Here's my post for Challenge #2. I got really distracted this summer from my original goals, mainly getting my Medical Transcription coursework done. The basic problem was that my husband's work schedule changed, and we'd been getting by on all the overtime hours. I've known for months that we need me to bring in extra income, but when I could see that we wouldn't be able to pay the bills and put food on the table, I went into emergency mode and put my attention on selling more of my craft stuff on my eBay store, and establishing a small anchor that could get us through the basics, financially, until I finish my course work. It's kind of just a bandaid, not really a cure, but I sacrificed the long-run to take care of the short-term needs. I will spend the next few weeks furiously putting up my mini scrapbook album kits and cardmaking kits in order to finish laying the foundation to bring in extra income through my eBay store, and then I will refocus on my Medical Transcription, while I let the eBay store run more on its own, so to speak.
Plus, I've found that while 3 of my 5 children are pretty self-sufficient (2 teenagers and my 5-year-old), they still took enough of my time this summer that now I'm looking forward to getting them all back in school. Even though my teenagers are helpful with the little ones, they also require attention and help of their own, so it was kind of a double-negative in the time department. Their help was canceled out by their needs. I'm not saying I don't love my children, or that I regret in any way the time I spend with them, but the reality is that I think I'll get more done when they are at school. At least, I'm hoping that will be true.