2019 June Goals – Accountability, Check in, and Making $$

I’ve been testing out my Eco-Nuts laundry detergent and I think I love them! I accidentally left the small cloth bag in my laundry full of nuts and it went through the dryer… but other than that they have worked amazingly!

Sadly, most of my seed starts have died but I have three small tomato plants, 3 squash humps (with 2-4 plants in each), 2 zucchini humps (with 2-3 plants in each), a cucumber hump (with 2-3 plants in it), and turnip leaves growing! I don’t think the carrots I planted made it since I don’t see any sprouting above ground. My indoor basil plant is dying and the plants in a jar (basil and mint) both died. I’m really hopeful that my squash, zucchini, and cucumbers will grow this summer though. I have also been scouting out possible foraging opportunities with the Falling Fruit app but have so far had no luck finding cherry or plum trees. I also am unsure when cherries are in season around here… I do have my sights set on a local plum tree (not listed on the app) and have been checking their ripeness weekly. I hope to dehydrate/dry the plums I pick.

On my travels out of state I was not particularly zero waste, sadly, but it got me thinking about the difficulties in reducing single-use items while traveling.

Do you have any other ideas I should consider to reduce my waste?


As far as fitness goals go: Though I signed up to participate in the Blogilates June Summer Sculpt program, I quickly ditched it as I was incredibly busy the first few weeks of the month traveling and taking a class for work. I want to take more dance classes in July and bike over 25 miles (hopefully some of those miles will be biked instead of driven).

I reached a landmark progress goal in my pole-dance career on 6/25 this month!

1. Total pole classes I’ve taken: 388

2. Total years spent poling= 5 (with a year break between pole 101 graduation and my next class)

3. Total money I’ve spent on pole classes: $6,546 (average of $17/class)

4. Total hours spent poling in classes: 616.5 hours = 25.7 days = 36,990 minutes

5. Total instructors I’ve had: 34

6. Total studios I’ve gone to: 11

I’ve performed in front of audiences three times!


Turkish language progress:

I now have 1,176 Anki cards. I’ve done 4,537 reviews. I have spent 4:58:46 reviewing with an average of 56 reviews per day. My grade is 67% D.

July 2019: Rosetta Stone Unit 8 finished, word of the day in Anki, Rosetta Stone in Anki, Grammar study
August 2019: Rosetta Stone Unit 9 finished, word of the day in Anki, Rosetta Stone in Anki, 100 Anki common Turkish vocabulary
September 2019: Rosetta Stone Unit 10 finished, word of the day in Anki, Rosetta Stone in Anki, Grammar study
October 2019: Rosetta Stone Unit 11 finished, word of the day in Anki, Rosetta Stone in Anki, 100 Anki common Turkish vocabulary
November 2019: Rosetta Stone Unit 12 finished, word of the day in Anki, Rosetta Stone in Anki, Grammar study, take a placement test


My main goal for the year was to save as much money as possible! I’m doing this by earning more money, spending less money, and investing the money that I do have. Here is my monthly budget spreadsheet:

Categories $$ to spend 19-Jan 19-Feb 19-Mar 19-Apr 19-May 19-June 19-July
Take home pay *** *** *** *** *** ***
Earnings *** *** *** *** *** ***
Total Earnings   *** *** *** *** *** ***
Rent 700 same  same same same same same
Phone 45 same same same same same same
Car 300 Over Over Under under under under
Travel 100 Under  0 0 90.05 99.42 196.58
Housing Supplies 25 0  Over Under 105.52 (sharpened knives and got zero-waste supplies) 25.84 7.61
Health & Wellness 60 0 Over Under 113 110.45 84.95
Writing 25 Over Over 0 14.42 (e-books) 0 0
Charity/art 25 Over  15 Under 32 10 15
Entertainment 70 Over  20.95 Over 66.33 61.46 66.95
Fitness Classes 75 Over  0 30 0 133 35
Food – eating out 100 179.98  96.00 185.03 251.16 (Travel to FL) 536.77 (family is in town) 458.99 (family is in town)
Food – groceries 400 575.47 324.88 444 608.48 (travel to FL) 226.03 256.95
Misc. 50 47.92  92.03 660 (put my tax prep and a present in this category) 1.60 348.50 14.34
Total Spent  <50% 55% 42% 48% 47% 55% 42%
Total Savings 2080 Over Over Over Over Over Over

 


My writing goals!! I wrote out a month-by-month plan to accomplish my writing goals.

July – Sell 1-2 At One’s Beast books for at least $11 to break even. Sell 1 Vanessa’s Book of Awesome Things over $1.04 to start making a profit. Sell 1 Ataxia and the Ravine of Lost Dreams book over $1.64 to start making a profit. Redo the draft on my children’s picture book. Perhaps collaborate? Research illustrators and publishers for the book. Update to my author website.

August – Send out Flora to a new beta reader and get feedback. Find a geneologist to comment on the geneology aspects of the book and add in more genetics background for the magic. Research publishers to send Flora out to. Plan book specials for the fall/winter online.

September – Outline Aster & Tilde 5-book series completely. Re-read Aster & Tilde book 1 and edit according to the master outline

October – Write every day and work on Aster & Tilde Book 2

November – Participate in NaNoWriMo and finish writing Aster & Tilde Book 2

December – ??


What are your goals and how are you meeting them this month?

Here is my January goal check in blog post!

Here is my February goal check in blog post!

Here is my March goal check in blog post!

Here is my April goal check in blog post!

Here is my May goal check in blog post!


Recap of events this month:

Maple Valley Days annual volunteering/book-selling event 

Donut adventures in Los Angeles, California

Veggie Fest in Redmond

Indie Author Night at Brick & Mortar Books

Stars Wars in Concert!

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2019 May Goals – Accountability, Check in, and New Goals

I have been collecting all my junk mail for the past 4 weeks and spent time this month attempting to stop this junk mail. I have been doing this since the beginning of the year. Here is a pile of all the junk mail I’ve accumulated in just four weeks! Urgh!

I tried regrowing some romaine lettuce. Check out the progress!

I’ve also planted some seeds and transplanted them into a small garden plot outside in the backyard. I’m hoping even with all the tree coverage that the plot will get enough sun to grow the tomatoes, zucchini, squash, and carrots that I planted. We’ll see…

I bought Eco Nuts to use as laundry detergent and will give them a try this June to see how I like them/if they work well.

Do you have any other ideas I should consider to reduce my waste?


As far as fitness goals go: I signed up to participate in one of my favorite Youtuber’s fitness challenges for June: Blogilates! I did Cassie’s 100 abs challenge earlier this year and she’s back with her 28 Day Summer Sculpt Program.

I also have been biking more and nabbed myself a new helmet since I lost mine in my last move.


Turkish language progress:

I’ve updated my monthly goals again. I’ve added in an assignment for charting the verbs I have learned. I have 85 verbs that I’ve learned/will learn through June and I want to chart them all. The charts will look like this so far because I want to get more familiar with all the verb forms:

Gitmek – To go https://www.verbix.com/webverbix/go.php?&D1=31&T1=gitmek

Present Tense

Negative

Interrogative

Negative Interrogative

Ben gidiyorm

Sen gidiyorsun

O gidiyor

Biz gidiyoruz

Siz gidiorsunuz

Onlar gidiyorlar

Gitmiyorum

Gitmiyorsun

Gitmiyor

Gitmiyoruz

Gitmiyorsunuz

gitmiyorlar

Gidiyor muyum?

Gidiyor musun?

Gidiyor mu?

Gidiyor muyuz?

Gidiyor musunuz?

Gidiyarlar mı?

Gitmiyor muyum?

Gitmiyor musun?

Gitmiyor mu?

Gitmiyor muyuz?

Gitmiyor musunuz?

Gitmiyourlar mı?

Past Tense

Negative

Interrogative

Negative Interrogative

Ben gittim

Sen gittin

O gitti

Biz gittik

Siz gittiniz

Onlar gittiler

Gitmedim

Gitmedin

Gitmedi

Gitmedik

Gitmediniz

gitmediler

Gittim mi?

Gittin mi?

Gitti mi?

Gittik mi?

Gittiniz mi?

Gittiler mi?

Gitmedim mi?

Gitmedin mi?

Gitmedi mi?

Gitmedik mi?

Gitmediniz mi?

Gitmediler mi?

Eventually I will also add in the future tense.

Rosetta Stone Unit 6 is about past and future tenses! I’m probably going to finish up Unit 6 in early June. I’ve had a little trouble with the app not letting me go back to a lesson and fix mistakes I made before without restarting the entire lesson.

I would also like to start going through more grammar lessons. Perhaps weekly?

I now have 942 Anki cards. I’ve done 3,432 reviews. I have spent 3:55:20 reviewing with an average of 56 reviews per day. My grade is 64% D.

June 2019: Rosetta Stone Unit 7, Anki cards Unit 7, word of the day, all top 625 in Anki cards, 85 verb declension charts
July 2019: Rosetta Stone Unit 8, Anki cards Unit 8, word of the day, top 800 words in Turkish in Anki cards, Vocab cards for first half of the grammar book, purchase a monolingual dictionary
August 2019: Rosetta Stone Unit 9, Anki cards Unit 9, word of the day, top 1000 words in Turkish in Anki cards
September 2019: Rosetta Stone Unit 10, Anki cards Unit 10, word of the day, 25 specialized vocab in Turkish in Anki cardss, read 1/2 a book and follow audio book in Turkish
October 2019: Rosetta Stone Unit 11, Anki cards Unit 10, word of the day, 25 specialized vocab in Turkish in Anki cards, finish 1/2 a book and follow audio book in Turkish
November 2019: Rosetta Stone Unit 12, Anki cards Unit 10, word of the day, 25 specialized vocab in Turkish in Anki cards, take a placement test? Take a vocabulary test?


My main goal for the year was to save as much money as possible! I’m doing this by earning more money, spending less money, and investing the money that I do have. Here is my monthly budget spreadsheet:

 

Categories $$ to spend 19-Jan 19-Feb 19-Mar 19-Apr 19-May
Take home pay *** *** *** *** ***
Earnings *** *** *** *** ***
Total Earnings   *** *** *** *** ***
Rent 700 same  same same same same
Phone 45 same same same same same
Car 300 Over Over Under under under
Travel 100 Under  0 0 90.05 99.42
Housing Supplies 25 0  Over Under 105.52 (sharpened knives and got zero-waste supplies) 25.84
Health & Wellness 60 0 Over Under 113 110.45
Writing 25 Over Over 0 14.42 (e-books) 0
Charity/art 25 Over  15 Under 32 10
Entertainment 70 Over  20.95 Over 66.33 61.46
Fitness Classes 75 Over  0 30 0 133
Food – eating out 100 179.98  96.00 185.03 251.16 (Travel to FL) 536.77 (family is in town)
Food – groceries 400 575.47 324.88 444 608.48 (travel to FL) 226.03
Misc. 50 47.92  92.03 660 (put my tax prep and a present in this category) 1.60 348.50
Total Spent  <50% 55% 42% 48% 47% 55%
Total Savings 2080 Over Over Over Over Over

 


I started a new goal for this year: writing!

I want to re-write my children’s picture book, find publishers to send it out to, send out my queries, and source an illustrator if none of the publisher’s want the book.

I want to send out my middle grade fantasy book to agents and if I don’t get any interest I want to have a plan to self-publish this book in 2020. I think I want to work with a genealogist to put more geneology aspects into it as well.

I want to plan out and start working on (writing again) my contemporary new adult romance series. I want to work with other authors to push myself to work on this series and publish the books. I’ll let you all know in a month how this new goal is progressing.


What are your goals and how are you meeting them this month?

Here is my January goal check in blog post!

Here is my February goal check in blog post!

Here is my March goal check in blog post!

Here is my April goal check in blog post!


We have family visiting from out of state and we are taking her to all our favorite places this month!

Cinco de Mayo Redmond Park

Starbucks Reserve Roastery Downtown

Portland Weekend Trip – Kachka

Portland Weekend Trip Pip’s Original Doughnuts & Chai

Writer’s in Paradise – Eckerd College – First Days

Welcome to Florida!

It’s 3:00 A.M.

“Imminent Extreme Alert. Tornado Warning in this area til 3:30 AM EST. Take shelter now. Check local media.” -NWS

I wake up groggily to my mom shaking me and telling me there’s a tornado warning. My phone is on silent so I miss the Alert. I take stock of myself and realize I need to put on more clothes before joining my various family and pets in the tiny room we’ve deemed ‘safest.’ It changes every year. The first time it was the kitchen off of the living room with boarded up windows. It had water and food. Next it was the tiny bathroom with the tub filled with water. We didn’t all fit. There’s less of us here now and the little room off the lanai is where my mom leads us tonight. It’s not in the center of the house. It only has a skylight and a small window. It has barely enough room to fit the four of us humans and the dog and two cats. The first tornado warning has been preceded by rain since nightfall and the wind is howling. Then quiet. “If you hear a chugga chugga sound like a train, we’re in trouble,” my mom remarks. She knows. She’s seen a tornado up close. I’m not afraid. We’ve never really been privy to the destruction and terror of a natural disaster like a hurricane or earthquake (I live in WA state now). I’m tired and worried about getting enough sleep and whether any debris will damage my rental car. Do I have the right insurance for tornado debris? But it’s ok because the first tornado passes and I drop back into bed. Not five minutes later my sister wakes me out of my groggy half asleep half awake state. “There’s a second tornado.” I get up, less groggy. I notice the alert on my phone. How did they know I left WA for FL? I leave that thought be as I start to worry about the wind level. But the second tornado passes us by without harm and I get back into bed. Now the howl of the wind makes me nervous and the pounding rain makes me think more on the rental car. What if there is hail?

The next day I wake to a mostly sunny, bright FL morning. I’m relieved there was no damage surrounding our house. There’s one palm frond downed next to our palm tree. That’s it. I head to the conference. St. Pete is a 40 minute drive from my house so I give myself an extra thirty minutes. Good thing I did because I go to pay my Skyway toll and the guy tell’s me it’s closed. I wrinkle my brow in confusion. This does not compute. Sure, it’s windy but how do I get to Eckerd on time without the Sunshine Skyway? I nod my head at the toll collector’s directions to turn around at the rest stop. I’m sure it’ll make sense when I get there. Everybody else will be turning around. Or not. There are cars going either direction on the bridge. What does that even mean? I assume I don’t want to drive on a ‘closed’ due to weather bridge and turn around and head to Tampa. There’s another way to St. Pete and after an unmanned toll (sorry rental car) and an extra 40 minutes and some severe winds on the Tampa bridge to St. Pete I make it a few minutes late instead of half an hour early to the welcome speech. Not a welcome to Florida, but a welcome to the writer’s in paradise conference. I wonder if anybody else had the same experience I did that night and morning. I doubt it. Most attendees are staying near campus.

I quiet my mind and pay attention to the welcome speech and the subsequent key note speaker Gilbert King. I groan inwardly to sit through an hour and a half of a non-fiction writer’s speech, but this guy is special. I’m riveted by his words and the way he has everything he wants to say lined up in his mind, ready to throw out to the crowd. He was the nonfiction Pulitzer prize winner for a reason. An hour and a half is a bit long but he uses the time well. Almost everybody pays attention the entire time.

After we’re dismissed for lunch I find some other YA group members and we troupe down to the cafeteria for lunch. Go Eckerd! Our tour guide may have said the food wasn’t that great, but they have a near full salad bar and many, many choices. It’s a pay one price get everything you want deal and that is very appealing to me, even as a smaller meal eater. I dine on meat and salad and refresh my tea.

After lunch the workshops begin. I’m nervous. I’m excited. I do and don’t know what to expect. I know I won’t be able to find the building without help. I don’t know if I’ve done enough prep, that I’ve read the manuscripts well enough or thoroughly. It’s neat to finally put names to faces and stories to personalities and see the similarities or differences.

We start with introductions and move into basic housekeeping of how we’re going to conduct the critiques. I’m glad the schedule of critiques has me going midway through so I can see the process before my piece is critiqued. I’m slightly sad my critique is not on my birthday. Wouldn’t that be cool!

Our guide/instructor Laura Williams McCaffrey had us write a 1-2 page critique letter-style to the author with a synopsis, things that worked, and things that didn’t work with specific examples from the manuscript. She also had us pick out three words or phrases that especially struck us.

Not everyone interpreted the three words direction the same and not everyone interpreted or submitted the same type of synopsis for their own work. I wish I had made mine more play by play than the simple paragraph I’d submitted.

We start by saying the three words/phrases out loud and McCaffrey writing them on the whiteboard. No explanation. No editorializing. The first one reads like a poem or a portrait-like synopsis. We start with one manuscript and spend an hour going through start to finish with our critiques and then making general comments. The person whose piece we are critiquing doesn’t speak. After the first hour or so McCaffrey has the author of that piece break her silence to ask questions or answer some of our more insistent questions. I find that with 12 people it’s hard to find a place to interject my opinions and that my opinions/critiques aren’t as thought out as some of the other writers. Some of them are more experienced with analysis and critique and articulating what they want to say as me. I become more vocal during the second manuscript’s critique as I become more comfortable. We end a bit abruptly as we’ve run through our time and will pick up in the morning where we left off.

The workshop group is very structured and McCaffrey keeps us in line as much as possible. The other writers are varied in their critiques and the level of depth they give and the amount of critique versus criticism they divulge. I find it all very fascinating. I want to sit back and watch while at the same time have a one on eleven conversation. I try to hold my tongue until I have something important or cohesive to say. It’s difficult. I’m learning.

To be continued…

Author Thursdays: Camp NaNo – Like NaNoWriMo but in April

Of Ducks and Writing
Remember these pictures?

 

Camp NaNo is a looser form of NaNoWriMo in which you -still- attempt to write a novel in a month (April) but you create your own writing goals. Mine is 25k words. How am I doing thus far on the morning of the third day? Behind of course! I’m still fleshing out my novel but it will be grand. My goal is to finish the first book in well-edited first draft mode this year. It is the first in a young adult fantasy trilogy and I’m still fleshing out the plot particulars.

Any of you participating in Camp NaNo this year? It’s not too late to start!