Can you believe June is almost over? My husband and I celebrated our 12th anniversary on Sunday. We were lucky enough that my sis-in-law was willing to watch the kids for us after she got off work, because we completely forgot to plan anything. I’d even forgotten about our anniversary until my daughter asked me when the next holiday was and I looked at my calendar, realizing then that my anniversary was the next Sunday. But my husband and I got to go out for a relaxing dinner at the Meridian Village and catch a showing of Solo. All in all, it was wonderful.
But that means half the year is almost through. Therefore, progress check!
Writing: I think I’m doing pretty well. I’ve gone from 143K to 165K, which means I’ve added 20K this year. With my goal being an average of 700 words per week (about 18K at this point), I’d say I’m on target, especially since that doesn’t include all the stuff I’ve written and then gotten rid of because it just wasn’t right for the story (that’s about another 10K). Unfortunately, it seems like I’m always the same distance to The End. I’ve got 7 chapters to finish, plus another I want to add earlier in the story. It seems like I was only 8 chapters to the end weeks ago.
Fitness: Pneumonia kind of kicked me in the gut. I’m still freaking coughing, though I think it’s with a new infection that’s circulating through the family. It’s certainly hampered my fitness seeing that I haven’t picked up a set of weights since April and running is still difficult. It’s also left me binge eating food I shouldn’t, such as kettle cooked chips. But I’ve got a plan, so hopefully I’ll be able to hit my goal weight of 125 come October 31st (that’ll be 30lbs in 1 year).
Digital Painting: Well, not much progress to be said here. I have been working on consistent drawing, meaning drawing the same character and actually being able to tell it’s the same character. But it’s still pencil and paper. Lately, I’ve been leaning toward a more cartoony route, rather than realistic sketches, and it’s given me more wiggle room to nail the consistency.
Empathy: Yeah… I’d started the year with wanting to be a more empathetic person, and really focus on building my relationship with my children. Pfft. Kidzilla still whines. I’m thinking all the empathy in the world won’t make the little 4yo any less whiny. But I’m told it comes with the age, and he’ll grow out of it. Both kids are amazing, and I find myself being thankful for them especially when I compare them to other children. I know you’re not supposed to compare children, but DUDE. These two kiddos are far better behaved and considerate than some of the kids I’ve encountered in their age groups. Am I turning into a more empathetic person? No. Do I have a better relationship with my kids? I think so.
That’s been my life for the past six months. How has your year gone so far?