Day 167– 2,024 Words/Day Process Log – Priorities

Time to look at my priorities and possibly make a time budget. I call it a time budget rather than a schedule because I’ve had success with budgets when it comes to my money and the thing that helped me was when I looked at it as a way of fitting in everything I wanted to do.

For example, I used to quilt and that means expenses for fabric, thread, needles, and patterns. Regarding patterns, now I think it’s fun to design my own patterns, but I didn’t at the beginning because I was, uh, a beginner.

I found myself worried every time I entered into a quilt shop because it was my equivalent of walking into Target for moms – I thought I’d walk in to just look around and round up handing over my credit card and not regretting a single purchase.

What my budget did was put guardrails on my spending behavior and it made it more enjoyable. I had X number of dollars to spend. It didn’t matter how I spent those funds. So, if I was able to procure fabric on sale or through a thrift store or other means, that meant I was free to buy more. I no longer entered a quilt shop with a feeling of guilt. And, if I didn’t spend my budgeted amount for one month, it carried over to the next one.

It was the same for books. Once I put books in the budget, I was freer to enjoy shopping. If I didn’t enjoy the books I had anymore, then selling them on eBay or another website would be added to my book budget. (This didn’t work for quilts because I didn’t sell my quilts).

I didn’t look at it as restrictions, but getting everything in. Now I’m at a place where I want to do everything in the morning – gardening, writing, and walking. It honestly starts with the night before and realizing that my garden has to work for me. Gardening is not a higher priority than writing or walking if I zoom out to how I want my life to look. Though it is relaxing…it is time dependent, and it happens that the time that’s best to work on the garden is the time that’s best to work on everything else!

So, here comes my question – what would I regret? I would regret not becoming the best storyteller that I possibly can. I’d regret not tending to my health. At the end of my life, I would not regret not becoming a master gardener.

So. Big plates and small plates. I need to learn to garden in a way that would take minimal effort and fuss. That means choosing the right varieties, planting well, and keeping the pests away. It might even be letting the pests have a bit of a way in my garden.

I love going to the theatre, but going forward, I’m going to support theatres that are closer to home. Metro Atlanta is huge. Other than my subscription to the state theatre of Georgia which I planned on making weekend trips to visit, I’ll stick to this side of town.

The big plate is my writing. Everything can fit around that. You know what? I’m feeling relaxed already.

Keep moving forward. Keep getting better.

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About Irette Y Patterson

Irette Y Patterson is a writer of fantasy, science fiction, and romance. She has been published in FIYAH, Strange Horizons, Translunar Travelers Lounge and on the website of The Saturday Evening Post. When not writing, you can find her digging around in her garden or catching the latest musical in the theater.
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