Characteristics of the Successful WAHM – Discipline

One of the biggest problems with being a WAHM is that there is no boss overseeing your work, so there’s no one to make sure you get your work done.

It’s also one of the perks!

Self-discipline is probably one of the hardest things for anyone to maintain. But it’s also one of the most important. Self-discipline takes a lot of willpower. It also goes hand in hand with ambition. If you don’t have any ambition, you won’t have any self-discipline, and if you don’t have any self-discipline there’s nothing to be ambitious about.

Jean-Luc Picard

Captain Jean – Luc Picard in his captain’s chair, played by Sir Patrick Stewart. Photo via Paramount Pictures on Wikimedia Commons.

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Staying Motivated to Write in the Midst of Crisis

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Like most of you know, things have been pretty chaotic in my life. What I have found the most difficult about being a WAHM is staying motivated and being able to write when things get really bad. For example:

  • The threat of eviction really doesn’t do much for helping me get past writer’s block.
  • Having to write for content mills just to keep the lights on has a tendency to rob one of their creativity.
  • Having to clean the house, and purge clutter doesn’t leave much time for writing or anything else.
  • Trying to find time to homeschool, write, clean and fit in some down-time can quickly lead to a cluttered mind.

It’s not easy to stay motivated. In fact, I’ve awoken some mornings to find that I’m completely devoid of any motivation to do anything. All I want to do is sit on the couch and veg all day. That’s probably my brain telling me I need a rest.

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Pain Tolerance

We Can Only Tolerate So Much

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I was answering a comment on the Facing the Monster post I wrote recently, and I had this brilliant thought that I wanted to share with everyone.

We all have our limits. Humans are inherently finite. There’s only so much we can do, so much we can take. We all have a tolerance to pain, whether it is physical, emotional, or even spiritual pain and everyone’s tolerance level is different.

An easy way to understand tolerance is to think about pharmaceuticals. Eventually, the patient will build a tolerance to the medication they’re taking. The best example I can give is a painkiller. After taking a painkiller such as Vicodin (hydrocodone) for a long period of time, your body will need a higher dosage to get the same effect that you initially had when you first started the medication. This is known as tolerance, and it has the same definition for pain as it does for pharmaceuticals. Continue reading

I Think Murphy Took a Day Off!

I’ve had a migraine for 2 days, and it’s not showing any signs of letting up anytime soon.

However, I actually woke up to some good news today:

  • Quite a few of our items sold on eBay, including a few things that I thought would never sell!

The best news I received though is:

  • I got my four-star rating back on Textbroker!! YA WOOHOO!! 😀

    Our Old Huge TV

    Our Old Huge TV

Today was also quite productive. We got the old, ugly entertainment center out of the bedroom, along with the old tube TV we had before we got our HDTV. I also cleaned my desk, and it is even more clutter free than it was when I cleaned it the last time.

The only problem with this productive day? Since my hubby can’t lift the TV because of his hernia, I had to do it. It’s a 27″ huge CRT TV.

About 6 months ago, I was able to lift that TV with absolutely NO problem. Today, I was able to lift it from the stand it was on, but I was too weak to hold it for very long. In fact, I almost dropped the damn thing on my foot.

That REALLY sucks.

But, surprisingly, it didn’t depress me. If anything, I think it helped motivate me. During that 18 months I was working out, I found myself doing it for strength, endurance and weight loss. I wasn’t doing it to look the way society thinks I should (even though its kind of an unavoidable side effect). I actually enjoyed the strength I had. I could lift something heavy without the fear of pulling a muscle of giving myself a hernia. Continue reading

Facing the Monster

Facing the Monster

Frits Ahlefeldt PD, via Public Domain Pictures

It’s been a rough day. I didn’t go to sleep until 05:00 and then slept for 12 hours. The house is a disaster and I have no motivation or energy to clean it. I’ve got lots of writing to do, but no motivation to do that either. And when the house is a mess, my thoughts are cluttered, and things just snowball from there.

Everything is getting disorganized, including all my thoughts and ideas and that’s really getting on my nerves.

I’m not sure how to get back on track either. I’m pissed at the world right now,and I don’t know why. It’s rare that this happens, but when it does I have a hard time trying to see the forest through the trees.

Then I start having all of those catastrophic thoughts.

And that does nothing for my motivation. I need to be writing like crazy right now because I have several bills due. But I can’t. Then I got a notice in the mail that its time to renew my drivers license. And I have to retake the vision test, and possibly the written test as well as the skills test. REALLY?? Continue reading

Time Waits for No One

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I have recently realized that I can get a considerable amount of writing done under pressure. In fact, I wrote a 500 word article in about 20 minutes. I’m not kidding, I had 48 minutes to get the article done. I know because I stared in disbelief briefly because I had forgotten all about this particular article and saw how little time I had left. Granted, it was an easy (really easy) article to write, but that doesn’t change the fact that I did it.

So, I decided to test my theory. For the past 2 days, I have left myself about an hour before a deadline, and damn it all if I haven’t gotten more work done in that one fracking hour than I have in an entire day. What is it about deadlines that makes it so easy for my brain to (finally) put words into a sentence? Continue reading

Better Living Through Pharmaceuticals

Yup, that’s my motto, well sort of. For the past 6 weeks, Walgreens has been out of my anxiety medication. How a pharmacy runs out of

Finally, I Got My Anxiety Med

Finally, I Got My Anxiety Meds

medication I will never understand. Don’t they freakin’ do inventory? Every time I try to refill that specific medication, they are out, always! And, it’s not just one Walgreens. It’s all of them in my area. REALLY???

They need to get someone new to do their inventory, or the person who does do it needs to do their damn job. This isn’t one of those medications that you take PRN (as needed) and it doesn’t really matter if you run out. No, this is one of those medications that I have to take twice a day, and when I don’t take it, I start getting heart palpitations, and of course I get bitchy a bit nasty.

Writing has been a real pain in the ass. With everything going on, I just haven’t been able to focus on any of my writing. I’m very surprised I got 1,034 words written for NaNoWriMo. I’ve had a hard time focusing on anything really. It’s amazing what one little pill can do.

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