ROW80: Kicking and Screaming!

Why do I still say Kicking and Screaming?

Besides loving that caricature on the left,

I have never liked setting goals!

Someone last week encouraged me to keep putting myself out there. And as that person may not have been referring to my ROW80 goals, I think this is an essential way to move forward to meet that challenge. 🙂

So here we go…

The dreaded check-in

First I’d like to say a big thank you to all who have dropped by to support me with my ROW80 goals! You guys are fabulous! Really, I mean it! Since Jenny Hansen didn’t get a chance to stop by last week to kick my butt into gear because she is so super busy (No duh!), I kinda feel like I got away with something! But I can’t expect that to happen two weeks in a row! So I best get busy! LOL!

Let’s take a look at how I did last week, shall we?…

Goals for Round 1:
1- Work on my current WIP five days a week.
Uh, nope. Nothing happened again. Then I read Kristen Lamb’s post on Friday, which I must say was one of the best blogs she has ever written! “3 Steps to Freedom—Grab Hold of Your Brilliant Future!” I’m sure the post wasn’t written specifically just for me. I’m mean really who am I? But oh boy, did she ever make me think. Whew! I’ve been so overwhelmed with everything lately that I haven’t known where or what to start working on. Well let’s just say that her post really helped.
2- Check in with Donna Newton at WWBC once a week.
Yep, talked to Donna about my dilemma with my WIPs.
3- Participate in my online class to help authors balance writing and business with Bob Mayer.
This week Bob gave us an assignment that was an emotional brain burner. Really Bob, it took me days to get through it. I wanted to take my time and get the most out of the exercise. It was about our personality traits and how we can get in our own way and keep ourselves from succeeding. Amazing stuff.
4- Blog at least once a week.
Well what do you know? Yep, I posted on Wednesday and it was my very first Mash-Up! That seems to be a good day for me and I’ve received some awesome comments and support. Thank you all, I really appreciate it! 🙂
5- Visit and support 5 bloggers per day.
Check. Did that. There are some awesome blog posts out there. It’s nearly impossible to get to them all. So following Fabio Bueno’s advice, I set up a system. I took our WANA1011 class list with everybody’s blog site. I go down the list, one by one, and when I’ve finished reading a blog, I date it. That way I know when I last visited that blog. I’m trying to work through the entire list and visit everyone. Of course I’ve added others who were not in our class as I visit them.
6- Tweet at least once per day.
Check. Did that at least twice, if not three times per day. It doesn’t take that long. Ten minutes perhaps at a time. I like to skim through the columns to find tweets to RT. Again, it is my intention is to support others!

7- Exercise on my elliptical twice a week.
Well, uh…not much. I got on that thing on Monday and it felt great. Then the week fell apart. But at least I got on it last week, which is more than I can say about the week before. Baby steps. 🙂

So now I’m looking forward to a fresh new start to this week.

Whew, okay I did it. That wasn’t really so bad. And I’m not alone. There are others that are right beside me to help me along the way. So that I don’t irritate my wonderful supportive subscribers, feel free to delete my ROW80 posts if they start to irritate you. They probably won’t be all that interesting, unless…

Unless I can temp you all to join us over at the party at ROW80! Feel free to jump in anytime. See you there! 🙂

So what do you think? How did I do? I wasn’t able to meet all my goals, but are you all still behind me? Can I still count on your support?

Awe, thanks guys! I knew I could count on you!


30 thoughts on “ROW80: Kicking and Screaming!

  1. Fabio Bueno

    Hi, Karen, it seems you’re doing really well. And you’re also taking Bob Mayer’s online class. I’m glad the blog spreadsheet has been heping you 🙂
    Your life is so busy, but you keep rocking!
    Fabio Bueno recently posted..Be the MVPMy Profile

    1. Karen Post author

      Hi Fabio! I just saved you from the nasty Spam god! Thank you so much for always coming by and supporting me. We are rocking the Row all together dude! And don’t you just love Bob’s class? Take care Fabio and I’ll see you real soon! 🙂

    1. Karen

      Oh hey there Prudence! Thank you so much! I try. But thanks for being in my cheering section! I’ve won another award? Good grief! This is unbelievable. Wow. 🙂

  2. Angela Orlowski-Peart

    Karen, your plate is full and you are still doing really great. But the writing should definitely be your first priority. Maybe adjusting other goals would let you write more?

    Great idea with using Fabio’s blog schedule. I’m ready to incorporate it too.

    Have a fabulous week 🙂
    Angela Orlowski-Peart recently posted..Oh, That Chic, Sexy White!My Profile

    1. Karen

      Thanks for the suggestion Angela! I’ve been thinking about doing just that. Although, like Kristen said last week in that awesome blog, if you want to do something that bad, you’ll find the time. So I’m working on it. Thanks for the support girl! 🙂

  3. Melinda

    Silly girl, what kind of cheering section would we be if we abandoned you at the first sign of trouble?! Of course we’re here! Cheering! *ouch, think I hurt something*

    I say kudos for doing the most in that class! I’m about to take a class as well. three of them actually. I may have overloaded myself lol. But here’s to both of us and learning!
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  4. SheilaSeabrook

    One thing that’s really helped me feel like I’ve accomplished something is to start each week fresh. Forget about what you did or didn’t accomplish last week. Instead, with a clean sweep of the slate, focus on this week. The lack of guilt one feels when they don’t look back is awesome.

    You’re doing great, Karen. And yes, I’ll be here to cheer you on!
    SheilaSeabrook recently posted..ROW80: Week 4 Check InMy Profile

    1. Karen

      You’re doing great Sheila! You’ve got your groove on girl and Rocking the Row! No, let’s not do guilt. Not going there Shiela. But thanks for cheering me on! 🙂

  5. Natalie Hartford

    It’s hard to juggle everything but it sounds like you have a very full plate and your learning to juggle it all. Take your time and deep breaths Karen – it’ll come! Do what you can and let that be enough…
    Love your blog streamlining idea – fantastic!
    Here’s to a great week ahead!
    Natalie Hartford recently posted..ROW80 – Round 1 – check-in 8My Profile

    1. Karen

      This is funny. I keep getting told to breathe. I’ve got to re-evaluate my posts or my goals. Do I sound out of breathe? LOL!! I’m just trying to keep my sanity! Thanks Natalie for all your support! 🙂

  6. Jennette Marie Powell

    Sounds like you’re doing great, despite the lack of butt-kicking! I hit my fitness goals this week, but the only thing that made me get up and do my short workout yesterday was knowing I had to report in to ROW80. This stuff works for me! Good luck with your goals this week!
    Jennette Marie Powell recently posted..ROW80:Too MuchMy Profile

    1. Karen

      LOL Jennette! That’s funny. I know, it helps to know you have to report to someone or we’d all be slackers for sure. Thanks for the support! 🙂

  7. Gene Lempp

    Another fantastic week, Karen 🙂

    Kristen’s post was my fav of the week, truly wonderful. I also know from working with Donna that she is a master of finding the rabbit trails through the deepest jungles of the writing world. She has been a great help to me as well.

    By the way, I’m a grad of the Bob Mayer class you are taking. It was a life changer for me and I hope that you find the same empowerment through it.

    Keep moving forward and have a great week 🙂
    Gene Lempp recently posted..High Crusade & ROWdate 1-29My Profile

    1. Karen

      I am so glad you came by Gene! Wasn’t Kristen’s post like the best? And Donna, she’s just a sweetie! Bob on the other hand is burning my brain, but I can certainly see that the course it going to be a life changer! Thanks Gene for your support! 🙂

    1. Karen

      Ooh, an iPod Debra! I am wanting one of those. Thank you for all your support girl. And seriously, another blogging award? Where are you finding them? Of course you’ve already earned them because you are a blogger of awesomeness! Thank you, I’m honored! 🙂

  8. April Plummer

    Karen, you didn’t do badly at all! You have a lot of goals, and sometimes, because life gets in the way, it’s unrealistic to be able to reach them all in the span of 7 days. Good job! Hey…I don’t know what you do while on the elliptical, but to make it more interesting for me, I either read on my iPad or watch a TV show or something. My husband actually set up a TV right in front of my elliptical, but it’s not hooked up to cable, so I can only watch DVDs. (I also use it to do my workout videos) Just a thought. Doing either of those always makes the time go a little bit faster.
    April Plummer recently posted..Content Warning!!!! You May Spit Out Your CoffeeMy Profile

    1. Karen

      Thank you April for the encouragement and support! And while I do love my elliptical, it is on the outside patio since we moved into a smaller place. Although I am happy to have the patio space to have kept it! And I don’t have TV, so I listen to music while I’m on it. Anyway, thanks for the heads up and coming by! I’ll get to your neck of the woods soon! 🙂


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