October was a month of abundance in terms of inspiration: Anderson’s Young Adult Literature Conference, Illinois Reading Council Conference, and Digital Literacy k-8 Workshop; plus individual author events with Rick Yancey and R.J. Palacio.
I walked away from each event with thoughts swirling in my mind. I had so many ideas; it seemed nearly impossible to tether a single thought down long enough to write about it. I didn’t have enough time to process one event before the next one popped up.
All of that busy, even though it was the kind that filled me up rather than sucked me dry, meant that I wasn’t writing, moving, or eating smart.
All of that busy broke my routine.
So, instead of beating myself up over all the ways I failed—all the things I didn’t get to in October—I am going to look ahead. I am going to open myself up to November and all the possibility it holds. I am not going to make a to do list—I am going to make a menu of options.
This month I might…
re-finish a piece of old furniture
begin working on homemade Christmas gifts
get my footing in regards to unit planning
catch up on giving feedback
try cooking something new
really clean the house
spend more time on people I love
get started on homemade Christmas cards
find a new blogging routine
write for me
This month I am definitely going to:
co-host another Twitter chat with Ruth
Tonight is another Teach and Celebrate Writers Twitter chat (#TandCwriters) with Ruth and as many friends as can join us! We will be talking about teachers who write.