2020 · January

Busy without Being Busy

Hello, Readers!

That sounds like a ridiculous title for a blog post, doesn’t it? It’ll all make sense soon enough. I’m not sure how many of you know but I work 2 jobs like most starting out authors. Well, the other one I do is babysit for my oldest daughter. This entire week she took off so I could get things accomplished and she could get a break from work.

I have to say, I thought I’d get so much writing done. That I’d spend the entire week being busy writing, only that hasn’t really happened. I have been writing, just not the amounts that I thought I would. Instead, I’ve been busy getting everything else done. Disassembling and reassembling the kitchen and bathrooms for the inspection and spray down, doctors appointments for our depression medications and getting onto a healthier eating plan under the doctor’s supervision, even taking care of my oldest and her boys as they have been sick the entire week she’s been off, and also therapy appointments.

So, like the title of this blog post says, I’ve been busy only it wasn’t in the way that I thought it would be. I’d expected to have a good portion of a novel written, after all, the hubby man was back at work and I only had one job to worry about. Normally, this would be something that would throw me into a total and complete tailspin and a half. I don’t like when my plans fall through.

However, we have been on the go since before Christmas and I have to admit I’m feeling it. I’m ready to be a homebody for a while. A chance to actually relax and enjoy my time off without a slew of things that need to get done throughout the day. So, I refuse to be upset with myself. While I haven’t been doing too many things on my habit tracker in The Best Journal Ever, I have been accomplishing things that needed to get done.

I dreamed up a way for the hubby man and I to stay motivated while we go on this journey together. Not only does it help having an accountability partner in each other and our doctor, but they told us to take pictures and measurements because sometimes the weight loss won’t show on the scale, but will in the pictures and measurements. That is the goal today, to get all that information down. Once I have that and pictures, I have a wall all chosen out to help us track where we are coming from and where we are headed. That way if the journey gets hard, we will have something to look at and remind us why we are doing this and be excited about how far we have come.

I think that will do both of us a world of good because last time we attempted to lose all our weight we didn’t realize how far we’d gone until we’d already put all the weight back on and looked back at pictures. This time I want us to have the motivation through it all.

Also, I haven’t mentioned this before, which is totally off topic, but my youngest daughter goes to an Early College High School. That part some of you may know, but to graduate from this she needs to do a Capstone project. This is “a capstone project is a multifaceted assignment that serves as a culminating academic and intellectual experience for students, typically during their final year of high school or middle school, or at the end of an academic program or learning-pathway experience.” 

She has chosen for her Capstone project to write a novel. I can’t express my excitement in that. I mean, one of my kids taking after me…it’s pretty cool, however, her final career choice won’t have anything to do with it. Still, I hope she finds joy in the writing, so she may continue on long after just for the fun of it. Not as a career.

Some of you may ask how that applies to the things we were talking about, I think having her writing as well, helps me with my motivation in that area of my life. We will be able to run sprints and support each other through the process.

Until next time, remember to L.O.L. (Live it, Own it, Love it) or it isn’t worth it.

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