When my son said he wanted us to share our New Year's resolutions,
it took me about 2 seconds to think of one. And it had nothing to do with losing weight or exercising. There was one area in my life that I needed to change; I needed balance.
I chose not to work on my book for the month of December. I didn't blog, tweet or write for one reason: my book was taking over my life. It was obvious I couldn't revise while also decorating, shopping and enjoying the holidays. And you know what? I had a GREAT December. I was relaxed and stress-free. Instead of being attached to my laptop, my December was filled with Christmas movies, holiday traditions, friends and family.
I began working on my book again on December 26th, but I knew something would have to give. I have a Type A personality, which means I do everything with a combination of perfectionism and obsession, so revising a 400 page book was proving to be a nightmare. I needed to find a way to be a mom, wife, teacher and writer.
So I let go. I let go of the timetable I had in my head, the expectations I had for myself and the pressure I had placed on my shoulders ... and I just wrote because I loved it. And not surprisingly, things began moving smoothly. My revised chapters have improved tenfold, and I couldn't be happier with my draft.
So, instead of working on my book tonight, I'm watching The Golden Globes ... and Sylvester Stallone just won for the movie Creed. I remember watching Rocky when I was in the 4th grade. I laid in bed that night trying to figure out how old Sylvester Stallone would be when I turned 18 so we could get married. Thankfully, God knows best...