Guess what, you guys!
Today, it has been exactly one month since the last day at my old job.
On Tuesday, someone asked me, "And what do you do?" And I said sort of bashfully, "I'm a writer." And they didn't look at me like I was full of crap!
That's the first time I've told a stranger what it is I do all day long -- never mind that no one is actually paying me to do it.
The last month has been absolutely eye-opening. I can't adequately express how much less anxiety I feel on a daily basis. I've concluded that my stress level was way out of whack and not natural. That is, I don't think humans are meant to live with that kind of stress. I believe it kills us.
So, I've summed up what exactly I've been up to in the last 30-odd days, in a tidy little list.
1. I sleep eight hours every night. This is a new thing for me. I LOVE it.
2. I exercise every day. This is also new for me. I do not always love it. But I love how I feel afterward, and I love where it's getting me.
3. I write Monday through Friday, during the same hours that "normal" people go to their jobs.
4. I battle the temptation to surf the Internet, because you guys? There is so much good stuff out there. I really believe there is some wild talent out there, just waiting to be discovered.
5. I make all of my meals at home, every day. This has resulted in the consumption of fruit and vegetables! I feel much healthier.
6. I work on the blog Monday through Friday.
7. I hang out in my backyard when the sun in shining.
8. I take photos of my cats.
9. I thank my lucky stars every day for my awesome husband.
Initially, I was pretty worried that this wasn't going to work out. My main concerns were that I would get really lonely and that I would be a complete failure at writing a novel.
Thankfully, what I've discovered is that I love being alone, for a while. I see other people often enough to satisfy my cravings for company.
And I discovered that, so far, I am not a complete failure. I've found some guidance, and feel like I am on a path that will end with a complete novel. Which is sort of amazing.
Many of the folks who read this blog (there aren't that many, but they are dedicated!) have been extraordinarily supportive. I thrive on the encouragement and am so thankful for it.
I'm looking forward to the next month, hitting more milestones, and finding out more about myself that I didn't know.