I have been stressed out of my head lately, and it’s all my own fault. I came to this realization in the shower today. I thought to myself, wait a second, self, everything you are freaking out about getting done will get done in due time. In fact, most of the stress I was feeling was because of unreasonable projects I’ve thrust upon myself. And when I am unable to accomplish them, I wallow in self-loathing and self-doubt. Sure, getting to the gym every single day is a noble goal, but is it reasonable when I have several projects and commitments this week that all take precedence over an hour of misery at the gym? Am I likely to rise every morning at 7:30am after having been up working till 1am the previous night to get that “oh-so-necessary” jump start on my day? Heck no. Can I please give myself a break about this? Maybe…
I have been participating in a sort of on-going SEO writer training program with an online newspaper. They ask that we submit an article every day for two weeks. That, in itself, doesn’t sound that unreasonable, but add in all the critiques I write for my class, the novel I desperately need to finish, and the other writing projects I’ve signed up for, sprinkle in a little family wedding going on tomorrow (!) and you have one great recipe for a trip to crazy town. If you’d like to check out my baby steps into SEO article writing, here is the link to what I have up so far (full disclosure, I am paid based on page views. If you like an article or two, please send them along to your friends and earn my undying gratitude).
It is times like these that living in a beautiful place really helps to put things into perspective. If I feel like tearing out all of my hair and need to get away from the computer, I am blessed to live only steps away from a footpath that winds around some seriously gorgeous scenery. I’ll walk the dogs between ponds with a backdrop of that Rocky Mountain horizon and get the strength to keep going. I hope you have a place to go to clear your head from the hustle and bustle of the day too, if only for a minute. I firmly believe that taking breaks has regenerative power. If you don’t have the great outdoors to escape to, there’s always Hulu. 😉
PS: I have two trips back to Nevada planned over the coming weeks. Be on the lookout for some great pictures and advice on these crazy cities from an insider, coming soon!