Deleting e-mail you fooled yourself into thinking, “I’ll read that later.” LOL. I had about 900 of those. On my author e-mail. I truly need to stop it. Or delete it once a month. If I don’t review it within 30 days, it needs to go. The same with physical personal mail that comes into the house. It’ll help straighten up the clutter we both have here and there.
It’s also a good day for updating calendars. Yes, I know a paper calendar is old-fashioned, but I keep one with my appointments, the Babe’s, and my mom’s. That way, if there are conflicts, I’ll know. It’s the easiest way for me to herd three people to doctors, dentists, and similar things. Since it works, I will not change it. Although, yesterday I discovered I didn’t have something entered yet – a haircut appointment for Mom and me on Tuesday. Sheesh! Update now on today’s to do list.
With taxes right around the corner, it’s probably a good time to find receipts spent on my writing. Software, memberships, classes, books, books, and more books. And printer paper, supplies, notepads, Post-It-Notes, along with a percentage of Internet connection, and all else that could apply. The idea of keeping track by month was appealing a year ago, but I didn’t follow through. Now it’ll take more time, but it’s ok. Add that to list, ok?
It’s also a good day to listen to some oldies – from high school. The Rascals, The Four Tops, The Drifters, all of it music with memories attached. Yes, I was quite introverted in high school. Any song about loving someone from a distance was about me. I had mad crushes on everyone who was never interested in me. Why was that? Something inside of me caused a tremendous feeling of inadequacy, and I believed those things. It helps from time to time to look back and realize how much you’ve learned and how you’ve grown. And it’s such a good thing to not be in that small space anymore. You need room if you’re going to grow. Room to try your wings. Room to see how you’ll land. And room to change your mind if you need. We do, sometimes.
By reflecting on our achievements in life, we can plot a course for more achievements and/or growth. Life is all about growth. We can grow with each book we read and each class we take. As an adult, it took me 25 years to finish college. I married young and started community college in my 30s. Worked for employers who reimbursed tuition (never books, the biggest expense!), and earned several certificates along the way. If I can do it, anyone can. I believe the best thing single parents can do is learn skills in a trade or continue their education. It’s difficult, but doable.
As we continue to discover what this is a good day for, think about your progress in life. We can all improve in some area or another. I need to learn to just rest when I’m overwhelmed. It’s a curse on humanity. We get grumpy and make a lot of mistakes. Time to quit for a while. Writing is like that. The time off in December was great, and I’m digging back in to the tasks surrounding being an author. Setting goals, making plans. It’s going to be an exceptional year. I believe in it. I believe in what I’m doing. I believe in me.
Thank you for reading today. Be safe out there. And be kind. We all need it. It will make this world better. See you tomorrow.