Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Wisdom on Wednesdays: Breathe

The holidays are always so full - decorating the house, wrapping the presents, writing the cards, mailing the packages, baking, visiting... On top of everything else, because it's not like life just stops for December, is it?

It's easy to feel overwhelmed; in fact, you just might not be human if you don't. (And if you don't, I want to know your secret.)

It's cool to take a breather once in a while. Shut down the critique groups for a couple of weeks, let your manuscripts marinate for a few days while you get some housework done, just jot down some ideas for later, after the presents have been opened and the relatives have gone. The world won't end if you turn off the computer for a few days. You won't lose out on a contract by not checking your email every 5 minutes.

In the midst of the chaos, remember to breathe.

What are your tips for getting some down time during the holidays?


  1. For me, it's all about wearing the right hat at the right time. Do I wish I could put on the writer hat for all of my vacation? YES. Will I? No. I have family coming into town.

  2. Hi Ishta - Once in a while, I sit on the couch and pretend the kitchen doesn't exist. Until my kids yell, "What for dinner?" LOL But, for the 8 hours they're gone - HEAVEN!!

  3. I'll be taking a blog break from Christmas through New Years. Of course, I'll still be at work, in front of a computer all day, but the pressures of posting and reading and commenting won't be there. And I'll be more able to focus on some personal writing.

  4. Great tips. I think we all need to take a break now and then :)