Progress

I was talking to a colleague of mine today, about my projects.  She was intrigued by the idea that I had multiple projects on the go, and asked me what they all were.  I told her that my projects were:

  • A photo book for my sister (wedding present)
  • Transferring my blogs from 2001 – 2018 into printed books, embellished with the memorabilia I’ve collected from those years
  • The family recipe book
  • Family history books
  • Handwriting all my poems into journals

She asked me what my plans were for achieving these ‘goals’.  I was stumped.  I don’t have plans, I just have projects!  *Laugh*  I started my family recipe book in 2010.  That was 8 years ago!!  *Shock*

I told her that I needed to get the photo book for my sister done by June, because it was a wedding present.  I was then going to work on the blog books because I had all these boxes of memorabilia stashed around my bedroom that I needed to get rid of.  But as I spoke to my colleague, I mused that the blog books were for me (and eventually my children), but the family recipe book and the family history books are intended for my older relatives.  I gave an abbreviated copy of the recipe book (what I’d done to that point) to my great-uncle (who is in his 90s and in ill health) and to my husband’s grandfather a year or so before he passed away.  The remaining relatives, other than my grandmother who is in her 90s and has contributed to the book, are my parents and parents-in-law’s generation.  This means they’re in their 60s.  If it’s taken me eight years to do approximately a quarter of the book, these people will be in their 90s by the time I finish!!  *FacePalm*

So clearly I need to prioritise again, and on top of that, make plans for progressing these projects.  It’s not enough to just do some whenever I feel like it.  So I’m going to do some work every weekend on my sister’s photo book until that’s done, then sit down and come up with a good plan for the family recipe book.  That at least is a finite project.  Then I need to sit down and work on the family history books (which could be infinite if I don’t set boundaries on them).  I really wanted to get DNA tests done for both my parents before finishing the family history books, but that will be finance-dependent.

And now seems like a good idea to provide an update on the to do lists that I shared in For the love of lists…, as requested by Marie at Create Space.

Things I have achieved since I posted a month ago:
*Boxcheck* Write a poem in January
*Boxcheck* Write a poem in February
*Boxcheck* Read a book set in a country I’d like to visit, but never have
*Boxcheck* Read a book published in 2017
*Boxcheck* Read a book by my favourite author
*Boxcheck* Read a book with a one word title
*Boxcheck* Read a book set in New Zealand
*Boxcheck* Read a book set in the future
*Boxcheck* Read a book with horror elements
*Boxcheck* Read a book with an element in the title (earth, air, fire, water)
*Boxcheck* Read a book published in 2018
*Boxcheck* Write a book review in February
*Boxcheck* Write a blog post in the week commencing 22nd January
*Boxcheck* Write a blog post in the week commencing 29th January
*Boxcheck* Write a blog post in the week commencing 5th February
*Boxcheck* Write a blog post in the week commencing 12th February
*Boxcheck* Write a blog post in the week commencing 19th February
*Boxcheck* Post the Versatile Blogger Award
*Boxcheck* Approach at least one author/blogger/publisher regarding an interview in January
*Boxcheck* Read and comment on other blogs in the week commencing 22nd January
*Boxcheck* Read and comment on other blogs in the week commencing 29th January
*Boxcheck* Read and comment on other blogs in the week commencing 5th February
*Boxcheck* Read and comment on other blogs in the week commencing 12th February
*Boxcheck* Get 100 followers on this blog
*Boxcheck* Do a photography daytrip with Mum
*Boxcheck* Share a new photo on Instagram
*Boxcheck* Share a new photo on Facebook
*Boxcheck* Make soap
*Boxcheck* Write a blog entry for the 30-Day Blogging Challenge for January 18th
*Boxcheck* Write a blog entry for the 30-Day Blogging Challenge for January 23rd
*Boxcheck* Set up the 2018 Nomination Form for Quill Awards by end of January
*Boxcheck* Update The Snail Mail Forum in February
*Boxcheck* Send out Snail Mail rewards at the beginning of February
*Boxcheck* Write an editorial for at least one official Writing.com site newsletter

Things I didn’t achieve:
*Box* Save $1,000 in January
*Box* Write a short story in January
*Box* Write a blog entry for the 30-Day Blogging Challenge on January 13th
*Box* Write a blog entry for the 30-Day Blogging Challenge on January 14th
*Box* Write a blog entry for the 30-Day Blogging Challenge on January 15th
*Box* Write a blog entry for the 30-Day Blogging Challenge on January 16th
*Box* Write a blog entry for the 30-Day Blogging Challenge on January 17th
*Box* Write a blog entry for the 30-Day Blogging Challenge on January 20th
*Box* Write a blog entry for the 30-Day Blogging Challenge on January 21st
*Box* Write a blog entry for the 30-Day Blogging Challenge on January 22nd
*Box* Write a blog entry for the 30-Day Blogging Challenge on January 24th
*Box* Write a blog entry for the 30-Day Blogging Challenge on January 25th
*Box* Write a blog entry for the 30-Day Blogging Challenge on January 26th
*Box* Write a blog entry for the 30-Day Blogging Challenge on January 27th
*Box* Write a blog entry for the 30-Day Blogging Challenge on January 28th
*Box* Write a blog entry for the 30-Day Blogging Challenge on January 29th
*Box* Write a blog entry for the 30-Day Blogging Challenge on January 30th
*Box* Write a blog entry for the 30-Day Blogging Challenge on January 31st
*Box* Update Matters of the Heart Forum in January
*Box* Update The Snail Mail Forum in January
*Box* Send out Snail Mail rewards at the beginning of January

Hmm, I feel like I’ve achieved quite a bit, and still managed to miss out on a few things I should have done!  A mixed result.  No matter.  Honestly, most days I’ve come home from work and just wanted to curl up in bed and read a book (hence why I’ve managed to complete a few of my reading tasks!).  Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.  I was motivated to go out for not one but two photography day trips with my mum though, which was awesome.  And I’ve been keeping up with my blogging, which I’m really pleased about, even if I did miss some of the Writing.com prompts I had intended to do.

Overall, I’m happy enough with that.  And it’s good to do a review now while I still have some of February left, and I can tick off a few things.  I’ve written a poem but not a short story, and I saw two contests on Writing.com that I might be able to knock off with a single short story, so that’s a goal for this weekend.  Along with working on my sister’s photo book.  *Rolleyes*

What have you been up to?  Have you ticked off any of the things on your to do list?

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