Lately I’ve caught myself wishing for an extra two hours in each day.

I love being involved in community events, meeting new people and supporting the local arts scene, but I often feel zapped of energy.

I spent last Friday, Saturday and Sunday photographing the Kamloops Film Festival. I had a wonderful time and I met several new people in the local film scene. But, by the time Monday rolled around, I was dragging my feet and reaching for another cup of coffee.

I am grateful for the opportunities that come my way, but often I wonder if time ever gets easier to manage.

During my undergrad, there was one professor who truly inspired me and pushed us all to become better writers. She’s a no-nonsense woman who doesn’t put up with anything. She taught me that when it comes to writing and being successful, practice and daily habits are key. Her advice is part of the reason why I started this blog.

“Wake up early. Before anyone has a chance to bother you. Sit down and free write. Make the time, or it will never happen,” she’d say.

Her advice – in a nutshell – was to wake up early, before distractions have a chance to reach you. It’s amazing how attractive that dusty windowsill, the sink full of dishes or the ridiculously cute cat becomes when you’re supposed to be writing.

It’s a wonderful idea, but putting that idea into practice is proving to be very difficult.

Ever since I was little, I’ve needed a lot of rest. Maybe I’ve always just thought I did? I suppose with anything else, it comes down to habits. Train yourself into a routine and your mind and body will follow suit.KFF brunch, KISS, Oscar PJ party-23 KFF Red Tomato-5