ROW80 – Round 4 – Check-in #6

It’s Sunday and it’s time to update you on my ROW80 progress. If interested, you can find a list of my goals here.

Work In Progress Goals:

  • 1 hour since Wednesday for a total of 3 hours on my WIP this week (goal is 5 hours each week):
    • Did some brainstorming around Idea 1 and came up with a few good plot points.
  • My ROW80 Sista, Nancy J. Nicholson, and I had a great check-in earlier this week and she her and crew are now out at sea until tomorrow.
  • I reported on my ROW80 goals on schedule.

I didn’t get as much done this week as I had hoped to. But I am super pumped about the ideas I did come up with. This story idea is really starting to grab hold of me and I have inklings of it taking shape. It’s thrilling to be quite honest! Shaping the idea still needs a ton of work but for me, seeing it take even a hint of structure is the momentum and confidence building I need to move forward so big win for me!

I suspect my 5-hour goal for this week and next won’t be met due in large part to a major event coming up at work. It will mean insane work days, working evenings and likely some weekend hours. Add to that, I also have a bachelorette that I am co-hosting (in another city) next weekend. So life is going to be a bit insane for the next two weeks and I suspect I’ll be lucky to maintain my blogging goals let alone much WIP but we’ll see. I’ll keep at it!

As an aside, I saw a great idea on Jenny Hansen’s check-in post. She has as a goal to visit and comment on two new ROW80 people each week. I think this is simply an uberliciously great way to be supportive and make new friends so I am going to try to implement the same idea (thanks for that Jenny – fahhhbulous). But…only after the next 2 weeks of insanity!

Blogging Goals:

This week on track again:

  • Blogged 5 days (6 posts) including this post.
  • Read, commented, retweeted/tweeted on over 40 blogs in total so well past my goal of 10/week.

Although not one of my goals, I have pretty much depleted my stock of “prepared” draft posts to pull from so I need to spend some time getting my folder plumped up again. Would have been ideal planning had I recognized the INSANE two weeks ahead and done it beforehand but hey…I like a wee bit of a challenge so woot woot!

How is your ROW80 progress going thus far?



  1. Sounds like you are being productive, even if all the goals are not completely met, keep up the good work!

    • Thanks so much Kevin – great advice and I am definitely going to take it! Thanks for swinging by and leaving some words of encouragement. Really appreciate it! 🙂

  2. Hi Natalie! I have insanity at work the next few weeks as well, so I feel for you and am in your boat (waving soggy pom-poms because I fell while hopping off the dock). Keep hunkered down and do what you can. I looked at doing a full day of work stuff today and decided to do some me stuff instead. Doing a little on your WIP is better than pushing it aside and giving it zero energy. Keeps the momentum flowing. 🙂

    • I know you can totally related. Your work days have been sounding straight out as well. Thanks for the support and you are right, even a little bit of time on the WIP is better than nothing to keep the energy flowing! Woot woot – waving pom poms back at cha! 🙂

  3. Jillian Dodd - Glitter, Bliss and Perfect Chaos says:

    It’s sounds like you’re doing great! Can’t wait to hear about your book!

  4. You’re still doing great! And it’s okay to regroup for the next few weeks! (Which sound crazy and fun)

  5. Good luck at work and of course we will all be waiting eagerly to hear about the Bachelorette! With you co-hosting, this is not going to be a quiet event! Have fun!

    • LOL!!! That’s true – it won’t be quiet! I went out this weekend and loaded up on goodies – found a Bachelorette shooter belt – woot woot! Should be a great time. It’s actually only 6 ladies and we rented a cottage with a hot tub so…it’ll be a wonderful time but I’ll like recover for days afterwards. LOL!! Thanks Patricia….

  6. Haha, good luck with those blog posts. That is so exciting about the story idea! I love that stage. Good luck with the craziness ahead of you. 🙂

  7. You are always so productive and get so much done! I’m constantly in awe of you. Keep up the superfabulicous work!

    • Awwww…thanks Tameri – sometimes it doesn’t feel that way but I just keep pushing forward! Having a FAB cheering squad like y’all has been a HUGE help!! MUAH xoxoxox!!!

  8. You’re rockin’ it, girlfriend! Seeing the story take shape is a BIG one. I know what those work weeks feel like – just ride it out and do your best, if your blog drops for a day or two then it does. We’ll all miss you to pieces but will survive. 🙂

    • Thanks Jenny!! Just what I needed to hear! Hubby said the same thing yesterday “honey, it’s ok if you miss a day or two blogging…” But hubby “what about my FANS?!?!? They NEED me!!” LOL!! Thanks for helping ease the pressure. 🙂
      Seeing the story take shape is INSANELY delicious! And it’s such a huge step for me. I am PUMPED!! 🙂
      Thanks again for all your support!!

  9. Jillian Dodd - Glitter, Bliss and Perfect Chaos says:

    Loved Jenny’s idea too about checking out a couple new people each week! I’m trying to incorporate that as well. Congrats on your checkin, sounds like you’re doing awesome!!!

  10. You’re doing a great job, Natalie. Coming with ideas and brainstorming is really important to the writing process, and Jenny’s idea is a great one. Keep up the good work!

  11. Nancy J Nicholson says:

    Natalie, You’re an amazing ROW80 Sista. Despite not meeting your goals you sound so pumped and realistic I can’t help think you’re succeeding. Keep up the great work.

  12. kerrymeacham says:

    Hey Nat. I’m right there with you on the work stuff. You just have to adjust your ROW80 goals to fit your life. That’s the great thing about ROW80 is that you can adjust things. Great job. Keep Rocking The ROW!!! ~clink~

    • Thanks so much for the support Kerry!! Yip, that is the thing I loved about ROW80 when I signed up because I know my life usually has a few ups and downs. LOL!! Woot woot! ~clink~

Don't be shy...tell me what you think

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: