How did I do it all?

slice-of-life_individualThe March Challenge is creeping up on us! I have done this challenge for the last 9 years, for sure. The first few years I was working full time with kids, grading papers, making lesson plans, teaching and mentoring young teachers. My own children were just out of the house but we were still tracking them and helping them into the adult world of work. It was a busy time and yet I did the challenge to support my own writing and with my students to support theirs. It was a busy time.

As the years have progressed – I retired to part time working but not the daily classroom teaching. My own children took flight into the adult world of work and partners so our role as parents slowed down as well. I had begun to think about the old avocations that I use to do – quilting, drawing and such. Pulling them out and giving them a try once again. I continued to write and decided to helping with the welcome wagon for the challenge. Not as busy these days so writing was a bit easier for sure.

Now in 2020 I sit with grandson in front of me playing, having just come home from a few hours of work. Little Man takes up most of our days as to be expected IMG_7826.JPGwith a soon to be 8 month old. Playing, pooping and eating are big things at our house Monday – Friday. I have my quilt that I have been working on for years and set a goal to finish soon. I have also increased my botanical drawing and painting so that means class for me on Saturday and homework during the week – paintings to do and practice, always practice when learning a new skill. There is the writing of this blog and my personal journal . The days slip by quickly and by the time the sun goes down, Mason goes home and dinner is done so am I. But there is still so much to do.

All this reflection leads me to wonder

  • Can I really do the March challenge this year?
  • Can I write daily for a whole month?
  • Do I have something new to say each day and the time to think it through and write it down?
  • Can I do the welcome wagon – commenting on peoples posts? I love reading and leaving notes for new writers but…

How did I do it all back in the day?

I was able to do it many years back but now my time seems to be taken up in new ways. I am also a bit older, dealing with the usual aches and pains that come with an aging body so by evening I like stepping back to be a consumer instead of a producer. I prefer to read or watch something instead of creating -the painting, drawing or writing. It seems harder or slower as the evening comes on.

So can I do it? Can I make the push to write daily?

Here is what I have committed to for myself –

  • Yes, I will sign up and try to push through to write daily – it is good practice and keeps my brain active. (Reading Llama, Llama Zippity Zoom several times a day is not keeping my aging brain sharp that is for sure but little man loves it!)
  • Yes, I will try my best but not get mad at myself if a day is missed.
  • Yes, I will write but it may be that some posts will be shorter than my usual post of 500 words or more and I will be ok with that.
  • Yes, I will do the Welcome Wagon just because – I know it is important to new writers to have support. It makes a difference I know.

I will be taking an on line class in drawing plants and animals during March, as well, so it may mean some of my posts I will share that work. Easy pease right? A few comments and a few pictures. It might make a great post.

The thought is how do I keep my writing and my drawing going. Both are important to me. The writing is easier and drawing and painting hard – the art is the new skill but I do want to do it. The quilt, well it will just have to wait until April before I get much further with it. I have to find a way to focus this crazy world of new avocations, part time work and full time Little Man. Somethings will just need to wait.

Beside it will be March which means it will be the Tiny Farm growing season. We will begin planting the early garden seeds under the grow lights mid month. The snow will be on its way out and the outdoor walks will begin again in full forces. Oh – so much to do!

How will I do it all?

Such problems! 🙂   I am not complaining really – how wonderful to have these choices, these opportunities and the wonderful communities to be a part of. Thanks Two Writing Teachers for providing this community of writers. When I think of not being a part of this community – I am sad – I just cannot stop writing and checking in on the on-line friends I have made over the years.

So see you in another few weeks to share a daily hello through our words, stories, poems and adventures!  If you are like me and are wondering can you do – just say yes and let’s see what happens.  We might surprise ourselves!

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About Joanne Toft

I am a retired Minneapolis Public School teacher. I walk, garden, help in schools and write. Life is good!
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4 Responses to How did I do it all?

  1. onathought says:

    This is inspirational! I have been trying to figure out if I can do it again this year myself … I haven’t been good at the Tuesday slicing! But, the March challenge is so important to me… I need to find a way!!!! I bet you will have a lot of slices about that cutie grandson!

  2. arjeha says:

    You raise so many of the same questions I have as well. My biggest question is will I have time to write daily with all that is happening. I will give it a try. That is all I can say. I applaud your commitment.

  3. Ramona says:

    Oh, I hear you. I could have written this post. I’m watching 2 grandsons three days a week. When those days are done, I’m exhausted. Still thinking about whether I’ll commit this year.

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