2020 Q2 Review

2020 Q2 Review
2020 Q2 Review
Digging irrigation banks during the drought, Murray Downs c. 1938.
Unknown photographer. Swan Hill Regional Library collection via State Library Victoria

Here we are at the 2020 Q2 review already. It seems the paradox of this year is that it seems like no time, as well as centuries, have passed since the Q1 review.

I didn’t really think the year’s early turbulence would have passed, and it hasn’t. In some places, it might be considered a little better, and in others a lot worse. Too many of us have too much time on our hands and little prospect of having much less for decades to come.

As the year is half over, some are looking forward to 2021. I’m reluctant to give up on the year all together, but it is definitely time to reconsider some of my early goals.

2020 Q2 Personal Goals

Q3, or perhaps early Q4 when I hit my restless peak, an international vacation.
Even should state and international borders reopen, I’m taking immune suppression, so it would be unwise of me to travel without a vaccine. Taking a trip to the supermarket feels enough like dicing with death to consider travelling further. So I’m taking my trip off the list for this year. 🙁
Read 78 books.
Currently 22 books ahead of schedule. 🙂
Make some local writer friends.
I’d still like to make local writer friends. In-person functions are limited, and it’s easier to meet people from the other side of the planet online than it is Australians! I’ll leave this in, but I’m aware it probably won’t happen.
My creatures are happy and healthy and find my garden a haven.
We don’t have any pets at the moment, though we’ve agreed it’s time to consider adding another to the household. I’m excited about that and have started looking at breeders. 🙂
I share my knowledge, time, and money with those who need it.
It’s so hard to know who and how to help right now. Maybe I can help take people’s mind off all this, so I’m going to focus on writing and publishing stories. 🙂
I enjoy exercising my lean, healthy 59 kg body several times a week.
• Eat < 5g of salt and sugar per day.
• Walk 10,000 steps per day.
• Sleep 8 hours each night.
I’ve lost some weight, put it on, and taken it off again. I’m still trying to establish a routine, and finding it hard to focus down on the little daily choices that can make this more sustainable. 😐
Plan and implement a peaceful garden (lush and abundant, providing habitats, weather protection and a mystical threshold),
Q1: plan garden and start landscaping.
Q2: finish landscaping and start planting.
Q3: nurture and enjoy.
Q4: nurture and enjoy.
I haven’t progressed my garden plans far. But now that I’m not planning an overseas trip, this is probably the time to knuckle down and get onto it. I’ll just move my schedule out a little further
Q3: finish the plan and start landscaping/planting.
Q4: finish landscaping/planting and start enjoying.
I feel that with the work on the garden, my house might be a tip, but I will affirm that I live in a comfortable home that soothes my soul anyway.
It’s hard to be concerned about cleaning house, but I’m trying to maintain some clean and tidy areas while constraining the chaos elsewhere. 😐
Argh! I’m giving myself the style keywords “dainty minimalist,” so we’ll see how we get on.
Right now, I just care about being warm, and for the most part, I look like a weird overdressed yeti. 🙂
I learn and grow every day.
• Visit a historically or culturally significant venue or event each month.
I’ll keep this one going as many cultural institutions are holding virtual tours. Though I’d have to cut back on Non-English language movies… 😐
This year, it’s still maintaining out of office hours, so finish up at 1730.
Not really, but I’m not sure I feel bad about it. 😉
I’m not setting targets for that because I can’t control it. But publishing more books will help.
I’ve got five short stories on the market, and a bunch more queued up to publish. I’m enjoying designing the covers as well as writing the content. I count myself lucky that I have something to do to pass the time as well as make a little money from. 🙂

You can see 2020 Q2/3 is a turning point in my plans. I’m moving more towards what I can control, and postponing everything else until next year when we’ll have a better idea of how the pandemic will impact things like international relations.

Life will go on in some form or another. Some of us will come out better than others. We should all focus on the things we can control, even if that’s only our mindset.

Have you thought about how to pivot your plans for this year? What will you drop, and what will you double down on going forward?

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