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ROW80 – 2021 – Round 4 – Check-in 12 & Wrap-up (December, 26th 2021)

Hi everyone and Merry Christmas!

Note: To keep these post short, I’ve made a Trello board with my goals for the year. Feel free to check it out if you want to know more about the bigger plan.

My word for the week is WRAPPING.

Not Christmas gifts, as these have been taken care of for a while and were quickly unwrapped yesterday. ^^

But the main idea was to wrap up as many goals as possible to really enjoy my vacation. The only exception was writing as I’m in doing a little writing camp this weekend as the girls are away, and also the Japanese lesson scripts as I can’t realistically do several in one day.

So I’m not completely done and I won’t take an actual break from my goals, which is why I’ll be wrapping up for the Round but not for the month. I guess I’ll just post my wrap-up for December along with my goal post this time. ^^;

I guess I’ll just wrap-up for December when I post my new goals next week. A bit unorthodox, I know, but why not?

My wrap up for the Round is rather positive, as you can see below. There are a few goals that aren’t clear yet, but they clearly fall into 2 categories: writing, which has been hard for a while now, and renovation at home, which is a collective goal and has been more impacted by exterior circumstances, so I accept that it will take more time and deadlines don’t really work in this case.

Now for my yearly wrap-up.

My Trello board for 2021 had 9 categories, so I’ll assess each separately.

Writing: 60%

Plotting went well and according to plan. Actual writing however became harder as the month went by. The main reason is that there’s always something more important to do and I’m too busy and tired to write daily right now. But I did find a solution with writing camps: Hubby agreed to give me more time on some weekends by looking after the girls on his own while I write. And of course, when the girls are away with family, I’ll also try to do this. Technically, I’m doing it right now!

Work: 90%

That went really well. As usual, I realized I had been too ambitious and had to put some goals on hold, but since they were not realistic, I’m not counting them. The ones I did keep working on went all above 90%.

Marketing & Online Presence: 98%

That went rather well too, with a score close to 100%.

Translating: 110%

I quickly decided to focus on meditation only and even did more than originally planned.

Studies: 100%

Getting into the Bachelor’s and reviewing went perfectly well.

Health: 50%

Unsurprisingly, I did not lose 30 kilos in a year, but about 15 is good enough! ^^

Home: 40%

This did not go as planned, but as I explained, it was mostly due to exterior factors so I won’t beat myself up about it and things flow.

Reading: 200%

I was aiming at one book a month and read twice that without an effort, so I’m glad. And it helps with the decluttering effort too!

Publishing: 100%

I postponed one project and completed the others.

So in the end, not too bad, especially if I take a global look at my spreadsheet, which also includes last minute goals and some goals that aren’t in my Trello board because they don’t work in checklists. (This is a personal document, so I’m afraid English and French tend to coexist a lot ^^;, and I only started using it in May, so Round 1 and April are missing, but it does give a general idea.)


  • Miss Chief in Wonderland

    PASS: I did plan episodes 12-13.

  • Little Black Riding Hood

    NOT YET: I did keep drafting a little, but I'm far from completing 2.1.

  • Short stories

    PASS: I wrote 2 short stories (though not one per month)


  • Meditation Project

    PASS: didl translate the 4 packs I had planned (Sleep Stories, Graduate, Low Mood and Emergencies), and even one more (Advanced)


  • Articles on Emotional intensity

    PASS: I did add subtitles in October and publish in November.

  • Meditations

    PASS: I did share videos on Youtube every Sunday.


  • Online courses

    NOT YET: I didn't build half of Module 2.1but I've reorganised plans to build one module per year, so it's OK, as I built most of Module 1 this year.

  • Story Time & Teaching Guides

    PASS: I did complete the second Wizard and Cat workbook then made online tests for it.

  • Japanese courses

    PASS: I did complete the initiation for kids and the Hanashimashou basic lessons (+M3 enriched lessons and some M4 enriched lesons too)

  • Quality certification

    PASS: We got audited in November and it went smoothly.


  • Family Room

    PASS: We didn't exactly complete the finishing touches but we're close enough and we did start decorating.

  • Kitchen

    NOT YET: We'll reinstall the sink in the first quarter of 2022.

  • Hall & toilets

    NOT YET: We'll try and make some preparations once the sink is in place.

  • Parental Suite

    NOT YET: We'll try and add a few finishing touches, especially in the bathroom, maybe even a door at last in 2022.


  • Well-being

    PASS: I do tend to get more sleep every night, but it's still a work in progress.

  • Sport

    PASS: I'm not exactly back to daily yoga but close enough.

  • Reading

    PASS: I kept reading a little daily and ended up reading 25 books in 2021, so 15 more than I had been aiming at.

  • Studies

    PASS: I applied and got accepted to the Bachelor's in Japanese.

December Goals

Writing: aiming at 40%
CS Cycle 2.1 37%
Writing short story: aiming at 100%
Sex Therapy 56%
Correcting: aiming at 100%
Meditation: Low Mood 100%
Translating: aiming at 100%
Meditation: Emergencies 100%
Translating: aiming at 100%
Meditation: Advanced 100%
Recording: aiming at 100%
Meditation: Sleep Stories 100%
Video editting: aiming at 100%
Meditation: Loving Kindness 100%
Video editting: aiming at 100%
Meditation: Sleep 100%
Publishing: aiming at 100%
Meditation: Learning to sit 100%
Publishing: aiming at 30%
Meditation: Beginners 30%
Work: Japanese course: aiming at 100%
Module 5: lesson scripts 80%
Work: Japanese for kids/teenagers: aiming at 8%
Erin-based ppt 8%
Hanashimashou: aiming at 50%
M4: Enriched ppt lessons for online classes 50%
Story Time: Wizard & Cat: aiming at 100%
Module 2 tests 100%
Studies: aiming at 100%
Best Practices for Education 100%

How about you? What is your word for this week and why? Let me know in the comments. Take care!


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