So summer break is in full swing here at my house and after the festivities of the last two weeks, from a birthday party to a graduation and an open house, I finally feel like my summer break has officially started.
However, while my summer break is “officially” starting I am also in the trenches of college life since I decided to take three courses this semester; and with summer courses you are basically doing double the work within a week because the semester is half the time as the regular fall and spring semesters.
Today I started questioning whether or not I made a good decision to sign up for three college course, but then I was quickly reminded of the GOOD that has already come from signing up for these summer classes, and I do feel like it is worth it.
But now I am really working to manage school life, my three children being home, and writing plus another goals I have been wanting to reach along the way. It seems my brain wants to go into “summer mode” where all I do is go on vacations and hang out at the pool all day, but so much still needs to be done.
As a writer, I am so thankful for the opportunity to work within my own schedule and be at home during the summer months when my children are out of school. But I think with everything there needs to be balance and grace.
As I look at my personal blog it pains me to see the last post I put up on my blog was at the beginning of MAY! This makes me sad because I love my personal blog, but right now I think I just need to give myself grace because life has been busy with a lot of transition and major events.
Grace is my pace this summer.
With school I have deadlines.
My children do not want to spend their entire day in a house while I spend all my time on a computer.
I don’t want to spend my summer days on a computer.
Grace needs to be my pace this summer.
Yes, I want to reach my goals as a writer but I also want to reach my personal health goals, too.
So with that being said, I just want to encourage you all to be gracious to yourself on this writing journey, and especially during these summer months. I know not everyone lives within the constraints of having children at home, or even the season called WINTER that gives you cabin fever and makes summer extra special; however, I do feel we can all understand that some seasons are busier and more time-consuming than others. For me, now is that season.
In the past I have often taken the entire summer off from writing, but I have found that is not the answer for me because I love writing; however, on my personal blog the weekly blogs posts might change to monthly posts just for the next couple of months; and with an attitude of grace, I am Ok with that.
As for #writerwednesday I plan to keep my weekly posts going up during the summer, and if anyone would like to be featured one week then please contact me and I will get back to you!
Do you find the summer months to be more difficult to keep up with a writing routine? Do you struggle with guilt or the pressure to maintain your regular routine even though your routine is changing? Do you feel routine is something that can be flexible or extremely rigid no matter what the season? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
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