The cumulative stress of a year plus of unprecedented insecurity and constant change, coupled with this weird new anxiety, compelled me to seek professional help. My counsellor told me that along with movement, mastery and mindfulness- things I was careful to engage in the last year-meaningful connection is essential for good mental health. How does a natural introvert leave the safety and security of Zoom meetings and quiet evenings at home and resume the face-to-face connections so vital for their health? Slowly. Thoughtfully. And with a great deal of deal of self-kindness.
I do it because I have no other choice.
Just as Bilbo and Samwise required supplies to get them through Mordor, to help me in my journey through 2021, I've sought some tools to help me.
To inspire your celebrations, I've compiled a list of the ways writers I know commemorate big and small achievements in great and quirky ways (we are writers, after all- we’re a nutty bunch).
If no one ever reads what I write- read, if what I’m writing is never published- what the hell is the point, anyway?
When the world gives you lemons, make lemonade.
I've fallen off the writing wagon. Again. Honestly, I've lost count of the number of times this has happened to me in the years I've dared to call myself Writer. Three? Four? Who knows? This time, though, it's different. This time, I think I might stay off. I gave up anger for Lent this… Continue reading Something’s Got To Give
Sometimes support comes from unexpected places.
Last week of NaNoWriMo- how's everyone doing? Bored with your story? Tired of getting up early/staying up late? Distracted by Black Friday sales or holiday parties? I know I am. But, we're so close to reaching the finish line- I'm just 12, 000 words away from being able to declare myself a NaNo winner. How… Continue reading The Homestretch
Mother vs. Writer It's hard to be a mother and a writer. When I first dared to call myself "writer", I felt every minute I spent working on my novel, or learning a new literary skill was a minute stolen from my kids. As an unpublished writer, in particular, I felt selfish for spending precious… Continue reading Inspired by Inspiring Others