Sunday, January 3, 2016

How I spend my days

I read a great article a few days ago from a website called catching days. On her website, on the first day of the month she hosts a guest writer to address the topic:  “How We Spend Our Days.”

The story that was so interesting this month was written by Steve Almond.  I was first introduced to him as a speaker at the Washington DC AWP Conference in 2011.  I’ve read many of his books and articles. He’s hilarious and speaks the truth about candy, music, and family. At the conference he even told the audience how much money he made in a year as a freelancer; it was an audience question. None of the other speakers would say [Cheryl Strayed].

Here is the link to the story:

"How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives." Annie Dillard

 The website and story made me think about how I spend my time. When I’m not working, I’m training, outside, reading, writing, and admittedly I watch shows on Netfix (probably too much).
I like my life. I like how I spend my days. I wish for a few things I don't have right now, but for the most part, I get to spend the days how I’d like.
My friends tease me that I’m a homebody. They tease me about making plans. Little do they know that I have to make a plan, I have to have goals, and I need long-term plans or I will be a homebody all year-long.

I like having structure to my day. One of the best things I’ve learned from being an endurance athlete is when you wake up in the morning you must have a plan – a plan of all the things you want to accomplish – then you will most likely get them all done.
When you don’t have a plan – or you don’t list the things you need to do – most likely you will not do them.

This weekend I did most of my plan: I hiked with the dogs, I snowshoed, 

I went Nordic skiing 

and I wrote a blog post. 
I finished a few work tasks. I read a few chapters from The Big Rock Candy Mountain.
I ran out of time to buy and read the New York Times but will try again next week.
I didn’t run.

This is how I spend my days.

1 comment:

  1. Fun to read how you spend your days, Kristen! And thanks so much for sharing Steve's day.