Though this blog has been left largely neglected for quite some time, my writing has received some very nice nurturing in the form of two great habits I have recently developed. The first has been a solid commitment to doing my morning pages every morning. While this week has had a spotty performance in all arenas (thank you very much to my toddler’s 103º fever!), I have written more consistent, back-to-back morning pages the past two months than any other time since first learning of the practice a couple of years ago.
The second habit is one that was imagined and has been able to happen because of the morning pages. Last month, while my husband’s school year was winding down, I told him that I was going to “go to work” in July. What that meant was that I was going to start treating my writing like it was my job. The hours of my new “job” are Monday-Friday for the first two hours of operation in my local Barnes & Noble. Each morning, I wake up before everyone else in the house, do my morning pages, eat some breakfast, then get myself together and walk up to Barnes & Noble for their 9am opening where I grab a seat in the cafe and write until 11am.
It has been amazing. I now start my days feeling productive and get home before my family has even begun to embrace the day (I won’t try to count how many times I got home and was asked if I wanted to make breakfast!)
So last night I was listening to yet another episode of the Don’t Keep Your Day Job podcast, where Cathy Heller was interviewing Jeff Goins, and at some point Jeff mentioned a decision he made one day about committing to writing one blog post a day for at least two years straight. And I thought, That might be something I can do… and then I decided I would try to add it to my morning routines.
Today I am running late with everything — waking up, doing my morning pages, and getting to Barnes & Noble — but I realized that if I put off the trying of this new habit today, then it would be even easier to put it off tomorrow, so here it is: a free-flow, fast, off-the-cuff blog post written over my gluten free toaster waffle breakfast — this is not how I typically blog. However, since my typical blogging technique has produced a total of ZERO blog posts in the past seven months, I figured it was time to rethink the model.
I’ll see you tomorrow.
Happy writing, happy reading, and happy living to you!
Do you have any morning routines to help nurture yourself before handing your consciousness over to the world at large?
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I am so excited to announce that my writing group co-organizer has story in an anthology that published TODAY! If you’re looking to celebrate Friday the 13th, here’s a link to a book of shapeshifter stories put together with today in mind. Here’s the description from amazon:
Nothing is quite so deliciously freeing as caving to your instincts. For centuries, shapeshifters have personified our impulse to bow to our animalistic nature. From lycans to skin-walkers and everything in between, shapeshifters give us a chance to connect with our inner-selves and celebrate our intriguing differences, our passions, and ultimately our humanity through their necessity of striking a balance between their human selves and supernatural selves.