Making a Day Unforgettable #MFRWauthor #amwriting

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Life has been particularly demanding lately. Not bad, but overwhelming in its demands in terms of time, emotions and energy.  That truth is weaving its through all my blog posts of late.  This one is no different. So, I'm going to focus on those things I do to make each day memorable, rather remembering a particular day.

Good days start when I wake up and write in my journal.  This gets the crap out of my system, lets me explore where I am and where I want to be, and sets goals for the day or week or month. One of the reasons I've felt the heaviness of life lately is that my daughter started high school, which means that the time I used in my morning for journaling is now gone. I used to do it 5:30, not having to get her out of bed until 6:30.  Now she's up with me at 5:30, and its turned my morning around.

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Journaling is then followed by yoga stretches, to keep my bad back at bay, and get the body started. While that only takes 10 minutes, I'm still struggling to find the time with the new morning start times.

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The final thing I must do is read myself to sleep.  No matter how tired I am or how late it is, I usually try to sneak in a few pages. I've been doing it since I've been 18, and I can't imagine my life without my word fix.

Oh, and a little wine never hurts.

What is critical to your day?


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6 Responses

  1. I love your take on this topic, Shari! I like to read a bit also at the end of the day. I also have this terrible Solitaire addiction that requires feeding every day, LOL !
    • Shari E
      My addiction is words with friends, which I also do everyday. But it feels more escapist than energizing. Thanks for dropping by.
  2. While I don't start out every day by practicing my oboe, there are times when it fills me with euphoria that lasts a good part of the day. Today was one of the days. Every tune I played seemed perfect. Oboes can have a beautiful tone, but producing it is a complicated mix of embouchure (lips hugging the reed firmly yet loose), breathing (a long column of air from deep in the diaphragm to the nose), and reed (they're the bane of an oboist's existence; I carve my own because you can't buy really good ones). Today my tone was spot on. I played for two hours and scarcely noticed the time. The thrill was very much like the very best moments of writing. But don't get me started on how a bad day's practice makes me feel . . .
    • Shari E
      I promise to not get you started. Thanks for visiting.
  3. Great take on this week's topic. My oldest son is in high school now and they do get up so early. I'm never up that early, just can't make myself get out of bed. For the last 3 years talking to him in the morning had been part of my routine since he didn't leave for school until like 8:30 so it took some getting used having a quiet house by 7:30 once the younger two are off.
    • Shari E
      Thanks, Meka. So true how kids really set out timelines.

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