When I describe all the projects I’ve got going on, a question I get a lot is “How do you have time for all of that?” That, my friends, is a fair question. Someday, the ultimate dream is to be a full-time writer. How amazing would that be? I’ve often thought about what my “dream” Monday would look like. Here’s what it would look like:
6:00am: Wake up
6:30am: Sit down to write with a mug of tea in hand
9:30am: Take a break for breakfast with Shane
10:30am-12pm: Check email, social media stuff, etc.
12pm: light lunch/snack
5:30-6:30pm: Yoga and shower
7:00pm: Dinner with Shane
8:00pm-Bed: Relax, hangout with friends, movie, reading, fun time
Sounds pretty great, huh? That’s the dream writing day with no other commitments or obligations. For the moment, however, here is what a day in the life of Julia normally looks like:
6:30am: Alarm goes off. Hit snooze.
6:35am: Alarm goes off again.
6:45am: Cannot ignore alarm anymore. Reluctantly dismiss alarm and groggily find way to kitchen where I’ll make tea and feel somewhat more human.
6:45-7:15: Check emails, update social media, etc.
7:15-8:15am: Work on homework. This includes reading chapters, articles, answering prompts, and working on projects
8:15-8:45am: Breakfast and get ready for work
9:00am-4pm: Work at the library. I actually love being a librarian. Being surrounded by books is the next best thing to reading/writing them.
4:00pm-6:30pm: More homework
6:30pm-8:30pm: If Shane’s having a good sports day, he’ll have an opportunity to come home for dinner and we’ll spend the next few hours eating and hanging out. Possibly playing Lord of the Rings: The Card Game. I’m obsessed.
8:30pm: Shane goes back to the station to be sports anchor on the 10 o’clock news.
8:30-9:00pm: Check email, social media, etc.
9:00pm-10:00pm: Yoga and shower
10:00pm: Time to watch Shane on the news!
10:30-11:00pm: Do a little cleaning up (laundry, dishes, etc.)
11:00pm: Get in my jammies, grab my notebook and pen, and finally–finally–have a chance to write. Some nights I won’t actually get into bed until midnight because I’ll continue working on homework after yoga. Regardless of my bed time, I’ll write until I fall asleep.
It’s all a bit crazier this semester because of the book release party, but I’ve managed to be very successful with my grad school classes so far. The work load for these classes is more intense than I’ve experienced with other classes, but I’m doing okay. I just have to keep up by constantly chipping away at assignments. It’s all worth it, though, because I genuinely love being a librarian. It doesn’t even feel like work. So, while I would love to be a full-time writer, I know that relying on my writing for my primary source of income isn’t very realistic. At least, not at this point. Hence, the grad school classes. But you never know, maybe someday my dream day will be a reality. Until then, I’m still having a pretty great time!
What does your dream day look like?