Yesterday, I was talking to Edie, another of our wonderful writers here at Magical Musings. I told her I needed a blog topic for today. Part of the reason for the lack of topic was because my normally unbelievably long To Do list had dwindled down to one thing – this blog. She suggested I blog on breathing space – the space I suddenly found myself in – and hadn’t recognized!
Normally I have ten things on the go and twetny more ready to jump onto my plate as soon as I clear one thing off. I’m behind on a release of Maddy’s Floor, have a single title RS, Touched by Death in final revisions and have been working on two YAs all with due dates. Then there’s the 4 kids, editors, family birthdays, formatting, covers, promo…the list is ALWAYS endless. Then suddenly, for the first times in weeks/months I had a bit of breathing space.
What does that mean?
Did that mean I was bored?
Or was I lost with nothing to do?
Or had I hit the wall – exhausted?
This ‘empty’ space in my life happens so rarely that I didn’t believe it at first. It happened as a result of a fluke. I thought a manuscript would be back this morning and it didn’t show up. I’d cleared everything off my plate so I could get at this one due in and suddenly found myself in an abyss.
I figured I’m missed something, forgotten to do something, hadn’t scheduled something. When in reality I was ahead of schedule (I know, right?!?)
And when I did understand, I was…lost! Although I’ve been trying to relax more in my life, I’ve failed miserably. People always say I should bring more work/life balance into my reality. But what does that look like? How can you strive for something you haven’t experienced in so long? Doesn’t the very act of striving to bring more balance into your life – negate it?
Then this moment of time opened up and I could see the possibilities. I could go for a walk, do a yoga session, go out for lunch, read a book…Does that tell you how narrow, how focused, and how incredibly unbalanced my life is normally that these things are…well…treats?
What do you do when your schedule lightens up unexpectedly?
Do you just hang around until your schedule goes crazy again?
Or are you the type of person that needs to be closely watched so you don’t get into trouble when you have time on your hands?
Or are you more like me – happy to just roll around and see what ideas rise to the surface to help you find your way back to it??
So, talk to me – how do you get breathing space? And when you get it – what do you do with it?