Go ask my Starbucks lovers

Misheard Taylor Swift lyrics*Looks around my pretty new site*

Pretty cool, eh?

The title of this post really has nothing to do with anything other than I can’t stop listening to “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift and no matter how many times I listen, I still mishear that line.

I wanted to start fresh this year. Letting go of some things to make room for new. I’m working on career goals, and business plans, and rejuvenating my writing to work with my improved awareness of how horribly I took care of myself last year. So, a website felt like a tangible way to show a new me.

Some things I do differently now:

“Work” an hour most days on the treadmill desk. I’ve been able to edit and surf the internet pretty well, but writing continues to be a challenge. Which brings me to the next–I’m training a Dragon. Dragon Naturally Speaking software to be clear. I’ve named my dragon Moira and we still haven’t written more than 168 words together, but ultimately, my goal is to dictate to a recorder and transcribe using the software so that I can move around while writing a book.

Really, you’d think it would be easier than it is, I mean, all I have to do is repeat all the voices in my head, right? But no–as soon as I turn on the mic, I freeze up. I hope you guys are up for 300 pages of “um” because that’s where we are right now.  I was pretty impressed when I forgot to tell her to go to sleep today when I answered the phone–and she started a game of Solitaire while I was pacing and talking on the phone. My next post might be about “My Toaster is a Cylon,” but for right now, the future is fun!

I’ve started Bullet Journaling. That’s kind of hit or miss, but I’m getting better. I’ve got my 5 x 5 daily plan going (bonus points for Whedonites):

  • 5 glasses of water
  • 5000 Fitbit steps
  • 5 fruits and veggies
  • 500 words written
  • 5 blessings written in journal

Do I hit them every day? No. But I aim for them. And, yes, I know they aren’t very lofty. I know I’m supposed to drink more water and get more steps and 500 words is almost silly BUT when I aimed for 8 glasses and 10000 steps and 2000 words I beat myself up. This way, I am concentrating on life balance. Which I was horrible about last year. And it took health issues and quitting a job I really loved to get back on track.

(Maybe I should move my post from my old blog about a sedentary lifestyle to this blog too?)

Things I’m giving up to make room for better things:

My motto in 2015 is:  Not my Circus, not my monkeys. Which pretty much means I have fewer effs to give this year for just about everything that isn’t really mine. It’s quite freeing. I recommend it. I’m also continuing to purge my house and streamline life into a sweet, sweet minimalist package.

So now I need to get back to work. I’m currently fabricating a contemporary small town on the Strait of Juan de Fuca called Silver Pines. I need to add a Navy SEAL, someone needs to get amnesia, we’ll need a best friend’s older brother in there, a fake engagement, a secret baby…my work never ends people.

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  • Alison Kent

    I like this!

    • http://gwenhayes.com/ Gwen Hayes

      Thank you! I like YOU. 🙂

      • Alison Kent

        Aww. Smoochies. Seriously, though, this is all so smart. I’m finding it harder and harder to do what I need to for all the things I think I have to. Must change that mindset.

        • http://gwenhayes.com/ Gwen Hayes

          We need a “not my circus club.” I actually bought the domain notmycircusproductions.com last month in case I decide to do my self publishing as a separate business from the writing. Maybe I should use it for a clubhouse instead.

          • Paula Watkinson

            I would join this club! Much to the annoyance of my work-mates, I’ve shortened that little saying to “not my circ” cause I say it so much.

          • http://gwenhayes.com/ Gwen Hayes

            It’s really one of the best things I’ve learned in my 40s.

  • Paula Watkinson

    I feel like we’re on EXACTLY SAME PAGE!!! Well, almost exactly… 500 words in my journal every night, 5000 fitbit steps (YAY for reasonable and do-able goals!), 5 minutes of meditation (so far, this isn’t working because my attention span maxes out at 3 mins) and 5 fruits/veggies. Maybe we can keep each other honest? And no joking here, but I’d like to fit in 5 small drinks/week because seriously… I think wine would relax me and make me sleep better. I’ll think on this one 🙂

    • http://gwenhayes.com/ Gwen Hayes

      That’s a great idea, actually. And a small glass of red wine has other health benefits. Maybe pair it with an square of 70% cocoa dark chocolate and we are living a very good life!

      And yay for doable goals!

  • Jenny Holiday

    YOU ROCK! Also, have you seen this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FrBS2pPcak

    • http://gwenhayes.com/ Gwen Hayes

      OMG. That is so awesome.