I don’t know how it happened, but it’s time once again for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group post. We post on the first Wednesday of every month. The purpose is to share and encourage, express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak, as well as offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! Make sure to check out other writers’ posts here.
Well, somehow it happened. It’s September. Little broccoli lover (aka my son) is back in school – first grade.
August/September is when I usually make some changes in my life. I pick one thing to focus on to improve. In 2013, I began journalling daily which led to the development of a healthy writing habit. Last year, I began this blog on September 1st.
My focus now is to be more intentional and regular with physical activity. I’m three weeks in and I’m proud of myself. Today I did 11.5 km on my bike in winds that made me doubt I’d make it home. Last week I did over 40 km, discovered some parts of the city I’ve never been and muscles long unused.
To create this new habit, I’m using methods that worked for me when I was working on my writing habit. I give myself props just for showing up. I started with just quick rides on my bike. I followed the advice of finding something I like and going with that – for me it’s bike riding. I’ve tried running and I truly do not enjoy it, so why torture myself?
I’ve set a goals and rewards system. My goal is to ride my bike 5-7 days a week and to learn to do some proper push-ups and pull-ups. The city built a playground with areas for adults, including street workout gear, which is just a fancy way of saying monkey bars for adults. My goal is to be strong enough to do some fun stuff on they monkey bars by spring. I also reward myself with money for each week I keep up my habits. I plan on buying something nice and not practical with the money.
This is all nice and good, Ula, but what does it have to do with writing? You may be thinking.
Well, first of all, I just gave you my recipe for building a habit. It may work for you for any habit you may want to develop, including a writing habit.
Secondly, our brain cannot function properly without physical activity. We are physical beings after all. Our lives need balance. I definitely feel I need balance. I spend so much time sitting in front of the computer either writing or working on others’ texts, physical activity is a lifesaver in many ways.
So the theme for this month for me is habit and balance.
What’s your theme for the month? Do you try to attain some (semblance of) balance in your writing life?
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