Some days are better than others. You could say this about writing, life and losing weight. Today I’m going to address all three. :)
Writing. There is so much more to an author’s life than just writing the words. There are business decisions that need to be made every single day, updating social media to stay relevant, editing, revising, and deadlines, and then of course writing. Writing in itself is a full time job. Not to mention your other job (the one that pays the bills), children, family and marriage. Becoming overwhelmed can become a constant state of life. But it doesn’t have to be. All you have to do to be less stressed is look at the big picture. Stay in the moment. And most importantly breathe.
Losing weight and becoming healthy. I hate to say I’m losing weight because people tell me I don’t need to lose weight. I started eating clean because I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. I had no energy, no focus and was sleepwalking through my day. So I got with a Dr.( I’m going to do a blog post on her soon!), got a journal to track my food and made up my mind to change, no matter what it took. So far it’s resulted in more energy, feeling great, excited for life and weight loss. I haven’t been this weight since I was in my twenties. I am eating a lot of healthy foods and am leaner than before. Have I cheated on my diet? Yes. Did I quit? No. I accepted it and moved on. I didn’t start over, I kept going.
Children, family, marriage. I can remember the days I would write in the car line while waiting for my son to get out of school. Now he’s driving himself. You would think I have more time, but actually I don’t. I still have errands to run, laundry to do, and meals to cook. What I have done is make sure I stop working at a certain time every day. It’s usually around five in the afternoon. After that, it’s family time. One ritual that we’ve adopted is taking a walk after dinner. It’s during that time that we talk and bond. It’s become my favorite part of the day.
I realized I had to let go of the idea of perfection. I’m not the perfect mom, wife, writer, daughter, friend. That doesn’t exist. I am human. I fail every day. But I don’t let that stop me. I get knocked down, and I get back up. I do my best, I’m grateful for my blessings, and I keep moving forward.
So forget yesterday and work on today.