Well, it's mid-November now. Some days (like today) it's raining. Or other days, it's cold, or I'm exhausted, or I'm running out of time. Some days I don't make it out. But most days I've kept walking. And I have noticed some positive changes in my writing routine.
I used to be a big time pacer while working. I also did a lot of laundry as I tried to sort out my writing problems. But lately I've gotten into the habit of jotting down all my questions and worries and taking them with me on my walk. And by the time I get home, I almost always have an answer. Sometimes the answer takes three days and several walks to develop. But I've definitely spent less time staring at my screen these past few months.
I also love being out in nature every day. I check up on the Canada Geese, the turtles, the ducks. Every so often I'll see herons or hawks. I've always been a woodsy person, and I feel most myself when I'm outdoors. And it's helped the writing, too. I'm giving myself time to think, so instead of settling for the easiest answers, I hope I'm finding the right answers.
Of course, I've been doing less writing overall. Mostly I attribute that to working part time rather than the walks. But I rarely have days where I write for hours on end. Worse, the walking wears me out! Obviously, that's a good thing. But it's also then tempting to snack and hang out online, rather than getting on with work.
I've been thinking about all this lately as it's getting dark earlier, and colder, and I wonder what my winter schedule is going to look like. But for now, I think it's working, and I hope I'm able to keep hitting the trails.
*The picture is mine, taken this past August. Obviously the trail doesn't look quite so lush anymore. I'll have to bring my camera out again to get some updated shots.