IWSG POST 12: Dreaming and Achieving Cannot Be Ignored. #iwsg
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“If you woke before dawn one morning with the formula for a vaccine, which would cure the most ghastly disease currently known to man, releasing millions from an agonising death, would you roll over and resume sleeping until daylight?”
― Chris Murray, The Extremely Successful Salesman’s Club
I think I’ve posted this quote before, but it’s only because nothing else has summarized passion and drive and doing the right thing better than it does. It’s the same sort of passion I feel when I wake up before I necessarily have to. I could hit snooze. I could set my alarm ahead and get an extra 90 minutes of sleep.
But then I see the clock, those glowing red digits. The blood starts pumping. Possibility starts to spin.
On the weekends,the clock never reads later than 7:30 a.m. During the week? Lately it’s been 5:00 a.m. but I’m changing that. I’m upping the alarm an extra half hour because one hour is not enough for me.
This month’s IWSG post asks, “How do you find the time to write in your busy day?”
I just do it. The morning is my only time so I rise and I write.
Or I get antsy.
Or I forget why and who I am, like something is missing and I don’t quite feel right.
I am a mom. I do have a full time profession aside from writing, and I have plenty of hobbies like gardening and exercising which also make me smile. My kids keep my hopping. Just last night I worked until 4:30 p.m., picked up the kids, fixed chicken quesadillas and shuffled them out of the door with a backpack of books for the little one, and the baseball bag for the oldest one’s 90 minute baseball practice. Overwhelmed? Yes. Definitely with the start of school, which is why I need to structure to myself, my day and my family, so we all get done what we need to get done.
Here’s what I do in a nutshell.
4:30 a.m. Wake up. COFFEE. Writing and researching in my bed near the soft light of my bedroom lamp on my I-pad.
5:50 a.m. I make lunches for the kids.
6:15 a.m. I wake the kids. My son is a morning bird and my daughter, well, it isn’t all that easy to rouse her. She’s my night owl.
7:15 ish…We scurry out the garage door, pile in the car and pray we have everything we need for the day. Usually I forget what I need, but the kids are always good.
12:30 Lunch break sometimes. I try to write, or I have lunch with my kids since I don’t work that far away. Sometimes I even water the garden to catch my breath from the morning.
4:00 p.m. I leave work when I’m lucky.
4:15 p.m. The gym. A good hour of cardio helps me think clearer.
5:30 p.m. I pick up the kids and head home.
6:00 p.m. I fix dinner, while my son practices piano and my daughter plays school or colors something pretty.
After dinner? Something is always going on. Baseball practice, dance, homework, even cleaning up our messes. When I don’t have the kids, a telephone call to my writing friend, or a date night with my honey.
8:30. The kids hit their beds and I finish cleaning and posting blogs when necessary. It’s my time to catch up.
10:00 p.m. HGTV is my program of choice while I wind down.
That’s the end. I try to keep my life straight in a planner or the notes in my phone. I just don’t give myself a choice. I can’t.
My questions to you: Are you an early bird or a night owl? What helps you chase your dreams and spare the minutes you need to act?
Oh! Here’s my lovely garden. I started the backside of it in the spring, and finished the front side just this past weekend with my honey. I love flowers 🙂
Lastly, Thank you to this month’s hosts:
And to all, have a great rest of your week. 🙂
Posted on September 7, 2016, in Uncategorized and tagged IWSG. Bookmark the permalink. 30 Comments.
I definitely agree that things just don’t feel ‘right’ unless you’ve gotten your writing in for the day. Good for you for managing to get it in there. It can be a struggle sometimes, but you’re building the foundations you need!
Thank you again Megan. I am definitely putting my best efforts in. Otherwise I don’t think I would be happy with myself. 🙂
You just make the time – you got that right.
You have a great schedule. I’m up between 5-5:30 for work, so earlier just isn’t happening, but I can make time at night.
And kudos you make time for the gym. So important!
Thank you Alex. I find the gym helps me sort through all the business in my head and I actually become a better brainstormer 🙂
That is so busy,Erika. Yikes! I used to be you–with two kids, hobbies, school. I had no hobbies, no writing–just no time. I’m impressed you get your writing and gardening in.
Thank you Jacqui. It is a chore and my close friends struggle with my priorities sometimes, but it’s who I am and I think knowing that about myself helps. 🙂
It’s great that you have a schedule that’s working for you! I’m a morning person, but only if I go to bed at a decent hour the night before. We’re up at 5:45 to get ready for school. What I’d like to do is get up at 5:00 to write. In order to do that, I have to be in bed by 10:00 at the latest, which doesn’t happen often. There’s just so much to do at the end of the day that I’m invariably up later. And I’m not a night owl, so writing at night doesn’t work for me. What I need is to have my electricity go off at 9:45 PM and not turn on again until 5:00.
Beautiful garden! I love flower gardens.
IWSG Co-host at http://lorilmaclaughlin.com
Thank you Lori. Thank you also sharing your own battles with time and writing. I have always loved flowers so much. I can remember my babysitter’s garden when I was a small girl. Rows of roses, a beautiful fountain and stone steps. Someday I hope to have something larger like she did.
Sounds beautiful! I’d like to have a bigger flower garden with a decorative stone castle in it. There’s a garden like that not far from my house. Every time I drive by it I say someday…
Morning is definitely my preferred writing time, although morning for me is more like 9 or 10 a.m. I don’t get home from work until almost midnight.
We have different working hours but it’s still the same in my eyes James. It’s the drive that matters and Thank you so much for stopping in today 🙂
We all must avoid getting antsy, right? I’m with you sister. 🙂
Anna from elements of emaginette
Whew! What a busy woman you are! I get antsy when I don’t write too. HGTV is one of my pleasures too. Oh the houses I’ve renovated in my mind!
And the places too Christine. I love the houses international! Especially the beaches. Thank you for stopping in 🙂
Sometimes, it seems like if I don’t write it just builds up until it’s a force to be reckoned with and usually comes out in crabby antsiness, so I agree – it has to be done! Earliest is best, although my kids schedules have changed and they wake up early these days so I write mid-morning on the days when I can, and late when I have to.
Thank you Tyrean for sharing your own schedule. 🙂
I’m an early bird too. At least during the work week. My work day starts at 7:30. I wouldn’t have it any other way. Kudos to you for working out everyday. I need to take your lead!
Thank you Elsie for your sweet words and for stopping by this morning. 🙂
Your garden looks beautiful. I take my hat off to you for having so much going on and still managing to write. I am most definitely a night owl. I struggle to get up in the mornings.
Thank you so much Murees for stopping in. I appreciate your sweet encouraging words and I wish you much success with your writing.
Apparently, I am a morning person! I remember trying to get up for school and being yelled at for not eating my toast fast enough because I had fallen asleep mid chew. I still think I am not a morning person. I was also that kid who put her uniform (Ireland, uniforms are obligatory) on under the covers, just for those precious few minutes of bed time!!
I don’t think I’d be able to get up at 5am. However, for writing? Yeah, I would. I know that’s a contradictory sentence there, but I mean writing is everything to me. My day automatically shines when I have finished my writing.
Thank you for stopping in and sharing your memories with me. My daughter is the very same way…lol. I always have to have a goal for her to get her out of bed. 🙂
A few times I’ve awakened in the wee hours with what seemed to be a great idea and stumbled to my computer to write it down or do so on a piece of paper. Usually when I look again the next day whatever I’ve written is indecipherable or makes little sense–kind of like dreams–but sometimes it’s something worth considering for later.
You’ve got a lot going with kids, work, and all. In retirement I’ve got none of that and it seems like I get less done than ever.
Tossing It Out
Your early morning writing brainstorms sound very intriguing. Thank you Arlee for stopping in. I am busy, sometimes too much but I have never been one to give up, especially when writing and loving my kids are the best gifts I can think of. Retirement is supposed to be a different pace if you ask me 😉
Your life seems very similar to mine. Wednesdays are the most packed for me, getting up at 5, exercise, get ready, get kids ready, drop off kids, go to work, write on lunch, get off work, pick up kids, martial arts, go home for 20 minutes, go to critique group, get home at 9, spend some time with the hubby. I used to write in the morning, until my sleep muddled mind refused to work. I’ve since opted for exercise since I don’t have to do much processing for that. 😀
The garden is beautiful! People say they don’t know how I do it, but wow. Every moment is booked, eh? At least with home schooling we have a little wiggle room, but I’m sure if I broke it down hourly, it would look just as busy. Best not to do that. Ignorance is bliss.
I think every moment is precious when the kids are young…because it’s the foundation that matters in my eyes…and I don’t want to regret a thing being their mom. And yes! Ignorance is definitely bliss…lol
You just detailed the reason that I didn’t start writing until my kids moved out! I don’t know how people with kids do it, especially ones with little kids. Yikes. Give yourself a huge pat on the back. I’m a morning writer, Erika. The alarm goes off at 4:30. Then COFFEE, then writing. 🙂
I love mornings so much. There’s something about the sun, the sounds and most definitely the coffee. Thank you for stopping in and sharing your words of encouragement 🙂
Hi Erika – thanks for using the quote from The Extremely Successful Salesman’s Club – delighted it means so much to you, all the best – Chris Murray