Introspective Adventurer

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The Year of the Book

This week was a bit of an experiment for me.

The first thing I did was to implement a schedule for myself. Yeah I know, sometimes I can be a slow learner.

I wanted to be sure to allow time for exercise and social media but also to have time to actually write.

It seemed I was always trying to find occasions to write and I realized time wasn’t going to jump out of a cake and yell, “Surprise!” I was going to have to carve out moments each day if I wanted to get words on paper.

So I did.

And what better way to test the formula than to continue telling my story? I gave myself permission each day to write, or at least think about what I wanted to compose.

And it felt decadent.

working from home – taking time to write

It also flowed out of me in a matter of minutes. The words went from my head straight to the keyboard without hesitation.

The instant I took the pressure off myself of squeezing out a post here and there in my “spare time” and instead allowed a block of time each day to create, the easier it was to write.

And it was fun too.

So, yeah, I’ve made a decision: This is going to be the year of the book.

What helped the most in reaching this conclusion was you. I may have written it, but you read it. Thank you for all of your encouragement. You have been so supportive and caring and uplifting, and I do appreciate that.

Don’t ask me what kind of book I’m going to write, because I’m still looking for the right recipe. But I’ll find it. And once I get started on it, you may not hear from me as often, but I’ll be right here writing.

Because I know this is the year of my book.


  1. Yayyy!!! I am so happy to hear this news!! Go get ‘em Tiger!!! Big huge hugs to you!!! Xx

  2. Kudos on the upcoming book! I too have committed to having a more “scheduled” life, to include a scheduled blocks for writing and reading. I would love to see a future post with an example of how you carved out your time.

    • Loretta Sayers
      Loretta Sayers

      2019-01-18 at 09:26

      Thank you Anita!!

      I decided to allow for social media from 8am to 9am. Then exercise and get ready for my day. From 10:30-2:30 I’ve blocked out time to write and create. What a difference it’s made!! Then 3pm-5pm social media and then I’m done with “work” for the day. I feel like a new person on this schedule.

      • Loretta, thanks for sharing! I’ve been trying to find my daily schedule “sweet spot” making sure I incorporate time for self care, personal development, and specific client work blocks, as well as fitting in writing and reading time. It’s been a bit challenging but I am confident I will find something that works. 😊

        • Anita Armas

          2019-01-22 at 10:37

          Loretta, apologies, the comment above from “Anonymous” is actually me reply to your reply, LOL … looks like I clicked Post Comment without adding my name.

          • Loretta Sayers
            Loretta Sayers

            2019-01-22 at 12:03

            I was wondering who it was! Thanks Anita!! Xx

  3. Good for you. You will reap the rewards. Wish I was as disciplined as you are.x

  4. Sherri Preston

    2019-01-18 at 15:58

    The has been a struggle of mine as well, just scheduling time.. and I must say reading this just helped more than I can say!!
    Thank you.. its a simple schedule, but sometimes thats all it takes…

    • Loretta Sayers
      Loretta Sayers

      2019-01-18 at 16:40

      Sherri the minute I allowed myself time for what I truly wanted to do, the better I felt. Carve that time out for you!!

  5. Loretta, I am so glad you are doing this! You have such a gift! You draw me in and speak straight to my heart every single time. I think you could be writing the phone book and I would still be on pins and needles waiting with bated breath. I am also thinking this could the year of the first of many books… just awesome! I so appreciate you sharing the steps you are doing to make time to write. I need to do this so desperately… you are inspiring me!

    • Loretta Sayers
      Loretta Sayers

      2019-01-19 at 07:05

      Amy, thank you so much for this. My first book is going to be a bit different….but I do hope to write more!!

      I can’t tell you how much easier my life is with that schedule. Makes all the difference! Xx

  6. You seriously have s gift…
    Your book will be a sit down and read in one setting….the best kind ever…♡

  7. Wow! A book is an ambitious project. And it’s on my bucket list too. That’s why I started my blog, so I would be writing on a regular basis. I hope the process is everything you dream it will be. Sounds like you are off to a good start with your schedule. All the best.

    • Loretta Sayers
      Loretta Sayers

      2019-01-20 at 10:58

      Writing your blog will help for sure.

      I helped my husband with his book, and at least know the ins and outs of it…big project, as you say.

      Thank you!

  8. jodie filogomo

    2019-01-20 at 10:56

    I am a schedule fanatic…so funny because this year I’m trying to do the opposite!! It goes to show how we can be good for each other!!

    • Loretta Sayers
      Loretta Sayers

      2019-01-20 at 11:00

      Wow, that is so interesting! I’m a fly by the seat of my pants kind of person and usually go with the flow. But whoa man, social media is such a time sucker!

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