Don’t forget to breathe…



I admit it. I have chronic volunteer-itis. Which is fine most weeks – the load is usually spread relatively evenly.

But then along comes a week like I’ve got this week where all of my commitments seem to reach fever-pitch and all the balls I’m juggling are in danger of hurtling to the ground. Yeah that. I’m sure many of you can understand, as I know I’m not alone in this volunteer-itis.

So this week I have 3 Scouting events I’m involved in planning, prepping and / or running, one rehearsal, more props to source, RWA webmistress commitments, as well as all of the usual paid work and after school activities. Oh and a thing called writing. I think I remember that…

But then I stop, take a minute to breathe and be so very thankful for my life. Yes, my house may look like it’s been turned over by very messy burglars, but I have a home, a loving family, amazing friends, and, in comparison with much of the world’s population, a very privileged lifestyle.

Writery stuff:

We had a small but productive meeting with the Hunter Romance Writers on Saturday.

I’ve been busy playing around with a few cover ideas for Letting Go which I’ll self-publish in May or June. Now I have feedback from my CPs, I’ve also started editing said novella.

I’m not a visual person – I’m the type that skips over chunks of description in books, so I know I have an issue of not including enough description in my writing. (I need more “green” as Margie Lawson would say). To help me with my description, I’ve been adding pins to a new Pinterest board – if anyone is interested.

Oh and I finally got around to booking in for the RWA conference in August! Can’t wait!

What I’m reading: I’m still reading the Nora Roberts and Girl 43. I finished the Lisa Heidke book, It started with a kiss, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I whizzed through an autobiography of Shane Jacobson called The Long Road to Overnight Success. Very funny and a great read. Currently I’m reading Maggie Alderson How to break your own heart. It’s got some things that are really annoying me about it, but I’m intrigued enough to read on to find out how its going to end.

What I’m looking forward to: I’m really looking forward to an overnight hike with our Scout troop this weekend. It’s only a small hike, but I can’t wait to get out in nature, breathe in the fresh air – and possibly even toast a marshmallow over the fire!

Hope you all have a magical week. Don’t forget to stop and breathe, and be grateful for what you have!

9 thoughts on “Don’t forget to breathe…

    li class="comment even thread-even depth-1 parent" id="comment-168220">

    I love pinterest for collection inspiring images for writing. I like the way you have cast your characters … silly question, but how did you find pictures of people to sift through?

      li class="comment odd alt depth-2 parent" id="comment-168473">

      Hi Vanessa,

      Finding character photos can be a long, slow but particularly enjoyable process 🙂 I search places like IMDB – I find if I use an actor, I can more often than not find multiple photos that may reflect different moods. I also do Google Image searches eg red-haired male in 40s, and also Pinterest searches. Sometimes I’ll have an idea of an actor in mind from a TV show or movie (but given I don’t watch much TV, my actor knowledge is quite thin!)

      I hope that helps! Thanks for dropping by!

        li class="comment even depth-3" id="comment-168623">

        Thanks, that helps. 🙂

    li class="comment odd alt thread-odd thread-alt depth-1 parent" id="comment-168231">

    Well, I’m in love with Bluey already! 🙂

      li class="comment even depth-2" id="comment-168474">

      Hehe, it’s been very tough staring at his face and chest while I wrote 🙂

    li class="comment odd alt thread-even depth-1 parent" id="comment-168604">

    Yep, you’re right Kerrie, sometimes we forget the things we do have while we are running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off.
    I love those old sayings – there is so much truth in them.
    (Good post topic I’m thinking)
    Night hiking huh! Not for me I’m afraid – I hate the Australian wildlife in the middle of the day hahhah
    Have a great weekend communing with nature K, don’t let any vampire bats take more than they need

      li class="comment even depth-2" id="comment-168964">

      Hehe – it’s the drop bears you really have to worry about 🙂

    li class="comment odd alt thread-odd thread-alt depth-1 parent" id="comment-168942">

    I agree its so important to make yourself stop and smell the roses. Our lives are pretty full these days esp for those that work and have families. Squeezing in other activities and connecting with friends and others can sometimes be hard to do. Love the sound of hiking – bushwalking is one of my favourite activities. Another thing I never do enough of these days 🙂

      li class="comment even depth-2" id="comment-168965">

      We should make a time to go bushwalking together!

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