Finding Time to Fit it all In.

I recently signed up for a 30 day blog challenge.  I must be out of my mind. How am I going to accomplish this and work full time and fulfill mommy duties and spend time with the husband and keep the house in some semblance of order?

The answer in all truth is “I don’t know.”  And “I might fail.” But you never know unless you try so this is me, challenging myself.

Trying to keep up with a schedule can be tricky.  Making sure posts get written and posted isn’t always easy.  These are a few tips and tricks I do use to help keep the inspiration flowing and the words writing.

The Draft Folder

I write lots of drafts.  One of the cool features of most blog publishers is that you have a drafts folder.  This folder is essential to my writing.  When I’m on the omputer this is where I go to dump ideas.  I may write a whole piece, part of a piece or just a few sentences to get me started.  Within these drafts where most of the creating flows from my mind through my fingers into tangible and readable pieces.

Notes

I have a confession to make.  I am not in love with my computer.  I don’t much like trying to pull it out when I am out the house unless I am working or writing.  The babe has an insatiable curiosity about the computer which makes getting anything accomplished on it while he is awake darn near impossible. This is where my phone notes take over.  I am constantly typing little tidbits to myself in my notes and then emailing them to myself to be cut and paste into my drafts folder.  It is an essential part of the way I write because since I almost always have my phone nearby it’s easy to whip out and type a few words, sentences or even a whole piece to be used for blog inspiration.

Pen and Paper

Even in this day and age of technology I still like to scribble down ideas with pen and paper.  I love the sounds of a pen scratching words on paper. I keep a little notepad in my purse to scribble down ideas on the run and when at home or at my desk at work there are plenty of sticky noted laying around with a few words and phrase or sometimes whole poems written in teeny tiny letters to be transformed into working pieces when the time suits me.

The Calendar

The one other feature I love about most blog publishers is they have a calendar to allow scheduling.  I do not always have a chance to write every day and some days ideas flow more freely than others.  On those days I may write to or three pieces ready to roll, but I will hold onto them and use them when it suits me.  The calendar allows me to schedule when I want these pieces to be published so I don’t necessarily have to check into my blog every single day.  Life happens, work gets super busy, house projects take  over your life and kiddos get sick.  The calendar helps ensure that I can still get posts posted without having to drive myself crazy checking into it every single day.

I love writing and I am challenging myself to do something I love every day for a month to see where it takes me.  When is the last time you challenged yourself?  Is it time to take a challenge?  I think it is.  Make 2016 your year and challenge yourself to push your limits by doing something you’ve always wanted to do. . . I dare you!

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A Challenge from a Friend

A friend of mine recently challenged me to watch a documentary.  Our conversation went something like this:

Him: “You should check out the documentary called “Cowspiracy”

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Me: “I probably wouldn’t make it through.  I can’t watch the animal documentaries.  I don’t eat much meat as it is, but after watching a documentary on chickens I couldn’t eat chicken anything for years.  Now it’s only organic free range expensive chickens.”

Him: “There’s nothing like that in it.  You owe it to your son to watch”

I took a little pause after I saw that.  I kind of didn’t like someone telling me I owe it to my son to do something, but another part of me felt a twinge, that maybe I should watch it.  This friend wouldn’t tell me I need to watch something unless he knows it would really mean something to me.

Me: Is it on Netflix?

Him: Yes ma’am!

Me: Ok.  You know I don’t eat cow very often and we drink a lot of almond milk because we already think cow’s milk is a conspiracy?

Him: I know.  This is probably the most important topic we face as a human race.

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Wow, I thought.  What the heck is this documentary about?  I headed over to Netflix to check it out and was glad that I did.  If you haven’t watched Cowspiracy I am passing along the challenge to you to not only watch it, but to watch it and think hard about it and then challenge your friends to watch it.

There are so many things that we face as the human race and one thing we don’t talk about often enough is our food.  Where does our food come from?  What happens when we, as humans consume animals and plants, what does that do to our environment?  How have humans changed the environment by our food habits? Can our planet continue to sustain the ever growing population of humans if we continue on the same path we are currently on?  The answer to that last question is NO, WE CAN’T.  We humans need to make a change.  We need to make changes quickly and en masse if we want to continue to survive on this planet.  But first we need to educate ourselves and some of the problems that no one wants to talk about, so head over to Netflix and watch Cowspiracy.  Or head over to their website if you don’t have Netflix Then let me know what you think!

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Cowspiracy
Filmmakers: Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn
Executive Producer: Leonardo DiCaprio
http://www.cowspiracy.com/