I love blogging and everything about it and since re-branding the blog back in September, I’ve met the most incredible and the most talented people I’ve ever hoped to encounter. Through the blog’s outreach, I’ve met two new critique partners, made several online besties, and have received so much positive encouragement for my writing that I don’t even know where to begin my list of gratitude.
So by no means am I going on hiatus because I’m tired of blogging. In fact, I have so many ideas for the blog in terms of bookish discussions, writerly posts and writing challenges that going on break was a very difficult decision to make. If I’m being completely honest, staying away until January 18th will probably be very difficult for me because it feels like such a very long time from now.
However, there are several reasons why I need to go on this break. I’d also like to emphasize the fact that the blog is not at fault by any means for why I don’t properly prioritize things in my life. Rather than try to find something to blame though, I’m going to simply embrace a new philosophy that I want to carry on into the New Year. It’s something my best friend lives by and it’s something that I believe will help me live a more fulfilled and loving life. That philosophy is “Practice Not Perfection”.
So over the next few weeks while A Little Bookish, A Little Writerly is on break, I’ll be practicing more of the following:
I want to get back into the habit of doing more fun stuff; like going to the zoo, the aquarium, the park and making more trips to the library (because, of course, I’m raising two book dragons).
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Each year we take one family photo, just in time for Christmas so we can do holiday cards or ornaments. This year, we opted for no cards but I'm thinking there is still time to make a family ornament for our tree which is still waiting to be decorated. Oops… 😆 Annual Milestones: •Audrey turned 4 and is the best big sister in the world •Kevin Jr. learned to walk/say Audrey/ is 18 months old •Kev Sr. started a new job •Nic (yes I know that's me, trying to write this in the third person here, lol) started writing a book and swears she's almost done! #EverydayElzie
Seeing that I don’t exercise right now at all (and I don’t think I can count running after my kids anymore because, frankly, it’s not enough) I am going to start small. The goal for right now? Spin 2-3 times a week and do some stretchies or aerial yoga on the other days to increase flexibility.
Draft 14 of DREAMWEAVER is ‘almost’ done. The thing about that previous statement is that I feel like I’ve been saying that for a while now. I’d really like to be done with this draft and have it sent off to my CPs so I can move into draft 15, then send that off to the next round of CPs and then hopefully move into a Beta round. I don’t expect to get to that point in three weeks at all but I do hope to have Draft 14 done! ^.^
I have five incredibly patient and lovely critique partners who are waiting on me. I need to get myself in gear for them and get that feedback out!
I know I am blessed. I have family, friends and a following that love me. I want to practice being grateful for these things and enjoy life. I want to stop worrying over the things I cannot control and stop fretting over the things that I can control but it just didn’t go the way I wanted. I know gratitude for the many blessings in my life will help me let go of the silly things so I can focus on the good things.
So I’ll see you in three weeks. I’ll still be around all the usual social media channels: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. I’ll see you there in the meantime and then be back here recharged and refreshed on January 18th!