It’s time for quarterly check-in. I’m late this year because we were at World Domination Summit and we were really busy!
What has been going well? Everything but my sleep situation. I went camping with my family, the first time I’ve been in the woods in two years. I got to take my niece downtown for a day. My stepdaughter graduated from college with dual degrees and won an academic award, and we got to see her walk. My husband is working on his fourth patent application. He’s not going to like this, but I’m going to tell a story on him: He tutored one of our baristas in calculus and she brought her grade up from a D to an A. I’ve made friends with some neighbors who are in love with my little parrot Noelle, and she’s been having sleepovers with them when we go out of town.
What hasn’t been going well? I had to get my first root canal and I still have more oral surgery to get done this summer. I’ve maxed out our dental coverage for the year and it’s getting expensive. If anyone tells you that you need to wear a night guard because you grind your teeth, I suggest that you pay close attention.
Personal: My personal project is to submit a book proposal. I took a dare and pitched to a literary agent, who agreed to read my proposal [WHEN IT’S READY]. The plan for this year has always been to work on this beginning July 1. Now to get down to business.
Career: My career goal for the year was to complete the work for my Distinguished Toastmaster. I have done everything but submit the paperwork for my High Performance Leadership project. I finished my term as area director with a Distinguished area, I was nominated unanimously as a division director and won a contested election, and I completed four educational awards. Happy Toastmasters New Year, right?
Physical: My fitness resolution is to work on hip openers. I rode a mechanical bull on June 30. While I stayed on for over a minute, this is actually the opposite of the intention of hip openers and I’m still feeling it. Yoga is really starting to look like an attractive plan right now.
Home: My home project was to set up an outdoor writing area. We did this at the beginning of the year and I love it. The side benefit of the folding screen has been that random beachgoers are at least briefly unable to look into our kitchen, point, stare, or occasionally wave at us while we are fixing meals.
Couples: Our couples resolution is to do bulk meal prep. We have been enjoying this, except that we need to figure out how to fit it in around our travel schedule.
Stop goal: My stop goal is to stop being sick and tired. I have had better progress in Second Quarter, having left town for my sleepvacation and a couple of others trips. I haven’t had a cold in a couple of months! We are now in our last quarter before our lease is up, and then we can move.
Lifestyle upgrades: My lifestyle upgrade resolution was to buy a new desktop computer. I finally did it.
Do the Obvious: My “Do the Obvious” this year is to schedule everything in time blocks. I’m moving forward with a new plan to race the clock and try to do all my email in just 5-minute increments.
Metrics: Need to do a better job tracking hydration, by which I mean that metrics show I don’t always drink enough water.
Quest: This year it’s SleepQuest 2019. I started July with night terrors and I’m still struggling.
Wish: My wish is to be signed by a literary agent. I actually talked to two of them at WDS and it was not unpromising.
Personal: Book proposal
Career: Distinguished Toastmaster
Physical: Hip openers
Home: Outdoor writing area - SUCCESS
Couples: Meal prep - SUCCESS
Stop goal: Stop being sick and tired
Lifestyle upgrades: New desktop computer - SUCCESS
Do the Obvious: Schedule time blocks
Metrics: Sleep, fitness, reading, writing, speaking
Quest: Sleep Project: SleepQuest 2019
Wish: To be signed by a literary agent.
I've been working with chronic disorganization, squalor, and hoarding for over 20 years. I'm also a marathon runner who was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and thyroid disease 17 years ago.
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