I would love to tell you that I have some sparkly words of inspiration for you this week. I really would. The truth is that all I have at the moment is a very heartfelt (and quick) helpful hint: Be realistic about your schedule! My October has been VERY busy. Some of it is self-induced, but quite a number of the things on my plate are only mine because they either won't or can't fit into someone else's To Do List. Prioritizing has been a challenge, and occasionally things that are really important slip through the cracks. This week it was the ability to finish my planned post. That's okay though, I'll look at it as an opportunity to encourage you to look at your own schedules and see how well they are flowing. If your workflow looks more like rapids than a productive route to completion maybe it's time to see if there are some items that can be removed. I'm lucky, most of the culprits that keep making me fall behind this month have expiration dates. November looks far less tangled. Maybe I'll even be able to catch up! (Yes, I did laugh when I said that!)
So this week, take a little advice from someone who didn't follow it herself. Step away from the idea that being too busy is a positive character trait. Weed your schedule to create some breathing room if you need it. Delegate one thing that isn't necessarily yours to someone else who can handle it just as well. Drop a thing or two that isn't necessary. Just make sure that you don't remove the ones that are best for your soul in an effort to keep up!
Being a homeschooling parent for 13 years and an independent author/illustrator makes a person learn quite a bit about a lot of things. Now it's time to pass it on!