We all get a temporary reprieve beginning on Saturday, when John's three kids leave for five weeks with their mother in New York. Just yesterday, John and I came up ideas for a few changes we can make which will help eliminate at least a couple of the biggest sources of conflict in the house. I am excited about that. And I have just three weeks of full-time lessons left to teach before my summer schedule begins. It looks like I will be teaching only one day a week in July, which will leave me with the time I need to tear through the house and rearrange and de-clutter (and paint those interior doors that I had installed FOUR YEARS AGO). I haven't figured out how I am going to pay my bills in July. I finished Financial Peace University just last night (I have the certificate to prove it) so I am determined not to use credit cards. But for now, I'm going to focus on what I CAN do--and do it.
Anyway, this situation I am in is forcing me to re-think EVERYTHING. I will turn 50 in August (I hate to admit it) but I have determined that my 50's is going to be my most exciting, creative, productive decade to date. I am starting with a renewed commitment to daily exercise and healthy diet; taking better care of myself is the foundation. But there are three additional areas that I am determined to make time for. I have finished my first online writing class, and with my instructor's encouragement, I am going to write that novel. I attended a workshop on piano improvisation and composition on Saturday; I know what to do, so I am going to make time to practice playing jazz and blues and write my own music. And I am going to get to started on all the artsy projects that are swimming around in my head--beautiful things I want to make with beads and yarn and fabric. The work starts TODAY. I will keep you posted on my progress.