It seems like fall arrived all of a sudden, here in New England. I thought it might be because I was away for a week in September, traveling, but no. Others who stayed home have said the same thing. I was feeling sad about the loss of summer, for a while. I had such joyful times swimming outdoors this summer, in the ocean, lakes, and the river down the road. But now I’ve come to full acceptance of the arrival of autumn.
Things I’m enjoying and looking forward to about fall: fresh apples, hot soup, the new round of my coaching course starting up (which includes a delicious two-day retreat with 20 awesome women!), quiet evenings in, finishing my current book draft, pretty foliage, and that particular bright blue of the sky in autumn.
I’m excited to start a new Round of ROW 80, and here are my goals for the remainder of 2016.
2016 ROW 80 Round 4 Goals
Finish and publish Heart of the Goddess book. Work on it daily (on weekdays). Finish the first draft (target of 120,000 words) by mid-October (I’m starting the Round at 101K words already written). Do first edit. Send manuscript to advance readers. Do copy edits and get ready for formatting process. Write marketing copy.
Re-read draft of Patterns in the Void and make revision notes. Make a plan for writing the revisions during Round 1 of 2017.
Continue my craft, finance, & business learning. Participate in In Arms Coaching fall program. Read at least 3 books about writing craft and/or making a living as a writer. Participate in Personal Finance Consciousness Circle (PFCC). Finish reading and working through the Barbara Stanny and Denise Duffield-Thomas books.
Build community for Feline Dreamers. Create and promote monthly online workshops. Create new low-cost offerings. Complete 5th video for Love Alike website. Write sermon for UU service.
Focus on blogging. Post to my Starcat’s Corner blog at least once per week, Feline Dreamers each month, and on this blog twice per week. Write, edit, and submit monthly guest blog posts for Kind Over Matter. Submit a guest blog proposal to Mike Dooley’s site. Start and keep a running list of blog post ideas, drafts, and picture ideas.
Prepare for the winter holidays. Budget for and purchase gifts. Make cards. Plan for Thanksgiving, Winter Solstice, and Christmas gatherings. Finish punch list from last year’s home decorating project. De-clutter the basement.
Enhance my physical health. Devote time to daily exercise, including but not limited to walking, yoga, dancing, hula-hooping, and swimming. Stop eating sugar. Eat less in general.
Live AUTHENTICally and spiritually in my daily life. Do things I love: write in my journal, read, do yoga, dance, spend time with loved ones, and express my gratitude. Pay attention to my dreams and keep records of them. Set intentions before sleep and upon waking. Meditate and do my chakra clearing daily.