Sunday, August 11, 2013

Sunday morning check-in . . .

Are my eyes bigger than my ability to complete my Round 2 Goals?

This week has passed in a blur as I race to keep up with a busy 14-month-old who's just beginning to walk. Occasionally Leda's jumble of words leads to something I understand. Instead of 'elephant,' she says something like, 'bell-bump". Yesterday, she said, "Gamma, don't go," so clearly.

Some early mornings and some nights, I can work on writing. I feel like I'm back to writing 'between' as I did when I was working full time.

But it's OK. Rachel cut back on her pain meds and can have a real conversation now. Her cast was changed on Thursday with the ankle repositioned at a sharper ankle, causing a bit more pain, so it's been a hard week for her. But she wants to learn how to applique to make a Tree of Life quilt. The girl has gumption.

Here are my ROW80 goals for the coming week. Because I'm not sure when I'm needed, this will be a very, very simple week:

1. Cherish each day.
2. Declutter my inbox.
3. Write whatever pleases me.
4. Continue commitment to ROW80 (post 2x and read 10x).
5. Submit a poem and a story.

I know that ROW80 asks us to be specific and accountable. Let's see how I do by Wednesday with these floating goals.

Re Goal 2: Removing electronic clutter is hard for me. Some of those old e-mails have such useful nuggets. Or I remember old friends. Family connections. But do I really need over 2,748 unread e-mails in my inbox? I've started by mastering the DELETE key. What are your strategies for keeping current with e-mail? Or do you hoard in folders?

After blogging all this time, I'm thinking about guest blogs and book reviews! Has anyone else ventured in this direction? I'd like to post at least once a week routinely on my travel blog and my writing blog. Not happening this week.

May your week go well!


  1. OMG....I'm an email hoarder. *hangs head* I mean, I do delete stuff, but some things I keep and I keep. Bad Cyn, bad.

    1. Hello, Cynnara. Check out that next comment. We can't be bad if we have a 'keeper' file! I'm usually the same about books, though. Oops. Book hoarder. Bad, bad.

  2. Beth, set up another file on your email. I have one called "important", another called "orders", and yet another labelled, "keeper". Delete the rest!!

    1. Outstanding suggestion. Yesterday I deleted over 500 and still am back in 2012. I didn't want to confess that I have over 5,000 e-mails. Definitely a hoarder!

  3. When you're able, I'd love for you to share some writing tips over at Steph Nickel's Eclectic Interests (

    All the best for the week to come.


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