Normally I hate mornings, Monday morning especially, but this week I am trying to do things a little differently. I am trying to see Mondays in a whole new light. Mondays are new beginnings, Mondays are full of potential! So I think I am going to start doing posts every Monday, hopefully earlier in the day than this one, and include summeries of the week before, goals for the week coming up, and “intentions” for the week. By intentions I don’t mean a to do list I mean a a sort of personal affirmation, a way of thinking or being for the week. So let’s do this!
“Attitudes are contagious. Are yours worth catching?”
― Wendy & Dennis Mannering
Last week was a pretty good week. I got more writing done. I still feel like I am just an average writer but I have found joy in it. Really it has been over the past few weeks that I have really gotten into this blog and tried to make it something.
I want to say a quick thank you to all my new followers and commenters. I try to get back to everyone and check out their blogs too. I’m still apprehensive about leaving comments of my own on other blogs but my goal is at least two a day. The community here on WordPress is amazing and I really want to be a part of it. So two comments a day and find more blogs to follow. If you want to leave a comment here or on any of my posts or pages I will definitely check your blog out.
I have been working on writing at least 750 words a day on top of writing for this blog. I signed up for the monthly challenge over on 750words.com and I got busy on Friday, the 2nd, and forgot to write. I am really disappointed in myself and I will be donating $5 to the website since that was my pledge if I didn’t write daily. Just sucks I messed up on day 2!
I have noticed a tendency to slip into bad procrastination habits. I am mindful of it and try to stop my mind from wandering or fighting itself. There are things that I want to get done but fear is getting in the way. I don’t really need to be afraid though. When I think about it just trying new things is an accomplishment in and of itself. My girlfriend has been so supportive and tells me she’s proud of me for doing this. She knows I like writing and I think she sees this as putting myself out there in a small but significant way and she thinks it’s good.
I’m doing ok with the quitting smoking thing. We went out with friends Friday night and I couldn’t resist drinking without buying a pack of cigarettes. I’m also having trouble dealing with irritation without smoking. It’s funny high stress situations I can handle, mild irritation, I have to smoke. I’m working on it and I am doing really well. I stay positive and try again every time.
This week I hope to do 750 everyday and post here 5 or 6 times. The words are easier because I can write however I want. Here I have to focus and have a topic and decent grammar. I am also thinking of doing an outline for a short story. I want to write one but I want to take my time with it. I’ve never written a story before so for now just research and an outline. I’m also going to try to find a few blogs that feature short stories. I’m looking for a bit of inspiration. Having never written anything like that I don’t really know how to go about it. Anyone out there who can offer any tips that would be GREATLY appreciated!
Another big thing I want to do this week is start drawing again. I used to draw a lot. I was in love with charcoal for a long time. I like to do more realistic drawing of human and animal anatomy but my goal is to change it up a bit and add a touch of fantasy. I also want to learn to work with other mediums, particularly ink and water color. I have some ideas for a graphic novel too. Small steps though! So this week I just need to put the pencil to paper and sketch a bit. Nothing too big, I have no expectations of myself. Just putting pencil to paper will be an accomplishment.
“The impossible can always be broken down into possibilities.”
So this week I will accomplish my goals by being mindful of where I waste my time and what I waste my time on. I need to focus and prioritize! That does not mean that every moment needs to be filled with productivity. There will be time for relaxing but I need to make sure my free time is filled with the things that matter. Free time need not be wasted time. More time with my girlfriend is important, more time with family and friends is important, more time scrolling through Facebook and checking bullshit emails is not.
So what are your goals for the week? How are you accomplishing them? I’d love to hear any ideas or tips, or even just words of encouragement. I could really use them you know. :)