A NEW day in the life

Happy New Year everyone!

Remember my previous post from November, the one in which I shared the sordid details of my life as an aspiring novelist?

Well, nothing has changed–and everything has changed.

Update:

I’m not going to lie, my morning is exactly the same until the time I would have normally got ready for work (I was laid off). I am still not a morning person and I still struggle in getting everyone off to school. It is what it is.

Around 9:00 am~I’m exercising now. Swear. I do 20 jumping jacks, then 20 push-ups or ab crunches, and then 20 deep knee bends or mountain climbers. I repeat this 3x. I try to squeeze in a 15-20 minute walk after lunch too. This is previously unheard of in my life.

By 10:00 am~I’m searching for jobs online, because it is a requirement for unemployment benefits. I have gone on 4 job interviews but no job offers. I am fine with this, because I would rather be a full-time published author. My husband is very supportive and wants me to finish my book too, which helps a lot. 🙂

By 11:00 am~I am writing. Honest to Green Goddess writing. Most often I am just typing and seeing what happens next, to be revised later. The more I just let it flow, the better it is. If I analyze and revise too much, I get stuck or frustrated or over critical.

Lunch~a healthy, allergy-free, delicious meal of my choosing. No rushing. No writing. Just enjoying eating in relative silence. Sometimes I get to go out to lunch with my husband on his days off. Like on a date. Yep, romance is alive and well. 😉

1:00-ish pm~Writing some more. I get lost in my writing. I sometimes can’t feel my legs because I don’t move from my chair until the kids get home.

The rest is about the same. I try not to write at all when everyone is home, because I want to give them my full attention. (Not to mention the interruptions are maddening when I am in mid-sentence.) But, if they’re off doing their own things, I sneak upstairs to the bedroom with my laptop and pick up where I left off. Or I read a book written in the same genre for the same audience, to see how other authors have achieved their success. Or I read a book on publishing and/or marketing my book.

Thank you to all of you who’ve supported me as I’ve lost 29 lbs from avoiding foods I’m allergic to. Amazing. Each time I step on the scale and see another pound or two has melted away, I am so grateful. I’m hoping to lose another 30-40 lbs. I am not attached to a certain number, but I know I had more energy and enthusiasm when I was at that previous weight. At this halfway point I feel more awake–and GLAD to be awake–than I have in a decade, so I can’t wait to see how great I will feel by the summer.  (I am on a doctor-supervised diet called the Paleo Diet, modified for my allergies.)

Life is pretty great.

Here’s to sticking to your new year’s resolutions and making 2013 the best year yet!

~Sadie


related articles by me: How I became a full-time writer, An author’s secrets to creative flow, Door Knockers Beware! (13 secrets to interruption free writing)

 

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