Now of course, I can easily carry a routinized life to an unhealthy level, so I am trying to learn to allow time for spontaneity: a weekend trip here, a lunch date there, an impromptu get together with friends. But I have had little routine in my life since school started, nearly three weeks now, and it is starting to affect my mood. I feel myself getting anxious for no apparent reason; I am short on patience; I crave to be left alone. And my writing has suffered as well.
I promised myself that I would not waste the new-found freedom that my reduced teaching schedule provides, and I promised myself that I would be faithful to follow the call to write. But so far the only writing I have done is to finalize lesson plans and develop a weekly blogging schedule. For my few faithful followers, you can see how unsuccessful I have been. I thought perhaps if I publicly shared the schedule, it might enforce a bit of personal accountability (which I desperately need). So here are my thoughts...
- Sunday Salon: a general review of my week's reading activity. I read all the time... although lately it has often been non-fiction books related to writing and photography. I am yearning to return to fiction, however, and I think Carl's RIP VIII reading challenge will help. When I maintained my book blog, I always looked forward to this event and participated on a regular basis. This year I am especially excited because I think I am FINALLY going to read the Harry Potter series. My youngest daughter has volunteered to read them again to help keep me accountable, and I would be happy for anyone else to join us if interested.
- Monday Crafts: I have had a fondness for paper crafts for over a decade now --- scrapbooking memories and stamping cards are my favorites. For the past two years I have harbored the idea of marrying this hobby with a ministry by volunteering to make greeting cards for all occasions: birthday, get well, thinking of you...etc. Currently I have over 400 ideas posted to my Pinterest Board, and it is time that I put action to good intention. Posting the finished product would be a simple way for me to stay true to my word.
- Traveling Tuesday. I like the alliteration... and I also want to focus efforts on this style of writing for two reasons. I want to relive the notable adventures of the past, and perhaps uncover a few insights that can only be found with the perspective of a few years' distance. But also, I want to hone this craft .. this vision that I have of pairing one photo with one essay ... so that when we retire and begin our extensive journeys to England, France, and Italy ... I will feel confident in making this dream a reality.
- Writing Wednesday (the mnemonic device of alliteration has always thrilled me). I like the idea of reviewing my writing progress in the middle of the week. I can easily look back to see what I have done, and I can begin to look ahead and plan future goals.
- Photography Thursday: For me, Photography and Writing go hand in hand, you know... a picture is worth a thousand words. If I am going to practice my travel writing skills for future adventures, then I must practice my photography skills as well. I love reading about the subject, and can spend hours viewing photos on sharing sites such as Flickr and 500pix, but somehow I fail to translate this passion to actually taking pictures myself. I want this to change and I hope that a weekly deadline will help me to stay focused.
- Weekend Cooking has been a meme that I have adored since its inception four years ago. In a previous life (that is, long before my teaching career), I was a part-time caterer, but I have always enjoyed creating in the kitchen. I hope to rekindle that passion - and share the journey along with (hopefully) some tasty recipes and cookbook reviews.
I have lots of ideas and great intentions. I just hope that I can be faithful to myself to pursue them.