One of the ways that the traveling and titleholding has affected us is in our day-to-day rhythm and flow. When we were getting close to a contest, and focusing on that, that set the “theme” or the overriding goal. Work on the speech, take care of the class, did we buy all the things we needed for our outfits, do we have the plans in place and so on. We started our hard work on GLLA about May/June of 2013, and then immediately after GLLA in August, started our work and directing our energy towards SPLF and the International contest.
We’ve experimented with structures and schedules before, but they always seemed to get caught up in something, something would break down, something would interrupt them, and we both weren’t very good about picking up the pieces, or just try-try again. It was one of those “we’ve been burned before, why try again in something that is a failure mode.”
But… one of the things that we’re finding with our schedule is that if we’re not busy packing, unpacking, going, coming back, planning, or doing — we’re sitting like bumps on the log, or we’re not present in the moment of where we’re at and what needs to be done.
So, after a conversation this weekend, we’re going to retry a bit more structure and schedule to our day, to our to-dos.
Which includes starting now, since it’s 9:30… time for us to close the computers, go upstairs and have some quiet time either reading, reading to each other or simply being together.