DOING IT ALL
By Pam Asberry
We’re just a few short weeks weeks into the New Year but when I look back on those fifty-plus days I am astonished at the number of highs and lows I have experienced already: family drama, personal illness, two major snowstorms, an unexpected romance. Happily, things seem to be settling down a bit; of course I can’t change my family, but now I am healthy, the snow has melted, and the romance has turned into an engagement. I smile every time I see that beautiful diamond ring sparkling on my left hand. And I’ll give myself credit where credit is due; for the most part I am plugging away at the Things That Make My Life Work. My piano students performed successfully in their first big event of the year, I am making steady progress on my own piano music, and I have lost five pounds. Unfortunately, writing is the activity that always seems to fall by the wayside when the going gets tough and that has certainly been the case so far in 2014. Somehow I’ve got to stop making that my default.
What makes me feel like I am doing my job as a writer?
1. Morning pages every day.
2. Blog posts on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
3. 3000 words a week added to the manuscript.
I am almost ashamed to admit the truth: as a writer, I haven’t just fallen down on the job; I have barely shown up at the workplace. But how to find time to do it all? Get up earlier in the morning? Spend less time on Facebook? Delegate some of the cooking and housework?
I made myself a pendant (pictured above) as a tangible means of encouragement. I’m not sure what else it’s going to take. But I am convinced there are enough hours in the day if I use them wisely. And I know I’m not the only one who struggles with trying to do it all. How do you manage?
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