Starting over and losing track...

Monday, 1 April 2013

I know, it's been a while. I can't even begin to explain the madness that has been my life over the last few weeks. It all started with a surprise visit from our landlord (who has been MIA for over 2 years) to tell us she's dying and wants the house back. Yeah.

Fast forward to today-- my second serious day of painting our new house-- and so much has changed I barely recognize my life. I've started a real plan to make my volunteer cheer coaching an actual paying job so I can worry less about work (which is killing me). I'm barely scraping by in my last course for my degree. My kids miss spending time with me. My husband and I are at odds. I am struggling to write articles, even though I desperately need the money. And I haven't sat down to write fiction in over a month.

It may be time for a good hard look at my life. I really need to get things back under control.

So here's the plan:

1. Today I started the 30 Challenge that I am so fond of, again. It really does help me gain focus.
2. I will choose my battles wisely. Lately it seems I have to fight for everything and most of what I get really wasn't worth the fight.
3. I will start delegating more tasks for cheer and do everything in my power to stay on top of work and coursework tasks.
4. I will stay off of time-wasters (yes, Facebook, I'm talking about you) until my tasks are complete for the day.
5. I will take a look at those tasks and decide what I really need to do (like writing those articles). Everything else gets delegated or erased!
6. I will aim to have everything done before it's time to pick up the kids. That way I can spend more quality time with them. It's shocking how many times a day I say 'Not right now, Mommy's busy/working.'
7. Speaking of the kids, I'm will make a conscious effort to shout less and play more. Hunter and I played tag the other night before I had to coach and we both really enjoyed it.
8. I will take a little more time for me. I need to start running and doing yoga again.
9. I will get more sleep. Too many nights I lay awake until the wee hours reading (because it is the only time I can read) and am groggy and grumpy the next day.
10. I will start writing every day again. I miss writing and I really do feel lost without it.

I don't expect it all to happen at once, of course. It will be a work-in-progress for a while yet, but I'll keep at it. If I only accomplish a few of these things I know I'll be much better for it.

Now, I'm off to write! Night all!

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