It’s NaNoWrimo time and that means a whole month of being consumed in fiction land. It means long mornings of typing away, trying not to get in my own way, and lots of delicious coffee to give me the shakes at the end of each focused writing session.
Ah, can’t wait.
I’ve been on this wonderful sabbatical. I spent almost 3 weeks just working on the house, trying new dishes, walking the dogs, being with the family. I read Essentialism by Greg McKweon and still working on Pema Chodron’s When Things Fall Apart. The first book would seem to be more for the running of a company or management, coaching, maybe leadership, but I got so much out of it and applied most of the concepts to my daily life and work.
I’ve been spending my off hours simplifying the house, the life, the schedules. Less to do, more time to focus on what is important. The idea is to let go of all that isn’t helping us focus on the big things.
So, what is the big thing, the main focus? That will be different for all of us. For some it is family. Period. For others it may be running a shop or business. Writing a novel. Running a 10K. Becoming vegetarian.
I still am trying to pare my ambitions down. Family is my life, but I need creative outlets. I have so many. I still don’t have an answer. I think it will take time to know what to focus on. I love to write, enjoy my channel. One side is reading novels, writing books, honing my skills as a writer. Then there is YouTube and filming, sharing, not editing.
Then there is the household. I see when a person has a main focus, they do well. When a person does too many things they water everything down and don’t truly thrive in any of the many works they try to accomplish.
I was inspired the other night by a channel made by a Gypsy wife and homemaker. Gypsy wives take enormous pride in having immaculate, super clean homes. It is truly a thing with them. This was a young wife who cleaned like nothing I have ever witnessed. I scan the housecleaning channels all the time to get inspired to rise from my kitchen chair and move mountains. Or dust bunnies at least. But all the “clean with me” vlogs are the same. Run the vacuum, wash some dishes, that weird YouTube music, put toys away…
But this gal could clean. Maybe not as green as some would like but she had the cleanest house in the West. I was inspired and put to shame all at the same time. As one subscriber commented, she loved the Gypsy wife cleaning videos and felt they made her a much better homemaker for her family.
As a homemaker, I can say that there is just something about a freshly cleaned house. I have hired house cleaners in the past as a gift to myself and coming home to a house that was so clean, tidy, put in order, and smelling of soapy cleaning detergents…there is nothing like it. I feel like I can think clearly, I feel centered, grounded…zen like!! Maybe not, but it is a wonderful thing.
So, this wife cleans and takes care of her family. She does vlog about it. She said it feels like when one keeps a journal to share and express their feelings. She keeps it simple. Family and great pride in a clean home.
I have been purging and downsizing but I honestly can’t seem to be in that “sweet spot” yet…or even close. My house doesn’t feel that fresh, scrubbed clean and I don’t seem to have enough time in the day.
The culprit is online work. When I took a few weeks off from working online I felt like time and space opened up for me. I had time to take long walks with children, time to read to myself and Sam, time to get the garden ready for winter. Now I’m back to work on the computer and short on time again.
I’ve ordered a stack of novels and I’m outlining my story for NaNo. In the next few days I’m going to clean like crazy and upload vlogs. In the month of November I will be completely focused on my writing and reading. I will probably not be on here blogging for the month as I can’t split my writing work up and spread it out like that. The vlogging for YouTube was already filmed and made into mini vlogs. I actually have a months worth or more, so that’s done.
I would love it if anyone wants to join me in NaNoWrimo. One year six people from the channel joined me and it was such fun support and community. This year I believe four people will be joining the group.
If not, have a great November and happy holidays!!