|Our Family is Going Places|
Photo by Grace E. Mears, Copyright 2013.
Winter has passed, and the aching sting of death has eased (somewhat) with its passing. Spring has also passed, with its endless possibilities and the hurried rush that accompanies all that promise. Summer is now upon us, and along with the warmth and sunshine, a new life season has definitely made an entrance.
This new season is clearly marked by the end of contemplating new ideas and the beginning of actually making a few of those ideas become a reality. While other folks are out there water skiing, camping, and touring the US, I'm about to enroll in my own personal university--Life U--and fall semester starts on July 23.
For a long time I've tried to find my own rhythm within the rhythm of our family, to understand what derails me and what keeps me on track toward meeting my goals as a wife/mother and as a writer. And to understand how to work within the often chaotic demands of my husband's schedule which can sometimes make it feel impossible to keep any kind of routine going for more than a few days.
That's what this spring has been about. One by one, I've been facing my own personal speed bumps and detours looking for ways to end the constant sense of road construction so that I can get up to speed and put on the cruise control for awhile.
Honing InAfter countless hours spent trying to harness my own energies, corral my varied habits, and hone in on the few things that really matter right now, I've chosen the goals that will receive the most attention in the next four months:
- Business Plan. I am developing a business plan for a media group which will encompass my varied writing projects, including the launch of my first book, my own press, a series of writing/creativity workshops, and the expansion of my jewelry writing.
- Three Pillars of Health: Food, Sleep, Order. As a family, we are dedicating our efforts to learning how to eat for health, to optimize our sleeping hours, and to bring order and functionality into our home. After more than a year of believing this home was temporary, we have accepted the now-ness of our situation and are now transforming this house into a home where we can work from rest.
School ModeAs I mentioned, in order to streamline all my efforts toward the realization of these goals, on July 23, I'm putting myself on "school mode," named for the last time my life was divided naturally with organic breaks in between.
Between July 23 and November 17, I will pretend I'm in college. When I was in college, I kept a regular schedule, rarely missing a class and using the majority of my free time to complete my homework. I did not allow myself to get sucked into novels, computer games, or late nights out with friends on school nights. And I kept a regular bedtime and wake-up time, so that I would not have trouble getting enough sleep each night.
I mapped out my projects and worked on them incrementally and never turned an assignment in late. I was externally motivated to do all these things, as I feared failure. I'm no longer in college, and I no longer have a syllabus handed to me at the beginning of the year. No one is going to pass or fail me, and no one is going to give me a test at the end of the semester.
However, I can create my own syllabus in the form of a detailed outline of my goals and the steps I need to take in order to accomplish them. And the reward for a job well done will be far richer than a grade on a piece of paper. By the end, I will have placed a solid foundation beneath my business, enriching our income potential and paving the way toward the next season's goals. I will have learned the value of the steady administration of my intentions and that I can trust myself to work when I need to work and rest when I need to rest.
Here's to my final days of summer and to the onset of a season of work and rewards!