For those of you who follow my blogs, you might have noticed a bit of a gap in my August blog productions. For those who don’t follow my blogs as closely and have noticed no such discrepancies, you can skip this article and continue reading at your leisure. Or read it and find out where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing – your choice!
Where Did I Go?
Man, where didn’t I go? Just kidding. I took some time off from my full-time job to travel and just take a nice, refreshing breather. I visited Tokyo a few times, headed over to Australia for a bit, and even went so far as to venture around the city I live in now to see things I hadn’t seen before.
In short, I spent about 10 hours at airports, 20 or more hours total on a bus or in a car going to or from locations, and walked at least 10km everyday for 14 straight days. Basically, I was on the move – A LOT. As usual, even that much travel didn’t stop me from bringing my Bluetooth keyboard along to get in some writing…
What Did I Do?
I saw many different things, talked to a lot of people (both familiar and new) and just took a break. I’ve been writing non-stop since the end of last year, and really needed a break to just rest my weary bones (and typing fingers). Funny enough, I did still do work for a few clients during my vacation, though it wasn’t as much as I usually do and all of my personal projects were put on hold (begrudgingly). By giving my writing a rest, I actually thought of elements I hadn’t before considered to put into my writing that might make it even better.
The most memorable things I did were: see dinosaur bones, get lost, eat kangaroo sausages (also known as ‘kanga-bangas”, though I have no clue how to spell that), meet new family members, and succeed in not dying numerous times.
What Did I Accomplish?
As with most vacations, putting my work aside for a moment gave me clarity and focus that I’m hoping will come in handy as I ramp up production of personal and freelance works in the coming months. I’ve taken a step back, realized the big picture, and have honed in my goals and desires with new information and continual growth of my aspirations.
Basically, I just recenter-ed myself and realigned what I’m doing now to match my future goals.
What Did I Learn?
I’m only human. I make mistakes, I bite off more than I can chew, and there are some projects that I have a real hard time finishing – I’m looking at you, half-knitted scarf in my closet. Yet, even knowing my own faults and weaknesses, the best thing I can do for myself is to move on and move forward. All I can really do is try my best and keep working towards what I want.
Everyone hits a hurdle every now and again, but it’s how you work your way through or around it that defines your success.
Back To The Grind
This month I’ll be working on some light freelancing projects as well as working on my next series, “The Horrors of Redemption”. Set to be released right before Halloween, this series is a great read, filled with demons, broken promises, and a surprise twist!