Wednesday, January 31, 2018

February Goals

All right. So, 2018 got off to a pretty crappy start, and I can't say I dealt with it particularly well. I've been feeling rather...lost or unmoored or stuck. (I know those last two are opposites, but it fits, strangely enough.) I admit it's been like that for a good long while now, but January certainly aggravated things past the point of appreciated.

So February finds me in need of getting back on track. Or, at the very least, getting to a point where I can find the track. Actually getting back on track might end up being a March thing. (Or a never thing. We'll have to see how it goes.)

With that in mind, I present my goals for the month of February.

1. Send Second Nature to the printer.

I guess the good news to be found in my crappy start is that at least nothing else has gone wrong with this book. Of course, that's mostly because I've barely done anything at all with this book lately, but a girl will occasionally take whatever wins she can get. So February's goal is to get the formatting all wrapped up and be finished with this book once and for all.

2. Read at least four books.

My 2018 reading goal is to read 52 books. I am just slightly behind that pace, so the goal this month is really just not to get further behind. Titles I'm looking forward to maybe getting around to read include Still Me by Jojo Moyes and Artemis by Andy Weir.

3. Walk, run, or bike at least three miles a day.

I am woefully behind in my mileage goal. I like to think that if I can get myself more active more often that it could help with my being-stuck issues. It certainly couldn't hurt, right?

4. Do two fifteen-minute yoga workouts each week.

Doing more yoga was a part of my yearly goals, and I have yet to complete a single workout. I really need to change that up.


Things I'm Looking Forward To This Month 

1. The Super Bowl (Go Pats! And yes, I know you likely hate them and/or football. I'm cool with that. Also interesting fun fact, The Man is looking for somewhere else to watch the game because he can only take so much of me jumping up and down on the furniture while losing my mind. It's been a loooooooong season.)

2. The next episode of This Is Us (Even though I already know that I am going to sob so freaking hard. Seriously. Even the preview for this episode had me in tears.)

3. The Black Panther movie (Even though it means we're one movie closer to the next Avengers movie, which will likely see me sobbing so freaking hard.)

4. A vist to the Florida Renaissance Faire (I haven't been to a Ren Faire since I moved to this godforsaken state. (Sorry, anyone who likes Florida. I just...don't.) I really can't wait to have a nice yard of beer and go shopping for weaponry.)

5. The Winter Olympics (I really do love watching the Olympics. Even curling. Maybe even especially curling.)



What's on your to-do list for February?

33 comments:

  1. Hope you can get everything back on track with your goals.
    I have no dog in the fight so I'm just going to sit back and enjoy the Super Bowl and hope for a good game.

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    1. As much as a Pats fan as my significant other is, I think he might prefer it when my team isn't playing because that's the only time I can sit back and enjoy the game. :)

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  2. This - "...a girl will occasionally take whatever wins she can get." I hear you.

    I don't think there's EVER been a This Is Us episode where I haven't at the very least teared up a little. I'm too scared to watch the preview.... :o

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    1. I think I've teared up at most of the episodes, too. I usually don't need to pull out the Kleenex for the previews, though.

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  3. Good luck getting back on track (or at least finding the track!

    I'm equally looking forward to and dreading the next episode of This Is Us. The last episode was already breaking my heart.

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    1. This season has really pulled out heart-breaking stops, I think. Kudos to the writers (and the cast, I suppose...)!

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  4. There was this Twitter thread about Florida that... Oh, never mind. I probably shouldn't go there.

    Hey, congrats on getting the book to the printer. That's huge! That means you're almost there. And you said you weren't going to ever finish...

    For Feb I'm looking forward to/dreading a two week assignment for a teacher who's retiring. Should be interesting.

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    1. Oh, there have been many Twitter threads about Florida.

      And the book's not at the printer yet...I still have plenty of time to change my mind and/or screw up something else. :)

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  5. You found a formatter? Wonderful.

    I love watching the winter Olympics, too.

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    1. I'm attempting to do the formatting on my own. We'll see how it goes... *cowers under desk*

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  6. It sounds like February has a lot to look forward to. :) That Renaissance Faire in particular seems like it's going to be fun. I always enjoyed immersing myself in those events. But the question is, will they let you carry around some of your awesome weaponry?

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    1. They will let you carry around your awesome weaponry. It just has to be sheathed/secured for safety. I have no idea why...

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  7. Sorry to hear January was so hard, and I hope February treats you better! I have no plans - January was stupidly busy, this year, so I forgot to plan further ahead :-)

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    1. That's usually me in the summer. August, for whatever reason, is always my busiest month.

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  8. Right now, I'm hoping to read four books THIS YEAR.
    Okay, so that's a slight exaggeration.
    Slight.

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    1. I didn't think one book a week would be that hard a goal to hit, but it's certainly proving to be a challenge early on. I've just really been slacking on reading the past few years.

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  9. It looks like you have some good things to look forward to in February. Too bad you live in Florida, though. Otherwise you could just use winter as an excuse as to why you haven't exercised more.

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    1. I know. I have absolutely no valid excuse why I can't go outside and run or walk or whatever. I really need to move back to New England...

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  10. I like to watch the Olympics, too, and curling is actually fun to watch. :)

    I’m glad Second Nature is on track.

    I hope things get better!

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    1. I always start off watching curling as a "haha—this will be funny" kind of thing, and then end up getting super into it.

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  11. Good luck with your goals this month. Of all of them, the daily mileage goal is the one that sounds most daunting. Exercise has fallen out of my life, and being up in Massachusetts, the weather does not currently entice me back outside (I refuse to get a gym membership). This month, at least, I can sit on my couch with a mug of hot chocolate and watch high level athletes in peak physical condition do incredible things on ice and snow. Keep us posted with how the book formatting progresses. Happy writing to you.

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    1. The daily mileage goal was a lot easier to hit back when I still had my day job. I never stopped moving in that job. I really need to get one of those treadmill desks now. :)

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  12. I'm sorry to hear you've been stuck lost in an unmoored spot. But hey, now you'll appreciate being back on track even more once you do find your way. Best of luck!

    As for me, I'm going to watch the Super Bowl with a couple who competes regularly in curling leagues. Of course, the Vikings already did a curling end zone celebration two weeks ago, so we won't see another one. But hopefully there will be some Olympics crossover. Maybe bobsled? Ooh, or pairs figure skating.

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    1. I loved the Vikings' curling touchdown celebration. I had to rewind it to watch it a second time.

      And I really would have loved to have seen that pairs figure skating one. Maybe next season?

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  13. Sorry to hear January hasn't treated you well. Sounds like you have some fun stuff to look forward to in February, so hopefully the rest of the year will be better.

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  14. I'm sorry you had a rough January. I'm kinda feeling like February might be that way for me too, because there's so much going on that I feel like I'm right on the edge of losing the plot.

    All the best with February!

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    1. Thanks, Misha! Here's hoping that February is better than you imagine.

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  15. Best of luck finding the track! The game didn't go your way, but at least it was a great game--my son was at school rooting for the Pats (and my husband was here on the couch basically just rooting against them)

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    1. Nope. The game definitely didn't go my way. But as much as I may hate to admit it, the Eagles played the better game. They deserved the win. :)

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  16. Other than finally finishing up my revision(Yes, I keep migrating that...) I'm dying to see Black Panther. I do think I'll wait past opening night in hopes of clearing out the teenager set, though.

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  17. I have relatives coming into town for half the month--staying at my house. I love when people visit, but it's always so stressful. I have to keep the place immaculate and that tends to eat all my free/writing time. Here's wishing us both a productive month, regardless!

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