This month hasn't gone exactly how I had planned, but that's okay with me. My intentions to participate in my first ever NaNoWriMo were interrupted when I quit my job to start fresh managing a small dental office while spearheading their journey into social media and marketing.
Clearly, having no previous experience in the dental field my head has been swimming with new verbiage, and phrasing associated with teeth. Words I never knew existed. Did you know there are eight different names for the sides of a tooth? Or, that baby teeth generally fall out in the order they came in? If I'm not working, or spending quality time with my family, I am studying dental textbooks and diagrams. It's left little to no time for writing, or evening reading, which has left me starving to dive into my next read, "Wonder." It doesn't help that the little has been teething something horrible. She hasn't been able to lay flat on her back in weeks due to a ferociously nasty runny nose. We've been couch buddies; she sleeps, I stare into the darkness and wonder if I'll ever get to sleep in my own bed, next to my husband, ever again.
Anyways, finishing my NaNoWriMo for this year it's just not possible. I'm already sleep deprived so I can't even sacrifice my nights for the sake of feeding the starving writer in me. Next November will be my November. For now, I will take this time to bask in and enjoy every moment of Shelby's first holiday season. So many new things to watch her absorb and experience.
So I did something crazy two weeks ago...
I packed up my desk, sent my boss an email and walked out the door carrying my desk plant. I haven't looked back since.
Although I miss my co-workers, and I feel bad for leaving them in the way I did, I DO NOT miss the constant stress and worry of having a miserable, unappreciative, and just plan cold boss. My daughter fell down a flight of stairs (long story, for another post) but she couldn't be bothered to ask if she was ok when I came back to work the following day. COLD.
I never realized just how stressed I was until I wasn't. I overslept on my third day at my new job. Slept right through my alarm as it went off inches from my head for forty-five minutes. When I woke up I had exactly 10 minutes to feed the dogs, change and feed Shelby, plus get myself ready and to work. Thank goodness for mothers. My mom came to the house and took care of Shelby while I got myself ready and out the door, getting to work only 2 minutes late.
The moral of the story is if you're not happy, change it. I've been saying for months that I needed to get my resume out there, only haphazardly applying for jobs if I came across them accidentally, but I wasn't REALLY looking. After the tumble down the stairs, and a series of other...unfortunate events at work, I had had it. I started applying on a Thursday, got a call for an interview on Friday, interviewed Saturday morning and walked off work on Tuesday. BYE FELICIA!
Things won't change, unless you take the steps to make the change.
I've decided to do something a little crazy this November...
I'll be participating in NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo began in July of 1999 with roughly 21 participates but has expanded to include over 200,000 writers who, combined, wrote 2.8 billion words by the close of November in 2010. NaNoWriMo was moved to November to take advantage of the gloomy weather that often consumes much of the country during this time of year.
The goal is to start and complete a 50,000 word novel between November 1st and November 30th. The focus is more on word count and less on quality, with the idea, to "bang" out the book and edit later.
Once a writer has successfully registered and been accepted into the program, their novels progress, including word count, is tracked through the NaNoWriMo website. Thousands register, but only a handful successfully complete the challenge. Wish me luck!!!