Wrapping up #ROW80 Round 4 and my afterthought

“We must let go of the life we have planned so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.”~Joseph Campbell, American author

Spoiler alert: I only accomplished one of my five ROW80 goals in Round 4.

I despise using the house-moving thing as an excuse, but it was the reason. The months of October, November and unexpectedly December were swallowed up by all of my To-Dos. Could I have found–no, made–the time to do the write thing? I’m sure I could have; writers with full-time jobs do it all the time. The move has been more important to me. More important than writing? Gasp! In those moments, I chose the house over my writing. This is how my ROW80 in 2016 ended:

1–Complete a good, polished manuscript of my memoir.
Not even close.

2–ePublish 1-2 shorter books
No, but I still have those ideas.

3–Get my email Inbox below 500 emails.
Ha! Yeah. Right.

4–Get my phone photos below 10,000.
Ha! Yeah. Right.

5–Pack/toss/donate a whole buncha stuff.
YES! I sold a lot of my Scrapbooking supplies and extras at the Baker’s Scrapbook Studio yard sale. I priced almost everything $1; I wasn’t using it and someone else would appreciate and love it, so show me the money! What didn’t sell was gifted to my Scrapbooking friends and an elementary school art teacher. The teacher flew over the moon at the three garbage bags full of papers, pens, pencils, notepads, markers and more.

After that, I set out weekly donations of 5-10 boxes and bags of clothes, towels kitchenware and household goods for our local organization of DonateStuff.com, which is Purple Heart in Detroit. Donating all that felt really good, the only Christmas holiday cheer I’m feeling these days. My heart is lighter, and so is my basement.

Now it’s time for vacation, time away from this house and time with family and friends in the Philly area. Time with my husband where we’re not nipping at each other over these to-dos and whatnots. Time to relax and enjoy. I hope.

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