As you might have seen in last week’s post, 2017 wasn’t great for me. But it’s a new year, and I’m off to a new start. This year kicked off with the Colonel’s Challenge at work, which will last for 10 weeks and include resistance training, push-ups/sit-ups, aerobic exercise, and weight loss. I’m aiming to hit the goal with all four sections, even though I’ll need to get all 3500 push-ups and sit-ups through sit-ups alone due to my wrist. Other areas include lifting 143,200 lbs worth of weight, 30 hours of activity, and losing 5% of my body weight. Since losing weight is also part of a longer term goal, it works out well.
In addition to the Colonel’s Challenge, I’ve set a goal to average at least 700 words written a week. I think that’s obtainable, even if I’m busy. And I also want to complete one good digital painting. Keyword there is complete, since I’m notorious for starting but never finishing most things.
Another goal is to build a better relationship with my children. Babyzilla whines a lot, and I think he wants attention. So I’m going to slow down when I’m around the kiddos, try to encourage my son to figure out how to play by himself more often, and really work on my empathy (I’m a terribly unempathetic person so it’s a forced change to my personality, but I think it’ll be better for my kids).
So where does the insecurity come in? I still have the fear that I won’t finish anything this year. It’s going on five years since Thanmir War came out, and I’m not even finished drafting the sequel, Isto. It’s been three years since This World Bites, and I haven’t even peeked at Murder Most Fowl lately. What if I fail yet again?
But it’s like I tell my son, whining about it isn’t going to get me what I want. So, I’ll keep chipping away at it, and maybe, just maybe, I’ll finish something this year.
IWSG Optional Question – What steps have you taken or plan to take to put a schedule in place for your writing and publishing?
This started last year, but I partnered up with a local friend to hold each other accountable with our writing. It might not be a set schedule, but it’s a weekly accomplishment that’s usually achievable.
What are your goals? Does the new year symbolize a new start to you,
or just another day? What’s your favorite weight lifting exercise?