Post Olympics Writing

The Olympics was every bit of the distraction I expected it to be. I love gymnastics and I watched our ladies kick some butt!  Congratulations to Simone Biles ~ you’ve rocked it! You’re the best in the world and we couldn’t be more proud!

I’ve also been knee-deep in beach volleyball, cheering on Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross on the road to the bronze.

Sadly, living on the east coast, these two sports were usually televised well after my regular bedtime. Olympics coverage goes until midnight for me and I’m up every morning at 5:30. This has not lead to gold medal performances. Although you would think, for as poorly as I sleep anyway, it would be same old, same old. Come to think of it, that must be how I’m still getting through the days without my boss walking into my office to find me face down on the desk, snoring into my delinquent tenant worksheet.

Because a lack of sleep by itself isn’t a good enough reason not to write, I also found a way to mess up my back. I don’t know what I did – in fact, at first, I thought maybe I slept wrong. But it got worse as the days went on and I could hardly sit long enough to use the bathroom, let alone try to sit long enough to write coherently. I’ve been seeing a chiropractor and while it’s not 100%, it’s much better than it was.

The not sitting thing has also affected my studies. I’m in chapter 5 of my medical terminology book (only 20 more to go – whee!) but it’s difficult to study when you can’t sit long enough to read a paragraph.

Yesterday, CareerStep sent me an email advising that the book has a ton of information and I shouldn’t worry about learning it all in one swoop (I’m paraphrasing of course). Concentrate on the basics and it will all come together over the course of the book – plus, as a medical billing and coding specialist, I will always have reference materials available. Obviously they thought that my being away from the computer for over a week had something to do with my studies.


Actually, that email came at the perfect time because I spent the entire day getting myself through chapter 5.  I was writing flash cards about skin conditions and medical treatments and diagnostic tests. Finally, I had to stop – partially because my back could no longer take the folding chair I was sitting in (even though I was sitting on a pillow). It was shortly after that when the email arrived. It took the edge off a little bit, but I’m looking ahead and worrying about taking a state sponsored test at the end of this. I can’t imagine I’ll be so lucky that it will be open book. I know I should focus on the steps to get there (small, doable goals) instead of jumping straight to the finished product, but I’ve always been this way. I look at the final goal but I rarely make step-by-step goals to get myself there. Then when I get frustrated and feel I’ll never get there, I walk away.

I do the same thing with my writing. I suck at coming up with smaller goals that will lead me to the last page.

Even more than that though, is my habit of taking on too much. Right now I work full-time, I’m in school and I’m trying to write a novel. With a two-hour round trip commute to work. I also have flower beds that need some love, genealogy projects I want to dig into, craft projects in various stage of complete, and a cat who will settle for nothing less than my undivided attention every second of every day as long as it’s not his nap time.

The little brat sleeps while I’m at work.

Did I mention I’m also a perfectionist? My husband suggested maybe the book needs to be put on hold for now. Just take it off the table completely and focus on the job (so we can keep our house) and school (because there is a deadline to complete the course). The perfectionist in me says, No, you can do it – you just need to budget your time more efficiently. And that leads me back to making small, doable goals.




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