Recapping 2017 and looking ahead to 2018
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out with the OLD: 2017
In 2017 my writing took a HUGE dive. I even tried to NaNoWriMo and didn’t make it more than 1 day! I have a book that’s finished and needs major editing, another one awaiting an ending, and then another series with the initial short published, a cover purchased (if Michelle would EVER send me the invoice lol) and a 3 more books to write, fully planned out. Being a writer is my life long dream and this year and I really dropped the ball on it. Yes, I’ve had a lot going on, but one thing is painfully clear to me – teaching is not going to cut it for the rest of my life. I love what I do, don’t get me wrong. But the pay blows and income growth potential blows even more! (I’m making less take home now than I was when I started, thanks to rising healthcare costs… how’s that for negative income growth?!) So I need to nurture my other passions that have equally poor pay out potential lol!
On the flip side, my fitness is soaring by the end of 2017! I started in a really rough place, but after doing Gastric Bypass this summer, the weight is finally coming off and I’m pushing myself to new fitness goals all the time. It’s the little things, like being able to do full-fledged jumping jacks and spinning to 130rpm that are keeping me really motivated. I was told by my doctor that I need to pull back on the strength training for a bit though, so that the weight can come off more – stick to resistance, not pumping basically. I’ve also been working on building my running endurance through C25k (which I do weekly, so it’s way more spread out). This year I lost over 100 pounds and I hope to keep that going!
in with the NEW: 2018
For writing, I need to be realistic. I don’t have time to write like I’d like to. And I don’t want to set myself up for failure by saying I’ll write and then not. So I’m going to give myself a journal, where I can keep track of ideas, bits of dialogue, plot twists, etc. These are all things that come to me, but because I’m not writing, I do nothing with and then forget. Then this summer, when I’m not working (and hopefully will not be so destitute that I need to work!) I will make a writing schedule and get to work. I also think I’m more of a short story writer than a long novel writer. Short stories that work together, yes. So maybe I’ll be publishing some serials in 2019? Maybe?
For Fitness, I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing, closely monitoring in case I need to adjust. I have a goal of running a 30 minute 5K before the end of the year. The fastest I’ve ever done is 50 minutes, I think. 30 minutes is not an amazing time, but it’s average and I’d love to reach average. Someday I want to reach marathon, triathlon status, but one step at a time. I’d also really like to get to my goal weight by August 8th. That would be 1 year since surgery and a total of 242 pounds. I realize that’s a lot for 1 year and statistically people who have gastric bypass don’t reach their goal weight, they get to 80% of it. So if I don’t get there, I won’t throw a fit or anything. But why not go for it, right? Based on my current rate of 15 -20 pounds per month it is possible. I refuse to accept 80% (193 lbs)… even if it takes more than a year, I did not do this surgery to get to 80%. I will get to my goal weight, even if it takes another year to lose that last 20%(48.4 lbs).
Posts in November & December
Books Michelle & I reviewed in November & December
- [6 Nov] Just a Few Innkeeper Chronicles Books I Read
- [6 Nov] Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews ★★★★
- [6 Nov] Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews ★★★★
- [6 Nov] One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews ★★★★
- [9 Nov] After We Fall by Melanie Harlow ★★★★
- [16 Nov] Alone by Cyn Balog ★★★½
- [25 Nov] A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet ★★★★
- [27 Nov] United by Melissa Landers ★★★
- [4 Dec] Sugar Rush by Sawyer Bennett ★★★★★
- [11 Dec] Sugar Free by Sawyer Bennett ★★★★★
- [18 Dec] 1-2-3 Magic in the Classroom: Effective Discipline for Pre-K Through Grade 8, 2nd Edition by Thomas W. Phelan, Sarah Jane Schonour ★★★★
- [30 Dec] Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust
- [30 Dec] Beyond The Veil by Pippa DaCosta ★★★★½
What are some personal goals you have for 2018?
Thanks for stopping by to Check out my recap of 2017 and what’s to come in 2018
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