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There are a few things in my life that I’m changing. Not the core things: who I am, my values, or the people I love, but I’m reorganising my time.

Why the change? At the moment I’m so busy that I’m always stressed. I’m constantly behind; at uni, at housework, at my writing. And I’m getting sick of playing catch up. So here’s the plan:

I’m quitting my job. I work one day a week, usually Mondays. I work 7 hours, and if you take into account the time it takes for me to get there and back, I earn $12/hr.

It’s a job that I enjoy, but I enjoy other things more. My plan is to make some money doing something I adore, and would be doing anyway: writing. I plan to live the dream…

I have to give 4 weeks notice, and I have enough savings to last me 15 weeks (if I’m stingy).

Which means that within 20 weeks I need to be earning enough money through my writing to supplement youth allowance.

I really need $110 per week, if I want to keep saving, but I plan to build up slowly.

My short term aim is $50 per week, and here’s how I’m going to make it work:

1.Blogging
2.Freelance articles
3.Ebooks (genre style)

Over the next three Tuesdays I’m going to be blogging about each of these in detail. Enough detail that hopefully by reading my blog you can also take the first small steps towards writing for your living.

Maybe you’ll decide it’s not for you. Maybe I will too. Or maybe you’re already well on the path, and have advise that I can use. Wherever you are on the journey, I’d love to hear from you!

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I know. It’s Sunday already. My first attempt at my new resolution, and I’m already behind. On the up side, I’m only late by a day, and I’ve a reasonably good reason…

I forgot you need to freeze ice cream 🙂

Blueberry and Vanilla Ice Cream

 

Ingredients

3/4 cup sugar

2 cups of blueberries (I used frozen: heaps cheaper!)

1 ‘lid’ of vanilla essence. (if you’re not using a standard bottle, I’d equate it to about 1/4 tsp)

1 cup milk

1 1/2 cups of cream

Method

1. Put the blueberries, sugar and vanilla essence in a saucepan, and heat gently. Stir slowly, mashing the blueberries and mixing through the sugar. It should take about 5 minutes to achieve a lovely syrup consistency.

2. Let the syrup cool, and add the milk.

3. Blend until smooth.

4. Stir in the cream.

5. If you want a perfect consistency, strain the mix through a sieve or cheesecloth. This is not a required step: I find the slight texture gained from the seeds, and the occasional lump of fruit to be a lovely addition to the final ice-cream.

6. Chill for an hour (until cold). The mix can be chilled for as much as a day if necessary.

7. Pour into your ice cream maker!!

8. Scoop out into a container, and freeze for a few hours, or until fully set.

9. EAT!!! Preferably with family or friends to ensure loads of compliments!

TIP: I recommend you set aside a “sweet” wooden spoon. Nothing makes your ice cream more disappointing than a garlic or tomato aftertaste…

Did you miss me? It’s been a while.

My resolution to write regularly has gone the way of my many other resolutions. And happily, it happened long enough ago (3 weeks, give or take a bit) that I’m ready to reresolve

Lucky you 🙂

I think the problem with my last writing plan, was that I wasn’t specific enough, I had no real, quantifiable aims (take that experimental science!). I did write every day, but I ended up writing diary entries, half hearted character sketches, and self indulgent rambles.

Today, I’m planning to add to that. I’m retrying the writing every day thing, but part of that is going to be posting on this blog. Not every day (I don’t want to bore you!), but three times a week. One post on writing, my own, someone else’s, or writing exercises, because I love them, and think everyone should. Let’s claim Tuesday for my writing post.

Not starting today, Thursday will be my craft post. Yup, I’ve done exactly one of these so far, but i enjoy making things. I’ve tried selling them to people, but it turns out that I much rather sharing to selling, and experimenting to repetitive labour: something that doesn’t quite work when it comes to a market stall. I have high hopes that it will work on a blog.

Finally, Saturday will be my cooking post. I know, you’re feeling confused: I’ve never so much as mentioned cooking on my blog. And that’s because I’m something of a failure, and always forget to take photos when I cook. From now on, if I forget, you’re just going to have boring picture less posts, because, as I’ve mentioned many times, I have a new resolution.

Hopefully three times a week is enough to inspire, and to give me an incentive, but not too much too become utterly exhausting. I spent a bit of time this morning looking at other people’s blog posts on how often a blogger should blog.

It was interesting, but all I really got out of it was that each blogger has to find their own balance. I highly doubt this is mine, found on my second attempt, but I can’t think of a better way to find my own way than trying things out. (which doesn’t mean that if you have a magical, full proof way of finding out I don’t want to hear from you. I do!)

It seems arrogant to hope that someone out there was hoping I’d start posting again… But I do. And regardless of whether they actually were or not, I am.

Wish me luck 🙂

I don’t write enough.

That’s the conclusion that I came to late last night. I don’t just mean ‘I don’t blog enough’. I write when I’m required to by uni. You gotta love externally imposed discipline and deadlines! I also write when I’m so inspired by an idea that a piece writes itself in my head and it refuses to dissipate until I write it out.

Writing does occasionally exert itself as a productive procrastination tool, or it snatches a few minutes of my time on public transport. For the most part though, writing is something that gets pushed around by my other commitments. It’s prioritised by work and uni, and it’s outright bullied by movies, friend-catch-ups, and slothful, stay in bed Sundays.

In short, I want to write more, and to do that, I plan to schedule time for it.

I know it’s the end of June, (National Young Writers Month) and that I was supposed to make a resolution 4 weeks and 1 day ago. I didn’t though. I had exams, and 2 essays to write… and writing got shoved forcefully to the backburner.

Frankly, I think it would be silly to wait around for June next year, when I can improve right now. Besides which, it’s highly unlikely that I’ll actually keep this resolution for long.

I hereby resolve to write for an hour every day. Write anything: poetry, my neglected novel, short stories, blog posts, articles for Student View. Excluded from this are uni essays and reports.

No doubt in a week or two, I’m going to have a busy day, and writing will be pushed to the side again.

As long as I pick it up the day after, or the day after that, I don’t think it matters. The most important part of will power isn’t never succumbing. This, I believe is true of all resolutions: dieting, fitness jaunts, average-raising study plans…

When you break a resolution it’s very easy to see it as defeat, to see the whole experience as over. I think that’s silly.

So you stayed in bed instead of running on a rainy day. So what. It’s certainly no reason to give up on something you genuinely want to change in your life.

Glue the shards of your determination back together and start again.

If you don’t hear from me for a while, hope that I’m pounding out chapter after chapter. If I’m not, I’ll let you about the baking I did while watching Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South for the millionth time.

Then I’ll re-resolve.

Why not?


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