Monday, December 9, 2013
Self-honesty (#WIPmadness check-in, December 9)
Some mornings, waking up is hard to do. (Aaaand now I've inadvertently given you an earworm! Oops.)
We all have days where we want to just roll over and go back to sleep. Alas, the world is still out there, time still moves forward, and life continues whether we're conscious or not.
The term "self-care" is such a tricky one. It's a term to be honoured, because we all need to take care of ourselves, and we need to be able to recognize when we've pushed ourselves too far, or are about to. But I've also heard the term abused and overused, invoked as an excuse for not taking action.
So the real questions that we have to be able to honestly answer, especially as writers, are these:
How am I doing?
Do I need to step back and regroup, or do I need to press on?
What am I avoiding by not moving forward in this moment? What do I gain?
And being comfortable with your answer, whatever it is, matters the most. Because regardless of the answer, it's okay. In this moment, you are where you need to be. Take a breath. It'll all turn out just fine. :)
Remember, sometimes the answer actually is, "Yes, I really do need this nap."
With that in mind, how are your goals this week? Are you pushing forward or taking a breather? How are you holding up as the holiday crazies threaten?
Now for announcements ...
March (WIP)Madness 2014 may seem ages away, but realistically, it's just over two months from now. Organizer Denise Jaden has sent out the call for volunteer hosts. Interested? E-mail her at d (at) denisejaden (dot) com.
And last week I mentioned a prize. Random.org gave me 6 as the winning number, which means Lara Lacombe, please contact me!