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Monday, January 19, 2009

2009 New Year 30 Day Challenge Check In: Week 2

It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, "Always do what you are afraid to do."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Knowing is not enough; we must apply.  Willing is not enough; we must do.
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.
It's time to check in again with your progress!  How did you do last week with your commitment to the 30 Day Challenge?

It was a little tough going for me--the kids were sick so we had doctor appointments which turned into sick days.  The kids even had a snow day from school, which all translated into very little time to pull apart closets and rooms.  Then the birthday doldrums hit and office work called my name, but, I managed to straighten up the living room and all the kid clutter is contained (for now).  

Just remember, this is a week of new promise and hope, so get cracking on reaching for your dreams!

How did you do?  Comment away. 


Beth Kephart said...

Jeepers, Vivian. Somehow you keep going, and not just that, but encouraging us to keep going. That Aristotle quote is a favorite; used it once for a client project...

Christine M said...

I definitely did better this week - the living room and dining room got shaped up - and so did the kitchen. But that was pretty much what I had to do in order to entertain guests this weekend. I'd still like to tackle some of the more hidden corners - like the desk in the bedroom, and the one in the family room.

I will continue challenging myself this week and see what I can accomplish.

Thanks for this, Vivian

KB said...

goal - 5 or more fruits/veggies per day. Adding more veggies.

I did ok this week but we had two snow/cold days so no school. I met my goal 5 days though! It's still harder for me to add veggies than it is to add more fruit.

I will continue trying to add more veggies to the mix.

Karen S. said...

I continue to keep my desk clean of piles and clutter. It takes just a few minutes at the end of the day. So instead of rushing out at the end of the day, I take 5-10 minutes to organize for the next day and leave my desktop clean. It helps to come into the office each day and know that it is a fresh start.

Writing is slow. Did a bit this week but not very much. I spend way to much time on blogs, twitters and nings!

Vivian said...

Thank you! The Aristotle quote is great, isn't it?

Nothing like having to entertain to get the cleaning bug in gear! Hope you all had a fun celebration! And good luck this week!

The fruits and veggies are going to keep you healthy. Keep eating the good stuff this week!

That's good to remember when we're in a rush--it only takes an extra 10 minutes or so to tidy up if everything is clean to begin with. Thanks for this tip. Good luck with your writing!

Patty P said...

Week Two: Only so-so. Worked out once but spent the last two days skiing with the kids. My calves are so sore right now I can barely walk. Ow!
Have a great week everyone!

beckylevine said...

Week 2: GOT MY FIRST CHAPTERS ON THE CRITIQUE BOOK OUT THE DOOR TO THE EDITOR. (Sorry for all the caps, but I needed them!) Not as good on the second part of my challenge--which was to work on my WIP, BUT made some BIG decisions about that & the other book I was considering revising--including going full steam on the WIP instead of doing the revision. And I started reading Donald Maass' Writing the Breakout Novel, and using it to THINK about the WIP.

Hang in there. You'll get back to that cleaning with renewed energy, after you enforced break. :)

PJ Hoover said...


I went through the old work box from back in April and went through the giant basket of baby stuff and other items. Found my son's pedometer. Found the knob for my washing machine.
All in all a very productive week!
Thanks for organizing this, Vivian!

Vivian said...

Oh, to ski! Glad you had fun and I bet you've more than made up for the working out! Good luck this week!

CONGRATS on getting your first chapters to your editor. I imagine it must be the best feeling! And good luck with all your writing--sounds like you're going full steam ahead!

Glad this challenge is helping you organize! Here's to another great week!

Jen Robinson said...

Vivian, I'm sorry that the kids were sick this week. But impressed that you can still find the motivation to cheer all of us along.

I did well this week. I met my goal of riding the exercise bike for at least 45 minutes every day (and made it up to to 60 minutes on several of the days, even). It definitely helped having some accountability here - a couple of the days were tough going, but I wanted to be able to say that I succeeded. Thanks, Vivian!

kbaccellia said...

I did better last week! I was so proud of how disciplined I was on the whole review thing. On my writing I made sure to go over at least two chapters of revisions per day, which I did!

I tried on the food thing too but wasn't as disciplined.


Vivian said...

I'm glad you met your goal this week, especially since I know how busy you get! Here's to another great week!

Yay! for discipline! And the food thing, will work itself out. Good luck this week!

beckylevine said...


I would like to present the Premio Dardos Award to you. This award acknowledges blogs that have cultural, ethical, literary and personal values.
Please accept this award by posting it on your blog along with the name of the person that has granted the award and a link to his/her blog. Pass the award along to other blogs that are worthy of this acknowledgement, remembering to contact each of them to let them know they have been selected for this award. Congratulations!

Thanks for everything you do here, Vivian!

Cinde said...

Plugging along! Busy week so I'm behind, 8100 words approx...

holly cupala said...

A little bit behind, but for a great reason - I get to talk to an intermediate writing for children class tomorrow night on "Stick Figures to Fabulous Flesh: Creating Well-Rounded Characters." Onward!

Vivian said...

Thank you so much for this honor! I'm so grateful!

Keep writing! You can do it!

I bet you're going to do great! Good luck!

MotherReader said...

My baby steps felt even more baby-like this week. As I'd be slowly getting one thing organized, my dining room table was getting overrun with papers again. How was this even happening? One word: Kids.

Must work harder to get everyone onboard. On the plus side, I removed 15 mugs from a kitchen cabinet and moved them on to a better home. I also threw out lots of old magazines.

Vivian said...

Kids make organizing hard work. Good job with looking at the positive. Here's to a great week!