Today is the day.

The day to load up the backpack and venture to new settings. To learn new things. To try something different. To catch up with old friends and make new ones. To start fresh with organizational plans, empty notebooks and brand-new crayons. To establish routines. To set new goals.
It’s the first day of school!!! (Can you tell I’m excited?)
I’ve been looking forward to this day for a very long time. (And not just because the squabbling siblings will be otherwise occupied.) My baby is starting 1st grade and I’ll actually have the whole day to get my stuff done instead of dropping everything mid-morning so I can go pick him up.
I’m establishing some new routines for myself as well as a list of ambitious goals for the school year.
First off, it’s past time for me to get into shape with a consistent exercise plan. So, after the kids are out the door, I’m heading to a gym. I’ll get the heart pumping, sweat pouring, calories burning and mind churning. When I’ve abused the flab long enough, I should be fired up and ready to write for 3 hours.
Speaking of writing, I developed a list of weekly goals that should take me through the first semester of school. Finish writing the WIP (6 chapters to go), revise last year’s novel, revise the current novel, write 5 or 6 articles, revamp the website, and brainstorm the next book. Second semester should cover writing the next book and searching for an agent. (Hopefully, I can spend next summer reading, growing and brainstorming instead of grappling with a first draft.)
Once the writing block is done, my new routine will shift gears to lunch, the part-time job, after-school activities, and fixing supper. Evenings and weekends will be reserved for football games, reading, and family time.
That’s my back-to-school plan.
I know, like the real back-to-school emotions, the novelty will soon wear off and it will become drudgery. But, I hope by then to have made enough progress to motivate me to keep pushing forward. After all, if I can quit for the day when the school bell rings, that’s incentive enough.
What about you? What routines work for you? How long does it take before you get bored? Did you like going back to school or dread it?
Changing Seasons
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3 thoughts on “Changing Seasons

  • August 17, 2010 at 5:14 am

    >LOL. I hated school. I was a little quiet and people thought I was weird. I get bored pretty easily, and lose concetration really fast. And I hate routine. Routine is hazardous in my life. If I feel constricted, I get nothing done. If I feel free, I get everything done! ;o)

    Are you a writer? Then you MUST enter this CONTEST!

  • August 17, 2010 at 10:03 am

    >I loved summer vacations, and I loved school most of the time. For a few years in grade school and junior high, dealing with bullies made school loathsome for me. When I love something, I can pour myself into it for hours, but currently I struggling with finding a routine because I'm feeling discouraged with my writing. Once I'm sure the direction God has for me, discipline with a routine won't be a problem.

  • August 17, 2010 at 12:47 pm


    Sounds like a great plan to completely change the routines of your life. I love this take on things and in doing so you are taking care of you as well!

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

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