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Monday, January 12, 2009

2009 New Year 30 Day Challenge Check In: Week 1

Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Time to check in with your progress on the 2009 New Year 30 Day Challenge and get a look at the Challenge Prize. Last week, 17 courageous souls committed to join me in this challenge, without knowing the PRIZE.

So, the way I see it, either they are very brave for venturing into this challenge, or very dedicated to their goals.

Which means, the PRIZE has got to be good.

Originally, I was going to make a special sock monkey fairy, since sock monkeys are supposed to have magical powers to help ease writer's block. But, this month is all about me and my organizational goals. And my writing.

The search continued.

I wanted something that would inspire happy thoughts and sparkling fairy spells for those moments when one needs some encouragement.

And, I found it.  But, it hasn't arrived yet.  And I'd hate to promise something without having it in hand.  My apologies, my pretties, but you will need to wait a little longer before the prize is unveiled.

I know you will be strong.

I'd like to congratulate every one of you for taking stock of your dreams, and taking action to make things happen.

And most of all, have courage.

Courage, my friends, is what will help you get up and work it when the days are tough. It's what is going to help you get to the next day. You can do it. I know you can.

Last week, I did great with my organizational goals. Mostly because I wouldn't give myself permission to write until I did at least an hour of decluttering. The best part was cleaning out my printer area and finding a missing gift card! This week I tackle my office files and the office supply closet.

So, how did you do last week?

Comment away.

Then, get back to work!


KB said...

This week was good. I met my goal of increasing veggie/fruit intake. Now I want to add a little variety. Hopefully that won't through me off.

Vivian said...

Glad you were able to enjoy your fruits and veggies! Good luck this week!

Christine M said...

Week one did not go well. I came down with some mysterious illness that had me unable to do much this past week.

But - the Christmas tree is down - and now that I'm feeling better I'm ready to forge ahead and get this place straightened up!

Vivian said...

I'm glad you're feeling better! Good luck with straightening the place up. I'm glad someone else besides me needs to organize...

Cinde said...

I'm doing good! I'm also doing 30K in 30 days, only because I read Holly's comment and thought that is what e/o was doing *smacks head* but it's what I need. Like I said before I was doing 3 pages a day by my lonesome....anyhoo - update, yes I have 5132 words already. Not bad at all!

egretsnest said...

My Daily Walk goal was not met. While I do walk an amazing amount in my job (teacher), I wanted to add a walk everyday as well. I only managed 3 walks in the last 7 days. So, looking for the bright side and keeping myself motivated, the walks were in the last two days. I'd like to say that is because my commitment to walking remained high (and it did) but I also know it's mostly because it's simply more likely to happen on the weekend. This week, my goal is to fit in walks after school . . . I can do it!

beckylevine said...

Okay, I had to go back & see what I'd said I'd do! Whew. I gave myself an EASY challenge. I am definitely on the road to getting half the crit book out--I sort of cheated on that, since I'm shooting for mid-month, but I've been working nice & steady on revisions, so that feels good. And I wrote another scene for my YA. I'm actually thinking one scene a week is what I want, so the challenge reminder woke me up this morning & told me to put this week's scene writing on the calendar! Thanks.

Vivian said...

Awesome on the word count! Keep it up--you can do it!


Don't be too hard on yourself. Keep yourself motivated and keep working toward your goal. You can definitely do it! We're cheering you on!


Glad this challenge is keeping you focused! Here's to a new scene this week!

m. thompson said...

Not sure I'm going to stay with this challenge, as much as I'd like to. And for the record, I'd love to win a sock monkey fairy! I'm having trouble getting things written up for my new website. The creativity thing is really weak right now since I have a bunch of writing deadlines.

I'm just going to follow along and root for everyone else.

Thanks for inspiring us to do this.

kbaccellia said...

I'm not sure I posted my goal but after a crappy yesterday I'll thinking my goal should be discipline. Be disciplined to not ask for things and then get others upset. Disciplined to write. Disciplined to exercise.

All the while I'll be persistant toward my goals and not let others pull me down.

Melissa said...

I did fairly well keeping my sugar down to around 32 grams (harder than it sounds). I only fell off the wagon once, and that's because it was a potluck. I still don't do well at potlucks, but I'm trying. Trying to keep it up this week (no potlucks!).

PJ Hoover said...

So I decided to go with the declutter/focus on getting little things done around the house.
I went through ALL the candy with the kids (which was really a way bigger job than it might sound) and organized it. Got clothes for charity ready. Painted the kitchen wall red. And something else which is slipping my mind. Ah well, it will come back.

Congrats on doing so well!

kbaccellia said...

Wow, Trica! You did great! Especially with the organizating candy thing. I tried that with my son and it was a lot.

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Kim! The candy was driving me nuts. I had it stuffed in my crystal :)

holly cupala said...

So far so good! I'm striving for a 5K day today.

Vivian said...

Wow! You guys are plugging along!

Yay for a 5K day!

You are brave for keeping candy in the house. And I love, love, love your kitchen wall color!

Potlucks are so hard....but I discovered a secret so gross that it has helped me behave. All you need to do is watch the fictional movie OUTBREAK and you will steer clear of potlucks forever. Congrats on keeping the sugar down! I need help with that one.

Here's to discipline and goals! You can do it!

M. Thompson,
I'm sorry you're having a tough time. Tell you what, if you still want to check in, go for it. Remember, the purpose of this is to get your year jump started and moving toward your goals. No pressure, just encouragement. Good luck on your writing deadlines! I'll send you e-mail.

Jen Robinson said...

I did reasonably well, but not as well as I had hoped. My goal was to ride the exercise bike for at least 45 minutes every day. I almost made it, but on one of the days, I had an upset stomach, and I just couldn't do more than 30 minutes. But I'm trying again this week! Thanks for the encouragement, Vivian.

Karen S. said...

OK, I did manage to keep my desktop clean and uncluttered. I made sure at the end of every day that I would be greeted by a clean desk in the morning.

BUT, I did not do well on my writing!
Although, I have written blog comments, twittered and spent a lot of time cruising blogs and reading.
I MUST do better this week with my writing. I am attempting to pull together a book proposal.

I hope that next week I will be able to report some progress.

Barrie said...

Tough week for me in that everything I tackled took a million times longer than I anticipated! I just keep ticking along though. ;)

Beth Kephart said...

Look at you! Inspiring the world!

Vivian said...

Sounds like you did a good job--even working out on a day you didn't feel so well. Hope you're feeling better! You're going to reap the benefits of taking care of yourself!

Good luck with your book proposal! You can do it!

Keep at it...I know you can do it!

Thank you. Hugs.

Anna Lefler said...

I love this idea! I missed the beginning, but I'm still totally motivated by it!

I'll catch the next one for sure...

Your blog rocks...

:^) Anna

MotherReader said...

Sorry I'm late. My day was CRAZY yesterday.

I've been doing good on my organizing goal, but by baby steps this week. That's hard for me because I'd rather spend a lot of time and see some serious Results. But just prior to this challenge I did spend a couple of days in real clear-this-room work, so I think I'm still operating on the positive side. (I should not that I didn't entirely clear-the-room, but I sure tried.)

Also, it's challenges like these - among other things - that inspired me to give you a blogger award. You rock.

Patty P said...

Forgot to check in yesterday. Does that mean I've already failed??? Well, better late than never.
Update: worked out twice not three times. Not what I had planned BUT I did finish my editing of my rewrite. Now that's worth the extra pounds!

victoria thorne said...

I'm thinking that the best thing I can say about my resolution last week is "try, try again." Had only moderate success in the writing for writing's sake paragraph, although I had lots of other words spinning for other projects.

So, checking in with a hall pass, and trying to do a little better every day this week.

Peristence. Courage. Onward!

Vivian said...

Thank you!

I hear you on the cleaning out the room thing. And thank you so much for the award. I'm SO honored.

Yay! for finishing the editing!

Keep at it! Love your attitude. Onward!