Words of Wisdom for 2012

We find time for the things that are important to us. Period.

~ Scott Douglas, Scott’s Original Miscellany, Running Times – March 2011

I always find time to run. It doesn’t matter how hectic life is, I run through it. My goal for 2012 is to make writing as big a part of my daily routine. A day without a run makes me twitchy. A day without writing is just another day -I rarely give it a second thought until I go to bed and realize, “Shoot! I didn’t write today! Oh well.” Commence snoring, which is to say that a day without writing doesn’t plague me with guilt and keep me up at night like a day without running does. Don’t get me wrong — I don’t want to add more guilt to my life, but I do want to make writing as important as running so that I will be motivated to do it everyday. Now how do I do that?

Other bloggers have given me some great suggestions in just one word –

Cyndi @ Walking in Grace and Beauty‘s word for 2012 – Focus

Cyndi reminds me to keep my focus on what is truly important – my relationship with the Lord. Running enriches this relationship and so does writing. Through running I grow closer to God and writing brings me closer to Him as well. By focusing on my faith, running and writing become monumentally important and worthwhile pursuits.

Mel @ Adventuroo‘s word for 2012 – Simplify

Mel reminds me to keep it simple and not make writing overly complicated. My everyday writing does not have to lead to a published manuscript. Everyday writing can be simple and straightforward.

Tyrean @ Tyrean’s Writing Spot‘s words for 2012 – Just keep writing and enjoy the journey

To me running is about the journey, not the destination. The very simple act of putting one foot in front of the other soothes frazzled nerves and renews my spirit. It can be the same with writing. Focusing on the simple act of writing and not on publishing the finished product, will go a long way in helping to make writing a daily habit.

Are you an everyday writer who wants to make exercise an everyday habit? Is there a way we can help each other? Can I mail you a slice of my running drive and you mail me a sliver of your drive to write? Do you have a word for 2012?

9 thoughts on “Words of Wisdom for 2012

  1. I find it fantastic that you run everyday. I wish I could do that. I do try to write everyday, because my new job demands it. But I really wish I could get more physically active too. Good-luck with your goal.

  2. YESSS!!! I’m a very good daily-writer. But one of MY resolutions is to make EXERCISE part of my daily routine! You can email me anytime ~ I’d love to hear from you!

    Reading your post made me think of the article you wrote for your #narleyninja installment. You said running was a great inspiration for you, that you often had ideas of where to go in your stories. You wondered if you should just sit down and write when you get home from your run. Why don’t you? Could it be that simple?

  3. My word is “persevere”.

    I am taking a writing course on revision and “perseverance” is going to get me through it. I am working almost everyday to complete my homework (evenings and weekends), so that I can get my book polished and closer to publication. This is going to be a major sacrifice for about 6 months, but I’m up to the challenge. Hope my family is up for it (can you say “Fend for yourselves?”).

  4. My word for this year will be “publish” which has a whole bunch of other phrases and words bundled up into it. :)

    Wishing you luck on your goal, and moreover sending you self-forgiveness to not feel guilt on those days you don’t quite reach it!! Sometimes I think a day or two of silence in writing is just what the mind needs to process and perform better the following day.

  5. It’s true. But then we also have responsibilities. How do you balance finding the time for the things that are important to you with the things you are responsible for when they’re not always the same? Remember a post you had a while back about having this ingrained sense of having to finish your “job” and responsibilities first before getting to enjoy the things you like? I’m still mired in that.

    In any case, your dedication to both running and writing amaze me. :)

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