What I’m up to now

(Inspired by Derek Sivers)

  • I finally feel more like my old self (which disappeared for a few years) thanks to some daily habits I’m working on:
    • Exercise 30 minutes (I’m not up to daily yet, but 3X a week is better than the almost zero I’d been doing for months.)
    • Write 500 words (500 words daily seems to be my sweet spot–small enough to dash off every day, but big enough to make some serious progress over time.)
    • Practice cajon 15 minutes (Deliberate practice is making a big difference. I can already tell that my tones are more consistent.)
    • No news or social media (I know many people disagree with me, but I believe most news and social media is junk food for the brain. I highly recommend Postcards to Voters as an effective way to contribute without having to keep up with the news 24/7.)
    • Limited apps on my phone (No web browser, YouTube, or other potential rabbit holes. I don’t have any social media accounts, so thankfully that’s not a problem.)
  • Thanks to a whole food plant based diet, I’m down 13 pounds since January and my skin has cleared up tremendously. Clean Food Dirty Girl continues to rock my food world!
  • I recently read a fascinating book about women who were spies in WWII (D-Day Girls by Sarah Rose). Spycraft, romance, betrayals, bombs, and courageous women fighting against Nazis–what more could you want?
  • Ignoring writing advice has made a huge difference in my productivity. This month so far I wrote two short stories (and submitted one to a publication) and started a new novel, which is more than I’ve written in years. The best part is that I’m enjoying the process again and trusting myself much more. It’ll be interesting to see where this new path will lead.

– August 2019