Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Taking Stock

Once in a while, like everyone, I have to pause long enough to take stock of things that are going on in my life. This past week has been a really good one.

Two of my poems were accepted by the literary journal, Four and Twenty Short Form Poetry; one “Moon Paths” for the July 17 issue, and one “Seniority” for their online promos. I couldn’t be happier with this news.

The past couple of days I’ve been working to finish the final edit on my book of poetry “Moon Sees All” before sending it off to beta readers. I put out a call yesterday for those readers and have received a marvelous and enthusiastic response. As soon as I get the finishing touches on the manuscript and get it reformatted as a PDF, I can send it to those lovely readers on Thursday.

Since I’ll be incommunicado from Friday through Sunday, I have plenty to get set up for my working week beginning on that absent Sunday. The editorial calendar is in place for Two Voices, One Song and will take effect on July 8th as soon as Meena and I both return from trips elsewhere. That puts work onto my plate for the next three days.

What work? Oh, research for profiles, some flash fiction, themed chat and brainstorming ideas. I’d like to have several finished posts for all my blogs in place and ready for auto-downloading before I leave for a few days. That takes some of the pressure off for next week, too.

Along with that work is my attempt to catch up on all of my coursework. I’m a few lessons behind and would like to start fresh when I return. Whether I make it or not depends on a few things; mainly whether I make it harder on myself than it needs to be, which is often the case. I really have to work on that tendency of mine.

I’m also beginning to take better care of myself; a plus in anyone’s book. I came close to the crash and burn scenario a couple of weeks ago. Having been in deep doodoo before with that scenario, I’ve chosen a much healthier avenue.

A half an hour of yoga will begin my day, followed by my recumbent bike workout. At that point, a need for sustenance will take over; giving me an opportunity to continue with health consciousness and to choose something that will aid my body to get healthier. Meditation will follow later in the day when I really need a break from everything else.

I know. I tend to make full schedules for myself. It could be my age, you know. I’m at that stage where each minute seems to need some purpose, even if it’s only to be still and live within the silent moment. Over the past few months I’ve come to appreciate stillness and the inward view as a way of coping with self-imposed work demands. I’ve reduced those demands to help compensate, as well.

And there you have it; my recap and taking stock for the week.

I hope everyone has a great holiday tomorrow and fun rest of the week. If you need to, pause to take stock of your own days and what you choose to fill them with. What’s happened lately that improved your attitude, gave you reason to ponder an important question, or encouraged you to push just a bit further in pursuit of something you really desire?

Feel free to share here. I love comments and knowing what’s happening with others. Now I must return to the editing table. Take care, all, and God bless.



  1. It is so refreshing to hear that someone else purposely schedules time everyday for moments of stillness, reflection, or simply silence. I schedule a half hour for myself every morning. I get up, make a cup of coffee, tend to the pups, then is sit in the recliner and watch the sun rise over the mountain from my living room window. That half hour a day is when all is quiet and my mind in able to sort through my things to do list for the day, prioritize, sort, shift, and settle on the day's true priorities while tossing out all the trash.

    Thanks for sharing and for caring for yourself!

    Have a fantastic Holiday and a great weekend.

  2. Thanks so much, Brooke. Yes, indeed. I'm relearning something I'd actively forgotten over the past many years. I've been in heavy burnout mode before to the extreme. I know better than to do what I've been doing for the past year.

    Thankfully, I have great friends who kick me in the rear as reminders to my need to back off and slow down. I'm so grateful to them for that.

    I'm going back to what I know works for me. Yoga, meditation, physical exercise and a diet heavy on veggies, fruits, and nuts. I don't have time to be ill or burned out.

    I'm so glad when I hear others have had to do this in their lives to make things work for them. I don't feel so left behind or slow because I must take this time for myself.

    Thanks for your thoughts and your encouragement, Brooke.

  3. Congratulations on your pieces being accepted. It's very exciting, isn't it?

  4. Yes, Cindy, it's always exciting to place one's babes in the hands of someone else so that they can blossom for the pleasure of many.

    And thank you for the congrats. Have a terrific 4th celebration.

  5. Hi, Claudsy, I'm happy to hear your poems have been included in the 4 and 20 edition. And I'm happy with the overall serene and bright mood of this post :-)

  6. Thanks, Mariya. The changes that I'm implementing into my life are beginning to make themselves felt, which is a very good thing.

    Things do seem more serene and brighter. My writing certainly feels that way right now. I'm glad that it's beginning to show.