ROW80 Check Ins

End of the ROW

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There’s a finish line here somewhere. I just know it.

We made it to the end of this round of ROW80*. Break out the champagne. Or something.

Officially, ROW80 was up on the 21st, but I wanted to finish out the week for my goals…mostly because I forgot about the last week of ROW80 being a half week when I was working up Sunday’s goal list.

Overall, this round was a mixed bag for me. I feel like I was much, much slower on my writing than I would have liked, but I was solid on all my other goals.

And there’s some insight on my personality right there. I can do well on most of my goals and still bemoan slow progress on one goal. Silly, really. I need to celebrate the wins, then figure out how to make those wins in my weaker areas (lately, writing).

So, not a mixed big. Overall, the ROW was successful. Go me.

Let’s take stock, shall we? You can see last week’s goals here.


Long Term Goal

My plan is still to complete the “official” first draft of my WIP manuscript by the end of this year.

Last Week

Same as last week. Zilch.

Between Now and the Next ROW

I need to assess how much time it’s going to take me to finish out the draft. I’m still sticking on one scene, which is throwing off my pace. The scenes coming up after this cursed scene are likely to be very quick rewrites. I think I’m still on track to finish this year, but I need to map it out.


Long Term Goal

Play O Come, O Come Emmanuel fluidly and with grace by Christmas. Of this year.

Last Week

I managed to overcome this issues I was having with tension that were holding me back  on a particularly fast bit of the song. There may still be some residual problems with my technique, but, whatever they are, I’ll learn and improve.

Between Now and the Next ROW

This week, I’ll be working on shifting and bringing the tempo up to at least 115bpm. Next week, I’ll work on smoothly incorporating that shift into the piece and bringing the tempo up to 150.


Long Term Goal

Continue to improve overall fitness, especially strength, flexibility and endurance.

Last Week

One workout. *hangs head in shame* It was a particularly intense workout, but still.

Between Now and the Next ROW

Three workouts a week.

Come up with more specific fitness markers for the overall fitness goal. For example, the FBI (stop laughing at me…I’m serious), lists fitness scores for number of pushups, situps, etc. I may use that to set goals for myself. Just “improving overall fitness” isn’t really measurable. I need to give it some numbers.



Last Week

We exposed the kids to Tombstone (1993) with Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliott and Bill Paxton. They now know where “I’m your huckleberry,” comes from. Their education is (almost) complete. 😉

Between Now and the Next ROW

Keep up family night. Seems like movie night is still slightly more popular than game night. Which my daughter claims is because “y’all are afraid to lose.” We’ll see.

Sadly, the kids are probably still too young for Die Hard (1988), the movie with my all-time favorite line. We’ll have to find something else to watch in the meantime, I guess.


This is a new addition. For the last couple weeks, I’ve been a little haphazard on my posting and neglectful of my fellow bloggers. That needs to be remedied. I don’t have specifics on this goal yet, though. Coming up with those specifics may be my goal between now and the next ROW.



*ROW80, also known as a Round of Words in 80 Days, is an opportunity for us to set goals (for writing and/or other areas) and share them with a community ready to keep us accountable and cheer us on. If you’re interested in ROW80, you can find more info here and the latest check in post here.

The next round begins October 2nd. I encourage you to join. Good luck with your goals!

Photo Credit
Un de mes potes Renard Vosges by Yvan88, on Flickr | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

4 thoughts on “End of the ROW

  1. “And there’s some insight on my personality right there. I can do well on most of my goals and still bemoan slow progress on one goal. Silly, really. I need to celebrate the wins, then figure out how to make those wins in my weaker areas (lately, writing).”

    ^^ There is something to be said about that mentality, I think, because I am right there with you. I can have a killer week, accomplishing so many things, but the main thing that stands out to me whatever I failed to accomplish. It’s kind of a toxic mindset. Sure, we should always push ourselves to do better, but at the same time, we also have to be forgiving and remember to actually celebrate what we do accomplish. Because it’s always something, even on the weeks when we don’t “accomplish” a thing–because we actually accomplished giving ourselves a break.

    Good luck to you on your goals and I hope to continue hearing about and cheering on your progress!

      1. That’s actually one of the reasons I added “Relaxation” as one of my goals, because one of friends mentioned that I was always trying to accomplish so much every week, that I also need to remember to focus on relaxing and taking some time for myself. And that really put it in perspective for me.

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