Inspiration Abounds

The end of summer is in sight and I've got a first draft of my thesis due by the end of September, a syllabus to refine and assignments to create in the next couple of weeks, and I've still got plenty of things on my Summer board to try and get done. With all of this piling on in addition to my typical work schedule and my desire to sleep constantly, I've been in search for some productivity inspiration. Luckily, inspiration abounds.

I saw this article by Ruth over at Living Well, Spending Less and loved how much emphasis she put into setting concrete, manageable goals and writing them down. I love making lists, but I don't take the time to do them every day, which is something I'd like to change. I'd also like to be better about monitoring how I spend my time and setting time limits for certain tasks in order to make my check list more likely to get done. Instead of just putting down THESIS, break this up into goals that can be checked off, like 25 pages or 30 minutes of revision.

I saw this image on Pinterest and this post over at A Beautiful Mess which really made me want to slow down and record life a little: take pictures, journal, capture memories before they're forgotten. I read this amazing article on being more positive and it reminded me how we remember the bad stuff more than the good and it made me want to start photographing and journaling even more. I want to start writing down one good thing every day.

I listened to the audiobook of Sloane Crosley's I Was Told There'd Be Cake and it made me really want to write essays. In fact, it might have been the thing that pushed me into finally getting this blog going.

All I want to do is cook everything Joy the Baker blogs about. I made these Lemon Ricotta waffles last week and they were off the chain.

What helps keep you organized and inspired?

Your Truly, Jen


  1. i love i was told there'd be cake! as i've been sort of slowly brainstorming my own book of essays, i've referred back to it many times. i've been recommending it like crazy since i read it last fall, so i'm glad to see other people (especially writers) enjoying it as much as i did.

    i don't really know what a lemon ricotta waffle is, but it sounds amazing.

    xo nicole

    1. It seriously is! I know that you're a beginner cook, but seriously, I've had so much good luck with waffles. If you measure everything out right and have a decent waffle iron (I got mine at a garage sale for like 3 bucks), they turn out great. Way easier than pancakes.

      I'm onto Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris and I'm loving it so far as well. I really don't know why it took me so long to discover the creative essay!

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