If We Were Having Coffee, We’d Talk About … Determination and Time

As you know from last Sunday’s post, things went really well during the first week of NaNoWriMo, NaBloPoMo and challenging myself with my Fitbit.

So if we were having coffee, I would update you on how these challenges are going.

You would have the choice of either Kahlua flavored coffee or Hot Apple Cider. Both are great so you’d have a choice.

If we were having an evening coffee, I would tell you that …

  • I hit the mid-way mark at 25,565 NaNoWriMo words towards my novel-in-progress;
  • I’m still going strong with having posted 15 out of 30 days with the NaBloPoMo challenge. I can’t say it enough – a tentative blogging schedule with potential ideas goes a long, long way; and
  • I missed a treadmill day due to “life” but I still feel good at having achieved 64,843 Fitbit steps. “Most” is better than none, right?

If we were having an evening coffee, I would also tell you that …

I received a compliment from a wonderful fellow blogger about how well I’ve been keeping up with all that I’m doing and how they wished that they had time to write like I do.

Right now, it’s less about finding the time and more about keeping up my determination to prove to myself that I can actually write every day.

One thing is for sure, this month has taught me a valuable lesson that I have heard millions of time but always guffawed at…that when there is something or an activity that you truly enjoy, you will find a way to spend time doing it.


Because you enjoy it.

Between a full-time job, eldercare responsibilities, more than one household to manage and outside projects to regulate, I definitely don’t have a lot of time, just like everyone else in this busy, busy world.

But I have been forcing myself to find every opportunity to squeeze my writing in.

Yes, my nose is constantly buried in my Evernote app as I jot down notes while on the treadmill, standing in line at the grocery store, at the garage waiting for my mechanic to swap out my summer tires…you get the idea.

But at the end of a long, hard day, I look forward to molding and shaping what I have jotted down during the day into to “something” more concrete while listening to tv and before turning in for the night. Instead of aimlessly surfing the internet as a ways to de-stress, “writing” has turned into a “de-stressing” and “relaxation” process.

So that’s how I have been managing to post everyday and keep up with word counts this November.

No hocus pocus or magic formula. Simply maximizing the writing with the little time I do have!   🙂

Now, enough about me.

What you been up to?

I’ve been reading a lot of great posts from you but not as many as I would like due to all the challenges.

Go ahead and tell me “What’s up?” in the comments box.

M xoxo

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24 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee, We’d Talk About … Determination and Time

  1. I’m glad you are getting to do what you love. I have had a busy weekend with the family. I seen two movies and went out to eat three times. I also wrote two posts on my blog. Trying to get better at posting. Have a good week ahead.

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  2. Hey girl! With all the busyness life have for you, it’s amazing how you still manage to write. To be able to keep up with the daily challenges. With everything going on like you’re doing now, keep pushing yourself. You won’t regret it in the end. 😊

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  3. I am so glad that you are keeping up with the challenge! While I am definitely trying to keep up with my writing from the class,I am just writing what I would like to! I will definitely take time this week to at least write a post or two from their prompts! Good job on using the fitbit as well! 🙂 I have a vivofit which is very similar, but I have to wear a heart rate band I don’t have to charge my battery.

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