As I mentioned in my last post, I've been working on getting over the burnout I found myself in. Articles that I read about burnout seemed to be only partially helpful for me, so I've spent time trying to listen to my body and my mind and see if I can find some tactics that improve my situation.
I started by reducing my podcast workload by two-thirds for July and August, going from three episodes a week to one. It's shocking how much that helped! I also had to force myself to choose not to feel guilty for doing fun things like watching Netflix or playing cards or coloring in one of those swirls-and-flowers designs with my new colored pencils.
There are other things I added to my life – with this new time I had – that I have wanted to do more of and that are kind of good for my career. I'm reading a lot more! Yay!! And because I am submitting Love at the Fluff and Fold to Hallmark Publishing (did you know Hallmark just started a publishing arm?! Learn more here), I have spent dozens of hours watching Hallmark movies and TV shows.
And that has had an unexpected double-benefit – all of that feel-good, happy ending, no swearing or violence or negativity intake has helped me get back to my feel-good happy Kitty personality! 😀 So in addition to soaking up the vibe that Hallmark likes to create – and that I love anyway – I'm feeling better and better about my life.
As I feel myself healing from the burnout, the most wonderful – and, honestly, unexpected – thing has happened. I want to write! I have all kinds of ideas for writing, more than I've had in months or more! It would appear that while I've been praying for God to guide me wherever He wants me to be, He's been guiding me right back to where I was. Wow! Yay! Thank you, God!
I started working on a ghost chick lit novel that I dreamed up in traffic a year or more ago. And it's time to finally get book 2 of the Strays of Loon Lake series written, Love at the Clip and Curl. Plus, I've been thinking about my superhero books and looking for ways to get that series back on my production schedule. Not to mention getting my first nonfiction how-to book for writers published soon.
Now I just have to figure out how to have a happy, healthy, productive life with healthy and productive writing routines. No more burnout! But I do have to figure out how to earn a living. So…one step at a time. Right now, I'm just kind of amazed that I finally started blogging again. Haha!
I hope your end of summer (or end of winter in the Southern Hemisphere) has come together with as much of a happy ending as mine. 😀 And I pray the next season – be it spring or autumn or a new phase in your life – has a beautiful new beginning to give you hope and anticipation.
Lots of love and hugs to you!