The holidays seem to have a way of messing with my schedule. It feels like we’ve got ten times more things going on right now than usual, and not all of them are holiday related.
For example, last night my son received his second dan black belt for tae kwon do (I am one proud mama!). My husband is an advanced brown belt, and I received my advanced recommended black belt (next step is the actual black belt in May, I hope!). My husband, daughter and I also all received our orange belts in combat hapkido. It was a big night! But… I didn’t write. And Tuesday was training, so… I didn’t write.
You’re starting to see a pattern here, right?
I promised accountability, though, so here I am. I’m not making excuses; I know exactly what’s going on in my head. I’m still trying to figure out how to work with the current schedule. One of the biggest things I’ve learned is that I can’t write after TKD. I get home from class and my brain melts into jello and oozes out my ears while I watch a TV show to wind down before passing out for the night.
I can’t get up any earlier in the morning. I’m a night person naturally, and 5:30am is kind of killing me. I mean… OW.
I need to squeeze words in between work and TKD, which I think will work better when I’m not overclocked with holiday things that have to get crammed in. I hope.
I’m carrying my folder with the novel everywhere right now. If I have five minutes, I read another few paragraphs, I make a few more notes. If I can get enough read to get the loose outline for the first part of the book, I can start the rewrite, and I am incredibly excited to do that. In the meantime, though, I just try to move forward a little each day, even if it’s admitting that today, I didn’t move at all.
The important thing is, don’t be defeated before I begin. I can do that.