1. I spent some time (a little too much time) scrolling through the Instagram account of an author I admire. I went all the way back to the beginning. At first I was dismayed. I thought: my feed will never look like this. I’ll never be able to write as quickly as her and share so many new book release posts. There will never be photos of me posing with fans at book signings. I can’t even remember how long it’s been since I was able to say “I just wrote ‘the end’.”
I was feeling sorry for myself. Oh god, that’s embarrassing to say, but it’s true.
But I kept scrolling. And slowly, I snapped out of it. I stopped feeling sorry for myself and started to feel inspired, motivated, determined.
I opened up my novel and wrote for the first time this week.
And you know what? I know that one day my Instagram feed will be pull of those pictures; because this is what I’m meant to do. Write.
It will happen; just you wait and see.
2. I’ve been thinking about summer a lot. I’ve written a whole blog post about it that I hope to share soon. It’s around this time each year that the temperatures ramp up and my heart goes along with it. Summer is when my heart is most full. Drinking my morning cup of coffee with the back door open, eating outside every night, lounging by the pool, cool weekend mornings at the park with my son—I am myself in the summer. I know how to shut off my brain at the end of the work day. I know how to enjoy my weekends.
I know how to just be.
3. Late Saturday night I caught a bug, or something, that had me incapacitated for most of the night. When I woke this morning, my body was aching like never before. I could barely roll over without my stomach twisting and turning. It's been a while since I've had anything like this, whatever it's called. But if I really think about it it happens when I'm at my worst. When I'm stressed out and not myself and not eating well or exercising enough.
It's my wake up call.
, by Rachel Del