Welcome to my Weekend Coffee Share, hosted by Allison at eclecticali.wordpress.com. May is slipping past us. I have felt so busy and overwhelmed, yet the days keep going by. To quote T.S. Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, “I have measured out my life in coffee spoons.” Eliot is singing to me lately, as I’ll be turning 50 later this month! I just worked on a turing fifty post and can’t wait to share it later this month! Lately, I have pondered my life, what I am doing, where I am going, etc., and sometimes that just results in anxiety.
Case in point, last Saturday. I was feeling frustrated with my book marketing efforts. I had a marketing strategy session with Audrey, who runs the Author Transformation Alliance, and it was so exciting and educational. I was pumped! Then, I went and saw that my back tire had been leaking air all night; you see, my boyfriend and I had put air in it the night before. I’d have to take it in somewhere. Only, I had a massage appt. for 3:00 and hadn’t showered yet. I had spent time on the laptop doing lesson plans before I’d even gone out to see my car. What was I going to do?
I wasn’t taking my car in. I would not cancel the massage appt. It was bad enough that I had brought work home this weekend; I didn’t need a crisis situation. Instead, I got a ride. My son and my boyfriend later patched it up, and it was looking better Sunday…not flat. I am so glad I didn’t jump and react with panic. That was NOT going to be my Saturday.
Saturday evening was relaxed. Affter dinner, I fell asleep watching Netflix after my boyfriend left. I had started fantasizing all day about leaving the job, leaving my writerly aspirations, leaving my responsibilities, buying a van and then parking it on a beach where I would live and write poetry on paperbags, convincing someone I was the next Kerouac so they’d bring me tacos and sandwiches a few days a week. On the beach! A great way to leave behind the hamster wheel. Sometimes it seems I’m going nowhere. I’m getting older and I’ve never been to Europe. My body aches after a massage. I stress out just planning a vacation to the Northeast. This tells me I’m riding on the edge a little too much.
On the writing scene, I finished my first edit for Undercurrents in Time (the sequel to Detours in Time) after the paid editor did her edit and notes. Someone is now reading it for me….Excited, I am! I also took at least two webinars this week and read many notes of advice on the GDPR that is passing on 5/25, so I feel like my privacy policies and my e-mail marketing are in compliance. I was stressing about that for a while.
On the topic of stress, I’m still reducing the caffeine intake. I am dreaming of camping out and watching beach sunrises. I suppose that could replace the dream of Europe. Flying in a plane for 12 hours might not be the thing for me. It’s okay. I’m still living my life. I’m just tired right now. Slept until 10 a.m. last Sunday. Guess I needed it! The hamster wheel is a pain, but I am going to imagine it is exercising me, getting me in shape and ready for the next phase of life. I’m going to believe it will be fabulous.
My family and I enjoyed a wonderful Mother’s Day last week. We went on a boat in the St. Augustine waters. Here is my post about my Mom and the wonderful ways she has shaped me as a person: What Mother’s Day Means to Me
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