When Life Gets in the Way of Writing

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I haven’t been keeping up with my blogging as well as I want to. By the title I’m sure you can guess, life is getting in the way of my writing. I’m no expert on how to handle this, but I thought it might make me feel better to write it out a little bit and maybe during this process I’ll come up with a good way to keep writing even though I am overwhelmed with everything else going on in my life right now. So, here’s what’s going on:

Momming– the one that never ends. I don’t mean that negatively. I just mean it will always be on my list of things I have to do over writing. My three year old daughter is such a delight that I would rather love on her, tickle her, and play with her than do anything else when she’s around.
Full-Time Work– I still have to pay the bills. No matter how much I would love writing to be my work from home, I’m not there yet. 40 hours a week are dedicated to tip-tapping on the keyboard at work instead of at home.
Sleep– The more overwhelmed I feel, the more I want to sleep. I’ve been averaging about 8.5-9 hours a night. It makes me feel better, like I can handle all that I have to when I wake up, but I feel like I’m not getting as much done as I could be.
Moving– This is one of those mother-load distractions. I get consumed in packing and carting stuff back and forth between old and new. It’s all I want to do, because I just want it done. I still have 11 days till my lease is up on my apartment, and being the procrastinator I am, it will take me 10 days to get everything done.
Relationship Issues–  I won’t go into detail with this one out of respect for my partner, but we are dealing with some tough issues together, meaning our relationship requires more attention than it usually does. I’m happy to do this and I love going through the healing process with him.
Self-Discovery and Healing- I have just come to terms with a lot of things in my past that led me through such a self-destructive path before. I’ve made many changes in my life to better myself, but now I have the difficult task of dealing with all the things from my past that I’m ashamed of so I can move on from it. This is requiring book and website research, counseling, and opening up to certain people in my life.

So that’s what I’ve got on my plate this week and next…and possibly the next. Can you see why I’m overwhelmed? Why it’s so hard to squeeze in a bit of writing. Right now, the only way I’m getting to accomplish any kind of writing is by doing about 20-30 minutes of writing in my latest book at work on my break while I eat some lunch and writing in my journals (which I’ve become a little obsessed with and have quite a few journals I do every night.) I write in my gratitude journals, naming 4-5 things from my day that I’m grateful for. I write in my self-discovery one a day journal to learn more about myself. I write in my “This Is Me” (a journal I just put together recently that is for sale on Amazon) to learn more about my past and why I am the way I am. I write in my letters to God journal, which is my written way of praying. And finally I do a little tracking in my bullet journal so I can see patterns in my life to make necessary changes. While it may seem like I’m not getting much writing done, it turns out I am still practicing each day to further my talents. Even right now, writing this blog is helping me to hone my skills. My advice, if you’re feeling too overwhelmed to write, would be to do a little here and there throughout your day. It may not feel like you’re getting much done, but it does add up in the long run.

How do you squeeze writing in when you’re overwhelmed with daily life? I’d love to hear your tips and tricks in the comments section below!

 

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