The rarest and most precious of weekends are those when I have no plans and can spend the entire day however I please. Take today, for instance.
I woke up at 8:30 am and stayed in bed until 9. I sunk into my favorite spot on the living room couch, savored my coffee, and enjoyed the view from my bay window. It was cold outside, but I was nice and warm indoors, sporting my best flannel pajamas. I am about a week behind on the Ultimate Blog Challenge because I had COVID and then a three-day work retreat out of town. I’m sure I won’t catch up to everyone else in the challenge, but I’ll do my best.
With that thought in mind, I sat down at my laptop with my second cup of coffee and started writing seven pages of total crap. Okay – not total crap, but nothing worth posting yet. 🙂
I walked away from those pages and opened another document. I’m taking a writing workshop and wanted to finish providing feedback on another person’s manuscript. After that, I completed my submission for the workshop and sent it out to the group. Needing a little more feedback, I sent my piece to my sister and two good friends for honest reactions and extra support.
Then, I went on to my next writing project—my Trader Joe’s shopping list. Butter chicken and Naan. Sesame seed bagels and lox with the Everything Bagel seasoning. And Hold a Cone ice cream for dessert. It was probably the best thing I wrote all day.
And then, I returned from food shopping with the full intention of getting back to writing. But I cleaned out my email inbox instead. I’m a loyal subscriber to a few dozen newsletters, but I’m no help to their open rate. I ignore so many of their emails that are chock-full of the inspiration and motivation I need to keep going. I dove into my inbox and drowned myself in writing advice.
Now, it is two hours later, and I haven’t written anything else today (except this blog post), but I’m feeling recharged and focused on the tasks at hand. I should really get moving. But I have dinner plans tonight. So stay tuned for another blog post and much more where that came from starting tomorrow. 🙂
I hope you enjoyed your Saturday. 🙂
Kebba Buckley ButtonJanuary 14, 2023 at 9:36 pm (2 months ago)
Elisa, your Saturday sounds wonderful. I hope you’re really feeling well now. I sometimes need a “nothing day” to get my brain back in gear after an illness or emotional events. I love that you said, “I feel recharged and focused…” How great! I have a “nothing day” tomorrow, with only my UBC post to write. And chores. But I can go at my own pace and whimsy until I feel recharged and focused. <3
ElisaJanuary 16, 2023 at 4:07 pm (2 months ago)
I hope you had a great weekend and are recharged now! If not, take another day. We are worth all the self-care that’s available to us. Am I right?!
Lily LeungJanuary 14, 2023 at 6:41 pm (2 months ago)
7 written pages of anything is quite an accomplishment in my books. I haven’t written anything yet. But I had a nice hot soak in the tub and cleaned the downstairs bathroom. I’m sitting in the dark now, tapping out my comment on iPhone. Hope it works.
ElisaJanuary 16, 2023 at 4:08 pm (2 months ago)
Thanks, Lily. I could use a nice bath, but it would mean cleaning my bathroom first. LOL!
Glenda CatesJanuary 14, 2023 at 6:10 pm (2 months ago)
Your Saturday sounds a lot like mine. I woke up at 3am when my husband was leaving for work. Turned on the TV to watch a movie before starting my day. The movie finished and it was only 5am so I decided to watch a second movie. It ended at 7am and I got online to check for messages. Then went through a few emails. My son came down at 9am to make a Pizza and asked me to sit with him and there went the rest of the day as he said we were having a lazy day.
ElisaJanuary 16, 2023 at 4:09 pm (2 months ago)
Love it, Glenda! Sometimes, the slow days are the best days!