It’s Funny Because It’s True


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I don’t have writer’s block – two weeks is nothing for me – but that pretty much nails down what it feels like in my brain right now. All the voices in my head have gone uncharacteristically quiet, and that’s not as good as it sounds. Which means you’ll notice a distinct lack of writing on this week’s list. Both reading and writing have suffered a steep drop-off, lately. I don’t know how I feel about that.

Part of me is irritated and feels like – based on old patterns – I should be hammering myself to stay up and “make up” those hours, but the rest of me isn’t terribly bothered. I’m hoping that this is a result of getting off Wellbutrin SR and transitioning to only Lexapro full-time, and once the medication reaches peak in my system (which I’m estimating is 4-6 weeks) I’ll be back into the swing of things. Until then, it’s a lot of cat quality time and food documentaries on Netflix.

I also did a little something different with my checklist this week, rather than focus on the stuff I wanted to get done, I focused on the things I did. I like this method because everything on here is an achievement, rather than having a mix of successes and misses. I like how it zooms in on positive achievements, where I would normally fixate on where I was less than perfect. I don’t know that I’ll use it every week, but I enjoyed the experience.

I hope y’all are having a more creatively fruitful month!

The Week in Achievements …


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11 Responses so far.

  1. Owen O'Neill says:

    Thanks! The book just went live. Now I have to go see what egregious error was overlooked despite our best efforts and will now be glaringly obvious.

  2. I think “unbalanced” is the word there. It’s hard to be at 100% when things feel of kilter, and the downtime has helped quite a bit. Thank you for taking a moment to share your kind words and I hope you’re having an excellent week.

  3. Yes, the cat certain seems to be soaking up the love. 🙂 Thank you for your kind words. I agree, “should” is a very difficult word to live with, and one I struggle with often. Thankfully it hasn’t been beating on my door too much this week.

  4. Thanks very much! I hope the book launch is going well! Shoot me an update if you’re able.

  5. Michelle says:

    Your health is the most important thing. If you aren’t feeling well or balanced you will not be able to get to the business of doing the things on your list. You got a lot done especially for not feeling 100%. Good luck on your goals for the upcoming days from a ROW80 blog hopping friend.

  6. I’m sure the cat is appreciating the quality time! Sometimes it’s important to go easy on yourself. Very sensible to focus on your achievements at this time, rather than beating yourself up over what you “should” have done. “Should” is a hard word to live with.

  7. Thank you very much! It was nice to be able to look at that list and go, “Yes, writing isn’t on there, but it was a really productive week” and that felt good. I like what you said about writing still being there, waiting. I think that I often get caught in the thought process that if I don’t write according to X formula, than my talent or skill is simply going to evaporate. Which, as I’m sure you know, isn’t true. 🙂

  8. Owen O'Neill says:

    It actually looks like you’re being pretty productive, despite the med switch, which does a take a toll. Focusing on accompliments strikes as a wise choice. I wish I could list that many. (A week ago we thought we were sitting pretty on the book launch, and now it’s this Friday and I’m looking around glassy eyed, wondering where the time went.)

    Take it easy and enjoy the food documentaries. 🙂

  9. I agree. I’m just trying to ride the wave and be gentle with myself, while by body adjusts to the new medicine. Thank you so much for the kind encouraging words, and I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment.

  10. Holy moley, you got a lot done! Congrats on your progress! I can relate to feeling divided about whether to *make* myself write or not. I gave myself a solid month and a half off this fall, and when I got back to it the writing was there, waiting, and feeling refreshed. I think sometimes during transition periods we just need a break to process all kinds of stuff we may not even know are going on in our psyches. Glad you’re not beating yourself up, and I hope the rest you’re giving yourself leads to inspiration!

  11. Gloria Weber says:

    I think when your body is out of it, your mind is too. I think waiting and seeing rather than pushing is a good way to go about it. I hope you start feeling more yourself soon and can return to what you want to do. However, do enjoy the down time! 🙂