Yep! We’re almost there. Just one more week and then… Poof! Round 1 disappears for a whole year.
Hard to believe that it’s flown by so fast.
I do hope all of you are staying well during this very interesting of times. If, like us, you’ve been encouraged to stay home and avoid contact in groups larger than 10 people, it may seem like this is a writer’s dream. Time home to work on our creative endeavors, no commutes, no loud crowd drowning out the voices in our heads…
Beware of too much silence though. Too little activity can be as bad as too much. So, in this home stretch, I encourage you all to add in a small fitness/activity goal for your own creativity. And no… Netflix marathons don’t really count as running. 😉
Add some extra walking in. Find a local park or Nature Reserve and see an area you haven’t looked closely at before. Try making some baskets at a local park. Use Youtube videos to learn some new dance moves or some other new skill (there are some nice beginner guitar videos there).
And if you’re used to working with a partner, try adding sprints and meetings via Skype, Facetime, FB Messenger, Google Hangouts… the list is pretty big these days.
Most of all, even while you need to isolate yourselves because of the virus, you shouldn’t isolate yourself from the world. It’s where stories happen. It’s where creativity lives and is ready to meet you.
I’m doing a course in Classical Latin. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for some time. Mostly, my interest came out of writing and wordsmithing in general (because of how much of our English language has been influenced by it) but as well because of my love of archaeology and history these days. This isn’t my first time trying. I picked it up a bit once before, then set it aside. Finally I’m really doing something about a long term dream, going for it, achieving my goals… that’s what the ROW80 is about.
Have you got a class or goal you’ve been putting off for some time because you just didn’t feel you could get to it? Why not pick it up again, turn it over, look at it close… Who knows, maybe you might find you’re ready to take it on and go for that personal victory.
And… even if you aren’t, well, who knows, maybe you’ll at least get closer to that goal than you had been before.
Here’s your linky! Why not share a little bit of some special project you’ve been working on along with your check-in? I’m sure your fellow ROWers would love to hear about it.
Debbie Millman, host and founder of Design Matters, the long running design podcast, believes that. and she has a pretty good reason for doing so. We all make time for things we want to do, even if it’s captured moments in transit or blocked out chunks of time where we immerse ourselves in a particular passion.
Yes, we do have moments where our lives demand our focus shift a bit more than others, but once the emergency passes, do we get back into a pattern or do we find that our priorities have shifted and we find ourselves too busy to go back to those old dreams.
Now that you’ve got a couple of weeks ROWing under your belt, it’s time to start asking the serious questions about those goals you set for yourself. Are they doing what you want them to do? Will you achieve your dreams if you keep following the path you’re on, or might you benefit from a slight course correction?
Are you busy? What have you chosen that makes you so busy?
By the way, here is your linky for this week’s check-in:
Feel free to leave a link to your check-in there, in the comments, or in our FB thread.
We are entering the homestretch here, folks. Almost to the end of the ROWnd, end of the year, and the beginning of new dreams.
Yep, every ending is a chance to begin something new. 🙂
And since we know you’ve got dreams and aspirations, why don’t you start planning (and posting) them. The Goals Linky IS active, ROWers. Here it is…
Of course, this is your regularly scheduled Sunday Check-in too. And do we have a linky for that? You know it. Click away and tell us all how it’s going (or you can leave something in the comments or on our FB page). We love to hear from you. In fact, you may want to get in touch by the other two methods if you’re interested in Sponsoring or are looking for an Accountability Partner for Round 1 2020.
Are you ready? Ready to write, create and finish those stories you’ve been working on?
Good, because we’re approaching the final Round of Words in 80 Days challenge for 2019. Let’s make it a great one, folks.
Why not get a headstart on your progress by getting your goals posted and tackling a smalll bit of one or two of them before Monday rolls around. You’ll feel better at having started, and you’ll have begun a habit of honoring your creative endeavors.
A “Win Win” if I might say so.
The Goals Linky is up and ready for you to stake a claim to your creative future. Just click here (or on the little blue froggie below) and add your link to the page. Or if you’d prefer to not use the linky tool format, you can pop a comment below or on our FB page.
Remember Sunday’s vague post… how discombobulated it was?
Well, turns out, I was even more at a loss that I’d suspected. Today (well, technically tomorrow), ends our current Round of Words in 80 Days!
Yep, I really was that out of things these past few weeks.
Hopefully all of you have still been prepping yourself for new adventures in creativity (and those less inspired tasks that support our passions). Round 3 is now done, but we still have Round 4 to look forward to in 10 days from now.
Are you ready? If no, you’re not the only one. But together we can make it into a great experience.
Are you ready and on target for your journey into Round 3 of the ROW80?
Well, if not, you can start by setting your goals for the next 80 days of writing and creativity (and hopefully for some of you all, marketing and publishing too). There are asmany ways to set goals as there are people and you should try out a few menthods before finding out what works best for you.
We like to talk about how the A Round of Words in 80 Days is a writing challenge that knows you have a life, but… what do we really mean by that? We’re an online (and in some places a bit ‘in person”) community of writers and artists at various stages in our careers. We support each other through chats, sprints, gatherings and even one-to-one accountability partnerships. All we do is on a volunteer basis, and we do all of it to help you and ourselves further our aspirations as complete human beings who love words and want to share them with others.
Do you aspire to share your stories with others? Well, work up some goals to get you there and post them, here, on your own blog (don’t forget to leave us a link so we can check them out) or in our FB group.We’ll do what we can to help you on you way.
Yeah, technically you have until tomorrow before Round 2 ends, but as check-ins tend to happen on Wednesdays, I figured you all wouldn’t be opposed to me making a bit of a “Big Deal” here about the fact we’ve made it through yet another Round of Words! Yay, US!
Seriously though… it is a big deal when you start thinking about it. You’ve gotten through 80 days of writing, creating… of DO-ing things that will help you achieve your dreams. That’s no small accomplishment, and more so when life keeps throwing you all it can.
You definitely deserve some serious cheering.
Have you been thinking about what Round 3 might bring you? I’ll be posting the Round 3 Goals Post bright and early Monday morning so you can let us know what you’ve got planned. Until then, let us know how your week, as well as your Round 2. went. As always, in the comments here or in our FB group.
Star Wars fans were out yesterday cheering each other with memes and jokes of “May the 4th be with you”.
Today is Cinco de Mayo.
Tomorrow is International No Diet Day.
Seems if you take the time to look for it, there’s always something to smile about, something to look forward to and bring joy into our lives…. That can happen with your creative life too. Give yourself something to look forward to every day, even if it’s just getting to see a gorgeous background on your computer or the feel of your favorite pen.
Celebrate! (and then tell us about it in your check-in)