Level-Up! Essence of Green :: December

magpieinflight“Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend – or a meaningful day.

:: The Dalai Lama  ::


December marked the end of 2016: the process of reflection meeting plans for the future.

Reflections on the Journey

i. Read 12 books: 13 / 12 – In December, I finished reading a book about mental health, and read a pretty awesome novella. I’ve definitely enjoyed reading more without having such high expectations.

ii. Edit novel draft ready for submission: 1/1 submission – This month I worked on a short story which I plan to submit in 2017.

iii. Track my wordcount and aim for 100,000 words: 90,244/100,000 words – In December I wrote 8,057 words. Considering I re-assessed my goal to 75,000, and I passed 90k, I’m ticking this one off.

embertinseliv. Re-create a wellness routine: For December, I picked up a goal of daily yoga, and I made a pepper & rice meal with soya sausages, and peanut butter cookies as our ‘new recipes’ for the month. Work got stressful, but I volunteered to work on an education project which got me out of the office a couple of times.

As my husband was providing healthcare on Christmas Day, we celebrate Yuletide with a movie, and got takeaway on Christmas Eve instead of an official married adventure for this month.

December’s Experience Collected

  • 200/200XP 
  • 350/350XP
  • 250/300XP
  • 400/400XP

Total XP for December:                  1,200/1,250

Total XP towards Level Up:        5,925/7,500


Jumping the Wall…

  • I got the results of my two exams: passing both.
  • Smoke’s chin is all better, so the cats are back outside.
  • I worked on Skeletal and a short story across the month.
  • Yuletide prep took more time than I’d first realised, but was worth it.
  • We saw family across the month, which was lovely.
  • I saw my parents and in-laws on Christmas day.
  • I set up a RedBubble account following a query about my photographs. Feel free to grab a print or poster here.

The Path Ahead…

How was December for you? What did this year teach you?

Have you made plans for 2017?

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