There were some transitions this week, as our unschooling/homeschooling groups move to a summer schedule. The weekly social meet-up is going to every other week for the season, with some added beach trips to enjoy. Our weekly co-op classes are done until fall (though I’m on the governing committee and will certainly have lots of work to do this summer to prepare). My calendar is filling up with summer events, especially on weekends. The kids and I are brainstorming about field trips, gatherings, and fun days we want to attend and/or host. My performance schedule for June is rather full.
At the same time as all the outer-world plans are being brewed up, my inner world is vibrant and fertile. This week I dove back into working on the e-book, and it’s going well. I have lots of ideas for the remaining chapters. I’ve been making a loose outline as I go along, and now that I’m more than halfway done, I’m outlining a bit further ahead. My creativity is coming in waves, and I’m surfing them pretty well. So that feels good.
Our workshop, though we had a small group of attendees, went really well. We’ve already had an offer for hosting it in Portland (the first one was in Somersworth, NH). Also, our Dark Follies performance at the Local Sprouts cafe on Friday night was super! While we were there, I spoke to the event organizer about hosting my book signing there, and she was positive about it; we’re going to chat further.
I’m feeling like I’m in a good space. I had a bit too much “people time” this weekend, but I do have some “me time” coming up this week, so that’s good. I’m an introvert, so I do need my alone time to get recharged.
Here are the details. I’m copying the original goals in this time, just to get an overview and because I haven’t done that for a while. I’m not sure exactly when this round ends, either. If you make it all the way to the bottom I’ve included a picture as a bonus! Heh heh…
Writing is my favorite creative focus. It’s what I do. It does help to have some sort of direction to it, though. Here are some writing goals for this round.
- Write 5000 words per week on the Cultivating Self-Love e-book. Did 3651 words this week. Woo hoo!
- Draft and edit supporting materials for our upcoming workshop (May 25th). If all goes well, develop the workshop into a multi-week online course, and draft the materials for that. The first part is done. I think we’ll be developing this more; we’re in the idea stages now.
- Post to my Starcat’s Corner blog at least 3 times per week, and on this blog at least 2 times per week. Didn’t really get there this week, but I have notes and ideas for some new posts.
- Write and edit at least 3 guest blog posts and have them posted. In progress. I’ve done two of the three.
I’m promoting my new book, which in itself is a big learning curve. We’re also promoting our business, Feline Dreamers, which is an ongoing thing. This section looks like it might be too full, but remember that I have a partner for these. BlackLion rocks!
- Continue to attend (or, when necessary, listen to the recordings) online Shift Your Biz classes. Complete all homework assignments prior to the following class. Done.
- Learn and practice 5 new ways to ask people to purchase our Feline Dreamers wares. The asks should be clear, concise, and joyful. Use them to make sales. Working on it, though not in a very linear fashion.
- Set up and offer a book signing and reading at a local bookstore. In progress (and it’s a cafe).
- Continue to increase my reach with book promotion, using tools like Good Reads, Amazon Author Central, and guest blogging. Consider doing some paid sponsorships on compatible websites. In progress.
- Have at least 5 people pay and attend our May Feline Dreamers workshop. When we create our online course, have at least 6 people sign-up, pay, and take the online course. In progress.
- Host a Feline Dreamers chat on our Facebook page in May. Done, and it was not only fun but very successful! We’ll definitely do it again.
- Finish and release our 2 new Feline Dreamers e-books by June 1st. Not going to make the deadline, but am steadily working on this.
Wellness and Practice
For me, wellness and practice go hand-in-hand. Here are some things I want to focus on as the weather gets better and better (a typical cat, I don’t like the cold and wet, so I’ve been hibernating a bit over the winter).
- Continue doing my morning pages and affirmations in my journal. 4 pages each day. Yes.
- Continue dancing for at least 20 minutes every day. 90-day dance challenge continues through mid-May. Completed the challenge and I’m still dancing. Working on some choreography for my class, too. Love it!
- Practice drumming at least 3 times per week, plus the weekly troupe practice. Pretty close to on target.
- Do yoga at least twice per week. I haven’t done any.
- Go out for walks at least 3 times per week, for fitness and to attune more with the natural world. I haven’t done this either, due to lots of rain and being so busy.
- Spend more time in ritual and sacred space. Attend the Women for All Seasons meetings more regularly. Definitely doing this, and it’s wonderful.
P.S. As promised above, a recent photo. It’s a picture of Dark Follies in case you’ve never seen us. We’re a modern vaudeville troupe! I’m the 2nd standing person from the left, with my djembe drum.
Dark Follies at the Steampunk Festival in Waltham, MA, May 2013.