Please give a Big Ol’ WG2E Welcome to our Guest, Angela Brown!
She’s got fabulous scoop to share with us as part of our new WG2E Write Well Series!
We can’t produce great writing and run successful epublishing empires for the long term if we don’t take care of ourselves along the way…
Imagine life as a tag cloud. When I did this for myself, the really BIG things that stood out were:
Chipmunk – nickname for my daughter.
Work – the paying gig that I have to attend to Monday through Friday for 8 hours in the day.
Paying debts – Life could be a little different without debts. But I accrued them and understand I must honor them. That’s the way it goes.
God – I’m far from the sanctimonious type and have my own thoughts and beliefs that aren’t meant to be forced on anyone else. But God is something very important in my life.
Writing/Reading – Okay. I’m obsessed. What can I say?
Great list right? Yeah, except one thing is missing…
I forgot about me on a regular basis. Not the stuff that matters. You know, like inhaling, exhaling, blood pumping through my chest, flowing throughout my body so everything stayed as alive as possible. Those things were and are, thankfully, automatic, or I’d be in serious trouble. I forgot about taking time out from being a single mother, an employee, a writer and a reader to tend to me. This pic tends to be the end result:
Some may ask, what does it matter? Don’t you accomplish a lot every day? Won’t taking time from things slow your momentum?
My answer? Yes, it matters a great deal. I’m glad to accomplish all that I do, but what good will it do me if I’ve run myself so ragged that I haven’t the energy or clarity of mind, body or soul to appreciate it? As for momentum, that is something that can be renewed with vigor after having a chance to re-energize from the inside out.
Taking time out for self can come in many forms.
*Running (not my thing but I’ve got a few runners as friends and they swear the runner’s high is so awesome. I’ll take their word for it lol!)
*Walking – This is what I prefer to do. I can slip my ear buds in and disappear into my mind while Linkin Park reminds me I’m not the only one “Crawling in my skin” sometimes.
*Hanging with Ben & Jerry and The Avengers – Just you, your favorite ice cream (or snack) and a good movie or a couple of DVR’d episodes to refresh yourself and ease out of deprivation mode.
Just you. No waiting on someone else, helping someone else, doing for someone else…
It’s important to pencil in a little time for “just you”.
A car needs maintenance to run its best. So do we.
I’ve found that I’m able to give my kiddo, my job and my dreams the BETTER part of me instead of the WEATHERED part of me.
And you can too.
So, don’t forget about you.
What about you, WG2E-Land: How do you take care of YOU while building your Epublishing Empires?
Born and raised in Little Rock, AR, Angela now calls Central Texas home.
Reading and writing have been lifelong passions. It was around the time she gave birth to her forever-love, nicknamed Chipmunk, that she really took writing seriously. After all, how could she teach her child to follow her dreams if she hadn’t tried herself?
As a YA fantasy/sci-fi reader and author, she favors the magical, mysterious, the darker side of life…even harbors a secret fright for things that go bump in the night.
NEVERLOVE is a special project spawned from a blog-challenge-turned-blog-opera, the Abby and Basil affair. It is the first in the Shadow Jumpers series.
And here is where peeps can haunt, “Like” or follow me:
Goodreads author page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6476148.Angela_Brown
Angela Brown in the Pursuit of Publishness blog: http://publishness.blogspot.com/
Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Angela-Brown/e/B009JJEX60