Jill Weatherholt

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Under Construction

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It’s hard to believe four months have passed since a tiny pipe, under the guest bathroom sink, burst and flooded our house. I’m happy to report the last of the repairs have been completed and we now have our house back. As a person who thrives on routine and order in her life, it was the longest four months ever.
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Our life revolved around estimates, hardwood and carpet samples, contractors, piles of debris and dust that even found it’s way onto the tops of our canned goods, behind the pantry door. To make matters worse, my three designated writing areas in the house were out of commission.

I write best in a decluttered workspace, but during these repairs our house was nothing but clutter. For an extended period of time, every item, including our furniture was either in our garage or upstairs.

When I sat down to write, my eyes constantly strayed to the mess surrounding me. I was stressed by the mess and struggled to put words on the page.
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One day I realized, this mess was going to be a part of our life for a while, so I had to suck it up and deal with the distractions or break my commitment. There will always be distractions in life that I can use as an excuse not to write. A good writer isn’t necessarily one who writes with the most skill, but one who is able to be consistent with the writing, despite the distractions.

I’ve upheld my commitment made on January 1st to write at least 500 words a day in the face of chaos and destruction. Having done so, I feel prepared to handle any other distractions that cross my path. I got my writing spaces back and I plan to take full advantage of my clutter free surroundings.
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How do you deal with distractions?

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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, published by Harlequin Love Inspired released on February 21, 2017 and is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

97 thoughts on “Under Construction

  1. Well, I just lost my entire comment……..grrrrrrr….so trying again. I don’t know what is going on with WP these days. I didn’t have time to copy and paste either which is what I’ve had to start doing….so, here goes another try….
    I was saying that I’m so sorry that it’s been four long months of this for you Jill, I was wondering if the work had been done yet, and what a hassle dealing with all that noise, dust and clutter but so happy to know that it is all finished and you have been able to return to your nice, distraction-free life! I’m so impressed that you managed to keep to your writing goals throughout, you really are an inspiration. I hate distractions and find it really difficult to write properly, don’t do well with it…
    Your house is beautiful and so is your desk, which looks pristine! I can just imagine you sitting there, writing away, happy and content with your writing space back where it should be!
    Very happy for you Jill…hope you and Derek from Devon can now enjoy a peaceful and lovely, clutter-free weekend 🙂 xo

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    • I too have learned to copy and paste, Sherri. I’m not sure what’s going on with WP. For whatever reason, I’m not receiving any new post notifications or replies to comments that I make. It’s so frustrating.
      I appreciate your kind words. It was a long and drawn out process, but in the end, we had some terrific contractors who did a wonderful job.
      I won’t lie, there were evening when I came home from work and the noises were so obnoxious, the last thing I wanted to do was write, but the guilt kicked in, so I wrote.
      My ‘pristine’ writing desk is one of 3 locations that I’ve commandeered without protest from Derek from Devon. Yes, this one is neat, but one day, I’ll post a picture of the dining room table. 🙂
      I hope you and your family have a wonderful weekend, Sherri! xo

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  2. Congratulations on getting your house back in order, and your writing space is lovely!
    I had a similar situation when we were having our kitchen remodeled, but my reaction was different. Having my house turned upside-down actually made it easier to write. We did take-out a lot so I didn’t need to cook. We used paper plates as often as possible so few dishes had to be washed. Ironically, although it was stressful living without a kitchen for several weeks, I had fewer chores because of it and could always write on my computer with a clear conscience 🙂 Life is back to normal which means our house is in perpetual clutter (my husband and I are kind of like the Odd Couple; I’m Oscar and I’ve given up). For me to be productive, I need to work in my room, which thankfully, finally, got decluttered a couple of weeks ago. For writing, I really can’t have any distractions. I face a wall so I don’t have the distracting but meditative experience of watching the squirrels and birds in our backyard.
    I just had a thought. My perfect writing space would be my office at work on a weekend. It’s so quiet then. I have a large window giving me plenty of natural light, and I have two computer monitors. The only problem is I already feel I spend too much time there 😉

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    • Thanks, Marie! I should have called you…during our repairs, we were using paper plates and there was less clean up, but I just couldn’t get past the mess.
      I’m happy to hear you got your writing space decluttered. No, no, you spend enough time at work, you don’t want to write there. Move around the house, you’ll find your spot. For me, as soon as the weather turns, I’m heading out to the back patio.

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  3. I’m so glad to hear it’s finally done, Jill. What a long haul. I’m curious if these were renovations you would have undertaken if the pipe hadn’t burst, or was the house already finished to your liking? When we bought our home in 2005, it came with the original finishings…from 1980, ugh. So we worked and saved a few years and went through a first floor reno – new kitchen, floors, lighting, doors, baseboards, powder room — essentially an entire gut remodel. A few years later we did the second floor. Even though the work was being done while we were at work and the kids were at school, it’s hard to live in a reno zone, especially with little kids and no kitchen. We own a condo in the city that desperately needs a new kitchen, and we’ll get to that eventually. But that will be our tenant’s problem, not ours 🙂

    I’ll admit I’m not one who deals well with distraction, which is why I get up before dawn to get my writing time in. The kids and I are off today, so I know once they’re up, my distraction-free time is over. I admire your commitment to your goal, despite the upheaval in your space and routine. I’ve adopted your 500 words/day model as a goal to shoot for myself, whether it’s working on an outline, blog post, or revisions. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    • It was a long haul, Gwen. We had a major issue with the carpeting upstairs, but thankfully our sales guy came to bat and told the manufacturer the carpet was defective, after we were half way through the installation. It had to be reordered and reinstalled.
      Our house was built in 2000, so the carpeting upstairs was due to be replaced. Yes, we were able to make some upgrades in the house, but it wasn’t done by choice which I think is more stressful than making the decision and being prepared. We lived for 5 days with heaters and fans that brought our temperature upstairs to over 100 degrees.
      The entire downstairs is hardwood and one small area buckled, but because we have an open floor plan, the entire downstairs had to be re-sanded. In the end, the floors downstairs looks 100% better, so it was worth the disruptions.
      Lucky you…were you off for a teacher work day or weather related? I hope you don’t have a ton of make up days at the end of the year as a result of your brutal winter.
      Enjoy your weekend, Gwen!

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  4. My flooring is in desperate need of replacement (previous owners did a poor DIY job that looked good but hasn’t aged well), but I’m truly overwhelmed at the prospect of finding contractors, getting estimates, shopping for new flooring, moving things from one room to another, dealing with construction . . . the list goes on, so I sit here every day as I write and edit and just try to ignore it. I admire your perseverance through four months of distractions, Jill—I would have been living at the library or a coffee shop!

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    • Thanks, Candace! As I mentioned to Gwen, being prepared for repairs is definitely easier than be taken by surprise. I’m all about preparation and we had no time to prepare.
      I wish I could write in a coffee shop or library, but I’m such a people watcher, I didn’t try.
      Have a great weekend and don’t look at your floors! 🙂

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  5. How to deal with distraction? I get up early. Husband knows it and I think he uses that as permission to sleep in so I can have my quiet time. D1 and D2 do the same when they come to visit. Sleeping in is welcome at my home, so mom can have her quiet time. When GS1 or GS2 come to visit, they don’t sleep in, so then I use that time as the chance to spend time one on one with them. Interesting post exploring “distractions.”

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  6. I’m really impressed with your 500 word commitment Jill and can so sympathise with you having to write in a muddle. I like things to be tidy; like the washing up done and all the beds made as well as the laundry on the go before I even sit at my laptop.
    Four months is ages to be upside down but I think many of us have at some stage been in a similar situation. Builders etc always take longer than they say they will, don’t they? Mind you, we’d probably be suspicious if they did the job too quickly!
    Your writing space looks lovely – neat and uncluttered: just the spot to get the creative juices flowing!

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    • Thanks, Jenny. Writing in ‘muddle’ makes me very cranky. Like you, I need all of the chores to be completed and the clutter cleared before I can write.
      Yes, things do take longer than you’re told, but in the end, everything turned out great, so it was worth it.
      We’ll see how long this space stays neat. As I mentioned above, one of my other writing spaces in the house, the dining room table, can get pretty hairy.
      Have a great weekend, Jenny!

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  7. What is amazing is the fact that you stuck to your guns. The hero in you did it with minimal visibility to your readers. What champ you are. I am so impressed. 🙂

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  8. I don’t like clutter. I did an huge addition once and moved to a beach house for the summer. I don’t even like cluttered counters. It’s too distracting. My husband and I still argue about what is “allowed” to live on the counter. I think vitamins belong in the cabinet. He thinks they need to be somewhere he can see them so he doesn’t forget. Fortunately I talked him out of the 12 other appliances he kept there when he lived alone. I feel you pain but I but it looks great.

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    • Thanks, Kate!
      Moving to the beach house is a great way to avoid the clutter. Oh yes, the counter space…men think it’s the catch all for vitamins, junk mail and any other items they’ve picked up during the day.
      Enjoy your weekend!

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  9. I love photos! But what a pain that was for you, Jill! I’m so glad your home is back to normal. I know others who are dealing with water damage in their home. A terrible inconvenience.

    Distractions are hard. I have neighbors who are loud. So I sometimes have to put on my earphones and listen to instrumental music as I write. Or, I get in my car and drive for a bit. Usually when I come home, matters have quieted down.

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    • Thanks, Marie! It was a pain, but it feels good now that everything is back to normal. It’s weird because our issue with the pipe happened before it got real cold. Ours was a problem with the pressure reducing valve. The water pressure coming into the house wasn’t being reduced since the valve was defective. As a result the pressure in the house was way too high, causing the pipe to burst. It could have been worse, so we’re thankful.
      Ugh, loud neighbors are the worst. I guess banging on the wall doesn’t quiet them down…I feel your pain, Marie. We’ve got major barking dog issues all around us.
      Have a great weekend!

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  10. Wow, Jill, I’m so impressed you were able to keep the commitment in the midst of all the chaos! You’re an inspiration!

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  11. I live in an apartment and selected the smallest bedroom (for no reason other than it gets the least amount of light in the morning, and I sleep better in darkness). The queen-sized bed barely fits (there is literally 1-inch of clearance for the door to swing in), leaving room for a small garbage can in the corner and a lamp stand at the foot of the bed. No room for a TV, a bookshelf, a desk… nothing, which means there are no distractions or clutter. When I want to write, I take my laptop in there, close the door, and sit on the bed.

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    • It sounds like you’ve got the perfect writing space, Eric. The less distractions, the better. I need to seek more darkness in the morning; I wake up way too early.
      Have a great weekend in your ‘Bat Cave.’

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  12. Congratulations on getting your house back in order. It’s funny, when you live through these events, time stretches until you feel like it’s lasted forever. Then, once everything is finished within a few months you’ll realise in the grand scheme of things it was no time at all. Just not yet 😉
    I’m lucky that I can write in my own office with the door shut. The biggest distraction is the internet – like now*. I write in Scrivener so I tend to shut down all other programs and then write in full screen so I don’t become tempted to look at twitter, Facebook etc
    *I’ve finished writing for today, honest!

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    • Thanks, Dylan! It’s funny, now that the work is done it seems like it’s been completed for a long time. Oh yes, the internet can be a huge distraction. I don’t open Internet Explorer when it’s my writing time. Although it’s tempting, I would never get anything written. Ha ha…if you say you’re finished writing, I believe you. 🙂 Have a great weekend!

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  13. Jill, that is a beautiful desk and space you have to write! How I dream of an art studio for me someday! I’m sorry you had to go through that long trial, but it’s great that you can look back and see that you still stuck to your goal despite the distractions. Pretty impressive! 🙂

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  14. Yikes! That does not look fun Jill. Glad to hear that everything is coming back together for you and you have your writing space back. I also have a difficult time writing in a cluttered environment. Thanks for the reminder that there is ALWAYS some time left over to write and we just need to take the initiative to make it happen!

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    • It wasn’t much fun, Phillip, but thankfully it’s over and we’re happy with the end result. Oh yes, taking the initiative to sit down and write is half the battle. Enjoy your weekend and continued prayers for you and your wife.

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  15. Sorry you had to go through all of that, Jill — must have been nerve-wracking — and glad all is back to normal… There is a great message to all in your post: plug on even in adversity and keep commitments. Impressive lady! xo

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  16. Well done on overcoming adversity Jill – it must have been a stressful time. I live in the middle of self-created chaos so I think I’d be rather bewildered if someone came to tidy it up. I keep thinking they’ll find me one day under a heap of old newspapers and feral cats 🙂

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    • Thanks, Roy! That’s funny, perhaps you’re more creative when surrounded by chaos and cats. 🙂 I know several people who are more comfortable when things are messy. I would probably get more written if I didn’t spend so much time cleaning. Have a great weekend!

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  17. I can’t stand clutter either….I’m glad life is back to normal for you!!

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  18. Love your casa, Jill! You poor thing! I didn’t know you were living in such chaos for that long. That’s a lot of distraction. Your writing space is beautiful, you must love having it back. My husband is the same way, he cannot work when there is clutter. Somehow, I manage to block it from my mind and concentrate on what I’m writing. Teens are so good at multitasking, they all do their homework while watching tv, texting, facebooking and listening to music. I couldn’t do all that.

    PS. your exam answers look muy buenas! xoxo

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    • Thanks, Maria! Yes, things were delayed due to a defect in some of the carpeting upstairs and the weather. Yes, I’m happy to have that space back. I plan to use it more this summer. As I mentioned above, the winter months are spent in a front guestroom. The sun comes in all day and I have a small desk, it’s perfect.
      You’re right, teenagers are amazing when it comes to multitasking. I can’t read or write with the TV in the background, even if it’s coming from another level of the house.
      Wow! I’m thrilled to hear about my exam. You’re such a great teacher! Enjoy the weekend! xo

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  19. That was, and is, a real victory for you Jill, hearty congratulations are due and a Happy Dance too 🙂
    Four months is such a long time to live in chaos – and with odd people coming and going – I would be challenged by that scenario for sure! I love how this post celebrates that life’s inconveniences offer us opportunities to know our strengths better.

    You mentioned you feel you can handle any distraction that crosses your writing path now. and I can clearly see from this post, that a gift of this ‘inconvenience’ was all about you proving to yourself that you can remain true to your commitment. I am always interested in hearing about folks’ self discoveries …. this was most definitely an important step in your journey towards uncovering your true strengths – the ones you thought you didn’t have, or didn’t know you had already….. Just so well done!!

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    • Thank you so much for your heartfelt words, Pauline. You put into words exactly how I felt once everything was completed. I did discover that if I commit to something, I can stick to it despite my circumstances. It’s a pretty good feeling.
      Again, thank you for your encouraging comment and happy anniversary! I’m so happy we’ve met and I’m able to enjoy your artistic abilities. Have a great weekend!

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  20. While I wouldn’t have wished the flood and renovations on you, the benefit is that you’ve proven to yourself that you can write amid distractions, which can only give you strength to continue to write in the future.

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  21. let me begin by saying I love your writing space 🙂 so shiny and not a dish in sight which of course is my main distraction when I’m at home – writing in the kitchen! I have to agree with earlier comments and say that I am in awe of you for going through this and not letting it impact on your writing and blogging life – I bow/salute you all at the same time! 🙂
    I have to say I do hate all distractions/noises/dust up my nose and if I was to let it I wouldn’t write a word because my house if full of all that but I have learned to live with it.

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  22. Rejoicing that your construction mess is over!

    I’m trying to think of how I deal with distractions. I don’t notice many. But I’m sure they’re there. I’ve been writing so long that it’s become a habit, and distractions aren’t really distracting any more, unless they become emergencies that must be dealt with immediately. (But of course, in order to get to this, I had to clear out most of the distractions–I banished them).

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    • Yes, Tracy, we certainly are rejoicing that all of that is behind us. It was a long and slow process.
      Well, the fact that you don’t notice many distractions, tells me that you’re able to adapt to most situations, which is a great place to be.
      I hope you’re feeling better. Enjoy your weekend!

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      • Interesting observation–I hadn’t thought of it that way. I do know that I can get into a zone and tune out distractions when I’m reading or writing. But I also am really very change-adaptable. I went to a success seminar when I was working for a big company. The point was that most successful and the happiest people are change-adaptable. I took it to heart. Reminded me of what my high school English teacher had told me–that the only constant in our lives is change.

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      • That is so true, Tracy.

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  23. In one year’s time, our garden-level writing room, laundry and sewing room, and family room with big fireplace and ceiling-to-floor built in bookshelves flooded…twice. With just enough time in between that we’d redone everything. And the second time one wall ended up with mold (and mold is my main allergy). Need I say more?
    My sympathies are with you, Jill. But now you have a lovely newly remodeled home, and I just love the smell of new paint and carpet!
    KEEP WRITING, and write about the many emotions, insights and new topics that tap your shoulder and move your pen.
    Every life challenge is fodder for writers, you know!

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    • Oh my word, Marylin! Two times…I can’t bear the thought and mold…how terrible. I feel bad for grumbling about our one time experience. I can’t imagine dealing with that two times in one year.
      Yes, the smell of fresh paint, fresh hardwood and new carpet is heavenly.
      I will keep writing and I so appreciate your encouragement; it really means a lot to me, Marylin.
      Enjoy your weekend!

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  24. I can relate — the interior of my home has been thoroughly eviscerated recently in preparation for selling the place, and admittedly the “solution” I’ve pursued has been to retreat to a hotel room. But generally, whenever it seems like there’s some kind of distraction present in my environment, I find it interesting to notice how I feel in the presence of that distraction, and see if I can accept that feeling as opposed to trying to get away from it.

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    • Ah, smart move, Chris, going to a hotel. That idea crossed my mind many times during our renovations.
      Having your house on the market can be a stressful time; trying to keep it spotless for showings. I like that you take notice and evaluate the situation when distractions filter into your life. Often, I initially panic, but in time, I calm down and deal with it.
      Thanks for stopping by, Chris. Enjoy your weekend!

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  25. So pleased you have your house finished and back to order! I have no study, hence I write out in the open. As a consequence I’ve learned to shut my family out, much to their dismay at times! The positive is I can write with utter chaos around me – a handy skill.

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  26. Good for you for sticking to it even with the mess. My dog and cat are my biggest distractions. I’ve learned to cope with being interrupted and if I have to, lock them out of the room. This doesn’t always work since they bang on the door. Can you tell they’re a tad bit spoiled.

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  27. Rita, I doubt I could have come up with the requisite number of words per day given the same circumstances! Like you, I do not handle clutter and mess well. However, at work I was forced to cope and i developed a way of “blocking out” people talking or walking or making peripheral noise around me. It is something like putting blinders on a horse. I just “zone out” and it works.

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    • Sorry Jill – – – I dunno where Rita came from! 😦 I must have been “zoning out.”

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    • I think you might surprise yourself, Dor. Honestly, I didn’t think I would continue my daily word count either, but I knew if I let one day go by with no words written, I would feel defeated and stop.
      I can certainly relate to blocking people out at work. That’s always a challenge, especially if you work in an open environment. I’m with you, put on the blinders and “zone out.”
      Enjoy your weekend!

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  28. I’m surrounded by distractions, Jill. Yesterday I painted the doors on my writer’s nook and today I’m finishing the exterior walls (hopefully) and hubby is putting in two wall lights so I can write at night.

    I’m so glad you’ve got your house back to normal. Four months is a long time to feel distracted 😉

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    • I know you’ve been surrounded by distractions for a long time, Dianne. I guess construction by choice can be less distracting than the unexpected need for construction.
      Your house is coming along beautifully. I can’t wait to see the final photos of your writing nook.
      Enjoy your weekend!

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  29. One thing you don’t lack for is determination, Jill. If commitment makes best sellers you are surely going to be up there one day. 🙂
    Noise is my worst enemy when it comes to distraction. I’m really bad at blocking it out. Glad you’ve got your space back.

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    • Thanks, Jo! Like you, I have a difficult time with noise. I can’t block out a television or people talking. Music is the only sound that doesn’t distract me.
      I’m glad I got my space…well, spaces back…I have a few. 🙂 Enjoy your weekend!

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  30. I’m very good at ignoring things. I shut my door, put on some music and block out things. If my room is a mess, I stare the computer screen and don’t look around. 😉 Having your house in that state of upheaval is much much harder though. You truly are a master at focusing and plowing onward despite distractions.

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    • Thank you, Kourtney. Ha ha…I like that, staring at the screen and not looking around. That was my first mistake, taking my eyes off the screen. 🙂
      I’m just happy it’s all behind us and things are getting back to normal. Enjoy the weekend!

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  31. Keeping your commitment to write DESPITE the chaos is incredible and amazing! Perhaps you really don’t need order as much as you think you do. 🙂 I also like routine and order, so I “get it.” We had all our floors replaced in January. Our house is small, so it was six days of noise and dust and disorder working around a changing assortment of workmen and two dogs…Was truly happy when it was over!

    Your writing spot looks lovely. 🙂

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  32. Thank you, Natine. You know, you might be right. Maybe in the past, I’ve used that as an excuse…interesting.
    I think I go beyond liking routine…I thrive on routine and I become extremely cranky when it’s disrupted. It’s funny because I’m normally pretty laid back about things, but don’t mess with my routine. 🙂
    Oh, so you can related to the noise, dust and chaos I referred to. I’m glad your house is in order too. It’s such a relief.
    Have a great weekend!

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  33. Jill, I am glad you got things back in order. It must have been pretty burdensome for you having to deal with everything that goes into construction. I’m happy that you stuck to your commitment that you made earlier this year to pen at least 500 words per day.
    Your desk is so neat and tidy! I can work with a messy desk and some measure of distraction. I haven’t had the kind of distraction that you had though. Have a lovely weekend!

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  34. It’s nice to have things back to normal, Elaine. One thing I realized during all this was that I have way to much stuff. Prior to the pipe bursting, I had donated a bunch of books and I always donate clothes, etc. every month, but I still had to much stuff. I’m currently purging.
    Being able to work with a messy desk requires skill, I admire you. 🙂
    Happy weekend!

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  35. Thank you so much Jill for sharing a topic that is very crucial for me-distractions. First of all congratulations for coming out of the tough situation with flying colors. You fulfilled your commitments in writing in an exemplary manner. Being so orderly and disciplined you could not have done otherwise. I am glad the renovation work in your lovely home is over. Must be a great relief. I get very easily distracted and it takes quite some time for me to get back to normal activities. Sometimes when I am in a mood for writing and the topic interests me, nothing will bother me otherwise if more interesting things are around me I get fully distracted. Kudos to you for braving a tough situation. You are an inspiration and I need to learn from you. I love your writing area, so beautiful and looks quiet and nice. Lovely post. Take care and God bless my friend.

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    • I appreciate your kind words, Samina. Well, I try to be ‘orderly and disciplined,’ but I have my days when I struggle. I try not to be so hard on myself and take time to enjoy the distractions. I think sometimes we need distraction to make us slow down. I know that’s true for me.
      Yes, it has been a great relief to get our house back in order. All of my writing spaces are readily available, so there are no excuses.
      I have no doubt when you sit down to write one of your blog posts, you never get distracted. Your blog is both educational and inspirational, Samina…you’re doing a great thing, my friend. Keep it up! xo

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  36. Wow – that does sound like a long four months! So glad you have your house back, and congrats on sticking to your commitment through it all! I’m still working on a way to ignore distractions…it’s a constant battle for me. 😉

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    • Thanks! We’re so happy to have things back to normal and no worker’s in the house. 🙂 I’m with you, it is a constant battle, but keep doing the best you can, that’s all I do.
      Thanks for sharing your conference experience…good stuff!

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  37. Jill: I admire your dedication to getting that writing in, even under adverse conditions! Sounds as though a good sense of normalcy has returned for you. 🙂

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  38. How does one deal with distractions? How indeed? I suppose it is a choice one has. Do we choose to ‘be the cause in the matter’ and take a stand accordingly? Or do we choose to become the victim as we pass on the control to external circumstances?

    Shakti

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    • I will venture to say that you, like myself will not become a victim. Taking control and choosing to ignore the distractions can be challenging, but in the end, it’s the way to go. Thanks for stopping by, Shakti.

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  39. You have a beautiful home, Jill. Glad to see you have weathered the repairs in good standing and now can write your daily goal with much less distraction. 🙂

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  40. Nooo…. a burst pipe, that’s terrible. I’m glad you’ve got your space back, though! It does look nice and tidy, I’m envious! I have various writing spaces around my house but none so neat as yours, haha!

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    • Thanks, Aussa! This was our first experience with a burst pipe. We would have made a great Youtube video when we first discovered our house was flooding. Like you, I have a few other writing spaces around the house that aren’t exactly photo ready.

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  41. I’m like that too, Jill. It’s hard to sit and write when laundry is piled up, floors need vacuuming, whatever. But whatever you had to endure for that fabulous writing space is well worth it. Just gorgeous.

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  42. Thanks, Renee! For whatever reason, I feel guilty when I sit down to write if all of the chores aren’t done. It sounds as though you can relate. I wish I could be the type of person who can live with clutter and disorder, but that’s just not me. I hope you’re having a great week and your knee is continuing to feel better.

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