My life seems to alternate between absolutely perfect and pretty good but I’m dead tired. This week has been a dead tired week, which isn’t always a bad thing- it definitely makes be appreciate those perfect weeks. I’ve been trying to decide what I want to blog about, but I have so much on my plate right now, I feel like a crazy person has temporarily invaded my brain. Those of you who know me well are not allowed to comment on that last line.

So, let’s break my life down into some categories so I can catch you up efficiently. Life equals= running, teaching, writing, reading, professional planning. This isn’t a master list, so I may throw in some curve balls.

Running:

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I have been training for my first half marathon. It has been exhausting and frustrating, but also rewarding. I have pushed my body and my mind farther than I ever thought possible. I remember when I first started running and two miles left me huffing and puffing and having to walk. Last Saturday, I ran ten miles in an hour and a half without rest. My race is this Saturday and I feel like my stomach is made of jello I’m so nervous. I never get nervous with 5ks, but I feel like the extra training time and the fact that running is pretty much the only exercise I have time for makes it a little bit more stressful. I’m sure that after I recover and allow my body time to be good, I’ll update my time!

Teaching:

This area has been hard to find balance in. I’m spending a solid nine hours at school, running, then coming home and grading papers. It’s hard to find time for anything else when that has so overtaken my world. I’ve had to set some boundaries, like only grading for a certain number of hours, to keep my sanity.

In other news, I love my new school. I deal with some of the same frustrations because I’m teaching ninth graders again, but the environment is exactly what I want to be in. I have some really amazing kids that are going to go out and change the world one day.

Writing:

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My life has very seriously taken a turn recently. I think that this change has in part been responsible for the absolutely perfect weeks outweighing the pretty good but I’m dead tired weeks. Right around when school started, I was doing some soul searching. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love teaching. I feel that I have chosen a very good career and I get to help a lot of people and it is exactly where I am supposed to be, but I also know that teaching is not all that I am meant for. In late August I started crunching numbers. It looked something like this:

Typical adult novel ranges between 90,000 and 110,000 words.
There are 9 months between September 1 and May 31.
If my goal is to write 10,000 words by the end of the school year, that means writing:
Month: 11,111.11 words
Week: 2,777.77 words
Day: 396.8

Yeap. The math says only 396.8 words a day. Holy crap. Well, this is the reality check that I needed. Since September one, I have been rising with the birds at 5:00 and writing for an hour before the day gets going. I’m serious. Even when I stay up late grading, even when I’m so tired I can’t think. Even on most weekends I still get up before the rest of the house to write. This has been completely life changing.

I am 24,000 words into my second novel. This is the one, this is the one that I will finish and revise and send out to publishers. In order to speed up the numbers game, my goal is to reach 25,000 words by the end of October (which is fast approaching), and to participate in NaNoWriMo! NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, and this year not only am I going to participate, I’m also going to go to some of the Write-Ins and try to make some writing friends! That’s a big step for me people. I get nervous around new people, but it must be done! So, at the end of November, if I am successful in my adventure, I will have 50,000 words to add to my 25,000 words and hopefully I will have 100,000 words by February. That means revision time. It’s kind of scary to know that it is now on paper and I now have to accomplish it or you all will laugh at me. =)

Okay, so that’s three out of five, but it is 5:57 and more coffee is calling my name. I also let the pups wake Nathan up at 6, and that is always fun to watch. Have a great Friday my friends, and keep doing what makes you happy, even if you have to get up before the sane people to make it happen.

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