I’ve Changed Over the Years

Am I a morning person or a night owl?

If you had asked me this question several years ago this is what I would have told you. I like to go to bed around eleven or twelve and get up around eight. In an ideal world I’d jump out of bed and go to walk right away. When I got back I’d have breakfast and coffee, and then I’d check my email. After that I’d do what I love to do which is sit at my computer and write. By lunch I’d be ready for a break so I’d have lunch and do my errands and any work I needed to do. By the way, when I was working, this schedule was my summer schedule. During the school year I got up early to go to work.

Well, what would I say is my routine now? I’d say that since I retired I stay up very late and get up very late. My husband and I walk much later in the day. I get up, have breakfast, and then I spend a few hours at my desk.

There’s never really enough time for writing. I hoped that after I retired I’d have all the time I needed to write, but it hasn’t exactly worked out that way. Real life has a tendency to get in the way of more creative pursuits.

I really like the sound of my first schedule, but I’ve changed as I got older. I now like staying up late, and I hate to get up early.  I could probably get more done if I got up at seven or eight, but like I said, I don’t want to.

So after rambling around and thinking it over I’d have to say that I’ve turned into a night owl, and that’s something I never thought I’d be.

About Elaine Cantrell

Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina. She has a Master’s Degree in Personnel Services from Clemson University and is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary sorority for women educators. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America. Her first novel A New Leaf was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest and was published in 2004 by Oak Tree Press. When she isn't writing you can find Elaine playing with her dog or maybe collecting more vintage Christmas ornaments
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10 Responses to I’ve Changed Over the Years

  1. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I guess that’s what retirement is all about! Enjoy your sleep ins and late nights.

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  2. Jeff Salter says:

    I think you’ve hit the chord I’ll be using tomorrow — that things are different now (than in earlier phases of our lives).
    I haven’t had a chance yet this week to collect my thoughts, but hopefully I can explain on Hound Day.

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  3. Lucy Kubash says:

    I’ve always been somewhat of a night owl, doing most of my writing late rather than early, but now that I’m no longer working outside the home I try to write in the afternoon. I guess whatever works and gets it done! It’s crazy, though, that whatever time you have will get consumed with something. I sometimes wonder how I ever had time to go to work, lol!

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  4. Someone who understands what I am going through! I thought it would be easier not working and not having family here all the time but,having. The Husband is now retired and here all the time and it really cramps my[writing] style.


  5. Late nights and mornings sound nice.


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