Well, my trail run didnâ€™t happen as planned this morning. Nicole and I both decided we were too busy to drive to a trail. So, no workout so far today, but Iâ€™m hoping to run later this evening.
So far Iâ€™ve spent the whole day doing this:
Iâ€™m in the midst of writing the second Operation Beautiful book. I wrote the first Operation Beautiful book in two and a half months, from September 2009 to December 15, 2009. I have a similar deadline for this book; itâ€™s due February 15th. Yeah â€“ thatâ€™s intense. Fortunately, itâ€™s not a â€˜traditionalâ€™ book in that Iâ€™m only really writing 2/3 of it; the rest are based on awesome reader submissions.
I donâ€™t talk too much about the book-writing process on the blog, but itâ€™s beenâ€¦ interesting so far. I kind of think writing a book is like running marathon (or having a baby?) â€“ you have to forget how hard it was before you want to do another one. Well, I forgot how hard OB1 was and now, Iâ€™m remembering as I write OB2. :) Donâ€™t get me wrong â€“ I absolutely love writing and thereâ€™s no way I wouldâ€™ve inked the deal for OB2 if I didnâ€™t want to do it! But itâ€™s such a long, creatively challenging process.
Iâ€™ve been writing about 3 â€“ 8 hours a day, depending on the rest of my schedule. Things this time around are a lot more complicated because of the clinic. For OB1, the book was my only real priority but now I have to share my attention between a lot of different projects. Not really being able to take weekends off because of my looming deadline is hard, too.
But last night, I realized something. This thought hit me like a lightening bolt:
If Iâ€™m already doing everything I can, what else is there for me to do?
Then, I was reading a tweenâ€™s submission for the book this morning and noticed a line in her entry: â€œI always think, â€˜Whatâ€™s the point in getting upset? It wonâ€™t get me anywhere and who likes feeling mad?â€™ Itâ€™s not a great way to go and live, so I just donâ€™t do it!â€
Oh, sweet relief â€“ seriously, I cannot tell you how liberating these two thoughts are for me! Iâ€™m doing everything I can do; why freak out over my deadline? And whatâ€™s the POINT of getting so stressed out? 12 year olds can be so wise. :)
Breakfast was whole wheat pancakes, grilled banana, and almonds:
Mini lunch was leftover pizza (only one slice left; wahh!) and salad:
Back to work I goâ€¦ Cannot wait to relax later, though! 🙂