Monday, June 30, 2014

July Goals

According to my calendar, it's the end of June. Some days I think my calendar is a big fat liar because how could it be the end of June already?

But either it truly is the end of June, or all the calendars in the world are a part of a massive conspiracy. I'm pretty sure it's the latter, but until I can prove it I must accept the fact that it's time to set some goals. For July.

1. Walk, run, or bike at least 102 miles.

According to last year's mileage book, I logged 101.5 miles last July. My goal this year has been to increase that number every month. I've done it so far, but I'm thinking this could be a real challenge. It's an average of 3.25 miles each day. Not impossible (yesterday, I logged 10.5 miles), but a challenge. Which is good. I like a challenge, and something tells me I'll need a distraction because of the next goal on this list...

2. Publish Effigy. 

The date is set for July 22, 2014. All signs point to this actually happening. It's possible that not even I can screw this up at this point. But I guess we'll find out...

3. Finish Part Two of Second Nature. 

It just has to get done. That's all there is to it. I kind of have a road map to follow as I attempt to make this happen. Here's hoping that it holds up. 

4. Complete guest posts for blog tour.

I have ideas. Well, that's kind of a generous term for what have. I have the very vaguest sense of what I intend to write about. They just need to be fleshed out and, you know, properly executed. And by that, I mean written. Not given a blindfold and a last cigarette.

5. Read a book.

I haven't been doing a ton of reading of late. I'd like to change that.


And that's going to do it for me today. I'm off for an action-packed shift at The Store. What's on your agenda?

65 comments:

  1. Oh wow, 102 miles for July - that's an impressive goal. I hope you knock it out of the park :)

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    1. I know...I'm a little concerned I won't be able to pull it off. I can't even imagine how I managed that many miles last year.

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  2. You walked 10 miles yesterday? Not counting pacing? Wow. 10 miles would be a good goal for the entire month for me.

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    1. Pacing...I should really count that, huh? I'd hit 102 miles in no time!

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  3. Ten miles is good!
    I have faith you'll get those guest posts written.

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    1. I was very happy with the ten miles. Now I just need to do that ten more times!

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  4. I'm with you on the calendar conspiracy....

    As for reading a book - I'm in the middle of the new one by Chevy Stevens, THAT NIGHT. Excellent!

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    1. The book I'm reading right now isn't inspiring me to want to read it. I'm actually thinking about putting it down and reading something else—and I never do that.

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  5. Don't screw up the release of your own book! LOL

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    1. I'm going to try very hard not to, but I am me, so...

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  6. If it wasn't for the weather, I'd still be convinced it was January...Good luck with your goals! I should probably make a goal list for July.

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    1. I like having a goal list. Unless, of course, I haven't met my goals. Then I like it less.

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  7. All completely doable! Well, in some alternate universe where the days don't tick by so fast. How can it be the last day of June already?

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    1. The mileage and the finishing of part two are the two goals which concern me the most. Weird...did I just say that publishing didn't concern me the most? What's happening here?

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  8. My July goal is to read your book when it comes out!

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    1. Then I best not screw up that whole publishing thing. =)

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  9. I'm at The Salon. It's been a little boring so far.

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    1. I find it can be nice to have those boring days at the day job once in a while. Too many of them, though, and I'm climbing the walls.

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  10. Great goals! Good luck, MJ! And I'm with you on the calendar conspiracy. How in the world can the year be half over?!

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    1. I remain convinced that it isn't. It can't be.

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  11. July goals:

    (1) Close on the house. (Don't screw it up somehow. I'm convinced I will somehow screw it up.)

    (2) Seriously get my act together on planning and packing lunches.

    (3) Write something that isn't work-related. I realize I am incredibly lucky to be able to have employment writing, but it does mean that I often get home and just don't want to write any more.

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    1. I was convinced I'd screw up the closing on my house, too. Since I've been in here for fourteen years now, I guess it went all right.

      Ad I get the not wanting to write when you get home thing. When I come home from my day job, the last thing I want to do is fold more clothes. My significant other has to do it all.

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  12. That's a lot of miles, but with 10 miles in a day, you'll conquer it in no time! Or, after you hit publish, you can *run* away, if it'll make you feel better. :)

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    1. That probably would make me feel better. =)

      And of course since July started, I've only managed 3.5 miles a day.

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  13. Good luck with the book release. I'm sure it'll go well.

    My goals for July: find a new place to live. Sigh.

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    1. I used to think that looking for a new place was fun and exciting, but now I have too much stuff and specific housing requirements. I would not enjoy it now. I wish you luck with it.

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  14. I think I better invest in a pedometer, then I could set some distance goals and see if I reached them. Wonder if they have some that give you credit for how high you climb as well as how far out you go? I guess I should get on that since it's already mid-year. Congrats on all that you've accomplished.

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    1. There are apps that will do that. I use Google Tracks (it's free) and it keeps track of a lot different things, like average speed, elevation, etc.

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  15. Good luck with your goals, especially getting Effigy published. I should start setting monthly goals again. It did help me get stuff done. Maybe if I set "Dont' be so tired" as a goal it will happen.

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    1. It hasn't worked for me yet, but if you find a way to make it happen, let me know. =)

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  16. Release day is coming! Keep your fingers crossed!

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    1. But if my fingers are crossed, I won't be able to hold the bag in which I need to breathe...

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  17. Good luck getting everything ready. I can't wait for your release! My agenda includes just surviving the month of July. The longest hottest part of the summer where I must entertain a 4-year-old when all I want to do is hibernate!

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    1. Thanks, Christine. And good luck to you...

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  18. 102 miles...amazing! I walk 2 miles a day, which is only 60 miles a month. I feel like a slacker!

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    1. Two miles a day is good. Great, even. I have no idea how I managed to hit 101 miles last July, or how I'm going to make 102 miles this month.

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  19. Eeeek, release day is around the corner! How flipping exciting! :D

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  20. Whew! I'm wishing you luck with the posts and blog tour. That's some stressful stuff. I'll be back in those shoes soon enough, and I'm not looking forward to it--especially with a move in the middle. *sigh* Life, eh? I'm wishing you all kinds of crazy success, motivation, and inspiration. Go WRITE! (And that other stuff too.)

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    1. Yes, it is stressful. I'm worried I'm not smart enough to write intelligent posts for people.

      I couldn't imagine combining it with a move. Best of luck to you!

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  21. And now it's July. How the *bleep* did that happen? Good goals.I'm sure you've got your hands full with all the stops on your tour already, but if you find yourself with an extra post that needs a home, please give me a shout and I'll be happy to host you at my place (elson.nicki @ gmail dot com)

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    1. I just may have to take you up on that because I just may have an extra post which needs a home. Thanks for the offer!

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  22. Some awesome goals! Can't wait for release day! Did I miss a sign up to help at some point? Just wondering.

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    1. I didn't have a release day/bog tour sign up. I did one for the cover reveal last month, and felt bad about asking everyone for more help again so soon, so I didn't. A few people offered and I took them up on that. It's going to be a very, very small blog tour.

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  23. All your goals sound so ambitious - but so exciting! I'm thrilled you're going to be publishing your book on the 22d. Go you!! I'm just trudging along with edits. *sigh*

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  24. Good luck completing your goals! I just want to exercise in some way, shape, or form 6 days per week. I need so badly to get back into shape. If you need anyone else to help with the blog tour, let me know. But if you're already stressing about posts, no worries.

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  25. Great goals!
    Funny how even though we accomplished one big one there are still more to go.
    no rest for the weary worker! but i like it!
    lets keep at it! congrats again!

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