Getting in My Own Way

I am all over the place lately. I swear to you some days I feel as though my head is going to spin right off before I ever accomplish anything. Each morning I get the kids out of the house, open my laptop and go through my emails. Nine times out of ten there will be one telling me I have new followers on Twitter, which should be good, right? But here’s what I’ve come to realize, just about everyone who follows me is a writer/entrepreneur trying to sell a book or something else. Some of them have thousands and thousands of followers, but is anyone really following or paying any attention to those they claim to follow? You can’t truly follow 15,000 people. I don’t know, it feels as though we’re all just spinning our wheels.

Then there is my writing. I am over a hundred pages into a new novel but have recently stepped back from that to continue a sequel to another novel. A novel that I haven’t even begun to publish. It’s not even the book I plan to publish next. That book will be “The Salacious Marny Ottwiler” and I’m still working on the cover for that one.

I know a part of my problem is the stress that is flying at me from every angle right now. We’ve got overdue bills, school anxiety, and of course, the construction workers literally right outside the window.  Life is coming at me with the relentlessness of that rhino in the picture above, and I fear that I am getting in my own way by allowing it to overwhelm me. So, I ask you, what do you do when you are feeling scattered and stressed? How do you reign yourself in, find your focus and move forward?

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Author, Artist & Mom. First novel "Searching for My Wand" was published in December 2011
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7 Responses to Getting in My Own Way

  1. bethany says:

    I’m so with you, and wish i had answers! Sleep sometimes helps, being relentless in my own way helps (picking up the phone/checking craigslist yet again) and reminding myself that I can’t possibly know/see the steps between here and where i want to be. just taking the one in front of me, ignoring the perceived wall beyond that. more like a mist than a wall i think.
    and that’s an AWESOME pic/statue, love it. something has to break eventually, right? hugs.

  2. Margarita says:

    Meditation is always my first line of defense. I don’t mean the sitting for hours seeking enlightenment kind of meditation. I mean the sitting for 5 minutes focusing my attention on breathing. After the meditation, I sit for a few minutes and jot down whatever comes to mind. It always surprises me what comes up…and usually there are things that I can take care of right away, helping me create a build-on-success atmosphere and feeling of accomplishment. Most important, don’t judge! At most, you’ll spend 15 minutes in this whole activity…can’t hurt, might help! xoxoM

  3. Laura Hall says:

    That is a hard one. Making a list that’s prioritized helps me, so I don’t just jump around and never finish anything. And letting myself just focus on the task at hand, whatever that is. My mind can be a swirling mess, so sometimes I have to just make myself focus on the one thing in front of me, then the next thing in front of me, etc.

  4. kenyagjohnson says:

    I bake. There’s a pound cake in the oven right now. The next stress I deal with is trying not to eat it. ;-) As far as twitter goes I do feel like I’m a needle in a haystack but one day my needle is going to be visible to the right person at the right time. It’s like the lottery – you can’t expect to win if you don’t play.

  5. Firstly (((((hugs)))))

    I wish I had a concrete answer honey :(

    What I do when everything becomes overwhelming is step back. Make a to do list, prioritise and decide what to focus on. I’m not superwoman and I don’t want to be! ;)

    But, above all else, I take time out…..time to rest, time to relax, “me” time! And if that means that hubby comes home and finds me lying on the bed with a book, then so be it! :)

    Good luck, but make sure you look after yourself ok :)

    Xx

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