Three Things I’ve Learned, Spring 2018

When you’re feeling overwhelmed, just do one thing.

That’s all you can do well, anyway. Just focus on that one thing. Get it done. Do it well. Move on to the next one thing.

Find a dress for the wedding.

Design the grad party invitations.

Clean out under the sink.

It sounds simple but it’s not.

Overwhelm can paralyze me.

It’s hard to keep going with the next one thing.

I know I can do harder things in the morning. I know I have more will power then. I know I have less decision fatigue.

For me, it’s important to schedule the harder things in the morning. Whatever takes less will power I can do in the afternoon and evening.

At some point, I also have to decide that I’m done for the day. That it’s okay to read a book or watch a show, without guilt. There’s a continual pressure to get more done. It’s hard to let go.

It’s easy to panic. It’s hard to trust.

When you boss yourself, you are the boss and the employee. Sometimes it’s easier to call out directives if you’re not the one who needs to follow through. Make the tough decisions, let someone else carry it out. But, when you boss yourself, you have to give the tough order and you have to implement it.

I am still trying to find my voice.

It’s been a long process.

I like the image of throwing spaghetti against the wall to see what sticks.  So far, most of it has fallen to the floor.

That’s okay.  I’m (mostly) enjoying the process.

I’ve tried my hand at fiction.

I like the idea of telling parables.

I’m trying to follow the curiosity.

I try to be disciplined, whether I’m feeling inspired or not.

It’s easy to get discouraged by the numbers.

So many online gurus promise shortcuts.  They want sell you on an easier path to success than the one they traveled.  I truly believe you can stand on others’ shoulders, learn from others’ mistakes, benefit from a proven path.

What I don’t believe is that you can short circuit the struggle.

I think the discipline and resolve gained from failures and false starts is what builds the muscle needed for success.

It would be like cutting a butterfly out of his chrysalis.  He needs the struggle of breaking free to strengthen his wings to soar.

If anything short circuits that struggle, the butterfly is left weak and damaged, not ready for flight.

It took Jeanne Birdsall 20 years to write the Penderwicks series.

I am so in love with the Penderwick kids.  I love the way Jeanne Birdsall is able to capture the wonder and magic of childhood.

After listening to this interview with Sarah Mackenzie, I know why.  She’s still in touch with the magic and wonder of her own childhood.

What a gift.

She also spends a lot of time getting to know her characters before she can write a compelling novel.

Exceptional work takes exceptional work.  Twenty years worth.

What an inspiration.

After a couple of false starts, I’ve re-launched my email list.

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What have you learned this Spring?

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