I Know, Another Holiday First…

And I hope everyone has a happy holiday, no matter how you celebrate.

But at the moment, I have been working on my goals and challenges for the new year. So I will show you here, out in the open, what I am now thinking.

First off… Health.

Can’t write if I am not healthy. My doc a few weeks back told me I could drop my blood pressure medication in half once I got under 190 pounds and could end it completely if I watched my pressure, was running almost every day, and was under 180 pounds, if not before if I started getting too dizzy. (I am at 201 right now, up slightly this holiday and because of the fall a month ago.)

I am on the lowest dose of high blood pressure meds possible and he prescribed them to me when I was at 267 pounds. So health and running every day will be a top priority in my life. To hit that I am going to a minimum of 10,000 steps per day. And running five days a week.

And I have signed up for a half-marathon on April 13th, right in the middle of the mystery workshop here. Going to be great fun and that leaves me about 100 days to get my weight down and my running up and off all drugs.

Guess what? That is about a hundred days into the new year. See the next post on that.

Second… Writing.

I am firing up finally, after two false starts, the writing 10 novels in 100 days challenge for myself. So here is how I am going to do that.

I will do a minimum of 3,000 words per day. I am going to do the 3,000 words in 15 minute chunks as I get time and will not go to bed at night without at least 3,000 words done. Of course, many days I will do far more than 3,000 words. But that number will give me the foundation I need to be focused and not eat any elephants along the way.

For me, 3,000 words is about 2-3 hours, depending. Very, very possible.

Third… Workshops and Teaching

I am really excited about this coming year with the workshops and those who signed up for the mentor program. And I might offer another challenge as well for anyone interested. I am just about done with the last novel and will be sending out my comments as I get them typed up after Christmas. I have enjoyed, a lot, reading the stories on both the challenge and the Pop-Up prompts.

And we have three more Futures workshops to do, plus a bunch of workshops we have on the list, not counting more lectures. We have just finished the three Negotiation lectures which had webinars (last one will be on the 30th). Kris and I both had fun with that series.

So I am excited about learning a lot over this next year.

So, in a quick summary of the hope of starting the year, I am focusing on the first 100 days and doing a minimum of 10,000 steps a day and a minimum of 3,000 words a day.

Could be a lot of fun.