NaNoWriMo Journal Day 8: Balance! What’s that again?

Wow, where is the time going? It’s already day 8 of NaNoWriMo. Anyway, let’s get to the daily update shall we, today I wrote a total of 2,474 words. That brings my NaNo total to 26,274 words. I reached and surpassed the 25,000-word mark. That means I’m a little over halfway finished! It’s so crazy to think about being over halfway through with Second to Fall’s first draft. Oh my goodness.

You Speak of Balance, What Even Is That?

As you already know if you’ve been following my blog posts, that I participate in NaNoWriMo every year, at least for the past five years or so. I love writing during NaNo every year, honestly, I look forward to it. I love a good challenge and 50,000 words in a month is A CHALLENGE! The main thing I struggle with during NaNo each year though is balance. Trying to balance my writing time with normal everyday things that I have to get accomplished.

I’m a homeschool mom as well as an author, so it’s really hard to balance all the things I have to do as well as get that writing time in. I’m also a stay-at-home single mom of two teenagers, I have a beautiful new house that I have to keep clean and running. It takes a lot to keep the balance between all these things and also take care of myself. I’m sure I’m not the only one that has this problem. (At least I hope I’m not the only one! Please someone let me know I’m not the only one who struggles with this.)

I’m also trying to balance writing the second book with getting everything ready to publish the first book in the series. That alone is a lot to try to wade through. I guess what I’m trying to say is that I’m attempting to learn balance. Yep, I said attempting, it’s not always going to be perfect and it’s not always going to work. But I’m trying and I guess I should give myself credit for that…right? I tend to really focus on one project at a time, I guess I need to find a way to split that up. HMMM maybe do sprints as I do with my writing time, I wonder if that would work. Have any of you done this?

Anyway, here’s a look at what is all on my plate today!

I also need to add to do some self-care in there as well, since that was the item I need to do on my NaNo bingo board. So I guess I should add a facemask in there too. YIKES, I have so much to do. Though I have already got a few items checked off my to-do list. So there is that! It’s all about balance!

What’s on your to-do list today? Also, do you need to work on balancing everything as well? Let me know in the comments below! Also, this question is for those that do a good job finding that balance… how do you achieve everything that you need to do, and how do you not feel bad when you don’t?

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