A Writer’s Journey Begins with One Word

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.
~ Ferris Bueller

I suppose you can tell from the date of my last blog post on July 5, 2016 that I’ve been MIA. Actually, I feel like I was more “swept up in action” rather than missing in action as the last half of the year just flew by me like the tennis balls out of a malfunctioning ball machine. I was just trying to fend off life as it came at me at warp speed and wondering how long I could hold out.

My tennis team at SectionalsThe start of this year has produced some interesting changes for me. Due to some bad blood work results at the end of last year which quite frankly, scared the crap out of me, I have made some pretty serious lifestyle changes when it comes to food. I’m happy to report that my new test results were well within normal levels and I’m now working towards maintaining those with my new choices. Just 5 pounds to go
before I reach my weight loss goal, but now the real work begins. Maintaining healthy changes is always the hardest part. Thankfully my husband is also following a healthier routine now with food and exercise which is motivating and makes those dinner choices easier!

I ended my 2016 tennis year with my 40 and over 7.5 combo team winning the state championships garnering us an invitation to Sectionals in Mobile, AL and with my rating being bumped up to a 4.0. We made a great run at the playoffs in Mobile in March, missing out by one individual win to Arkansas who we had beaten in the round robin play. A good showing against the best teams in the Southeast. We were pleased.

There is more to life than increasing its speed.
~ Mohandas K. Gandhi

The new year had me contemplating not only my health and my tennis game, but ways in which to slow life down, live with more intention, and find joy living in the moment. I started by knocking the words “time is just flying by!” out of my vocabulary and trying to enjoy each day fully without wishing away my weekdays for the weekends. This year has seemed to slow down a bit for me, although the looming April 15th tax deadline has made things seem a bit faster lately. We are always last minute to get our taxes done. Apologies to Robert, our long suffering accountant!

I’ve also been looking inward, trying to figure out what I’m passionate about and what I can do to add more of it to my life. I love playing tennis, being creative, reading, and spending time outdoors hiking with my husband and our dogs. But ever since I was a little girl, horses and writing (and books about horses!) have been my constant obsessions.

Love what you do. Do what you love.
~ many people!

In light of this rekindling of my desire to write a novel, my friend Dawn Tolbert and I have made a pact to write 500 words every day (or at least 3,500 words per week because, heck, life happens!). In fact, this blog post puts me over my 500 for the day! She completed a 365 day blog challenge last year and has already written a novel, so I’m in good motivational company. I’m so proud of her for these two huge accomplishments!

So, what comes next?

I’ve got my specific, measurable goal – 500 words a day
I’ve got my accountability partner – thanks Dawn!
I’ve declared it to the world through this blog post that it shall be done
And I’ve taken the first steps – I downloaded Scrivener and have a previous start to my novel

I’ll be here more often sharing the ups and downs of my writing voyage with you. More daily writing means more experience, expertise, and the chance to become a better writer. I may even share a few first sentences or paragraphs and solicit some opinions. Practice makes perfect!

I’m looking forward to the journey, chapter by chapter and revision by revision. Thanks for coming along. 

Hugs,

Dana  🙂

 

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