Monday, October 13, 2014

Monday Maunder: My Plate is Full

How can it already be Monday again?!?

Seriously, it seems just a couple of days ago that I was writing last week's Monday Maunder, sharing the latest readathon results and wrapping up the month of September.  Now, we are quickly approaching the middle of October and I am back at the beginning of the week to start the whole routine over again.  Life has just gotten so crazy and it is taking me a bit longer than expected to adjust back to working full-time.

My day is full of appointments, meetings, paperwork, and an exploding email inbox.

I leave work to chauffeur my kids to their activities, which I really actually enjoy watching them participate in.

I finally get home to eat, clean up a bit, and sit down to relax; finally getting the time to read or write.

As I think about it, I think that my plate is full.  My work is the meat of the day.  Time spent with my kids (even if a lot of it is in the car) is the grains . . . and one of my favorite parts.  My time to read and write and relax is the fruits and vegetables.  And, I clearly have been neglecting one of the most important food groups to balance out my diet.  I need more of those fruits and veggies!

Thank heavens I have a few things coming up that will help fill that deficiency!

The first is Dewey's Readathon this Saturday!  I have already warned my family that I expect to sit home and read all day (with the exception of my son's football game, of course).  And, that is what I plan to do!  I will share the details of what I plan to read later this week, once I see where I am at with my reading in the next few days.

The second is NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).  I had planned to participate in this last year, but failed miserably.  This year, I am giving it another go and hope to have a better plan than I ever have before.  I have been trying to build writing into my work day, which results in me spending my lunch hour hidden in a corner at work with my pen and paper.

When I think about how full my plate is, it makes me feel better to think about all the good that is coming.  It feels good to know that I can still fit in the things that I love and that fill me up . . . even if I am missing things along the way.  The house isn't clean every single day.  The laundry piles up.  I may postpone deadlines for things that are not really priorities.

Life has had to be altered over the last month, but I finally feel like I am figuring it out.  I am exhausted by the end of the day, but sleeping better.  I am reading less, but am still reading almost every single day.  My plate is full, but I still get a little dessert every now and then, indulging in the sweets of life.  I can live with that!

(It has been a hard month as I transition into this new routine.  This is me trying to be positive, and I actually feel like it might be working!  On that note, it's time to publish and go read in bed!)

What fun things do you have coming up that are filling the voids in your life?!?  Will you be joining in the readathon or NaNoWriMo with me?


  1. I wanted to join in NaNoWriMo this year, but looking at my November, I'm thinking I'll have too much on my plate to set 50,000 words as a goal. Well done you for joining up, and very very good luck to you!

    1. Jenny @ Reading the End ... Thank you! I will need all the luck I can get I think! :)

  2. Your plate is VERY full, Tif! So is mine which is why you'll never catch me doing a challenge. I hope you're not taking too much on 'cause NaNoWriMo, though it can push people to write, can be an awful lot of pressure, I'd think. Good luck!

    1. ... Thank you! If it gets to be too much, then I will probably step away from it. BUT, I do like the accountability and support during the month. Here's to hoping that life cooperates! :)

  3. You can do it! And I will be doing both of them with you! :)

  4. I like your food analogy. My life diet is very frequently out of balance. Lately I've been working toward balance again and it feels good! Now it's time for readathon, a ridiculous exercise in unbalance ... but I love it. :) See you there!

    1. Kristen M. ... A day every now and then out of balance is usually okay! BUT, the hard part is keeping the rest of the days in balance. It's a real struggle!


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