Okay it is not really New Year’s but admit it, I did get your attention. And now that I have it, what am I going to do with it? I am glad you asked, let me tell you. I am going to take you with me on my little adventure. This adventure will include:
- relationship adventures with my significant other and partner in crime, Larry
- our start-up business
- family and friends
- books, book, and more books
- dragons, fairies, and a sundry of other characters that spring from my imagination as I try my hand at writing fiction
- food, meal plans, the old recipes I adore, and new ones I am finding while learning how to limit/eliminate gluten
- fun in the sun… I am living in Phoenix after all
- a plethora of other topics
I am choosing to treat today similar to January 1st, no resolutions just a deep-seated desire to get my life in order after recently turning 50 (Who is that old gray-haired woman who stares back at me when I look into a mirror?) and a 1500-mile relocation from New Orléans, Louisiana to Phoenix, Arizona (yes, from the swamp to the desert). My life is more than a little bit different from what I imagined it would be at this point and as this new chapter of my life begins I need to make things that are important to me a priority. Right now the big priorities are getting to know and develop relationships with the two grandchildren I had not had the opportunity to meet until last month, my relationship with Larry which is always an ongoing priority, and writing which has been my dream for a long time. I will be using this blog not only to share ideas and thoughts about various topics, but also for some introspection and self-accountability. With that in mind, “For your safety, remain seated throughout your journey, keeping your hands, arms, feet, and legs inside the car—and please supervise your children. Stay clear of the doors, which will open and close automatically. Enjoy your trip!”
I am an organized person, I learned how to be out of self-preservation when I had four children in three different schools, was the Cub and Girl Scout leader, little league scorekeeper, lacrosse videographer, library and PTA volunteer, while simultaneously founding and managing several businesses in conjunction with my ex. Now I have much less responsibility, basically it is Larry and I, our business, and the meal planning and food prep while staying with family. I feel like I should be running on autopilot but somehow it seems the less I have on my plate the tougher it is for me to stay organized. I am using how I used to manage my time and stay organized as a yard stick of how I could be doing it now but I am finding a few pitfalls. Admittedly and unfortunately, I have not kept up with new technology and I think part of my problem is that I do not know what is out there (apps and programs) that can help me yet are not difficult to keep up with, that fact coupled with several computer and cell phones crashes in which I lost a lot of data, have me leery of computerization. So at this point I find myself vacillating between keeping my “To Do” lists, schedule, and contacts on paper or in a computer or app. Right now I could easily keep everything on paper however, I need things to be accessible for Larry as well and he is far more likely to use the computer or phone. This is an ongoing internal debate for myself and since I perform better with goals in place…
GOAL: Resolve the organizational conundrum of paper vs. technology by Sunday, June 12th and begin exploring various options of “how to.”
Another project that I am focusing on is my novel. The ideas are there; the groundwork is not. I am struggling with my story map and outline. Well, not really struggling with it but rather resisting putting pen to paper. I am extremely visual so this will need to be on paper in order to see where I am going to take the story that is developing in my head. I have repeatedly put this off more from fear than anything (at least I think it is fear that is stalling me) therefore…
GOAL: Have my story map and outline on paper by Sunday, June 12th.
Finally, at least for this post, is to dedicate time daily to writing… both this blog and my novel. The experts say takes 21 days to develop a new habit. I am a FlyLady follower who believes, “It takes SHEs 28 days to establish a habit.” Although I do not know if in the long-term I have enough to write about to make a blog entry every day, I am committed to making a blog entry every day for 28 days to develop the habit. Later I am sure I will blog less, but with consistency being the long-term goal. Additionally, I need to put aside a minimum of one hour (to start with) a day toward the actual writing of my novel, regardless of what other work (research, etc.) is done.
GOAL: Blog every day for 28 days.
GOAL: Work on novel, WRITE for one hour a day, regardless of any other work (research, etc.) being done.
I think these basic goals will get me off to a good start. Progress not perfection. ~Gem