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I just ordered a planner completely themed around being a writer. Yup. They have those. How I only thought to look for them now, I have no idea, but there are apparently plenty of them – some of which are plenty expensive as well. But, they are so cool! They let you track your word counts, goals, tasks (writing or otherwise related), have character sketch pages, plot pages, and any numerous amount of things that you didn’t even know you needed until you saw it! I looked up several, but narrowed it down to the two presented by The Writing Pal, and almost against my better judgement, went for the expensive one. The WriteMind, which lets you customized. To tell the absolute truth, I kind of liked the idea of the Novel Planner better, but I simply fell in love with the planner covers in the WriteMind. Also, apparently it transports better, and that is kind of important. I can’t believe I spent that much on a planner (I have a hard time spending that much for shoes!), but at the same time I am super excited.

Writing, or rather, editing, has been very off and on this week. We are training in a new person at work and between that and meetings, it has been hard to squeeze in long enough lunch breaks to actually have time to edit. I am still working my way through Writing Magic, but decided to skip the writing exercise for today because it is a long one and would take most of the time and I wanted to write a blog post for no particular reason (except maybe to avoid editing).

I’ve also cut my 45 minute lunch break down to 30 minutes so I can leave work earlier and work out in the gym downstairs but still get to drive home before traffic gets horrible.

It can be very hard figuring out priorities. Cutting out 15 minutes of writing/lunch time doesn’t seem like much, but add in heating up and/or prepping food for lunch and suddenly your time has dwindled to very little indeed. But – I want both to write and to lose weight/get in shape/be a healthier person. And, as I am discovering this week, I am apparently more likely to actually work out if I do it before I get home because once I get home I just want to settle down and enjoy the evening after a long day’s work. So I am going to try this for awhile and see what happens. Hopefully I’ll get into enough of a groove that I can settle down to writing pretty quickly – and either way it is still more than I have been doing!

Anyway, good luck to all of you who are also trying to balance life and writing! I know I’m not the only one.

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I am in a one of those moods tonight. Introspective, depressed, or whatever other adjectives you care to describe those nights when you just want to curl up and hide from the world. But, since I still have to be a little productive tonight, I thought perhaps if I wrote it out to you, all you strangers out there, I would get it out of my system.

I can’t be the only one who goes through this – those times when you just start reflecting on how low a priority you seem in literally everyone’s lives? Except my husband – he always makes me feel cared for. Sometimes, I just feel like, if I never contacted anyone again, or asked someone to hang out or talk or whatever else – nothing would happen. Just that. They would never get around to contacting me. I’d never visit with anyone, go out with anyone, nothing. Because, sometimes, I feel like I basically have to beg to get someone to hang out with me or chat with me. Not that I need it that often, being an introvert, but sometimes it would be nice to have someone ask me for a change.

Or, there are those times, when you feel like you rearrange everything to accommodate someone else – and still they just can’t make something work? Or you contact someone and they never get back to you – or perhaps wait a week or two to respond. How low must you be on their priority list that they don’t get around to you until they feel like it?

I know these are dangerous depths to go into, and I know that just because other people may not purposefully make time for me does not give me an excuse not to be there for them. But every now and then, usually when like 3 or 4 people do it in a row – I just find myself wallowing in self-pity and have to talk myself out of it.

There. I feel better already. And my husband loves me and always makes me a priority. And I am so precious in God’s eyes that He not only created me, He has a special plan for me. And everyone has busy streaks in their lives – not responding can just be a symptom of how busy they are and how much they need support in their lives rather than being all about me.

If I turn my eyes outward instead of inward, how much more am I able to see! How many others who may feel so much more alone than me – or may truly be alone – without loving husbands, friends, and family who just get a little busy sometimes. How truly selfish being introspective can sometimes be. I am here to give glory to God and be there for others, not wait for others to be there for me.

Thank you for letting me talk through this with you and I hope any of you who may feel discouraged tonight might feel refreshed and encouraged knowing that:

1. Everyone goes through down times. You are not alone. And

2. You are precious in God’s sight no matter what is going on in your life right now.

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint. ~ Isaiah 40:31

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