Projects and Updates!

Hello everyone! After Circuits & Slippers came out in September last year,…

Hello everyone! After Circuits & Slippers came out in September last year, I took a bit of a break, just several months to de-stress. I kept submitting pieces and working on my writing, but no huge projects or anything demanding. It was really nice… but of course, I am still me and I can’t be away from projects for long. (Must make things!!!! Must!!!)

So of course, I’ve been working on things since New Years, and now it’s time to announce them!

Snail Mail

I love letter writing. I’ve written to penpals and friends since I…

Cute snail delivering mail
Boop de boop… delivery!

I love letter writing. I’ve written to penpals and friends since I was about nine years old. I used to mail dozens of letters a week to people all over the world. But as I grew up, I ran out of time and slowly drifted away from the practice. This month, however, I’ve started to get back into it. And I’m really excited because I found out there is a letter writing challenge that goes on every year in Feburary called LetterMo! Since I was already writing, I’m now just joining in this challenge.

Even if you don’t want to commit to a letter every day (I write them at work when bored, or on my breaks, so it doesn’t cut into my free time), I encourage you to try to write a letter to someone this month. 🙂 It’s fun, it makes other people happy, and it’s exciting when/if they write you back!

If you don’t know where to start, there are several groups of people who could use a friendly word from you, and some organizations to do fun things with mail.

Goal Planning and Time Management

I did some serious soul-searching this week regarding my writing and what…

I did some serious soul-searching this week regarding my writing and what direction I wanted it to take. For months it’s seemed like I’m barely keeping up with my projects, let alone able to write regularly. I’ve known for years that I have terrible time management skills, but recently I’ve been taking on a lot and the lack of those skills was starting to seriously stress me out. So I did some research into how I could fix this.

Some of the suggestions were obvious things that I’m just not doing, and a lot of them were just “buckle down and actually do the work.” Something I definitely have trouble with. 😉 But basically, the articles I was reading (more or less everything on the first 2 pages of a google search for “time management skills”) said to think hard about what you want out of life, especially life in the next couple of years. Make a list of measurable goals  then break those down into smaller and smaller (measurable) pieces. So for example, if you want to get out of debt, your long-term measurable goal might be “pay off both credit cards.” Your smaller pieces might be “Pay off $500, $1k, $2k.” Each month, create a list of goals that you want to accomplish that will further your greater goals, and every week, craft a to-do list that directly affects those goals. Anything that doesn’t 100% support and further those goals… they are 2ndclass priorities. You have to get your goal-oriented work done before you can work on the 2nd class priorities (if you have time!).