I cracked up when I saw Copywriter Underground's post, Need More Freelance Work? Schedule a Vacation… I wish that was the case with me.
I noticed that I've been ignoring my kids and needed to take the time to help Monkey Boy with school work and discpline/attitude issues. He's a smart kid with a lazy attitude. Boo Girl is very good at playing by herself, but we need to get out of the house more and go to the zoo, see friends, and go to the park.
Also, we have a family trip to see my sister in Switzerland coming up. That means a compromised writing schedule even though I'll be taking my laptop and have access to a wireless connection. So why not start slowing down before we go?
Yet it's just not about the family obligations. I've realized that I've become burnt out and depressed. It's come to the point where I had to stop writing for awhile. When I dread writing I know something is wrong, since writing energizes me and gives me purpose. It was time to read, think, breathe, watch lots of Star Trek reruns, and have a glass of wine or two.
Also, I realized I've been neglecting my health. I forgot to get my annual check up, blood work, and mammogram last year - and I never do that. So I've been making doctor's appointments and finally found time to go back to my yoga class. Considering how well I slept that night after class, I need to go to yoga more often.
So it's time to regroup, reevaluate goals, read, and write. I'm going to start doing magazine work, since it's a good fit with my kids' schedules, especially with summer vacation just around the corner. I hope to take advantage of our trip and write small articles for various travel sites. Also, I've been having fun doing the LoudLaunch paid posts. At $15-35 a campaign (posting the same info at several blogs) for 15 minutes of work, that's not so bad. I just hope it hasn't pissed off or bored my readers too much.
So my apologies if you're wondering where I am. I'm fine, just taking a break.
(Originally posted at The Write Spot, my freelance copywriting site, but edited here.)
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