Read and Relax

Lately, I’ve been working on edits and revisions on my latest novel, “Your Time is Up.” It’s a very left brain activity. Those of you who know me, or are getting to know me through my blog, will know that I much prefer right brain activities. But edits and revisions are so necessary. So what do I after a hard day’s work?

By the time evening rolls around, my brain is fried. I need to do something to relax and recharge. And that’s when I turn to reading for pleasure. Do you read to relax? To recharge? If not, why don’t you try it?

Books can transport us from our ordinary lives to new places and new adventures. We can forget our troubles or stressors while we are reading.

Add in your favorite beverage or a snack. Make it a daily ritual. It can be as relaxing as a little mini-vacation.

I love to read before bedtime. It puts me in a good mood for a good night’s sleep. But if you have the time in the morning, reading can feel decadent. I save that for the weekends when I don’t have anywhere I need to be. And the kitties will let me lounge in bed for a bit.

Next time you need a break, pick up a good book. Your stress will melt away and you’ll feel so much better. And that’s what I want for you. Happy reading – and relaxing.


New Month, New Goals.

Every month I try to reassess where I am on my journey for the year. Am I moving forward? Am I stagnating? Have I checked things off of my to do list? Or am I ignoring my goals and hoping for the best? What will put me back on the right track if I’ve veered off at any point?

I make lists for both my work life and my personal life. I encourage you to do the same. A master list of sorts to get you from A to Z in 2020.

Look closely today at where you are in your goals and where you want to be. Is there a noticeable gap? If yes, write down your action steps in each area to get you back to making positive changes and moving forward again. Start a 1-2-3 plan to move yourself from where you are today to where you want to be in the future.

Your plan may require many steps. One thing is for sure. If you don’t plan with forward progression, you will stay rooted to where you are. Remember, a misstep on your journey is only a wrong move if you don’t learn from your mistake. Back up, regroup and go forward with your new knowledge.

List out your goals for the month and the necessary actions you need to take to accomplish them. And then start checking them off Forward progress is a good thing.