Take a Deep Breath, Move Forward
Originally posted August, 2019
Transitions and changes seem ever-present and in the last year and I have certainly self-imposed a ton of those on myself. The gears will certainly be shifting in 2016, unfortunately I didn’t become independently wealthy this year so it will be back to work. I’ll be heading back west in the early part of the year and starting the job search. At some point I’ll even have a normal place to live, I have to admit, I’m looking forward to living someplace for the first time in 15 months where I actually control the thermostat!
This week I left my speedy and overactive mind get ahead of itself as it is want to do. I was already calculating that I have a trip in mid-January, one at the end of January, the holidays are here and the book’s not done. I was feeling very much like I’m out of time and have not accomplished the big goal, getting the book done. Time to take a breath.
I started meditating again this week, it’s so silly how I can get out of the habit of doing something that I enjoy and is so good for me. I’ve also had my head spinning over a long-standing relationship and have unfortunately gone to ground like I do, rebuilding the walls around myself that protect me. The cumulative effect though has been to calm my brain down and get me to breathe and look around with a better eye.
I have six weeks left to work on the book here (I’ve only been here 5 weeks), I’ll have extra time around Christmas. I had a ton of blog work to catch up on and that’s done so I can be more focused on the book. Also, about two-thirds of the writing is done and some of the organizing, so I’m not in bad shape to have that first solid rough draft knocked off before I leave. Finally, I can still work on it while on the road heading west and while I’m looking for a job. I really hope to have it into the publishing process by June but that’s new road for me, so it may take some time.
As much as I really hate this time of year I move forward with the reality that life is really good right now, I’ll be at the beach for Christmas, one of my favorite places – St. Joseph’s Bay in Florida. The welcome letter to the house I’m renting talked about snakes, turtles, dolphins and bears, a perfect little mix of forest and beach.
So tonight my friends take your own deep breath, this time of year makes people nuts. You don’t have to be perfect, your house doesn’t have to be spotless, the gifts, whatever they are, or no gift at all will be fine. And if you get silly questions just laugh.