Monday, September 7, 2009

Kiki: Waving, not drowning

Oh, ladies.

It's been two weeks since I've been SWIMming. Since coming back from Scotland, things have just been completely nutso. Family in town, then I got sick, had to send in a conference paper, working on my CV, drafting class plans and syllabi for job and postdoc applications, and set up my own professional website for those apps and personal branding.

Even my morning pages have been nothing but professional stuff these days. Plus, I've been back on my computer all the time again. Well, when I haven't been sleeping, which has been a lot, even though Stress-Induced Whirling Brain is still waking me up before 5:15 every morning. This week I'm also giving a conference paper, back up in Scotland. Can you feel it? Can you feel the anxiety?

I'm going back to the timers. It's too easy to spend too much time on perfection, and there are lots of other things that need to happen. 

I'm working through your posts, but it's going to take a little bit of time - thank you to all of you for your patience. September and October are going to be a supremely nutty months for me with all the applications and work-related writing that needs to go out. And welcome to Driftwood! Thanks for all your comments at Yogademia recently :-)

Writing Goals September 7-13
*Spend maximum 2 hours each to finish job application & conference presentation due Wednesday
*Keep my Morning Pages at minimum 2 pages each morning rather than succumbing to work.
*Write at least 1 post for my new professional site (I'll divulge either by e-mail or at the Locker Room)
*Draft two class plans for job and postdoc apps
*Draft research proposal for postdoc apps
*Deliver a kickass presentation and paper at St. Andrews on Saturday morning
*Do some yoga and something creative every day, without exception, even if only a Tiny practice.

Reward: Sunday morning Artist Date in Scotland, with longhand fun writing and lots of photos
(Can I just say how awesome it is to be able to write "have an Artist Date in [another country]"?


  1. Hugs, Kiki!

    Going on the market is the craziest part of the academic year (& career). It's unnatural, so just keep breathing and pushing your way through.

    Good luck on your presentation! And have a fantastic Artist Date!

    As soon as I finish updating, I'm busting out my timer too!! :)

  2. you took a well deserved vacation away from swim (although we did miss you). ;) looks like you are going back into it headlong though. i wish you much luck on accomplishing your goals. i'm jealous of your artist's date haha.

  3. good luck with everything you have to do. :) it will absolutely all get done :)

  4. All the best with all the job hunting and the presentation (and all your other goals, as well). I've been enjoying getting to know you, Revisionista and Melita, through your respective blogs..:)

  5. Good luck, Kiki. I am absolutely sure that everything will work your way. You so deserve it + you are ace at what you do so, no need to worry. Keep breathing and smiling!

  6. By the way, I read on your blog (I think) you had completed The Artist's Way, hadn't you? Congratulations! I would love to hear more about your process and your conclusions now that you've finished. Yes, of course, when you have time. :)