“The fact that I am working towards materializing my dream makes me more enthusiastic about the future.”

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A typical day in the life of a stay at home mom who writes

“The fact that I am working towards materializing my dream makes me more enthusiastic about the future.”

5.10 a.m, the clock alarm on my nightstand signals me that it is time to get out of bed, but I am still tired; and the sun has not already risen in the sky. I don’t want to leave the comfort of his warm embrace, still, I have my duties, and mine start early on in the morning.

The moment I get out of bed I exercise my mind to stay focus on my morning routine activities so as to not let idle thoughts get in the way, for I noticed that mornings without unnecessary thoughts were the most creative days for me. Also, I noticed that sustainable creativity stems from having a balanced mind — which is not an easy thing to attain, but oh so necessary for any creators out there.

For breakfast I eat cereals, rusks, or bread, and drink a typically Mauritian mug of tea.

Sometimes while preparing family breakfast and school meal for the kids I listen to some music on the radio — but it’s becoming rarer with time because it distracts my mind in the morning. But still, I am happier when I listen to music, where some songs even strike my inspirational chord.

Then at around 8 a.m, after I’ve put my two boys, aged respectively 9 and 7 years old, in their school van, I start doing my house chores, which lasts at least 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes.

Also, lately I began to walk everyday for at least 15 mins on my treadmill, because too much sitting in front of my device does not make me lose the weight that I’ve accumulated through the years, and which is now heavily weighing on my health.

Around 9.15/9.30 I start to write/edit, which I find as being the best time for me to be writing because of the tranquilness that prevails; and around 11.30 I take a pause to eat something, watch television, and scroll through my social-media feeds.

In afternoons I do things at random, I go with the flow — sometimes I take a nap, sometimes I continue writing for some extra hours, or at other times I read online what I need to learn, and at 2.15 p.m I sign out. The remaining hours are devoid to reading, ironing, watching television, cooking, and watching YouTube.

During the holiday seasons, when my kids are at home, my writing time is significantly shortened. Right now, that’s what’s happening.

Even though I treat my writing time as if I am currently working, I can’t neglect my children’s education, especially when they have trouble in some of the subjects they learn. So, in the morning I try to help them as much as I can with their learning, but even if at around one o’clock I try to free myself so as to write/edit, by then I did so much talking, gave too much explanations, and went through all these incessant noises, that I feel drained of all my energy, which proves to be lethal to my concentration during the act of writing.

So right now I am thinking about if ever I should try to get a nap in the afternoon then get to writing at night, or else, get up earlier so as to write. I still don’t know for now how to do it, but I need to take a decision as soon as possible.

Though I have lots of responsibilities I am sure that with time all those burdens will get lighter, alongside the length of time that I will be able to dedicate to writing.

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