Thursday, May 13, 2010

Thwarted

I was doing great until 2 days ago. Then life decided now was NOT the time to write 1000 words a day.

There was some pregnancy exhaustion, made worse by the fact that my daughter spilled a gallon of milk on the carpet, which meant I have to clean the whole house so the carpet cleaners can come and rescue our noses from the rotten milk smell.

Then there was that dinner I had to take to a sick neighbor, and the activity I'm in charge of coordinating for 15 girls and their moms at my church tonight, and the clay projects for my daughter's kindergarten class that need to be glazed ASAP. Oh and my grandma's 90th birthday this Saturday. But the icing on the cake happened a few minutes ago when my two-year-old threw up. Yeah. Life just got a little nuts.

Writing probably needs to take a back seat for a few days. I'm still going to meet my May 31 deadline, I just might need to cut myself some slack for the next few days.

Do your goals get thwarted sometimes?

37 comments:

Janna Qualman said...

Goodness! Take care, Natalie. I think you're right to refocus your efforts for a bit. :)

I don't think I'd heard you're expecting! Congrats!

My goals have been thwarted big time of late, but a life event going on right now is much more important, even more than writing.

Patti said...

Oh my, when life happens, it really happens. I didn't know you were expecting either, congratulations.

And yes, my goals get thwarted all the time, but I figure as long as I'm moving forward and not backward I'm doing okay.

L. T. Host said...

All. The. Time.

Congrats on the pregnancy, by the way, and I hope you feel better and find time to work soon :)

Regina said...

Thwarted is a good start for it. You still need to find time for family when you are busy with your own goals. Take care of you! Pace yourself and breathe.

Candyland said...

Sheesh! Reading this made me tired:/ I get thwarted all the time.

Vonna said...

Bless your over-achieving heart!

Elana Johnson said...

Sorry for all of that! Yikes.

And yes, sometimes writing has to take a backseat to life. Don't worry, you'll be in the driver's seat before long.

Heather Sunseri said...

Absolutely! Goals are boring anyway, especially when they're not getting met. You'll reach your long-term goals!

I'm pulling for you!

Corey Schwartz said...

OMG! You're having a fourth???? HOLY COW!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

I had no idea you were expecting!! CONGRATULATIONS! :-)

And yes! My plans are too often thwarted. :-)

Susan R. Mills said...

My goals get thwarted all the time. Life has a way of doing that. I hope your daughter feels better soon.

Melissa said...

I didn't know that you were expecting another little one! Congratulations:)

My goals are thwarted all the time! I think I jinx myself everytime I say I'm going to finish my first draft by a certain date.

Jessie Oliveros said...

Sour milk smell. Yuck. Was she trying to pour her own cereal bowl? :) My goal is thwarted every day.

DL Hammons said...

Thats why they need to be GOALS and not HARD TARGETS. Life will always have its way with you...so build flexibility into your plans. :)

Paul Greci said...

Writing is part of life. Sometimes it's not as big a part as we'd like it to be, but it comes back around.

Jade said...

Dude, I didn't know you were pregnant! Congrats!!

I honestly don't know how you mums do it. You're amazing!!!

Maria I. Morgan said...

Taking care of yourself and your family are definitely important! You'll be back to writing soon! God bless!

Jemi Fraser said...

Real life is allowed to get in the way - otherwise we'd never learn enough to be writers :) Enjoy the chaos - good luck with it all!

Laura Marcella said...

Life usually does get in the way of writing! When that happens, I just roll with it, take care of what needs caring most, and get back to writing whenever I can. Your writing will be there! Rest and replenish yourself and have a good time at your grandma's 90th. Wow!

Aubrie said...

My goals get thwarted all of the time! I try to make up for it on another day and catch up. Good luck with it all!

Shelli (srjohannes) said...

pregnancy - did i miss something? congrads and hope you feel better.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Well that was a bunch of crappy stuff. I'm sorry. But when that happens you just slog through it and know there will be better days ahead. You will get back on track, don't worry.

Tracy said...

Ooh, that's a rough couple of days. Hopefully things'll settle down soon. Congratulations on all of your writing progress though - and on the pregnancy news too!

Jody Hedlund said...

Hey there, Natalie! I think you're right on track with what you need to be doing. This is a phase of your life where family needs will sometimes supercede your writing. And that's okay. If you want me to ask you about daily word count next week again, just give me a holler on Twitter! Otherwise, I'll be praying you stay sane through the crazy days ahead! :-)

Tabitha Bird said...

My goals get twarted ALL the times :) look after you girl. There will be times for goals later. :)

Renee Collins said...

I'd say pregnancy exhaustion is my top thwarter. (thwartee? . . . wow, thwart sounds really weird to me now.)

Anyway, good luck with your goal! I'm aiming to edit my novel before I have my baby (ONE month.) Let's see if I can pull it off.

Jennifer Shirk said...

Absolutely! But don't feel guilty about it. After all, it's only temporary. :)

Karen Amanda Hooper said...

Just breathe. It's important. ;)

Sarah Skilton said...

You're amazing for juggling so many things. I felt thwarted a bit during the whole month of April (I was temporarily without a computer at home) but sometimes forced time off gets your brain working in different ways, and great ideas come to you that otherwise wouldn't. Good luck with the rest of May.

Jackee said...

You poor thing! I feel your pain, I really do. Just know that the book will be there when you get back to it. Kids grow up and move away, book ideas generally don't.

And have you looked into the Zofran generic for pregnancy nausea? It saved my schedule when I was preg because I could sleep and function again! :o)

Terri Tiffany said...

Wow natalie! I don't remember how it was to be so busy that way--I'd share some of it if I couuld! Take care:)

Sandy Raymond said...

Hope you feel better. Pregnancy and motherhood is exhausting. Love your blog!

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Roxane B. Salonen said...

Yes, Natalie, I feel permanently thwarted these days! But that's a little extreme. I know these intense days will end and someday I will find myself with a quiet house and less pressure to produce, produce, produce. For now, I'm muddling through with the rest of us. :) Hang in there. Give yourself a break.

Girl with One Eye said...

Two words: Nature's Miracle. It is a enzyme solution that you buy at Petco for urine stains. The products uses natural enzymes to eat up the bodily fluid and then all odors are gone. It works on milk, throw up, urine. If it's natural you can use it. Just douse with the liquid. Let sit for five minutes or longer and GONE! Buh-Bye odors. It has been a life savor in my house and every mom should have it in their arsenal. And it doesn't bleach or discolor the carpet or fabric.

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Slamdunk said...

Sorry to hear about your struggles. A gallon of milk? Now that is a flash flood...