ll spell it out for you…if they walked 24-hours a day it would still take them approximately 75 days to travel that far on foot. So….yeah. I’d better do something with that!

Plan #2: Focus more on YouTube.
I’ll be perfectly honest and admit that the focus has been decidedly off YouTube this past week. Whoops?

  • Goal #1: Film more often. We only filmed and published two videos during week 16, which is a little depressing, but there are a number of reasons. For one, Jason got a little sick during the week. For another we had half a dozen appointments that dramatically reduced our available waking hours. Add on top that Jason’s computer (which is our editing computer) had some annoying glitches, the kid had to come home from school early one day, and we got stuck in another town for the full day on Friday because our car needed new tires, and, yeah. Here’s hoping week 17 goes a little more smoothly!
  • Goal #2: Put more focus into, and have more fun with, the social media aspect. I’ll be honest and say that I haven’t really been thinking about this one too much recently, so I’m not quite certain how to report. I’m pretty sure my Twitter game has been on point, and I know I posted a few nice Instagram posts recently, but I think I may have tapered off on everything near the end of the week when we got so tossed around. I’m sure my focus will return, assuming that the coming week isn’t a pain in the butt like last week was.

#3: Focus more on myself.
Despite the busyness of the week, I did manage to focus on myself a bit, particularly during the time that Jason wasn’t feeling well.

  • Goal #1: Take time daily to read/watch/play. I can’t report any reading (good thing I didn’t make a TBR list for April!), but I was able to finish season 12 and start season 13 of Supernatural while cooking and the like, and I finally got back into playing Breath of the Wild. That game is seriously so much fun, you have no idea. It’s like Skyrim, but in Hyrule. I’m certain I’ve played upwards of 20 hours at this point and done barely anything toward the main goals of the game because it is just too much fun to run around taming horses, gathering materials, cooking, climbing, exploring, mastering temples, and so on and so forth. If I had unlimited time I’m sure I’d easily be able to play for 20 hours straight without actually accomplishing anything. That might sound ridiculous, but it’s actually incredibly relaxing. I’m definitely going to be sneaking in another few hours in the coming week because there is so much more left for me to discover.
  • Goal #2: Stay active, but don’t obsess. I’ve been active! I’ve been genuinely active this past week! Specifically, I’ve started running again. I decided to try out the “proper” Zombies Run! app instead of the 5k training version that I’ve used in the past, and I’m hitting myself for not trying it sooner. The 5k training app is great, but it has significantly fewer options and fun stuff than the full main app. In the main one I can set zombie chases to give me reasons to run more often. I can do story missions or set up alternate missions that allow me to pick up extra supplies, hear side stories, train, and so on. And the virtual supplies that I pick up during each run allow me to build up my little Able Township, which is way more fun than it sounds, trust me. It’s highly addictive. It makes exercise a game, which is definitely something that I need in order to motivate me. In addition to that, I bought myself a new pair of ASICS running shoes, so I’m motivated to make the purchase worth it. 😛

So, as you can see, I’ve got reason enough to be in a good mood for this post. While not the most productive week in the history of my life or anything, things definitely seem to be moving in a more positive direction than in previous weeks. Now, if we can just keep this whole sunlight thing going, we definitely might be on to something!

How was your week? Were you able to accomplish anything? Do anything fun? Make any progress toward your own goals? Feel free to share!