I’ve been blogging about books since last summer. I had another blog before that but I was not very good about keeping up with it. Working on this has taught me a lot about the book industry and I’ve learned a lot about myself and my in-real-life life. Each week I want to share something that helps me get done all that I want to get done. I want to take some time to start talking about my own writing. It is my hope that by this time next year I will have my own book to share with you and will be looking for people to review what I’ve written.
If you’ve looked at my bio page, you know I have two kids, a dog, and a husband. What you may not know is that I homeschool my two girls. They are currently in fifth and second grade. Homeschooling has been an even bigger adventure than blogging. I taught high school, middle school, and college for twelve years. I have two Master’s Degrees and I started working on my Doctorate. I have been in the classroom, the library, and the administration office. During my tenure, I saw just about every side of education and I saw how it was changing. The system itself is set up to encourage those who would succeed in any arena. But not everyone achieves her full potential in a public school system. I saw too many students, especially girls get lost.
My husband and I were married for twelve years before we decided to have children. When we made that leap, it was important to us that one of us stayed home. I don’t really remember how it came about that I was the one who did it. I guess, I just wanted it.
Being a mother and especially a stay at home mother changed me more than I could have ever expected. Looking back, I don’t know that I would have made some of the same decisions. I can honestly say, though, that I am happy with how everything has worked out.
Most days are totally crazy. I often feel like I am being pulled behind a runaway horse. Organization has been key to getting anything done. I’m still working on that area in my life. I go back and forth between keeping a paper journal/organizer and using an electronic one. Right now I am focusing on an electronic one because I’m trying to carry as small of a purse as possible. I use Google calendar. Each area of my life has a different “calendar” so it will show up in different colors allowing me to keep things separate. Here’s a look at my calendar:
- Pink is for personal stuff
- Purple is for things dealing with the AM Girls (August and Miranda, my daughters)
- Green is for blogging and food planning.
- Orange is for work/ writing.
- Blue is for my husband (we share a portion of our calendars with each other for planning purposes).
- Gray is for Nano stuff (when I participate).
- Red is for gratitude. I started this in February and it works out very well. Each night I get a notification on my phone and I write something I’m grateful for each day in the notes section of this event.
I used a bullet journal last year and I liked it a lot, but I like colors and it took too long to get the right color marker out to use. I recommend a Bullet Journal if you are someone who likes to write things down.
What you can’t see in these pictures is the notes section for appointments. This is where I really organize my thoughts. For example, I work with Sherry Rentschler. I get a lot of emails from her and we talk about many different ideas. I have started keeping track of our conversations in my calendar. It has become a simplistic CRM program.
As my writing and business expand, this system may morph into something else. I’m working on a way to develop a tighter system for my writing so I give myself stricter deadlines and my work flows better. I will be adding those into my calendar.
Now here is the one thing you need to know. Does this always work? Am I always this organized? HECK NO! There are more days when this whole thing falls apart. However, this gives me something to strive towards. It is a goal. Each week gets better and better.