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~Jesse Stuart

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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Goals? Sure, I got it covered

My three challenges for the year were to 

1) read 50 books or approx. a book a week

2) walk 30 minutes a day and

3) write (creative, not blogging or journaling) for 30 minutes a day.

Can you guess how I'm doing?

1) I'll get through the 50 books in less than 6 months at this rate. Give me permission to read and I won't do anything else.

2) Maybe I should start by walking 30 minutes once a week?

3) Does writing for five days straight, about 10 hours a day count? And then not writing for the rest of the time?

Note to self: Never mind those goals, try these:

* Continue eating junk food, only stop when you're full.

* Blog and Twitter daily while ignoring Facebook.

* Finish House of Diamonds sometime this year.

* Stare into space for a minimum of 2 hours a day. Call this writing.

* Cheer and offer enthusiastic congratulations when a bloggie friend gets an agent, a publishing contract or any kind of book success. Or writes a really good post.

* Lose three pounds by next Christmas.
 

21 comments:

  1. I think you're doing just fine! You're such an encourager - remember to encourage yourself too! :)

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  2. I think your list is reasonable, but your last list is much more fun.

    How many times may I lose and gain these same 3 pounds this year?

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  3. I like evolving goals. I write out new ones each month, depending on what I need to get done. I never make reading novels a goal for the reason you stated above. I wouldn't get anything else done.

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  4. You can do it! Just do the best you can, and soon you'll be tackling those challenges in no time.

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  5. I say don't make goals! Just go with the flow. That's what I'm doing. If I come up with a list that really works, I'll shout it through bloggerland!

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  6. Journaling and blogging are good in that they allow you to write down what you're feeling and thinking. And bloging gives you the opportunity to "meet" other bloggers. But I can relate to your goal of writing (not blogging or journaling), especially because blogging and journaling can be very distracting. But in a fun way.

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  7. Or how about don't focus on the goals, focus on the moment! You are doing just fine. :)

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  8. Do long as you are HAPPY KarenG!!! :-) Take care
    x

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  9. I of course meant "SO long as..."!! LOL! x

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  10. "Stare into space for a minimum of 2 hours a day. Call this writing."

    Oddly enough, this has been my writing process on occassion...

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  11. Read on the treadmill...kill two birds with one stone! Of course, I'm rather fond of your last set of resolutions - eat junk food and stare into space. I've had a great year so far based on that adjusted criteria!

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  12. LOL! I loved this post. So realistic and funny :O)

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  13. I actually laughed out loud when I read your revised resolutions. Hey, I'm with you!!!!!!

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  14. Oh, Karen! I have similar goals but I'm struggling on the exercise one as well. My writing is going great! I write/edit everyday. I have to or else it's impossible to start again. I read like mad. I try to read indie authors and join challenges.

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  15. Hat! Great goals:). If you really want to add exercising to the mix, you could always buy a treadmill and read while walking on it (it's what I always say I'll do to get more exercise). But then again, you seem to be doing pretty good by yourself.

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  16. There's nothing wrong with amending goals (especially when there's junk food involved). Sounds like you're off to a great start with the reading. Remember, it's only February. There's plenty of 2011 left :)

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  17. Ha! The second list sounds like goals even I could reach :)

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  18. HA! The February re-eval! I recognize this monster! I haven't been walking (or eating) like I should either. I have decided to solidly commit when the snow melts.

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  19. I really need an exercise program. I didn't include one in my goals because it would be an auto-fail. Sigh. Where are the cookies?

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