2019 Second-Quarter Goals Review

Back in April, I set goals for the second quarter of the year after reviewing the first quarter. Because I knew the training program I had recently entered would demand the overwhelming majority of my time for at least the next ten weeks, I cut my plans back from what I had originally envisioned back in January even further. Now that the second quarter has come to an end (and I have a day off), here’s a look at how I’ve managed to do compared to those much-reduced goals, and some new goals for the third quarter. Continue reading “2019 Second-Quarter Goals Review”

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2019 First-Quarter Goals Review

At the end of 2018, after looking back over my performance on my miscellaneous goals for that year, I set goals for the first quarter of this year. And with that quarter now over for more than a week, while I’m so busy lately I have little time to spare, I’ve now taken a few minutes to look back over the first quarter to see how well I managed to keep up with the goals I set. Continue reading “2019 First-Quarter Goals Review”

2018 Goals Review, 2019 First Quarter Goals

As the civil year draws to a close, I’m again taking the opportunity to review the year that was and set new goals for the coming months. I looked back over my 2018 goals for Strategic Primer on Wednesday, and will turn to the Shine Cycle on Monday; today, everything else. As I mentioned on Wednesday, unlike past years, today I’m only going to set new goals for the first quarter of 2019, but before I get to those, a look at the goals I set for myself a year ago. Continue reading “2018 Goals Review, 2019 First Quarter Goals”

“But Thanks Be to God”: A Tenth Reflection

Today is the day the United States government designated for public thanksgiving to God. Despite the fact that the holiday persists as such through sheer inertia and commercialization rather than through the survival of the late statesmen’s understanding of the reasons for it, it is still fitting for me to, as I have done for the past nine years on this day, reflect on the various ways God has blessed me through the course, and in particular during the past year.

Because I prefer to try to avoid repeating myself when I can, because my memory fades more each year (though particular memories have been brought into sharper focus), and more importantly because the time I allow for the writing of these meditations is always briefer than I intend, my first reflection on this theme, in 2009, remains the most extensive and detailed; in subsequent years, and below, I have largely more-briefly listed blessings that were either new or newly-brought-to-mind. Continue reading ““But Thanks Be to God”: A Tenth Reflection”

Second-Trimester 2018 Goals Check

Back in December, I set a goal for 2018 to

After each trimester, assess progress and note any necessary amendments to goals in a blog post.

As I said in May, “Where have the last four [now eight] months gone?” But, however belatedly, I’m now following through with that goal for the second time this year. Today, a look at how I’m doing on my “general” and “miscellaneous” goals, with consideration of those in re the Shine Cycle and Strategic Primer next week. Continue reading “Second-Trimester 2018 Goals Check”

First-Trimester 2018 Goals Check

Back in December, I set a goal for 2018 to

After each trimester, assess progress and note any necessary amendments to goals in a blog post.

Where have the last four months gone? But now that I’ve noticed the passage of time, and the most urgently pressing demands on my time have lifted for a moment, I’ll belatedly follow through on that goal. Today, a look at how I’m doing on my “general” and “miscellaneous” goals, with consideration of those in re the Shine Cycle and Strategic Primer next week. Continue reading “First-Trimester 2018 Goals Check”