Shake and Bake 2: The “Go. Sit. Now.” Edition

The place I review my week – in an attempt to track some things – like progress on my novel and… living intentionally.
Call it an experiment in paying attention.



Breakfast of Champions[Chaparral][Day19]*

  • Definitely had more energy – which is a good good thing.


  • Time time time… is there NEVER enough time?
  • Still missing some HOURS in my planned 2 hours per day FOCUSSED on the NIP.
    • When I miss doing it I feel horrid and full of dread – even if I have spent hours writing something ELSE (like a blog post), or I’m busy with some other aspect of WORK. Then the next day I want to BiNGE again and do four, six, EIGHT hours instead to “make up for it” but I am not going to do that anymore. I want to get into this groove and…. it shouldn’t be so hard, right?
    • Once I SIT TO IT, I am fine. But I have to consciously say – “go. sit. now.”


  • Scribbling in my book daily – oh I love that morning scribble time.
  • Breakfasts
  • Walks up the lane and into the bush – I love the place I’m living right now.
  • Free Online “lectures or conversations” – how fun to sit in my jimjams with tea and a cookie and listen to people talk about things I’m interested in.
  • The days when I DID manage 2 hours focussed writing on the NIP  were dread free.  So good.  I do think this sort of  container will work for me.  It’s like the … whaddaya callit – the analytical frame…
    •  In an essay called “The Analytic Frame, Abstinence, and Acting Out,” Robert M. Young, a psychotherapist, says,  that the reason we need a set and specific time and space to explore things with a therapist goes very deep. “The analytic frame,” he writes, “is the place where the madness is held so that the therapist and patient can have a space to think and feel about matters felt with a degree of intensity which is painful but still bearable.”  Now, I’m not saying the writing is therapy  – but I do think a frame is a good idea for me right now. Note – this quote if from that article by Aimee Bender called “Why the Best Way to Get Creative Is to Make Some Rules.” I talked about it here.

NEXT WEEK’S EXPERIMENT: More breakfasts. I need another week working on this one. And I will add in… rising earlier… Let’s experiment with rising each day at 7am.

And How was your Week?

Thanks for stopping by.

go easy-p

2 Comments on “Shake and Bake 2: The “Go. Sit. Now.” Edition

  1. Just popped over from Havi’s blog. I always find such interesting people there! Thanks for the idea of the ‘analytic frame’. I think it will be very helpful for me.

  2. Hey Linda – thanks for stopping by.
    I am LOVING Havi’s world. And enjoying the others I find there as well.

    As you can tell – my “Shake and Bakes” are an obvious homage to Havi’s Friday Chickens 😉 Hope she doesn’t mind.

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