Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Home is suffering a bit more than I would like...cause of the time that I am spending at work and trying to write. But it isn't like there is anything seriously suffering....Just some dust and laundry waiting for my attention.
Homework...for my class. Focusing right now on that.
Still trying to work on the whole idea of balance.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
In my writing class I am to a point where I MUST choose a specialty, as in one topic, to focus on for the remainder of the class. And hopefully for several years to come.
I absolutely was positively sure of what that ONE topic was when I went in to the class.
So, now that I am all wishy-washy about choosing ONE topic, I am trying to analyze exactly why I am having problems with this. This has required some serious soul searching on my part.
Here is what I have come up with:
1. It could be that I have some sort of adult ADD. Where I am physiologically incapable of focus for too long.
2. It could be that I have at least 3 identifiable personalities. They fight alot with each other.
3. It could be that I am not quite mature enough to detach from my emotions at key points.
So I am really glad I did this little soul-searching activity. Sometimes it helps to put a name to the issue at hand....
......Clearly I am a hormonal, crazy woman who has trouble getting along with myself.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Work was good today....but I'm tired.
But truthfully, I was tired before I even went in to work.
I think that I have so much on my mind...
....so many thing that I want to do
....hope to do
topped off with those things that I have to do...
...and I'm sort of mentally exhausted right now.
and I think it is starting to look a little more like physical exhaustion.
So anyway, as I process these thoughts in writing, I am reminded of something that a very wise person told me once. (Thanks Christine!)
"If it's worth doing, then it's worth doing, even badly. Don't wait for the motivation to come. Just do it first, let the motivation for more action come after."
that was sort of a paraphrase.
but it helps.
So I'm not motivated.
But I am going to just keep on putting one foot in front of the other.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Because I am mom; therefore, I take way too many pictures.
It is my right.
I'm not posting the score of this game. It isn't one of those important points of the night. (yes, that means we lost pretty good...or bad)
But oh how I love to watch the wildcat play some ball!
Sunday, September 12, 2010
A paying one.
A big one.
As in...several articles per week....all assigned.
I responded to the email with 1 or 2 or 12 questions right off the top of my head. Just to make sure I totally understand.
This is something I totally have been wanting to happen.
And now I think....I think it is.
I just can't believe that it is.
Friday, September 10, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Tomorrow I am getting my hair done.
And I am getting my brows waxed.
And my mustache.
(the mustache that i do not have cuz i am a girl and girls shouldn't have staches so i don't.....cuz i know people with wax)
So this time tomorrow I will have what I like to call "hot hair" and I will be properly girled up to my liking.
Only the hot hair does not have any particular appearances to make, so; therefore, by the time I wake up on Saturday morning and have things to do and people to see....the "hot hair" look will be gone. And nobody will really know it existed.
But my eyebrows will still look great. So I think I will focus on this.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Monday, September 6, 2010
And I am SOOOOO excited.
I had to write a "class intro" letter and turn it in here pretty soon. I am sitting on it right now. For a couple of reasons.
One....the obvious. Proof it a few (thousand) times so that I can make sure I sound WAY more inteligent than I really am. Because it is, in fact, a writing class. I gotta make sure I come off sounding all writer-like. And not some poser. puh-lease.
Two....it's important to me. And while I may or may not come off sounding all writer-like-worthy-of-this-scholarship...the essence of the class topic, itself, is meaningful. The class is called "Discover Your Specialty & Launch Your Platform." The "specialty" is a topic that I wouldn't necessarily choose, but seems to have chosen me. The subject matter keeps me up at night. It makes me want to be a better person. It makes me want to speak up, to become an expert, to help out.
To make a difference.
Here's my intro letter:
My name is Robin **** and I’m from **,**. I’m coming to this class as a former student of WPSS (Writing and Publishing the Short Stuff.) It was this class that helped me get back on my feet and on the road to writing for publications again. It was also during this class that I started taking an honest look at what my passions are and wondering about how to build a writing platform on this.
Several years ago, I worked as a writer, reporter and columnist for a Midwestern newspaper. I took a few years off from writing for publication in order to take care of some major issues at home. About a year ago, I pulled up the proverbial bootstraps, took the WPSS class and began to pursue writing for publication again. Since that class, I have had a couple of articles published in newspapers, three in regional parenting publications and a handful of articles published on the web. This is a far cry from where I was years ago as a newspaper writer—but I am appreciating each step as a step in the right direction.
I suppose you could say that I have been thinking about a “platform” since the first week of the WPSS class when all participants were asked the question, “If you had to choose one topic, and one topic only, to write about for one year, what would that topic be?” I knew then, in my heart, that the topic I would choose to research, write about and become an expert on isn’t fun, and isn’t one that I would necessarily choose. But the topic, you could say, has chosen me. It keeps me up at night and drives me to be a better person during the day. My platform: Domestic violence awareness and prevention.
I have since been spending time reading and educating myself on the issue of domestic violence, and just how widespread this really is. I have become a volunteer with GROW Ministries (Godly Restoration and Outreach to Women) as their domestic violence liaison. I have also begun to assist in the start up of a domestic violence ministry in my home church. I haven’t done any official platform-building as far as writing or public speaking on this topic, but believe this should be my next step.
I am extremely thankful for the opportunity to take this class. I understand that I am the first scholarship recipient for Discover Your Specialty & Launch Your Platform, and I intend to use this chance to really learn the ins and outs from the class instruction and from fellow classmates. Like all of the steps I have taken during and since the WPSS class, I believe wholeheartedly that this, too, is a step in the right direction for me both personally and professionally.
What do you think?
Friday, September 3, 2010
So. Had the day off work today. The plan was to go to a meeting at the newspaper, land an assignment or maybe two, then come home and work on this........the article that I was going to rough, type and submit....today.
There's just too many distractions.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
And it's not because I'm all above ranting and raving about stuff that I do not like....I totally do that here all the time.
.....stuff is just really hard.
And I'm not trying to deny that there is any garbage going on right now.
Just not ready to mention it here.
But let's just say that you are here now, reading this. Could you say a prayer for me and my family?
'Cause there is some hard stuff going on right now.