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Mother’s Day = Rest Day

Did you have a lovely Mother’s Day? I had a good day but I’m calling it a rest day. Not unlike when you’re working your muscles regularly, pushing yourself and striving to get better physically, you should do the same mentally. I tend to do a lot. Too much, some would say. But that’s me. I love to be busy and have deadlines and conquer my goals. That’s just who I am. But I also get tired and need breaks from time to time. Sometimes forced breaks, like accidentally spilling a glass of wine on the keyboard of my laptop. Oops!

 

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Not me and not wine, but same general premise.

 

But a good break lets your mind rest, just like those other muscles. More than just a good night’s sleep, a full day or two of limited screen time and deadlines can refresh you as much as jumping into the ocean. You suddenly remember that you have a family and dogs and a garden. You realize that you can actually lay in bed for another hour and not feel guilty about it. And you can take an extra long shower just this once because you can and that water feels amazing on your back.

 

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An uninterrupted shower is rare in my house, so when it does happen, I stay in there as long as possible.

 

I am a huge advocate for working hard and playing harder. I lean toward a Type A personality because I love to see all of my T’s crossed and my i’s dotted. That’s just who I am. Do you have a similar personality? Do you get easily wrapped up in your schedule and before you know it, it’s not January anymore and it’s 90 degrees outside? Yeah, that’s me. It’s almost June!!

 

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I might want to tiptoe through these tulips… a lot.

 

I guess what I’m saying is, keep pushing. Meet your goals and provide for your family but don’t forget to relax from time to time. Don’t short yourself on the fun stuff in life because it’s so easy to do. Take the walk. The work will still be there when you get back. Watch the movie with the kid. You may not think it’s important but they do. They value that quality time with you.

If you didn’t have the ideal Mother’s Day, I hope you had a great day today and that you’re making plans for more great days in the future. If you did, then congratulations! I hope you continue to have lovely days both alone and with your friends and family. And I hope you continue to thrive in your work, your writing, your business, whatever you are working toward in your life. Have a good one!!

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The Day is Over but the Work Goes On

It’s been one of those days that seems like everything just blurred together. From the wake up, hurry up and go, to the commute, to the work day, to the 3 hour training, to driving the kid home, to editing and editing and editing, to finally sitting down for a blog post. Yeah, that was a long sentence. But that’s how the day went. Crazy busy and constant. I kinda love it when things get accomplished on that level though. While I’m exhausted from my day, I’m also feeling like I’ve done some pretty big things today. Like a real adult who knows what she’s doing. It’s a lovely feeling.

 

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How about that? Planning stuff, working it out, like a real adult!!

 

So, the update. There’s so much. Let’s see, the copywriting is going strong. I even got an opportunity to double my part time job income without doubling the work. Crazy, huh? It’s an awesome site I’m writing for and I really enjoy the content so it’s a win-win for me. And I realized tonight that I’m enjoying editing blog posts for the other site much more than writing for their specific topic. It’s pretty cool that all of my clerical marking experience is coming in so handy. Life has an awesome way of bringing things full circle.

 

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Life is awesome. So is this. 

 

As for the book, I’m still writing it back in to my schedule. I’ve been pretty bad about getting the kid to bed on time but it’s still on the to-do list. In the next few days, I’ll be back to Monday night creative, fiction writing. I know some of you are waiting on this one and I plan to deliver! And the April/May projects are also in the works. I have a project that’s in editing. The layout is giving me fits and I keep threatening it but for some reason it just won’t behave. The second project is still in the creative piece, namely, my brain, but I do know what it is and how I’ll be knocking it out. Deadline is May 31st, so hold me to it.  Hint – it’s not your Grandma’s word search!

That’s where I’m at. Currently staying busy but still looking for the next great client who would like me to ease some of their content stress. Also, studying up on my craft daily because it’s my passion. Webinars, recordings, audiobooks, articles, newsletters, whatever I can get my hands or ears on. I’m soaking it in. Maybe I should sleep on the paper copies. Can you learn by osmosis?

 

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The hairnet scientist guy says, No, I cannot learn by osmosis. Dang it.

 

How do you learn your craft? Are you a reader? Paper or audio? Do you prefer a good lecture or TED Talk? Maybe you’re a YouTube fan? Maybe you’re a student of life and have just figured things out by trial and error… How do you go about doing what you do? I’d love to hear it. I’m a mix, really. I love a good book but don’t mind a fantastic speaker. I still have to take notes though. It’s just how my brain works. I’m also a trial and error kinda person. I like to get my hands dirty but I also need soap nearby. Let me know your thoughts!

 

 

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Doing Big Things

Do you ever have one of those days where you’re just like, Wow, I did a LOT today? Today was one of those days for me. It was ultra-productive and I feel like I’m taking big steps forward. Started off with the regular job but with tons of stuff thrown in there, fit in a webinar, and headed out for some training to be a Guardian ad Litem for the local court system. Now I’m getting ready to do some online learning and another webinar before bed. I also got some editing done on 3 articles, so I’d say it’s not a bad day.

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Busy as a….. BEE!  Hahaha – I crack myself up!

What I would have liked to have done today was get back into my book. I am going to remap my time so I have a minimum of 30 minutes with my book as well as the other time for actual paying gigs in the evening. That may mean cutting down on some of the training or reallocating time from one day to another but I need to get it knocked out. I’ve missed my personal deadline of a book a month and I’m behind the 8-ball to get the April one finished and started with May.

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Not the 8-ball, but you get the idea

How do you balance life and work and family? How do you keep all the balls in the air? I’d love to hear your organizational masterpieces! I currently have a paper planner/schedule so I can have a visual reminder. I also set reminders on my phone for webinars since I can listen from the phone and download slides later for most of them. What’s your trick?

I almost forgot, I’m also planning out some proposals! I’m putting information together for a client that could start some of that good ol’ steady income I’ve been hoping to get going. And I’m starting the research on a travel ebook. Fun times!!

Tell me your May agenda. What’s going on for you this spring? Are you powered up by the sun? Or are you a prisoner to the pollen?

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Partaking in Earth Day?

So, today’s word is partake. What a fun word! You can partake in an adult beverage or you can partake in a game of Words With Friends with your coworkers. You can partake of a slice of cheesecake…  All of that sounds lovely to me!

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Can I just have this for breakfast, please???

Today I will be partaking in Earth Day. Well, technically we started yesterday with the front yard – new mulch, raking up sticks, leaves, and that gross tree pollen stuff that is all stringy and everywhere. Then we moved out to the garden and laid fresh dirt, planted peppers, tomatoes, strawberries, cucumbers, zucchini, corn and a beautiful purple basil. Oh, and marigolds because, who doesn’t love some color? We’re nowhere near done with the planting but I love that I can help create what goes into our bodies and that there are no poisons or chemicals involved.

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Aren’t the azaleas gorgeous???

Today’s job is the little side bed I dug out last year. Sadly, my fig and my hibiscus didn’t survive the winter but I have not given up on the roses or the Russian lavender that are still hanging on in there. It’s desperately in need of weeding and a good layer of mulch, so I’ll be doing that today. Overall, the yard is looking much better – thanks to the hubs for mowing!

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They’re gonna grow big and strong!!

We actually embraced Earth Day a little early this year. The school I work at adopted a few city streets, so we took all of our students out of class and we walked the city streets, met a few people, homeless or otherwise, found quite a few interesting things along the way, and scouted out a great place for lunch. They seemed to really enjoy the outing, though they were working and many of them are not accustomed to anything of the sort. But in the end, it was a fantastic team-building experience, a humble nod to our co-inhabitants in the city, and a giving back that we don’t often have the time or desire to partake in.

It’s a beautiful world, every day, and I hope we can continue to keep it that way.  What do you do to keep your world beautiful? Are you an outside person?

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Write Every Day, They Say…

I guess you can think of your ability to write as a muscle. If you train it and use it consistently, it becomes stronger and more defined. If you don’t use it, it shrinks down, gets surrounded by fat and can’t be found unless you’re cut open. And that’s just not a good idea at all. I say because I’ve convinced myself that I’ll be doing actual writing every day. That’s it. I’ve said it, so let it be. Well, maybe not that instantly, but that’s the plan.

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This is how my writing guns need to look!

Just moments ago, I was kicked back on my bed, mostly laying on my squishy, comfy pillows, with my eyes closed. I was right at that point where I could just let go and fall all the way to sleep. BUT, I realized that my dogs are still in the backyard and my son is still up playing on the iPad. If they stay out and he keeps watching it unchecked, I can’t be responsible for the havoc that will be wreaked. Not really. I’d be totally responsible. Thus, the reason I cracked open the laptop.

I’m taking this moment to type while sleepy. Yes, it’s dangerous. I have no idea what I could be sending out onto the web, but I committed. In between turning on the laptop and now, I actually found a very interesting blog and a post therein that encouraged me to jump into writing daily. And it made sense.

The more you use it, the better you get. The more you type, the faster you are. The more you run, the less you feel like you’re going to die. The more you fly a plane, the more credibility you have as a pilot. While writing a shoddy article is not as life-threatening as potentially crashing a plane,  it still reflects on you poorly. Clients are looking for well-thought out commentary and interesting subjects. They don’t want to hear the same thing with new descriptions and colorful words. They want to be moved.

The same goes for books. You can’t repeat the same rhythm over and over with your sentence structure. You wouldn’t want to hear the same cadence repeatedly in your music, so why would people want to see it in your writing. Such an amazing observation and so true! I’m easily distracted, so the book or article needs to keep my attention or the proverbial butterflies will drag me away.

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Oooooh, butterfly!!

The awesome thing is that you will pick up on that the more you write. And the more you forgive yourself for making errors or putting a bad string of events together, the less likely you are to do it. The even more awesome thing is that you don’t have to keep those particular pieces. You can let them go and give it another try tomorrow. Isn’t that lovely? Second chances and endless opportunities.

Have you made a similar commitment? Do you write daily? weekly? monthly? Ever? Are you a schedule person or a do-it-when-you-feel-it person? I’ve always been the latter but I’m embracing the former and giving this a try. Tell me your thoughts – I’d love to hear different perspectives!