Building habits takes time. And repetition.
I’m in habit building mode, which probably means that last week was a bad time to take a vacation.
Too bad, I did it.
The kids had one of those “so much fun they didn’t realize how much they learned” vacations, visiting the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, the U.S. Naval Academy, the B & O Railroad Museum, and the Ithaca Sciencenter, and getting to see their grandparents.
And now I am home.
I had to find a way to keep connected with my growth over the past week while also diving back into all of my mundane, school week activities and continuing to unpack the house. (Note to self, taking a vacation when the house is half unpacked breaks the unpacking momentum dramatically.)
So, this morning I got up, made my early morning cup of coffee, sat on my sofa looking at the tree out my window, and wrote, getting back into my routine. But, instead of writing a blog post then, which is what I had been doing earlier in the month, I changed it up.
I wrote the new prologue/introduction to my novel instead, capturing the emotional truths I had been discovering last week and putting them first. Much as I love this blog, and much as I am committed to finishing the month of March having posted every day, I chose to make the novel come first, knowing that tonight when I am tired, I would still be able to write this post, but I might not have had the courage to dive into the emotionally tougher material of my novel after a busy day.
I expect that the prologue is part of the iceberg of my story that I will cut eventually, but I needed to write it to give myself the framework for the next revision.
And, I made it my priority.
Are you letting your most important work take priority?