word target of 80,000. It seemed too hard to juggle my writing around Jono's small amount of kindergarten when there were other jobs vying for my attention. The less likely this looked, I started to push back. I carved out time for myself and found those elusive hours: after breakfast, once the kids are at school, a quick spell while I'm cooking dinner (handy to have the computer in the kitchen/living room). Since then, it's all added up and equalled the magic number, the one I set for myself last year.
Now I have reached the goal, I'm in editing mode. It's not as easy to fit in here and there as it requires full concentration. How can I do it when I need to muster every single thought and focus on this serious task? Outsourcing - that's right, but not the editing, the child! I've been able to book in a much-in-demand local carer for the next three Tuesdays. She's great at what she does and just what I need to have some chunks of time to edit. It's not a permanent commitment, but it's part of recognising when I need extra help to get things done.
In the same vein of taking time for myself, I've started taking tennis lessons again. I had them when I was younger and played through school, but never as a serious contender. I'm pretty uncoordinated really, but I love the game. The kids recently started lessons and I'd heard there were adult sessions earlier in the afternoon. My first was a couple of days ago and it was fantastic. It wasn't just the playing part or the exercise, but being able to concentrate on something and not have to keep looking to see that the kids were okay.
When the teacher asked how I was feeling, I said it was exhilarating - that I bet he'd never heard that word on a Tuesday afternoon. He said that, funnily enough, he has and that I have to get out more! As I drove to school pick up I thought about his comment and agreed that, yes, I really should make the effort to do things for myself. As mothers we can get so focussed on our families, we forget to nurture ourselves. From now on, I'm going to make more time for me - because being a mother shouldn't mean that we get lost in the process.
PS My picture above, with a little bit of motivation for you!