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Of polar bears and other disasters

The best laid plans of mice and er, polar bears?

This poor bear has had better days, I’m sure.

When I think back on this week – I can sympathize.
This week has been a writing fail of EPIC PROPORTIONS.
And yes, all those capital letters are on purpose. I mean every one.
I had lovely, manageable goals set out for this week – 4 OneHope stories (2400 words altogether), 2 blog posts and 2000 words on Finding Amy. I managed the blog posts and thats about all. I only managed those because I like you lot so much. The others? Nope. Nada. Nothing. Zip.  Zero.
It has been back to school for my 3 kids which SHOULD equal oodles of writing time. Reality slapped hard though, with me back to work on 2 of my jobs not to mention those lovely night shifts covering books. I hear you moms groaning out there…
Honestly? Not reaching my goals had me in some emotional quicksand.  I feel rather shellshocked.  I’m consoling myself with this… If a polar bears icecap melts out from under him, he can always swim to another. So yes – my ice cap melted out from under me this week. Am I sunk? Nope. I’m just temporarily swimming till my feet hit solid ground again.
How do you manage setbacks?


Comments (11)

  1. Keep swimming!

    Like you, time is a big problem for me. I have learned (the hard way!) just to shrug it off and wait for the next opportunity. If you keep beating yourself up about the lack of progress, you get into a negative reinforcement cycle which is bad for the psyche 🙂

    1. So true M. Thanks. x

  2. I always find that it takes a couple of weeks after school goes back to settle into a new routine anyways, so be kind to yourself 🙂 Like Merrilee says, there is no point beating yourself up – the next iceberg will be along any day now 😉

    1. I know you are right. Its the feeling that life is completely out of my control that leaves me panicky. But… as you ladies have said… just need to keep at it. This is a marathon after all, not a sprint. 🙂

  3. I’ve always found that long term goals have been kinder to me than short term goals. We have so little control sometimes on the every day events, especially as parents. Agree totally with JC and M above, definitely not something to beat yourself up for. The only guarantee we have is that we will have interruptions to our goals from time to time. I’d say make sure that you have (worked in to your goals) at least a day off a week and perhaps two counting family / kiddie time – not even counting quality kiddie time, but clean up the puke and hold her hand while she falls asleep time 🙂
    In EVERYTHING, never forget to say ‘god willing’ and trust Him to order things as they should be for reasons we may only find out ‘OD’.
    VASBYT my vriendin!

    1. So much wisdom in what you say. x

  4. Oh, just to add… setting goals is NOT for sissies… sometimes it’s a double edged sword – the very thing that motivates us can demotivate us just as quickly when we ‘appear to’ fail at it.

    I get knocked down… but I get up again!

  5. And here I thought I was the only one pressed for time. It just seems like there are not enough hours in the day to accomplish all that we set out for sometimes as working mothers. But I have have come to the conclusion that it’s okay. As long as we try each and every day then that is all that matters. Keep your head up and know that you are only human! 🙂

  6. Thanks Michelle. So nice to know I’m not alone. Gosh its a juggle!

  7. Thanks for stopping by my blog. It seems artistic blocks and writing blocks are similar.

    Poor bear. Poor you!

    Hope things turn around.

    1. Thank you M.K. I love art, even though I’m not a painter. Your blog is full of beautiful things. 🙂

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