The kids are napping and I’m sitting on the couch, enjoying the quiet. The lights are off here in the house and it’s a little darker than normal due to the overcast skies outside, which makes things feel sleepy and cozy. I’m debating making myself a cup of hot chocolate, because at 76 degrees it’s practically cold for an August day in Texas. 😉
It’s relaxing to just sit down and write. Oftentimes I don’t post my random thoughts and writings on the blog because I want everything to be just right. Nice graphics to accompany the blog post. The right formatting in the post to catch the reader’s eye.
Well, today I’m just writing. Just to write.
They say if you practice writing a little bit everyday it becomes easier and more intuitive – kind of like an exercise for your brain. I want to start writing a little each day like I used to when I kept a diary. Not necessarily here on the blog, but just in a notebook or something for myself.
There are a lot of things I want to do everyday, but never time for it all. Or maybe there is time, but I’m not organizing my day in a way to find it.
In college I loved schedules. I loved how my day was all planned out in my planner, all the way down to who I was having dinner with most evenings. Schedule. Rhythm. Predictability.
I’ve been less scheduled lately. When Caleb was born and I quit my jobs I fell out of the habit of keeping a schedule. Of course, the kids’ nap time is scheduled – and bed time for that matter. But the rest is kind of free. The flexibility is nice, and not nice. I think it’s time to get back a bit more of a schedule, a bit more of a plan. Predictability is good for kids, and for moms too.
Ditching social media, or at least checking in considerably less often, would likely also clear up some time in my day. I wrote recently about putting down my phone, something I wrote because I needed to hear it, not because I’m good at it.
They say that the habits you form in your 20s are generally your habits for the rest of your life (or something like that.) Well I have just over two years left to work on forming good habits! (Is 30 really that close already?!)
But anyway, right now I’m writing, so at least I’m working on that habit.
I read a post recently about blogging that really resonated with me. That blogging of late has turned into a contest of who can snag the most views, the most shares, the most pins. I don’t want that to be why I blog. Views are nice – gratifying really – but they can’t be why I blog. If I don’t enjoy the process – first and foremost the writing, as well as everything else (and trust me, there’s a lot of everything else) then there’s no point.
But I do enjoy it and am thankful for this little piece of the internet that is all mine, that provides me a place to leave my overcast afternoon musings.
Well, the kids will be up soon so I’m off! Thanks for stopping by and listening to my ramblings. 🙂