Final ROW80 Check-In and Party Info

“If the party’s where you’re at, let me hear you say, ‘(Uh ohhh) Oh Oh Oh Oh Ohh, (Uh ohhh) Oh Oh Oh Oh Ohh, (Uh ohhh) Oh Oh Oh Oh(Uh ohhh).’  If the party’s where you’re at just let me know.” ~ “Where the Party At” Jagged Edge

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I’m ending ROW80 round one on a productive high note.  Squee!  I’m seeing many goals that are now habits, so I’ll be tweaking next round to add new challenges.  Ooo, and one more squee.  I’ll be a sponsor during Round Two.  *doing the sponsor dance, which today looks like a version of the hand-jive*

Some Don’t Miss Items

Please take time to swing over to author Virginia Ripple’s blog, One Servant’s Heart, and check out my guest post today, On Finding a Church Home.  Then, if you missed it, check out my interview of Virginia from Monday (hint: there’s a book giveaway).

Mark Your Calendars – It’s a party!  It’s a party!  It’s a party!

For those of you in attendance at the last ROW80 Twitter shindig, you might remember that Lena Corazon and I were two of the last revelers standing.  Well, at one point I was taking a breather against a floor speaker, but no one has pics of that.  Jenny Hansen was amazed at our spirit and even offered to let us bunk on the floor.  Good looking out.

What better way to celebrate the kickoff of Round Two and congratulate/high-five the Round One participants (and kick it with all others), then to have another party?  Lena and I will be co-hosting and partying down at the ROW80 party on Wednesday, April 4.  We are working out the theme and other games, but can promise there will be music, multiple virtual munchies and dancing.  The details are to come.  🙂

Round One ROW80 Goals Conclusion


  • 1,500 words of new fiction a week either on novel WIP or short stories.   I didn’t hit the word count total of 1,500 words every week as I had some bumps this round, yet I put in committed writing and moving forward in the process.  I’m considering modifications to my writing goals to be more daily time focused and/or end goal specific versus word count. So, this point might change a little each week.
  • Read at least one chapter a week of a craft book.  “Plot and Structure” is done.   I have some exercises that I’ll go back and do here and there for prompt writing.
  • Read at least one chapter of a novel each week.  Read “The Hunger Games” before the movie launch March 23.  “Defensive Wounds” is done and I’m cranking on “The Hunger Games” to have it done by Sunday (when I plan to catch a matinée).  Will finish it via slam reading on Friday night.
  • Complete assignments each week for Plotting Via Motivation class (March 5-30, 2012) with Laurie Schnebly Campbell.  I’m up-to-date on the reading of the exercises and completing the assignments through number eight.  Fab class!!!  I’ve got the basic plot for book two done (third squee!).  I’ll be starting the master class follow-up in April.

Social Media

  • Blog three times a week.  I was able to keep pretty steady on this.  I think I’ve gotten back in the swing of things.  Hit 200 posts and have done several guest spots this round.
  • Read, comment and share at least 10 blogs a week.  Ditto on making this a steady habit now.
  • Check Twitter and Facebook at least once daily.  Double-ditto from above.

Healthy Happy Living

  • Exercise at least 30 minutes a day, three times a week.  I’ve been off the regular exercise wagon due to illness and am easing back in.  I did steady with this earlier for a good portion of the round.  Still hankering to get more yoga in.
  • Finish my poncho project via crocheting one hour a week.  Poncho done.  I might get into my prayer shawl book next round.
  • Enjoy watching one movie a week without multitasking.  I had much better luck with planning and getting movies done this round.  “The Hunger Game is on tap this week.

How did you end ROW80 Round One?  What worked?  Have any habits now?  What will you tweak?  Be sure to check out the ROW80 updates of others via the blog hopStop by, say hello and give them kudos.

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15 Responses to Final ROW80 Check-In and Party Info

  1. Seeing “Goals have become habits” is so fantastic!

    As for social media, I think one of my goals should be “Check twitter and facebook ONLY once a day” lol!

    • Thanks for your support, Amy Beth! I’m still all squee about the new habits. I’m with you on Twitter. When I first joined, I was a quick addict trying to read my feed 24/7 to not miss anything. No way to work, eat, sleep, read or write doing that. It was this urge to get all the newest info now. I treat both as a means to stay social, share and learn, but also as a treat. So I’ll pop on quickly for a brain break, check some stuff or mark it to read later then pop off.

  2. So what are you wearing to the party this time, Barbara? I’m thinking about investing in some bedazzling glittery dress. And a new pair of stilettos of course 🙂

    Woo hoo, the poncho is done! Not that is was the most important out of your goals, but, for some reason, I’m very happy about that.


    • Depends on what the party theme will be. 🙂 You can never go wrong with sequins and glitter, Angela. I’m happy about the crochet too. That thing sat in a bag for a few years half done and taunting me. I needed resolution. Heh. It isn’t the prettiest, but I can say I did it.

  3. Stacy Green says:

    Great job this round, Barbara. Love that your goals are becoming habit!

  4. Barb, with everything you had to deal with through the past few months, I think you have done an amazing job of working on your goals! You’ll be a fabulous sponsor for the next round and with you and Lena planning the party, there’s no doubt it will be a bash. I’ll try to remember to pop in for a chuckle and I promise to bring treats!

    • Do pop in, Patricia. Great sharing and fun! I feel so much better finishing this round than my first one. I think it is because I figured out how to modify to make some things work or to just be mindful of what I might not be able to do immediately.

  5. Congratulations on your goals, Barbara! You’ve don a fabulous job. Really. Mean. It. Fabulous.

  6. well done, Barb. congrats on finishing.

  7. Ali Dent says:

    Great job on everything and the poncho too. I know how I feel when I complete a crochet or knit project.

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