Not long ago I lamented to my husband how exhausted I was. He looked at me oddly and reminded me that I’d been on sabbatical for the past six weeks. I understand his confusion. I reminded him, in a very kind and gentle way 😉 that I was, indeed, still working. In many ways harder than normal.
I call my time off from teaching every August a sabbatical, but really I should call it a time of refocus. These days, that refocus is around writing. So for those of you wondering what I did on sabbatical, here’s a partial list of things both fun, not-so-fun, and surprising. I don’t feel like as much of a slacker when I read it!
What I did on my summer sabbatical:
- Wrote the 2nd and 3rd drafts of my fourth book, tentatively titled A FATAL TWIST, including the laborious process of outlining and fixing timing and consistency errors. Normally this would take over three months! (Yippee, yahoo, and wahooey!)
- Served on jury duty. Have you done your civic duty lately?
- Took Tasha dog to 24 rehab appointments: 7 massages, 11 physical therapy sessions, 3 acupuncture treatments, and 3 chiropractor/osteopath appointments. (I actually thought it was more than that! It’s a good thing she enjoys them.)
- Set up my winter, 2016 book signing tour. 6 stops and 5 cities so far—more to come!
- Spent waaaaaay too much time on Facebook. Need I say more?
- Wrote 7 blog articles.
- Created the studio’s fall schedule. (A three-times-a-year project that always makes my head spin.)
- Wrote 6 newsletters. 4 for the studio and 2 author newsletters.
- Ate dinner out approximately 36 times. Hence the need for new clothes, below.
- Walked the Tasha-dog. Approximately 65 walks in all, many at our favorite walking destination, Green Lake!
- Watched all 39 episodes of Orange is the New Black. For the record, I already had a character named Crazy Eyes in my third book before I saw the series.
- Finished the production edits and started sending out advanced copies of Karma’s a Killer.
- Read and wrote endorsements for 3 fabulous books by authors Susan Obrien, Sharon St. George, and Colleen Shogan. Do yourself a favor and pre-order them now!
- Put together Tasha’s wheelchair (the chariot!) all by myself. Hopefully she won’t need it for a very long time. In the meantime, her pal Froggert will keep it warm for her.
- Harassed hubby until he finally finished my new mobile friendly author website!
- Scheduled and created the catalogues, contracts and other registration materials for Whole Life Yoga’s 2016 yoga teacher training! Information sessions start in October!
What I didn’t do that I planned:
- Get even one massage myself.
- Go on a single trip.
- Correct teacher training homework. (Sorry guys. Today, I promise!)
- Clean house. (But that’s no surprise.)
- Catch up on sleep.
- Cook a meal that didn’t go from a cardboard box straight to the microwave. (This is a nice continuation of my several-year streak.)
- Finish the book proposal for my meditation book.
- Go to a movie.
- Shop for clothes. Since I often mess up and wear them inside out, maybe that will double my wardrobe!
- Start the second mystery series I have rattling around in my head. But if my writing continues to speed up, I may just start it soon!
So, all, I’ve missed you, but I’ve been busy! I look forward to being back teaching starting tonight. I hope you all had a fantastic summer, filled with love, joy, and lots of play.
How did you spend your summer vacation?
Yee haw, yippee, and yahooey!