I feel like Dorthy when she was snagged in the twister headed for Oz-twirling, swirling, going around and around.
Today I stop for one today to collect my thoughts, energy, and sensibility. Last week I attended the Northwest Christian Writers Renewal in Bellevue, Washinton. I’m still swirling from all the traffic and pressure and excitement of meeting with an agent at the conference for a pitch appointment.
With anticipation, I left the two-day conference Saturday at noon and buzzed down to Lacey for my youngest son and his wife’s baby shower. As soon as the shower ended, we watched the Kentucky Derby, and then I drove to Yelm for my grandson’s little league baseball game. We celebrated with ice-cream before again heading out, enjoying the peaceful drive to Centralia to spend the night with my youngest son and his wife before the eight-hour drive home.
That brings us to today and a feeling of rushed, anxiety. Our Lady Hornet Archers and I head out bright and early tomorrow morning in order to catch our flight to Louisville, Kentucky. I’m thankful for the sound sleep I had last night and the unexpected fill of energy today. So, how do I catch my breath today and organize for tomorrow?
- Begin with a list. What are the most important items I need to accomplish and check off? Laundry, blog, repack, check Kentucky itinerary, collect any writing material I need to take (The agent I met with at the conference requested my proposal and it needs to be updated).
- Make sure the food I eat today is healthy. I also need to keep hydrated, drinking little to no caffeine. Healthy food and hydration is the key to high energy and cell regeneration.
- Rest. This afternoon if a need a short nap, I’m taking it! I also plan to take my horse for a short ride, which is my therapy. Oh, not to mention showing up for my nephew’s junior high baseball game. The only game I will be able to catch this year.
- Organize. Get our funds in order: collect GoFundMe donations, cash check donations, organize funds for each archer. Pack my conference notes to review during the flight.
- Make necessary contacts. I will call parents tonight for last minute questions and concerns.
Good thing I have 10 hours left! With an overwhelmed feeling, I tend to want to rush around in between events. Do you? And then I forget, misplace, mix-up.
Today I need to relax, slow down, and think. Lay the past five days down for now and focus on the upcoming five days.
Take my time.
My attention is now shifting to nationals. All 3 archers shoot on Thursday, and I plan a Facebook Live session.
Look for updates and announcements on my Facebook Page and please support these ladies with your comments. During the flight, I will read the girls your comments from this blog post, so feel free to wish them well.
20,000 archers in North America have qualified for this national competition. Can you believe 3 of our girls are attending? I can! They work hard and have earned their positions.
Amaya Simpson, Grade 9
Natosha Flett, Grade 5
Aialana Pacheco, Grade 4
Yes, you are reading those grade levels correctly.
So again, I invite you to send these ladies off with a plenty of well-wishes and encouragement, launching their arrows into the bulls-eye!
Come with us and Gallop into Adventure!