Highway Chile

There’s so much to be done, and my sleep schedule is not quite cooperating. I can get to bed on time, I just can’t seem to get up on time. I’m only three days in, I should give myself a little more leeway.

I’ve been alternating my schedule during the week, looking for jobs and studying for the GRE some afternoons and working out other(s…I just embarked on this schedule this week). Of course, I’m faced with a myriad of distractions, currently the making of origami lotuses, which I bought paper for yesterday while I was out and about.

I’m still waiting to hear back from an old professor friend this week about having lunch. I’ve also tried to hit the ground running as far as making myself write something every day. As Stefan Brun suggested, I’m trying to sit down and write for at least an hour a day, which is harder than you might think. Trying to generate ideas is like pulling every one of your own adult teeth, and I think I need to find a way to get out of the house more. Part of me kind of feels like this schedule I’ve imposed isn’t working very well, but of course its success is contingent upon me getting out of bed on time. I guess my problem is that I’m too much of a night-owl and don’t get started on things until later in the evening.

I’ve been working out fairly consistently the last few weeks, at least twice a week and working up to three. My original idea had been to work out three days a week, cardio and weight training, but I’m trying to push myself to get some solid cardio in every day I don’t lift weights. This could make a five-day work-out schedule, which would be nice. I feel kind of embarrassed about my ability to do much of anything endurance-wise so I won’t divulge too many details, but I also didn’t get to work out all semester before graduating, so I can’t complain about having to work back up to the level I was at before being able to surpass it.

I’ve been attending a writers’ group here during the last few weeks. I’m easily the youngest person there, and it’s a really interesting perspective to get. Many of the people who attend have been published locally, and some even run in publications on a regular basis. It’s not as serious a workshop setting as a class (where everyone gets your story in advance so that they can read it and are obligated to give you feedback for the benefit of their own grade), but I think it’s a good way to keep myself motivated to keep on writing even though my brain is melting.

Looking for all jobs right now: part-time, full-time, internship, you name it. HIRE ME PLEASE

On a brief side note, I changed the image header here (that long picture at the very top of the blog) to reflect my “still life with internet” idea, but also to kind of capture what I’m doing all day. I also changed the header at Drawing Coffee, which I had intended to do since its inception. I wanted to have a seasonal header with my little espresso cup hanging out in different places, and I finally made good on that today when it started snowing unexpectedly.

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About Chelsea
I'm currently pursuing my MFA in Writing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. My ideal career path involves using writing, publication, and writing education to enact progressive social change.

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