#IWSG: When You Get the Busy Signal

Last month, I completely forgot about the Insecure Writer’s Support Group post. It was two weeks later when I realized I had missed it. I had just started my first full week at a new job, was busy trying to finish up the last bits of Ash and Snow, and trying to build up my independent business as a Le-Vel brand promoter. Add to that the stress of the holiday season sneaking up on me, a daughter who’s medicine quit working properly, and planning and starting the first draft of a new WIP and I was walking around with a busy signal following me everywhere.

Now that I’ve been working for a month at my new job, I have a better hang of it. I’ve even gotten quite a bit of authorly and promoterly things done while at my day job. I still do the work my bosses bring me, but I’m offered enough time in between to do the other things necessary.

The thing I noticed about this past month, once I realized I’d missed the IWSG post and that I was being followed by an almost obsolete noise everywhere I went, I decided it was time to take a bit of a break from breaking my back. I’m thrilled that I am able to do so much now that I’ve started to take Thrive, but there is still a chance for burn-out. These are things you learn about self-care when you have a chronic illness. So, I took to reading. Soon enough I’ll have a Recent Reads post.

I’ve also taken to watching more Gilmore Girls in the last few days. If you didn’t know, I’d never seen an episode before I started watching it a while back. You can sort of follow along with my watching it on Twitter. I’ve hastagged the binge-watch under #myfirstGilmoreGirls. Once I really got into it, though, there are fewer tweets. Still, I’m tweeting as I remember and as I have opinions.

I’m still doing the promoter thing and the author thing, but self-care is absolutely necessary for me to continue, even at my increased pace.

Anyway, the point of all this is to say that when you find yourself being followed by a busy signal, try to practice some self-care. Read a book, paint a picture, watch some TV or movies. Anything that helps you take care of you.

I hope you all have a wonderful December and holiday season! It is one of the most important times for self-care=)

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This post is part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. We post the first Wednesday of every month with our insecurities or with inspiration for others facing insecurities. You can find out more on the blog, and don’t forget to check out the Facebook group!

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