This Week’s Life Skill: Focus

Super secret project supplies

Tea towels for upcoming sewing projects.

I drive/bike by an elementary school each morning near my office. The marquis message changes each Monday, featuring a new life skill they are teaching for that week. This week: “effort.” In the past, the lessons have been: sense of humor, honesty, integrity, etc. I find myself looking for the new theme each week and wondering how they manage to work these into the lesson plans.

New materials for secret projects

This week, I’ve got to get focused. Saturday starts my annual creative Everest — NaNoWriMo and NaNoBlogMo. I’m tackling both and didn’t even have to hit REI for shiny new supplies. Instead, I’m putting aside several other hobbies in November to focus on my writing skills. Specifically, I want to develop a better writing work ethic, improve my character development and research writing workshops I can attend in 2009 to refine my craft.

So, I’ve got a week to get a bunch of other things completed. This week! Including:

Pre-felting. The giant bag that could

— Finish the giant felted market bag. Line with fabric, wrap, post.

— Use these pretty new tea towels to sew up some secret projects.

— Plan my holiday gifts and what I can realistically sew/knit/bake in the next eight weeks. Emphasis on realistic. My vision of being a best selling novelist is far more important than having my holiday wrapping paper match the handwritten Christmas cards. (My Type A insanity/desire to be Martha Stewart needs to be wrangled, or this holiday season is going to make me as completely exhausted and unsatisfied as the last.)

— Plan winter garden. Buy seeds.

— Get back to eating healthy, exercising hard and respecting my body. I’ve gotten off course with the Mexico trip (Chorizo! Tequila! Fresh Tortillas!) and the birthday celebrations (Pita Jungle, Four Peaks, Pita Jungle and way too much wine). My pants are snug and I am not happy about it.

My awesome new lunch box

The new lunch box certainly controls portion sizes.

Focus. Must focus.


15 Replies to “This Week’s Life Skill: Focus”

  1. Is that anything like No-shave November that my son likes to observe? You know, college men spend so much of their lives shaving, they have to take a month off!

    Beautiful towels, cute lunchbox!!

  2. Those towels look pretty, I can’t wait to see what you do with them. That lunch box looks like something I need to buy for my hubby. Good luck on focusing!

  3. I love the theme for the week – I surely have some things to focus on.

    Can’t wait to see what you make from your tea towels… and you just made me realize I really do need to focus on holiday gifts. Only 9 weeks.

  4. We can cheer each other on–I’m doing NaNoWriMo this year, too. Last time I only made it to day 2, which has to be some kind of quitting record. This year I’m finishing. Ha! But I bet you will 🙂

  5. You amaze me. I feel behind on everything. Oh well. I’m not going to start spending less time with my niece or my boyfriend, so I guess it’s worth it. But, my productivity is definitely not what it used to be!

  6. Your lunchbox. Is so stinking cute. And I am with you on focusing; I have got to concentrate this week. And also the eating/exercising part. Basically, ditto on this entire post for me.

  7. You might be surprised how creatively teachers can incorporate the life skills into their daily plans. Teachers are an amazing group.

  8. Love the weeks theme; focus. We can all do better at that I am sure. Good for you for making realiatic goals for making Christmas gifts this year. Giving is certainly supposed to be rewarding and fun. I have been planning our holiday party and I am planning on making it less work and stress for me. As my parents used to tell me, “less is more.”

    Looking forward to seeing what you are making out of the tea towels and the knit bag you are working on is absolutely beautifu;. Great look and colors. As to your lunchbox, it is bright and fun just like you.

    Have a great day!

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