Talk about an appropriate word for today, as I join (for the very first time) a wonderful group of ladies who join every Friday create a “virtual writing flash mob” (I love that phrase, Lisa-Jo). For 5 minutes every Friday, these ladies write about a designated word; no worries about revising or editing — just write. I’m excited to be joining the group and look forward to many more Five Minute Fridays.  By the way, if you’re interested in participating, go to   and Lisa-Jo will tell you everything you need to know. 

My timer is set . . . 

Begin. Talk about a tough one for my first week in FMF (Five Minute Friday). Beginning is not my strong suit. I’m a dreamer and a planner. But begin? And even when I do, I lose interest about 1/2-way through a project.

This translates to my job very clearly. I love planning a new semester, tweaking a class, updating materials and assignments, etc. I even enjoy the first few weeks of the semester. But then, like always, I hit the point where I’m not as enthusiastic. Then I begin again. I begin jotting down notes for the next semester. Yes, I love to begin.

Oh, and exercise and eating better. Same thing. I love the research — except for the fact that there’s so much contradictory advice. I even love to begin. Cleaning out the fridge and pantry, preparing my “accountability calendar” — I am in my element. Filled with anticipation and . . . what’s the word . . . drat, no time to stop. The first couple of weeks go well, and then . . . I tend to fizzle out. I need an accountability partner.

There are things I need to begin . . .

  • viewing all the family videos to determine what’s on each tape so I can get them in order and have them converted to DVD
  • going through the small storage unit I rented when I downsized in June, getting rid of everything I can, selling things on ebay, and

Time’s up. I just realized that Five Minute Friday is perfect for me. This is one thing I can leave unfinished without repercussions or guilt. I think Five Minute Friday and I are going to get along just fine!