I'm going to keep it pretty simple:
- Get used to my new schedule the first week with the kids
- Write 5000 words
- sew cord wraps
I didn't post my goals last week! Which is fine because I didn't do so great, lol. Three days of inservice in the most uncomfortable seats ever constructed did me in. Then we didn't have AC at home, my husband hurt his back...crazy week. But his bad back has forced me to relax this weekend before the kids come back!
I'm going to keep it pretty simple:
This week is so hard because we're off three days, then go back for 2. I mean, it's nice to ease into it like that, but it kind of messes up those other days, you know?
And just when I'm getting into a writing groove, too. Hopefully, I only have to do this one more time.
Well, this was an interesting break. I didn't write nearly what I wanted. I haven't finished a book all year. But I started a new endeavor this week with crafting, so we'll see what comes of that. I did declutter the house a LOT, so I'm pretty proud of that. I only missed 1 room and the garage, and I need my husband's help with both of those.
So two and a half weeks of summer vacation left and I am frantic to get projects done. My goal was to spend a week in each room, deep cleaning and decluttering. I have done the living area, the bedroom, the guest room and the sewing room and one bathroom. Still have another bathroom, half the kitchen, another bedroom and the garage. MAY get to the bathroom and the rest of the kitchen. We won't even talk about needing to write about 50,000 more words and finishing a cross stitch project.
I have just sat down to the computer today. We have been working in the front yard cleaning up the landscaping (a TON of trash trees are trying to grow in there, so I'm taking a section at a time, laying down landscaping fabric and mulch that we're buying a few bags at a time.) Also sewing a ton today, too, since I didn't touch my new sewing machine at ALL last week. So not lazy, but scattered.
The 20,000 words last week? Didn't happen. Will do better this week. Also missed 3 days at the gym, and today, but working in the yard and walking the dog should make up for some of that!
Oh, it has been a long time since I blogged with any regularity. But my buddy Trish Milburn read The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin and started a project called #upbeatauthors, to spread positivity across the Internet. Each week we’ll be having a different theme for the week, so follow the #upbeatauthors for feel-good conversations.
The theme this week is “simple pleasures,” and wow, that was a hard one for me. I mean, I have a TON—walking my dog, sitting on my patio to write, going out to breakfast. I condensed it down to a category—TIME.
My simple pleasures are time to watch the sunrise as it brightens my house in the morning, time to take a stroll through my neighborhood, time to drink my coffee with lots of creamer, time to explore the machines at the gym instead of rushing through my workout. Time to make a good dinner without rushing. Listening to the Moana soundtrack on repeat.
What is your simple pleasure when you have time?
I was talking to Trish Milburn the other day and I realized I have not finished a book NOR a cross stitch project all year. I have been sewing, but not a ton, and the last school year was challenging, but I've been on vacation a month and a half. I've decided it's time to start setting goals again, especially since on top of writing and teaching, I'm also taking out a craft booth at the local craft store. OMG. So this should help me keep on track.
The wedding was gorgeous and a lot of fun. This week I have my brother's birthday to celebrate. AND I'm going to start going to the gym. I pre joined a gym they are opening the next exit down. It is supposed to open this week. I'm not looking forward to it so much as I am to looking forward to the changes it will make in me and my routine. We'll see.
So last week was good--EASY week at school, testing 4 days, and then art on Friday. But I had a crisis on my book in progress and decided to stop writing it. I wasn't loving the characters, there was very little chemistry, I wasn't sure how to get them on the page together. Now. I've written almost 50 books now. You'd think I'd know what I was doing. Noooo. So I was planning to put it aside--I actually still may, but I was talking to my husband and he said I should push on, give my heroine a reason to change so that I like her. I was trying to tell him I've established her in earlier books, but actually, now as I'm rereading them, she's not onstage as much as I thought. I had an idea how to shake her up, but I don't know if it will help. Meanwhile, I'm plotting the next book, and a couple of side projects to see if anything calls to me.
This is another easy week. We're off today, then tomorrow's a work day, so I'll only teach three days. I hope I remember how!
I used a picture of my own dog today. We were COLD this weekend, unusual for San Antonio!
We had a wonderful anniversary celebration in Glen Rose Texas. Fred rented a cabin at a B&B. It was cozy and romantic, and we had a private behind the scenes tour at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. I have literally wanted to go for decades. I wrote a oook a long time ago about zoo vets and did research on this place because of its intensive rhino breeding program. We rode around for 4 hours in an open bus, with a great tour guide. We fed red deer, giraffes, zebras, ostriches and emus, blackbucks and oryx. We saw Mexican wolves and maned wolves and cheetahs up close. It was so much fun. Cold--the wind chill was 42 as the front came in earlier than expected--but absolutely worth it.
This week is benchmark testing at school. I didn't know until I checked my email Friday afternoon! I only worked 2 days last week, so I still won't be in the swing of things this week, just in the habit of going to work!
Wow, I didn't realize it had been so long since I stated my goals. Maybe that's why I haven't done a very good job of KEEPING my goals.
My main resolution this year is to spend less time on social media. I have a crazy production schedule and in order to meet it, I need to be more disciplined. I'd rather give up social media than my sewing and cross stitching.
So this week: