Monday, July 01, 2013
Beginnings are exciting. There's not much more I enjoy than starting something new. (Well, finishing a formerly new project is pretty exciting, I have to admit.) The first of the week, the first of the month, the first of the year -- it's all so exciting because there is so much potential in the "first" day of anything.
"You have too many irons in the fire," one of my friends commented recently, and I can't agree more. Not only do I start more projects than I could ever finish in a lifetime, I tend to spend all my energy starting new projects, and that momentum that I built up over getting a project started -- well, it dies out quickly.
I have no new projects for July. I am not starting anything new (well, other than attempting the learn the section of Nebtidi that David choreographed for me. But dance goals do change every 4-6 weeks, normally.)
A couple of weeks ago I made a calendar for June through October, after looking at my goals and basically "triaging" them into hierarchies of importance. After careful reflection, based on the intensity of effort some of these projects require, I've accepted the fact that I don't have room for anything new for the time being.
Fortunately my fitness and personal achievement goals are meshing nicely. I need daily exercise, and I want to train for a 5K run and a 13.1 mile walk. So those three goals are being achieved by a 9-week, thrice weekly running training program (of which I'm starting week 3) and a 13 week walking program, which I officially start today, with mileage requirements. So 3 days a week I'm running, and 3 days a week I'm doing extended walks, and the 7th day is supposed to be a rest day, but I may turn that into a nothing but dance day, or an extended resistance training day. And of course every day is a dance day, and every day is a 10-minute resistance training day. At least, in theory.
My first 5K is the week before I finish the C25K program, and the half-marathon is the week after I finish that training. Dancewise, I have a show in early September, and another in mid October, so I need new pieces prepared for those.
The other personal goal is to finish studying for the ACE exam, which is basically a 20-week program, and this week starts week 5. I may need some more time to actually STUDY at the end of the program, (which is over the week of October 14) but at least I will be through it, and if I need to, I'll allow myself up until the end of January 2014 to actually take the test. I'd love to be able to take the test BEFORE November 1st, because I'd like to do Nano this year, but I'm just not sure if the timing is going to work. I cannot put off the ACE test any longer.
Doing a project "triage" like this is great for me, because it allows me to schedule a lot of stuff while seeing how much multi-tasking I can do. It also keeps me "honest" in my focus.
PERSONAL NOTE: Don't forget!
I guess after the first of the year I will re-evaluate a lot of things, and try to finish a number of projects that I've left sitting:
1. Keti's AZ certification -- I want to be able to teach this method, so as soon as I finish the assessments, I need to start the teacher training.
2. Ibrahim method teaching certification -- I guess. It's not a huge priority, but it's sitting out there unfinished.
3. Drums Alive and any drum/dance fitness certs -- for a job and CECs.
4. Revisions and new draft on Authoritative Edition.
5. Revisions and completion on Ice Sheets, Changeling, Western Shimmies, Butterfly Dreams, and whatever is still sitting in the drawer that I need to sell.
6. Knitting assessments for basic cert.
7. Targeted writing projects/crit/etc. Articles? Zar research?
8. Eventually that damn MFA.
oh, and 9. Shar-Qui training.