Another One Bites the Dust!

Another ROW 80 Round, that is…  Yesterday I was too busy recovering from staying up all night on Wednesday, the Winter Solstice, to post anything coherent. We hold a vigil all night, keeping the bonfire burning from sunset until sunrise when we greet the sun’s return. We hosted about 60 people this year at our annual Winter Solstice gathering! Though only a handful of us stayed up all night.

Now we’re settling into the final preparations for our family Christmas celebrations. I have about 95 percent of my gift wrapping done, which is very cool. I find it’s easier to do the holiday thing now that the kids are older. Tonight we watched White Christmas. I’m feeling quite merry, and glad that most of the busy part of the preparations is done.

Here are my goals for this Round and the results I’ve had with checking them off:

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. DONE! I’m really happy with how the book came out, and I’m setting up plans for promoting it throughout 2017. 

Re-read draft of Patterns in the Void and make revision notes. Make a plan for writing the revisions during Round 1 of 2017. DONE! I’ve drafted a plan and I’m ready to do this thing. The tentative plan is to publish it in July.

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. I’ve been working on most of this. I love my coaching program, and the PFCC. I haven’t been reading as many craft or prosperity books as I would have liked, but winter is here and I’m sure I’ll have more time to cozy up with some good tomes.

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. This is going very well indeed. I haven’t yet written the sermon, but I have been thinking about it. We finally filmed that pesky 5th video, yay! All else is going smoothly.

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. It’s going okay. Being super busy hasn’t helped me keep up with as much personal blogging as I’d like, but I’m keeping my hand in. I do want to write that Mike Dooley post soon! I signed up for another year of guest posting on Kind Over Matter – I love them. 

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. DONE – with the exception of the punch list and the basement. I’ve made progress on both of those items, but there’s still more to be done, so I’ll continue them into the next Round.

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. This one is up and down. I have some plans to do better with this goal in 2017. Overall, though, I’m blessed with good physical health, for which I’m very thankful. 

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. DONE – yet never really finished. 2016 was a hard year in many ways, but in others it’s been amazing. I love that I’ve been meditating and clearing my chakras every day, all year. Wow. It really makes a difference in feeling good on a regular basis.

Okay, lovely people. I’ll see you in the next Round. Happy Holidays to you!!!

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