I’m not sure where Summer has been running off to. I keep trying to catch it, but I think Fall might find her before I do.
I thought it would be my time to be super productive with my writing. I’d work hard on my blog and fiction, get projects done around the house, garden, and spend time with my kids. I have at least done slightly better with the kids than with my writing and everything else.
(Here’s a side note to my readers not from Minnesota: We take our summers seriously. Our public schools generally end the first week of June and don’t return until after Labor Day. We take vacations, plan weddings, attend fairs and all other outdoor events with vendors, food trucks, and music. We have cook outs, family reunions, and pool parties. Many spend their weekends at the cabin or camping. We don’t have many nice, warm months here, so we get busy.)
I also worked more than I typically do which made me feel like summer went even faster. And lately, it feels like life will never slow down. So I remind myself if I use busy-ness as an excuse for not following my dreams, I never will.
So the real question is…what’s stopping me? What is getting in the way of me committing to daily writing time?
Some blocks I am aware of and know how to fix. Others I am aware of, but not certain how to fix. And I’m sure there are more I don’t even know exist. (This, I believe, comes from some school of philosophy I kind of remember from my long-ago college days.)
I know one of my blocks is not prioritizing writing.
So why not? Why am I not earnestly pursuing my dreams? Or making sacrifices to achieve my goals?
Because another block for me is lack of motivation and/or laziness—call it what you will. I can be more productive with my time, but I’m choosing not to. Instead I’m procrastinating and pushing aside what is important, allowing myself to be lulled into mind-numbing comforts rather than focusing on what is really important. It’s as simple as shutting off the tv or social media, and picking up my iPad and keyboard. Priorities.
Yet a huge block for me is consistency. I have wonderful plans, but suck at follow through. I wrote three different rough draft blog posts over the past month, but didn’t complete any of them. Being inconsistent haunts me in all aspects of my life, and no matter how I’ve tried, I have yet to conquer it. This one gets me a bit…stuck.
I know I’ll have to figure it out eventually, but for now I think for now I’ll work on prioritizing, since at least I know how to do that. It’s also been the biggest difference between whether or not I write. Instead of saying to hell with writing, did I say to hell with everything else? Did I just sit down and write? And when I did sit down to write and was interrupted ten times by my kids, did I still persist and write?
Some days, to get it done, I think the more appropriate question may be—
Am I willing to forsake all, including my own sanity and health, and allow the world around me to literally crumble at my feet, in order to keep writing? Am I willing to lay down my life for it? (This is the dramatic side of me. I love her so much, yet others do not so much. 😂)
I do have something I’m currently trying to help me achieve my goals. It will take commitment and consistency though, so I have concerns. But if it works, I’ll let you know. 😉
How about my beloved readers? What are your blocks? How do you get past them? How are you coming along at achieving your dreams?