What I’m up to now

(Inspired by Derek Sivers)

Oops, I did it again. I tend to put myself last (or not at all) on the to-do list by offering to help other people and organizations. This is an awful habit and a form of productive procrastination with a halo around it, which makes it hard to shake. But after two months of being super busy without writing a damn thing, I dropped every commitment that didn’t bring me joy.

Saying “no” does get easier with practice, but I wish I’d done it earlier instead of after the fact. Ah well, I’m still learning. It’s nice to have my brain space back, that’s for sure.

I’m excited to finish and submit the two short stories that have been languishing on my Alphasmart since before the holidays. Also, I really need to get back in shape. At least my whole food plant based diet is still going strong (I can’t imagine eating any other way now) and I haven’t had a drink in a year (I don’t miss alcohol at all, so it’s been easy). Progress is never as fast as I want it to be, but every day is an opportunity for a fresh start.

– January 2020