I’m completely obsessed with doing less right now.
This year I chose the word “elevate” as my mantra in my business, which gave me a goal to write out of my comfort zone, produce more, market more, network more, and essentially double all of my efforts when it comes to writing romance. And, I’ll be honest, I’m super happy with the results so far. I’m on schedule to finish all my goals for the year, I’ve never been so productive in my life, and I’m challenging myself along the way.
But there’s also a downside to pushing myself this hard. My body can’t keep up. I’ve talked a little bit about my fight with auto-immune disease the past few months, and well, I can tell you that is only getting harder. There are days where I can’t get out of bed, I can’t pick up my daughter, or a migraine has destroyed my vision to the point I can’t even work. And unfortunately, writing is my stress relief and purpose in life. So if my body isn’t cooperating, I can’t meet deadlines or keep up with my marketing efforts (and my eye has been twitching all day, damn it!). And that pulls me right down into the rage-cycle of depression. The relationship I’ve developed with my work is not healthy by any means. I rely on my ability to write on a daily basis to manage my depression and worth, which is bonkers, but hey, at least I’m not in denial. But other than making an appt with a therapist and spend lots of money I really don’t have, I didn’t know how I’d be able to win this battle. [Read more…]