Anywho, this means I am going to be very busy for the next two months. I leave my job June 7th, take the biology Praxis June 9th. The Philly Writers Conference is June 8-10 (yeah, I know, annoying that I'm missing the morning part of the conference on June 9th, but the Praxis for areas of study is only given about four times a year. (I should get there by 10 am though)). I have to take the Praxis 1 on June 28th, all the while studying for both tests.
So two months of crazy before 2 months of nothing to do at all. I think the biggest challenge for me is going to be making sure I get writing done while I'm studying. For me, studying is an all-encompassing monster. I feel guilty if I'm doing something that's not studying. (At least I did in undergrad. I literally read zero books for fun, or watched any TV shows and rarely movies. All I did was study and play Ultimate frisbee (you need to exercise at least a little bit...)) For all intents and purposes, I only get one shot at these exams, and I'll be studying for the hard one while also working 9-5, and gearing up for Ultimate season/doing PT on my knee.
So it's all about choices. During this month, focus on studying, with some writing on the side while maintaining some form of exercise. Should I be watching TV right now? No. Get back to studying. Need a study break? Get some writing in instead of watching a TV show. Those TV shows will be online forever; they can wait. It's about mind set and focus. And making schedules (they're like lists! I love them!) and sticking to them. The trick to schedules, is also scheduling in some down time. (I did this all the time in undergrad). Taking frequent breaks is actually conducive to studying, if you schedule them in and keep to the schedule. If your break goes hours longer than planned, they're not really helping anything...
So for the next month I might be sporadic with my blog posts. Writing is a big part of my life, but I need to make sure I pass these exams. And I mean after June 28th, I'll have two whole months of nothing before grad school! That sounds like a lot of time to be writing. (Which makes me nervous, because of what I posted about on Monday about my writing habits). And also being a teacher gives me three whole summer months to explore more book ideas :)