Welcome to Life List Friday! First order of business is to welcome David Walker to our illustrious list of LLC writers! We are so happy to have you with us, David!
Note: I’m guest posting over at Jennie Bennett’s blog today. Please stop by there when you’ve
had enough of thoroughly enjoyed Jess’ post. And don’t forget that you can blog hop to all the other writers’ blogs. They’re all listed in my sidebar.
Jess Witkins claims the title Perseverance Expert. She grew up in a small Wisconsin town as the much younger youngest sibling of four, she’s witnessed the paranormal, jumped out of a plane, worked in retail, traveled to exotic locations like Italy, Ireland, and Shipshewana, Indiana, and she’s eaten bologna and lived to tell about it! She deals with it all and writes about it! Come along on her midwest adventures; Witkins promises to keep it honest and entertaining. Go ahead, SUBSCRIBE, you know you want to.
Hello, Marcia and Marcia’s readers! It seems very fitting that this post should be placed at my co-conspirator’s blog. After all, Marcia, you’re the one who started all this! And let me tell you, readers, when Marcia sets her mind to something, she can be QUITE persuasive. Truth is, I’m so grateful.
I’ve met and become friends with some of the most intelligent, witty, and productive people blogging today, many of whom are Life List Club contributors. There’s just one little thing. I felt like I wasn’t matching their talents.
Here’s a fun fact about me. I talk very fast. I’m not as bad as say, Six, the best friend on the 90’s TV show Blossom (bou coup points for you if you watched that show), but my childhood nickname was Chatterbox. Because I talk fast, I have a tendency to want change fast in my life. And this past year, that hasn’t been the case, at least not to the extent I had hoped.
So I made a challenge for myself. One week. A one week challenge was why I started blogging 10 months ago. It was a challenge I set up for myself, and I needed another one. Please allow me to introduce you to The Life List Overhaul, or why Boot Camp is better than Baby Steps for some of us.
- Write 5 blog posts ahead.
- Catch up on Warrior Writer Boot Camp, provide feedback on some drafts.
- Listen to audio books while driving.
- Read before bed each night.
- Start up exercising again. (3x/week)
My goals were simple but I needed them in order to prove to myself I COULD DO IT ALL. If you’re reading this thinking, ‘I want to make my own boot camp!’ Good, do! However, know that I planned in advance. My work schedule is ridiculous, meaning it’s never the same and I rarely get to leave on time. I planned two weeks earlier what my goals would be and set them for the week of Labor Day when I would have an extra day to progress. I also knew ahead that I was going to be traveling a lot this week. Both weekends I’d planned trips home to see my family (it’s my sis’ birthday) and I had to drive to Minneapolis for a work training. So, how realistic was I being? Don’t panic, I made myself some rules too.
- Life comes first.
- Wake up early.
- Feelings lie.
That’s all I needed for rules. Those three are getting me through this week very well. I was able to get blogging done early in the morning before my nieces and nephew came over for dinner. I got my work done, and I put them first when they were there. If I wanted more time to read my favorite bloggers, I told myself I had to wake up earlier. Sometimes, “morning me” didn’t like this plan, and my 6 am goal, turned into 7:30, but it’s something I’m still working at. And that rule #3, feelings lie, is very true. Maybe “morning me” didn’t want to wake up, but once I was working on my writing while the day was still quiet, it was really an amazing feeling.
When it came to the reading I wanted to accomplish, I made it through an entire audio book during my 6 three-hour drives this week, which made me feel I hadn’t wasted time doing non-writerly things. And reading before bed let me get in at least a chapter a day, since I’d been spending all my work breaks still working.
When it comes to working out, my feelings lie a lot! So I started easy. No use kicking my butt to torture myself, I wanted to use it as a reward. So I started the week with a walk in the marsh with my honey. And while we walked, we got to see a female crane fishing up close. And the hammock time we put in afterwards was a great reward! I’m going to complete my two other work out days by doing an at home workout. I do 30 reps of sit ups and push ups, time for stretching, and weights. Then when I’m home, I’ll go to the gym in the morning and get back on that blasted elliptical machine.
‘Life comes first’ is a tough rule for me to follow, but a necessary one. I didn’t want to miss seeing my family just to get all my writing done that day. I needed to space it out and wake up early. At the same time, obstacles arise, and if my writing time got cut short, I needed to remember that ‘Life comes first’.
So now you know why I chose boot camp over baby steps. I have a need to prove myself, even to myself. Maybe that’s messed up, but this week did show me what’s possible if I set my mind to it. I made progress with my goals, and I learned a lot about myself and how I work best too. And I was constantly reminded that ‘LIFE comes first’.
Have you ever had to force yourself into boot camp? What goals were you trying to achieve? What rules do you need to remind yourself on?
stalk visit Jess:
E-mail: jessi.witkins (AT) gmail (DOT) com
Jess, you inspire me! Thank you so much for this empowering post!
You know I love hearing from you and anxiously await your comments! Let’s throw Jess some
tomatoes comment love!
Now don’t forget to get on your pogo stick and hop over to Jennie Bennett’s blog, A Book, A Girl, A Journey, to visit me, then keep on hoppin’!