Get in Gear for the New Year

Wow. In more than two years of blogging I've never taken more than a week off here or there. Over the holidays I took a two and a half week break.

We had two family reunions in two separate states. I cooked and baked enormous amounts of food. We visited the incredible Grand Canyon. We nursed my sixteen-year-old son, who was sick the entire vacation. And we said goodbye to a beloved cat, who passed away while we were gone. 

It was a break full of ups and downs. Can you imagine how much writing I got done?

That's about right.

So here I am, trying to find the wherewithal to get back into my routines. It's hard. I have to work on taxes. And Fafsa applications for two kids. And the dozens of things that go along with life.

But I'm going to write today. Even if it's only for 30 minutes while waiting in the orthodontist's office. My daughter suggested I go back to using the Pomodoro Technique of time management. She's probably right.

If you're having trouble getting back to your routines, check out the new Writer's Digest article, 6 Simple Ways to Reboot Your Writing Routine. Number one was the tip I really needed to read.

How is the new year treating you? Are you starting off with a bang, or do you need to get in gear, too?


  1. I thought the WD article was really good...funny how sometimes the obvious solutions are the ones we most need to hear.
    I'm off to writing! :) Good luck with yours.

  2. Glad you're back! So sorry about the lows, but yay for the highs! <3

  3. @Faith: I needed to hear them all. Glad you're writing!

    @Angela: Yup, the highs were high, and the lows were low, but it was a wonderful break, all in all!


  4. Glad to have you back. Sorry about your kitty. :-( We lost a kitty, too. He was 15 and wonderful.

    Thank you for the writing tips. So far, so good on my end in terms of starting the new year off with a bang.

    Here's to continued momentum. Be well.

  5. I'm so sorry to hear about your cat. I love cats so much. It must have been hard.

    When it comes to writing, I'm giving myself January off to get past all the mayhem that is my new site. I'll be back to it in February, with a new book out in October!

  6. Thanks so much, Sonia! Maybe it's a good idea to take the month off!

    @Janette: Thank you so much. Blackie was a pretty amazing kitty.


  7. Glad you are back and got to visit the Grand Canyon. Sorry to hear about the cat and the sick son. I hope you were able to grab that 30 minutes.

  8. Thank you, Stacy! I'm learning (like you) to snatch time whenever I can. :)




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