Life Lessons · This Writer's Life

A Slow Start to 2019.

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a good Christmas and relaxing break. I know mine has been so relaxing, I’m finding it difficult to get back into my writing (including blogging). 😉

Just before Christmas, my household had no internet (I know, great timing), and we went without it for about sixteen days. The kids weren’t quite climbing the walls, as they were aware of the issues. They managed to survive alright though! This is where I managed to relax and catch up on podcasts and watch some DVDs.

Just when I thought I could get back into writing once again, the temperatures began to rise, and I began to get sick. After a few days of abdominal pain, I spent some time in hospital, was told I was very dehydrated and had undergone a variety of tests. My health improved about a week later after taking some antibiotics.

The main take away from this experience was that sometimes life throws us some unexpected curve balls. We have to learn to adjust and be flexible (and in this case, I had to be more careful with my health). I had all my plans for the year worked out and ready to go, but I needed to take a step back for a little while. Now I’m getting back into it, slowly but surely. Which is also a very good reminder that when it comes to writing, it is a marathon, not a sprint.

I’ve tried to lower my expectations a bit this year, but as usual, I can’t resist making some big plans, such as losing weight, attending the RWA Australia conference in Melbourne and self-publishing. Sometimes having big plans can not only help us to stay motivated to achieve our goals, but also help us to get out of our comfort zones.

It’s hard to believe we are half way through January already! Let’s get moving! 🙂

Did you have a relaxing Christmas/New Year break? What are your plans for 2019?

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2 thoughts on “A Slow Start to 2019.

  1. Sorry to hear you landed in the hospital! Good thing you got to healing really quick. I am so practiced in the curve balls that life throws my way that they feel like line drives. UGH! Hope your life settles soon!
    My writing plans are to finish at least one of my books…. It has only taken 5 years!! 🙂
    I am also heading to conference, but on the U.S. side of the world – Pikes Peak Writers.
    Last, I’ve been given the privilege to be the editor for the first edition of PPW’s anthology. It won’t launch until sometime in early 2021, but I’m excited to finally see this come to life.

    Hope your 2019 is better than last month!!

    1. Thank you so much K.J! Congratulations on being the editor of an anthology! What a wonderful opportunity and it certainly sounds like you have some great plans for the year. Best of luck with finishing your novel (whichever one you choose) and enjoy the conference! 🙂

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