Making Time For Things We Love

 

In the last two years, when I was at home for a while, the days seemed to be everlastingly long. Half the time, I couldn’t tell what I’d done with each day. At the same time, all the things I needed to do didn’t seem to get done.

Now, I’m still working from home some days, but they go by so quickly, it’s hard to reconcile the fact that so much time is passing. That brings to mind all the things I enjoy that I don’t do enough of—blogging is one of those things.

As I scrolled through my posts recently, I was reminded of how much I enjoyed the blogging community and that I’ve lost contact with a fair number of people whose company I used to enjoy. Visiting other writers’ blogs was fun and I learned so much about places I was unlikely to visit. Plus, the writing community is filled with so many wonderful people.

These days, most of the writing I do is fiction and rest is for work. Sometimes, at the end of the day I’m so exhausted I can barely think, much less write. More than ever, I’ve been thinking how important it is to make time to do the things we love. Life is so short and goes by in a flash.

I’ve been trying to make more time for reading and I’m hoping I can practice my calligraphy because it has been a while. Gardening seems to be a distant thing in my rearview mirror. It’ll take some doing to switch things up, but I’m game. Life is about living to the fullest and that’s what I am to do.

What are some things you like to do but find you aren’t indulging in them anymore?

Speaking of time, I’d like to introduce you to a character who refuses to acknowledge that her relationship has changed over the years. She has become the woman scorned but has no intention of making that her permanent situation. At least not without a taste of revenge. https://lrd.to/absolution

Time… It’s all about time, or the lack of these days

I feel like I’m constantly saying, okay, I’ll do that a little later – when I have time. Or – Sure, as soon as I have time, I’ll take care of that. It’s like each night I climb in bed, and I’ve already filled my schedule for the next two days, and yet, I still have so much more to do.

It’s the chapter that needs to be written, the dogs that need to be brushed, the toilet that needs to be scrubbed, marketing that needs to be done, friends that I haven’t seen in ages that I want to spend time with, family that I feel like I never do enough for, meat that needs to be thawed at 4 pm, a child that has to be across town for sports when dinner should be cooked, mail that gets taken out of the box and tossed on a counter without even being looked at for another day, bills that need to be paid, don’t forget the emails you need to answer, the edits that need to be done, the fact that taking a shower is sometimes really important, and food usually helps.

The list is endless, and somedays, you just don’t know where you’re going to find that extra minute, or the five, that you need to do that next task. And then there are the days when you look at it all, and just want to cry. You want to throw you hands up in the air, and say forget it! I quit! I’m done! I just want to lie here and watch t.v., eat crap, read a book, forget everything else. I need just a little me time. And you know what? That’s a good thing to do.

Sometimes you just need to step back, sit down, take a walk, take a nap, eat a cookie, or a brownie or the whole damn plate of brownies, and you just need to be. Time is still going to move forward, it’s still going to FLY!!! But that hour, that half a day, it’s only going to allow your brain to get a much needed break.

So, because I have reminders on my computer, reminders on my phone, reminders of my reminders on my post-its all over my desk, I’m scheduling my quiet time for June 7th, 8th and maybe the 9th, too. The seventh is the day that I’m having surgery to repair my carpel tunnel in my left wrist, and for a few days, I’m just going to be. I’m gonna sit on the porch, I’m going to take it easy, and I’m not going to think about schedules, or what needs to be done, maybe visit with a friend, talk to my family, eat a plate of brownies. I’m gonna check out for a few days, and just be.

When’s the last time you did that? When’s the last time, you just stopped, and let time pass, because that’s what time does, it passes. And before you know it, it’s gone. So, take a few minutes, hours, or maybe days, and just be. You’ll be glad you did.

Just Released by Stacy Eaton

The Twisted Love Series:

The first full length co-authored novel, Love Inked, will introduce author Amy Manemann’s Detective Evie Harper with author Stacy Eaton’s Kali Mann as they become partners. Their lives are about to change, and the cases they will investigate will be intense. Between a new serial murder and dealing with their pasts, these two will be tearing up the streets and the pages as they deal with Twisted Love.

Love Inked is slated to release in later Summer/early Fall.

Love Lorn, Book 1 of the Twisted Love Series

Love Torn, Book 2 of the Twisted Love Series