10 Weekly Goals

Weekly GoalsI’m ready to dive back into my 10 weekly goals. I’ve taken a break for the past couple of weeks, but I’m feeling caught up – recuperated if you will, not to mention inspired by what I’ve been reading in Crystal Paine’s Say Goodbye to Survival Mode.

I had just one simple wish for last week – to do more reading than usual. I’m pleased to report that I finished The Signature of All Things and When It Happens to You.

The Signature of All Things was anything but an easy read. A few times I got bogged down with the botany part of the story line. But as a huge Eat, Pray, Love fan and having enjoyed Elizabeth Gilbert’s follow-up memoir Committed, I really wanted to experience her as a novelist. For that reason, I’m glad I stuck with Signature. It’s quite a sweeping novel, one of those that sees several characters through from childhood to old age. I always get so attached to the characters in books like that!

When It Happens to You is Molly Ringwald’s debut novel. It’s a quick, easy read that deals with some weightier contemporary issues. I listed to the audio version, and I found Ringwald’s writing far more impressive than her performance as a narrator.

(The entire time I listened I was having flashbacks to Pretty in Pink, and expected Duckie to appear on the scene at any moment.)

10 Weekly Goals

Marriage/Mothering/Relational Goals

1. Finish reading Fudge-A-Mania with Juliet. Read 12 picture books to Jake. Read five chapters of The Boxcar Children to both kids.
2. Watch a movie with Jim.
3. Start catching up on Season Two of Elementary with Jim and Ally.

Personal Goals

3. Finish reading Where’d You Go Bernadette, read one chapter of On Writing Well, read two chapters of Say Goodbye to Survival Mode.
4. Run 25 miles.

At Home Goals

5. Decorate inside of house for Christmas.
6. Finish Jake’s annual photo album.
7. DIY a Christmas decoration with the kids.
8. Finish organizing the coat closet.

Business Goals

9. Pitch one website.
10. Write two essays.

What are your goals for the week?


  1. I was curious about Elizabeth Gilbert’s new one. I couldn’t get through Committed the way I loved Eat, Pray, Love. And Molly Ringwald! So glad she’s writing. Her performance on “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” was..pretty bad. I wasn’t sure if it was supposed to be, or what. I know she’s quite talented.
    This week I have to finish a photo job, learn more ways to market to get more, and to begin writing a BlogHer piece.
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    • Wow, Tamara – Huff Post, BlogHer … you’re rocking the writing lately. SO happy for you! I agree about Molly Ringwald on The Secret Life … She just really rushed through the reading of the story, and seemed to make no effort to put any feeling into her narration. Surprising, given that she’s an actor.

  2. The Boxcar Children! I loved that book. Your goals mostly sound pretty fun this week too — nice work! (Although organizing the coat closet? ugh. We have coats, hats, scarves, and mittens everywhere you look.)
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    • Now that I’m re-reading it for the first time in almost 30 years, I’m a little shocked at how awkward the writing style is. I guess when we were kids we didn’t know better – or didn’t care! I’m changing up a lot of sentences (structure-wise) as I read, because I don’t want to lose the 7 year-old with a bunch of bulky, cumbersome sentences. But so far, we’re all enjoying it (which is good, since I finally gave up on Charlotte’s Web …)

  3. Run 25 miles !?! I’m happy if I can get on the treadmill for 20 minutes :) I’m hoping to get my Christmas decorations up also this week. I’m on vacation so if it doesn’t get done this week who knows when it will get done. Good luck with your goals. I hope you and your family have a nice Thanksgiving.
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    • Well, as of now, it looks like I’m going to miss my goal by about three miles, which is bad timing since I’ve gained a few pounds over the Thanksgiving holiday. Oh well, I’ll aim for 25 next week. I hope you got your Christmas decorating done, Liz!

  4. I was wondering about Elizabeth Gilbert’s book. I may have to check it out. You know what’s kind of funny? My sister-in-law used to be her neighbor! Every time I come to read your weekly goals, you inspire me. I have my endless to-do list and maybe it would be more productive for me to do a weekly list instead and to keep it concise. And I need to focus more on my business goals!
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    • Very cool about your SIL. Elizabeth Gilbert seems like a fascinating person to me. She’s certainly turned some bad into good in her life, and I always admire it when someone is able to do that.

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