Time is Always Against Us!

clock-650753_1280So, this is one of the many lines from The Matrix movie but this is the thought I’ve had all day. A day that began much too early.

For some strange reason, Pippa the kitten decided that 4:00 am was a good time for me to get up. Every so often she does this thing where she gets restless and decides she needs an audience. Maybe she was inspired by the gorgeous full moon.

I did get up and spent some time writing. With NaNoWriMo coming up quickly, I still had some planning to do. This morning I made what is called a beat sheet, which is a general list of all the scenes in my novel. Although there is a bit more to plan, I had been avoiding this seemingly overwhelming task. Now it’s done. And just in time.

The day job began bright and early and ended late with only a stolen coffee get-away in the middle. Bathroom breaks and breathing seemed optional. I welcomed the end of the day even with my ever growing to-do list.

Because there is always something that needs doing. Time is always an issue.

I made the statement today: “I’m not going to give up writing.”

There is always a choice and time is always a factor. I’ve drawn my line in the sand.

No matter what, writing comes first.

Where is your line?

Blog Vacation

blackboard-620314_1280Something unintentional happened this week. I took a vacation from my blog. I didn’t stop writing but writing a blog post was more than I could handle.

I had intended to talk about plans for the future, NaNoWriMo, and just life in general. But that didn’t happen.

What did happen is exhaustion, new responsibilities and just not enough hours in the day.

I’m sure that just about everyone can relate to this.

When I began my blog I didn’t have a clear picture of what I wanted to talk about. I took a blogging class where having a mission statement was one of the most important things.

I don’t have one.

What I do have is a desire to share my journey into life, writing and otherwise.

My journey is one of continuous exploration and the drive to live my life fully. If sharing this journey resonates with someone, then I this is my mission.

For the next month, I have a plan. It’s not a great plan and we’ll see how it goes, but it’s something.

Starting November 1st, I will be working on my second novel. I’m still in the revision process of my first one, but I think I need to begin the next one. I am still in the planning stage though I have a lot of that done. I will be ready to begin next Sunday.

For this blog and for at least the next month, my plan is to complete two blog posts each week. Sunday and Wednesdays are the days I hope to be scheduling these posts. I will apologize ahead of time. During November, these will most likely be about NaNoWriMo and the struggles I will be enduring.

I expect to have some challenges during the month of November, both for my writing and my “other” life. You know the one I am talking about. The one that subsidies my writing life. I’ve had big changes in that area and things are not likely to calm down in the near future. Life will be interesting for the next couple of months.

Thanks for following along with this journey and I hope you continue to follow.

Friday Five: Attitude of Gratitude

 One of the things I’ve been thinking about and practicing lately is to look for things to be grateful for. It is so easy to get caught up in problems and issues. I’ve found it harder to find gratitude in my daily life.

Keeping a gratitude journal is one way to be thankful for each day. However, this is a journal that I struggle to keep. A suggestion for this journal is to write three things each evening before bed. I tend to forget.

This is my alternative. A Friday Five post dedicated to some things I am grateful right now:

  1.  Warm October days with blue skies and the trees finally in full color and all the things that come with these days, i.e. pumpkin patch visits, caramel apples and falling leaves.
  2. Pippa – My 5:00 am alarm clock on Saturdays when I could sleep in. 
  3. Hot coffee with just the right amount of sweetness.
  4. The ladies I work with – Regardless of what is happening around us, I know I can count on them for anything.
  5. Grandbabies – Need  I say more? 

I’m sure this list is much longer. There are so many things in my life that I am grateful for maybe I should work on that gratitude journal again.

How do you remember to be grateful for all the things in your life?