Going Around In Circles

I have a problem. As a full-time writer, it is literally my job to create content. In my day job as a non-profit communications manager, I compose e-newsletters, tell impactful stories, post on several social media platforms, update website copy, send press releases, and do similar tasks, all to engage people in our work and raise money. At night, I love to read books, listen to podcasts, download today’s New York Times on my Kindle, read through some of the blogs I follow and write my own blog posts.

I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the digital chaos that I am addicted to online. And it is coming at me in all directions. Maybe it is time for me to take a detour off the information highway. And yes, I do see the irony in all of this because I am part of the problem, but that’s a post for another time.

I could use a break, or maybe I just need a new hobby. Something outdoorsy, although I’m not really a nature kind of person. Plus, it is winter, and I don’t love the cold weather.

Maybe I’ll travel. I’m in the mood to watch my favorite sport – baseball – but the only way to do that right now is to go to spring training. I’ve been there before and loved every minute of it.

But it’s in Florida, so on second thought, maybe not. Stupid COVID-19.

Maybe I need to throw myself into a home improvement project. But, I should save up first because we completed our new deck and patio this past summer.

Or, maybe I need some retail therapy. That does seem to help, but I’m currently decluttering closets in my house. I don’t want to add anything right now. That seems like self-sabotage to me.

Since I am so indecisive, maybe, I’ll read up on how to find a new hobby. Yeah, that’s what I’ll do. I’ll check out the latest articles and podcasts on the subject. And maybe I’ll sign up for a few newsletters and follow some social media influencers of a certain age to get some ideas. And maybe…

Shit.

I think I’m back to where I started.

4 comments on Going Around In Circles

  1. Kate Loving
    January 10, 2022 at 8:39 am (5 months ago)

    Iā€™m about to declutter my garage today. Friends are coming by to help. Why? To fit my car? No, to host political candidates in a well ventilated area!

  2. Tamara
    January 10, 2022 at 3:11 am (5 months ago)

    Hahaha, you seem to be trapped šŸ˜‰
    If you’re not the outdoorsy type but still would like to get some fresh air, have you looked into geocaching? It usually takes you to cool sites.
    Or do a “photo a day” challenge that forces you to go out there and keep your eyes open. Let me know if you want me to introduce you to some of these groups.

  3. Kebba Buckley Button
    January 9, 2022 at 10:51 pm (5 months ago)

    Elisa, you made me laugh! Thank you! And yes, you did go around in a circle. May I may 2 suggestions? (1) While you are currently decluttering your closets, replace the hangers with new/better ones and finish by *painting the insides of the closets*. You’ll get a huge energy lift! And (2) have you thought of tweaking your writing even more toward humor? It’s easily studied, and you would/will be great at it!

    • Elisa
      January 10, 2022 at 9:27 am (5 months ago)

      Thanks, Kebba. I have thought about writing a collection of humorous essays based on my blog. Maybe someday. Meanwhile, I’ll keep rehearsing my “material” here to see what works. I appreciate the encouragement!

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