Checkin on Resolutions Q3


Time to check in on my Q3 results regarding  my New Year’s Resolution Implementation Program. I’m a lil behind schedule. 🙂

Here’s my quarterly update:

  1. Lose 35 lbs and keep it off.–Since last December, I lost a total of 12 lbs which I have kept off to date. 
  2. Exercise 4-5 days per week.–I’ve been doing physical therapy exercises every day since June. Will start working out again in December.
  3. Follow a low-carb eating regimen.–Had good weeks and bad stretches. Refocusing. 
  4. Indie publish my novel, The Six Train to WisconsinDone in late April/early May for the ebook and paperback. Woohoo!
  5. Find a full-time job and move back to a major or minor city.–Since I have an agent and publisher for my other book, I’m trying to make a living as a full-time author.
  6. Submit my third manuscript to agents and publishers.–Since I have an agent, I’m hoping she will take a look at it once I polish it up. I have it out to 4 beta readers and I will get their feedback in December. Then I’ll go through it all and do revisions as time permits in 2014.

So #1 will carry into Q4 and likely next year. But progress is happening.

#2 will be ongoing for life.

#3 Ditto.

#4 is completely done.

#5 is no longer relevant.

And #6 is in progress.

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38 Responses to Checkin on Resolutions Q3

  1. Don’t you just love saying, “Since I have an agent…”
    I think that’s a big one to check off, even though it wasn’t an official bullet point on your list of resolutions! The swag package arrived over the weekend – thanks! I’ll work on putting it out there after Thanksgiving. Could be timely, with the shopping season kicking into high gear!

    • LOL. It’s pretty neat. And completely unexpected. I didn’t think it was a reasonable goal to set because it’s completely outside of my abilities. I can set a goal of submitting 50-100 queries, but getting an agent required an agent to want me. 🙂 Oh good! Yes, no rush, enjoy the holiday. Thanks so much for putting out the bookmarks for me! 🙂 Hope we catch a few holiday shoppers.

  2. Although staying healthy is important, I think accomplishing #4 makes being a little behind excusable. Great job, Kourtney!

    • Thanks Jill. IT’s really hard to keep everything going. I’m hoping that since so much energy went into writing all year, I can put more into my other goals the rest of this year and next year. 🙂

  3. Carrie Rubin says:

    That’s fantastic, Kourtney, on all counts! If anyone can make it as a full-time writer, you can. Good luck!

  4. Looking good on the resolutions. Good job.

  5. davidprosser says:

    Well done on achieving so much Kourtney. Does trying to make a living as a full time author mean you’re no longer interested in moving to a major or minor city or just that you no longer need to? I’m sure your agent will love your third book , i just hope she can get a publisher to take it quickly and start promoting it. Maybe you’ll get to do lots of book signing tours.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

    • Thanks David. No trying to be a full time writer means I cannot afford to move to a city and live independently. Right now, I live with my parents and write full time. If I had to cover rent, car, electricity, food, I’d have to get a job that paid much much more. 🙂 Thanks–that’s always the dream. But I know it can take years to shop around if she’s even interested in repping it. There’s so much uncertainty in this business. BUt you just keep trying.


  6. K. Lyn Wurth says:

    Good job, Kourtney. Your personal accountability is inspiring…

  7. Sheila says:

    This might be one of the first times I’ve seen resolutions work! I think you deserve to kick back and relax for the rest of the year. 🙂

  8. Kourtney, Looking at your list I don’t think you did too bad a job.. 🙂 Hope you are enjoying your week 🙂

  9. jmmcdowell says:

    I think you’ve done a great job on the resolutions, Kourtney. The car accident was a setback, I’m sure, for Nos. 1 and 2. All in all, I think you’re heading into the homestretch in good shape! Finding that agent who believes in you and your writing has to be an incredible early Christmas gift! 🙂

    • Thanks JM! Definitely, made my fitness goals much harder. Thanks. At least I’ve made progress. It’s pretty cool to have her! Especially since I pretty much gave up on that happening in 2013. It’s like when you finally stop searching for love and it just sorta finds you. 🙂

  10. Mae Clair says:

    You are obviously very focused, Kourtney, on your goals. You’ve made fantastic progress and I’m so jealous you can say you’re a full-time author. Oh, to quit the day job! 🙂 With an agent already on your roster, it looks like you’re going full steam ahead!

    • LOL. I tend to be a tad obsessive when I have a goal in mind. Thanks. But there are tradeoffs. I couldn’t be a full time writer if I didn’t live with my parents. I couldn’t be a full time writer if I stayed in NYC. Both are worth it, but it’s not the life I imagined for my mid 30s. Doing my best. Onward ho!

  11. Gemma Hawdon says:

    It sounds like you’re accomplishing most of your goals – must feel so exciting. Well done!

    • Thanks! I used to focus on what was still undone. But I’m trying to take a more balanced approach. Some things happened faster than expected. Some things I slipped up with. Some things are constantly ongoing. But progress is progress. 🙂

  12. EllaDee says:

    I wouldn’t expect anything else from you. You have exceptional life-wrangling skills 🙂

  13. Hey – you are doing good! That #5 is the best accomplishment of all! Congrats on all the progress

  14. Christi says:

    It sounds like you’re making awesome progress! It’s especially fun when goals (like your #5) turn into something even more than we had originally anticipated.

  15. 4amWriter says:

    Great job on your resolutions. I love your check-ins. Makes it easier to keep track what with everything else vying for our attention!

  16. Congratulations Kourtney, you’ve made great progress including some really huge achievements, such as publishing the book and being able to consider making a living from your writing.

    • Thanks Andrea! It’s funny because when I set the goals, I expected to have way more movement on the personal ones and very little on the professional. Each year surprises me. In a good way. 🙂

  17. Pete Denton says:

    Excellent progress for the year. Keep up the great work!

  18. Mayumi-H says:

    I think that’s a great recap of your list, Kourtney. The fact you were able to strike off *2* such big items from the list is a great accomplishment!

    Physio is often different from what we consider “workout,” but a lot of techniques still help with cardio and muscle health. That’s not slouching, it’s just concentrating on different areas.


    • Thanks! I find having 5 goals means more of them get worked on and a couple are lucky enough to get completed. One year I did 9 and it was very disappointing. 🙂
      I lucked out this year. Several years of hard work finally resulted in something.

      So true! It’s very toning and strengthening. It keeps me limber. LOL. Nice perspective on things–thanks.

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