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Taking on mountains

30 Dec

I have been reading a new blog recently, HipWriterMama shares about her writing but also looks to motivate her readers.  [click]  Today, she is sharing inspiration for accomplishing big tasks.  In general, I need this sort of inspiration.  I am naturally sluggish and would prefer to plant my behind on the couch with my laptop in my lap and just chill.  Being a mother and a teacher means that I don’t get a lot of “chill” time . . . leastwise not as much as I’d like.

But, I have responsibilities beyond mothering and teaching.  I am also a homeowner and I need to maintain my home.  I’ve gotten the daily job of dishes down but others get put off and become mountains of laundry and soap scum and . . . well, let’s not think too hard about the state of my toilets, shall we?

Beyond that, I have ambitions.  I want to be a writer.  And, I know I can do it . . . if I work at it.  As most of you know, I took up the challenge of NaNoWriMo to write a novel in a month.  I didn’t accomplish it but I did get 30,000 words written which is way better than a kick in the head (a phrase my son does not understand at all!).  I allowed myself a break after that huge effort and . . . there we are.  Still on break.  Not a single word written in a month.

So, I have a few mountains.  I need to tackle my laundry and bathroom mountains before the new year so that I can start the new year not feeling behind already.  And, I need to tackle my novel again.  Dive in and get to work on it.  I want to finish my rough draft this week.  Can I do it?

Of course I can.  I particularly like that writing my novel involves planting my butt on my couch with my laptop in my lap looking like I’m chilling.  Of course, the beads of sweat on my brow will give me away to the careful observer.

What are your mountains that need tackling?

Clearly, Ruby has some serious napping to do.