|A Walk Around Hardwick Hall Parkland - Maria A Smith|
What a week! It started badly, and ended well.
For a while now I've been having allergic reactions to a variety of different food and drinks, things I can normally take without any problems cause me to wheeze, and gasp for breath. I've been quite unwell, as the symptoms have been steadily getting more severe. I'm undergoing tests, and have been advised I've 'probably' got asthma. The Doctor has given me an inhaler, but I'm not convinced, I expect time will tell who is right.
Consequently, my plans to continue with my WIP got put on hold for a few days, while I recovered, and excluded different things from my diet. I'm doing this off my own back, I'm learning what triggers the attacks.
I really didn't think I'd get much done, as its been tough trying to juggle work, family and with feeling under the weather too, its been tough! Amazingly, when I sat and listed everything last night, I decided to cut myself some slack.
In the last seven days, I have...
- Re-written a chapter
- Prepared for, and chaired a writers group meeting
- Read a book
- Ate cake twice!
- Met up with writing buddies
- Edited a scene
- Been for a walk
- Juggled a full time job
- Dealt with family stuff
- Ran the home (not quite so well)
How have I done these things? I made a deal with myself, I said I'd do stuff for just five minutes. I decided that I'd try and make some progress, rather than no progress. Five minutes is still action after all, and sometimes I got carried away, and did fifteen, or twenty minutes.
I need accountability, otherwise I'm aimless, I have to motivate myself. We all do! But I celebrate my small victories too with treats, cake usually, although this week I rewarded myself with some new music, Ellie Goulding's new album Halcyon. Its amazing by the way.
Yesterday, I spent time with my writing buddies after our meeting, it was lovely to catch up with them all, taking time out over a coffee to chat and relax, without having to rush off to work, or meet a deadline. A nice way to end the week.
And so to the week ahead...
I'll be concentrating on my novel. I'm going to continue working in the same way, breaking the novel down into scenes, and working on it that way is working for me.
Apart from that, I want to get out walking, and I've already made a start today, as you can see from my pictures above. The weather was lovely and sunny all day, and I couldn't resist making a run for the hills in Derbyshire, Hardwick Hall is a National Trust property, and although the house is closed now for the winter months, the gardens and parkland are open.
The trees were amazing today, really beautiful colours, and although it was very muddy in parts, the walk was well worth the effort.
How will you fill your time this week?