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It has been  long couple months of travel. From May 25 to date, I have traveled to Oklahoma, Florida, Kansas, New York, Minnesota, and Cleveland and have another trip to Orlando scheduled in 12 days. Needless to say, I am beginning to feel a little exhausted. Today, especially, having worked 23 hours in the last two days, I am feeling just plain weary as I try to work through 12 pages of meeting minutes, reports, documentation that has fallen behind due to my trips, and prepare for the next trip. Energy seeps out of me at every additional outing, however small. But, life goes on and I would rather try to enjoy it than live for a time when I can just sleep and not move for a week. Thank God for the staycation earlier this year, though. 🙂

I have not touched my writing since sending that simpering, weak romance out for people to review – and no one has said anything about it yet. Thankfully I’ve been too busy to dwell on that too much and when I do think about it, I rather easily convince myself that they are simply too busy to read it yet. I’ll give it another couple weeks and then send out follow-ups asking for feedback, dreading the response. But it is time to get back to it. I am sure some of my weariness is due to not having put a pen to paper and letting out some of my emotions in my stories. And my mind wanders back more and more to Picture of the Past. I am ready to be done with it – eager to be done with it – and more than that, almost looking forward to the rest of the process of tearing it apart to make it better.

There are so many stereotypes and lessons learned and suggestions and best practices for writers that, when one does enough research and reading on it, it is enough to make even a hardcore writer give up with hands in the air. I try to follow them – sometimes. I have yet to be able to complete a profile on a character – because I feel like I am still getting to know them myself while I write it. And, as you all know, I keep starting, stopping, and re-starting an alternate blog dedicated to writing, since that is what all the experts say to do to “make your social media footprint”. Have a blog dedicated to one subject. Keep your readers coming back. Keep a schedule. Make it something that benefits them. And on and on. Ugh. No wonder I can’t keep it up. It drains me just thinking about it. So, after talking it over with my friends, I have decided to give it up. I am going to throw caution and best practices to the wind and do what I want to do. I am going to just keep this blog, because this is the one I like. I like the server, I like the audience, I like being able to write about whatever I please in any format I please without worrying about making it beneficial for the reader.

So, instead of continuing my blog in blogger (Ha! Continuing – I don’t think I’ve touched it in months), I am going to break down some more of my shell – and post this link in my social media profiles for people to find if they so desire. Someday I may even advertise it. Maybe. But above all, I am going to enjoy myself. Because that is why I write in the first place. I love writing. And I write for myself and my God, not for my readers. Why should I keep a blog for my readers?

Although that doesn’t take away from the enjoyment I feel when my posts get “likes”. So don’t stop. 😛

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We’ve been traveling a lot. As in, about a month out of the last two. Between three weddings and 2 work trips, I cannot even tell you how many hours I have spent in an airport. Fun, but exhausting.

The first week of this month was a wedding in Aspen, Colorado, the day before mine and Daniel’s fourth anniversary. As excited as I was to go to my dear friend’s wedding, I wasn’t sure how I felt about being gone for our anniversary again. Things always seem to happen around our anniversary. 😛 But it ended up being wonderful. Aspen, CO was so incredibly gorgeous. Maroon Bells, in particular. And at what other time would we have ever flown to the mountains of Colorado for our anniversary? Not only did we get to stay in a beautiful condo, watch a lovely ceremony and see incredible scenery, but we stayed a couple days afterwards and stopped in the Silver Dollar Saloon in Leadville, CO, saw the ghost town of Independence, Independence Pass, and went to Estes Park the next day. Daniel had never been, and enjoyed it just as much as I hoped.

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Ghost town of Independence

All in all, it was such a great time. The following week was my brother’s wedding and that, too, was very busy but a great time! Then an additional week in Colorado, this time for business. I came home Friday, completely exhausted, but my husband had flowers and wine waiting for me, and we had a relaxing weekend in which we made it a point not to do anything we didn’t feel like doing.

Not saying I’m necessarily ready to go back to work tomorrow, but at least I have a good job, right?

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I know I haven’t written in a while. It isn’t that I haven’t wanted to. In fact, I have had multiple ideas and desires for blog posts, for multiple subjects. I wanted to write posts on friendship, the transgender movement, the presidential election, Trump, writing, growing up, fear, and who knows what else. However, my desire to write a blog post was overwhelmed by real life. Who would have guessed?

So, yeah. I was dreadfully sick  from May 11th through May 18th with influenza and pneumonia. And then I was in Vermont on a business trip from May 18th – May 22nd. And then I was in Minnesota from May  25th – May 28th, and then I was at dinner yesterday! I will note that  yesterday and today were my first chances to sleep well and sleep in since I was sick, and, not to disappoint, I slept until 11:00 both days.

So, this morning I woke up, finally feeling rested, and Daniel opened the window shades for me, and I looked out into a gorgeous, sunny day. One of the very few this month (I think my state broke their record for straight days of rain – or very close to). Not to sound too writer-ish, but my heart leapt with joy as I looked outside, and I suddenly felt a desperate need to write, which I decided to put into a long-overdue blog post as I sat on my porch and sipped coffee.

And after all my thoughts about long, deep-thinking posts, all I really want to say is:

Warm, summer days remind me of why I am a writer. They remind me of the sweetness of life. My heart feels overwhelmed with peace and joy as I look out over the gentle swaying leaves and the still clouds in a blue sky. And if you are having a warm beautiful day, then be sure to take some time this morning to look outside and revel in the simple joy of God’s creations.

P. S. I also wrote about writing inspiration in my Story Idyls blog! Aren’t you proud of me? http://storyidyls.blogspot.com/

 

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