Thursday, May 31, 2012

much ahead

I stopped using my alarm clock. I trust myself to get up on time and I always do, usually earlier than the alarm's jarring rattle and in a better mood. That alarm makes me feel like my sleep is being taken from me, but when your body stirs of its own volition it's easier to accept. This morning I was out moving the sheep to new pasture by 5AM. By 6AM the dogs were walked, fed, and the goat was milked. Chickens and rabbits were fed, hutches and tractors moved, and I was packed up for the gym by 6:30.

I've been running in the mornings and it suits me. Before breakast or coffee, I get a mile or so in just to start the day with a heavy sweat. As the summer goes on I'll add milage, and since there won't be an office to rush to I can spend my mornings as I please. My plan is to start my new weekdays in this order: chores, running, breakfast, writing. Then quit around noon for the rest of the day, dedicate that time to other endeavors like webinar production, errands, outdoor work, and so on.

It'll take some adjusting and some serious discipline, but I am ready for it. I have a contracted book to finish by September and am on the prowl for new offers and titles. I have goals of all sorts, really.

Here's to the first summer of the rest of my life. I am terrified and thrilled.


Blogger Kate said...

I sit on the other side of a few months of self-employment and I can definitely say having a routine is important. I love that my time is my own and I'm not beholden to anyone else or an alarm clock. Ive never felt so rested, happy, or content in my whole life. I am so excited for you!

May 31, 2012 at 3:12 PM  
Blogger Woodhaven Place Homestead and Garden said...

That is one huge advantage to being a stay at home mom I can arrange my day how ever I see fit and I love that. If everyone is in a bad mood I can change the plan or if the weather is perfect I can take advantage of it.

May 31, 2012 at 3:36 PM  
Blogger Ann said...

So excited for this new chapter. Can't wait for updates. Thanks for sharing with us.

May 31, 2012 at 3:52 PM  
Blogger Ann said...

Hi, Jenna! Sounds like a great schedule! I wish I lived closer so I could participate in some of your workshops. Your topics are all very salient, and it sounds as though many are interested in the same.

One thing I would love to see, and would definitely try to participate in, would be writing workshops. Perhaps offered in a webinar type format, for those of us unable to make it to NY.

Just a thought :)

May 31, 2012 at 4:00 PM  
Blogger admin said...

Very excited for you...will be watching this whole experience very carefully!

May 31, 2012 at 4:20 PM  
Anonymous ruralaspirations said...

I just wanted to say how incredibly happy I am for you, Jenna. You finally get to start living the life you have wanted, that you have been "crafting" all these years. The freedom of setting your own schedule (and ditching that alarm clock!) is so wonderful. As a stay home mum to two home schooled kids we have that freedom, too. Enjoy!

May 31, 2012 at 5:10 PM  
Blogger Moose Hollow Farm said...

Don't be terrified!! You are a young person with lots of years ahead of enjoyable work. Why be like most people who plod to work that they hate every day to keep up with the Joneses. You, on the other hand, are doing what makes you happy and what comes naturally to you. Happy future, Jenna!! Only 1 week to go.

May 31, 2012 at 6:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is very exciting. And the schedule sounds like a good plan!

May 31, 2012 at 6:57 PM  
Blogger Ivanhoe said...

Dude, having mornings to yourself is the best. I wake up naturally around 9 or 10 am, and then I loll about reading, doing house chores, having a slow breakfast, and answering emails. After about two hours I'll do something musical -- practising an instrument, arranging, listening. Some days a friend might come over, or I'll be chatting online, or I'll go to visit someone, or I'll go out for errands. Then, the mid-afternoon comes along (around 3) and I'll either be teaching lessons or in rehearsal. Then, dinner will happen somewhere. After that I'm at some group meeting or other, and/or socializing, and/or seeing or performing at a show. Especially if it's a show night I might not be home until it's nearly tomorrow. Finally, I go to sleep for as long as I want and start again the next day.

Life is good. Life is very good. All because I'm charge of my own schedule. I like to break this up with "job-job" sometimes, where I might get up early to do work for someone else. I think we should all just have the option to do all sorts of varied work. Yeehaw!

May 31, 2012 at 7:59 PM  
Blogger daisy g said...

You're right. Stirring to awakening makes all the difference in one's attitude. Even rising in the morning is on your terms. So happy for this new chapter in your life. Continued blessings...

June 1, 2012 at 5:41 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

Best Wishes Girl! After joe and i visited your farm I made the terrifying decision to go from a 65+ hr work week (under artificial light EEEK!)to a more manageable 40 hr week. So afraid was I of the $ end of it but i find i am being paid back tenfold in terms of an explosion of creativity and possiblity! I know im onto something here! Thank you Jenna for stretching the mind so it can never return to the same dimension-HOORAY!!!

June 1, 2012 at 6:24 AM  
Blogger Kelly McMichael said...

Good luck, Jenna! I'm rooting for you!

June 1, 2012 at 8:52 AM  
Anonymous Patsy from Illinois said...

A new book!! What is it about? Can't wait.

June 1, 2012 at 9:46 AM  
Blogger Lissa B. said...

Once again, congratulations Jenna! Enjoy it, but like you said - you'll really have to keep on yourself to be constantly reminded that this is your life now, not a vacation!

June 1, 2012 at 11:36 AM  
Blogger Jenny said...

I'm so excited for you! You're going to do just fine.

June 1, 2012 at 4:14 PM  

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