Monday, January 12, 2009

Focus . . .

My word for 2009 is going to be "focus".  

One reason for my choice is that I seem to be saying it to myself over and over and over these days like some sort of obsessive mantra as I'm trying to force myself back into a normal routine after the holidays.  The second reason is that my life is full of noise, chaos and distractions--all things that are detrimental to getting into the writing zone.

As a mother of three children, I have lots of external things pulling me away from my writing life. I find myself volunteering for things out of a sense of guilt and obligation and I consider my writing an "indulgence".  So, not only do I need to focus on the task at hand and tune out distractions, I also need to refocus how I view my creative life.  My writing and artwork are not hobbies or indulgences.  They are lifeblood and necessities.

So, focus . . . . focus . . . .focus . .  . dammit! 


Christy Raedeke said...

SO very true! It's essential to take yourself and your craft seriously, so that others will too. Good word for the year!

Katie said...

Dude. This is a great word. I am gonna write all of these words on my bathroom mirror.



Katie said...

Funny - I just realized that all of those words have to do with YOGA.


Maybe I'll just write the yoga schedule on my mirror and the word, "GO!"

Hardygirl said...

I just saw my neurologist this morning because I'm a chronic migraine sufferer. I told him that I had been having half as many migraines over the last six months or so. And, you know what he asked me?

"Have you started going to yoga?"

Well, yes . . . about six months ago . . .

More points for yoga!

Irene Latham said...

Can't wait to see where your focus takes you, SF! I predict beautiful places...

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