Okay, this is my first ROW80 post! And so far, I am on track with my goals for the New Year. Yay! I’ll keep it short and sweet.

Novel: I’ve been working steadily on editing the next chapter in my novel, and I’m on target to finish today. I’ll let you know on Sunday how it goes.

Short Stories: Thursday and Friday will be short story writing days so that update is to follow.

Painting: I didn’t paint on Monday as planned, but it was New Years Day, and I spent the day taking down Christmas decorations. By the time I made a reasonable dent in packing everything back up, I was too tired to do anything else. Wednesday afternoon will be another day to paint. Hopefully I’ll have some pictures for you on Sunday!

Yoga! I joined the Y, and went to my first yoga class on Tuesday evening.  I’m a bit sore, feeling that Warrior II and the Chair pose, but that’s a good thing.



What Are Your Goals For 2018?

New Years Resolutions

New Years ResolutionsNew Years is a time of retrospection. Not only is it a time to reflect on our accomplishments and achievements of the past year, but also to look at what we would like to improve about ourselves. I’m the Queen of Resolutions, and I have big plans for 2018. Well, big plans for me, at least.

I want to be healthier, physically and mentally. I want to take a more disciplined approach to writing and creating art.

Years ago, I cracked open a fortune cookie, hoping it was going to tell me that I was going to be rich, travel the world…something exciting. What did I get?

The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

Ugh. Didn’t like that one. But let’s face it, we all have good intentions and sometimes it seems almost impossible to follow through.

It’s important to choose achievable goals. Don’t set yourself up for failure. I’d love to be super mom, with an amazing, fit body, write that best-seller. The reality? I might follow my diet until January 15th, and I’ll fight the Resolution crowd at the gym until mid February, but then, life gets in the way. It gets too hard.

Unless you adapt your goals to be realistic, and fit into your life, it can be a real challenge to keep your wonderfully good intentions for more than a few weeks. In fact, only about 8% of people actually keep their resolutions.

  1. Set achievable goals. Is this something that is achievable in your life right now? Can you comfortably fit it in?
  2. Have a plan. What steps will you take to make it easier to keep your plans? Plan meals and make them in advance? Book a babysitter? Gym buddy? Set a reminder on your phone?
  3. Stick to it.
  4. Create a habit.
  5. Don’t beat yourself up. If you mess up and just have to have fast food or have that cigarette, don’t beat yourself up! Just dust yourself off and try again. Don’t give up!
  6. Talk about it. Don’t be afraid to tell family and friends your goals and ask them to help you stick to them.
  7. Find a buddy. The sofa might be comfy but when your walking buddy calls, you feel a sense of obligation to get up and go.

This year, I plan to finish editing that novel. Yes, it’s been years that I’ve been working on it, but I will finally finish it. I will! I plan to return to a ketogenic diet. I plan to paint three times a week. And last but not least, I will sign up for yoga classes! I will blog more. And I will write three short stories.

Next post I will talk about how I plan to fit all this into my day. I want to be successful, and I plan on starting off on the right foot. Are you with me?

What about you? Have you made any plans for 2018? Have you made any resolutions or set any goals?







Procrastination and Mental Health

Struggling with procrastination?

I scoured the internet looking for articles on procrastination and why we do it and these were some of the top reasons that I found:


Fear of Failure


Small Tasks are Easier(tend to do these instead of a bigger task)

Lack of Motivation

Don’t know how to get started

Low Energy Level

I think in the last 3 weeks I’ve struggled with every single one of these! 

I was doing okay until a series of stressful events left me mentally and physically  stymied, I felt unable to move and go forward with life. Fatigue and pain…Yes! physical aches and pains, took over my body.

It was frustrating and hard to understand. How could this happen. I’m not that old!

I spent my days reading, and resting. I worked on writing my novel at least every day, even if it was only a few paragraphs that got written.

My husband took over making meals and grocery shopping. My son helped with vacuuming.

I was able to do small tasks, like laundry and tidying up.

I read my emails and the blogs I follow. I even tried to comment on them all but at times it was just too much. I would find myself unable to focus and overwhelmed with fatigue.

Blogging? That just didn’t happen.

Lack of energy and focus, perfectionism (because it has to be interesting and worthwhile reading!), blogging a post just seemed to be too colossal a task.


Despite all my best intentions, could not bring myself to write a single post. 

My Daily Walks, where I post photos that I take on my walk have been put on hold, I didn’t have the motivation, the energy to do it. And, I thought, nobody is really interested in it anyway. That’s depression talking. I know this. I really do.

I enjoy doing the Friday Posts where I share an excerpt from a book. But I couldn’t seem to decide which book to do. Indecision. For three weeks in a row.  The days snuck up on me, too! By the time I realized what day it was, it was, I felt, too late to even bother. I’ll just do it next week, I’d think. Friday Post fail.

Tips for when procrastination takes over:

  • Make a list of what needs to be done. It is very satisfying scratching things off when you complete them
  • Break the task into smaller chunks. Set small goals and do little bits at a time. You might even want to keep going and do more!
  • Understand that failure is okay. Most mistakes can be fixed and it’s better to try than not do it at all.
  • Just do your best. Nothing is ever perfect.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle. Eat healthy, unprocessed foods, get enough sleep and at least 30 minutes of light exercise daily.
  • Set goals that are attainable.
  • Forgive yourself.

Here are some great articles that I found that might help if you are dealing with procrastination of suffering from depression and anxiety:

Six Tips for Overcoming Anxiety Related Procrastination

Four Main Causes of Procrastination Revealed

The Six Best Ways to Beat Anxiety

Four Things Not to do When Feeling Anxious

11 Ways to Overcome Procrastination