by Debra E. Marvin (who has no business writing a Self Help post)
This past winter was pretty pleasant, weather wise. But it's still the season of being house-bound for many of us, and this year, being without a job, I easily slipped into hermit mode.
Other than letting my dog out, my 'little old lady who only drives to Church on Sunday' lifestyle lets me linger long hours of moving nothing but my fingers on the keyboard and chopping vegetables for soup.
Believe me, watching streaming videos on my lap while in a recliner burns very little calories.
But weeks of such inactivity, lack of sunshine (Vitamin D) and too many starchy, sugary carbs is not good for anyone. Add the glaring fact I'm on the rolls of the unemployed, in a slumped economy as an aging baby boomer in a rural area. Gosh I'm depressing myself here...somebody slap me.
Ha ha. Fake Laugh. It is depressing actually. I pray about it and keep hearing this little voice that says:
"here's the cure, girlfriend..." or rather 'think on these things, my blessed daughter...'
TAKE TIME WITH FRIENDS
GET OFF YOUR BUTT AND GET ACTIVE
FOLLOW YOUR PASSION
I think I've eeked out of another season of the blues by employing the cure! Phew!
1. TIME WITH FRIENDS
|C.J Chase, moi, and Gina Welborn... Inkies on a Carriage Ride in Williamsburg VA, thanks to our lovely COLONIAL QUILLS sister, Carrie Fancett Pages If you are a fan of the Colonial period and great fiction, you should be visiting this blog!
|Carrie Pagels is "Miss Colonial Williamsburg"! Her knowledge and enthusiasm made for such a wonderful day. Thank you again Carrie for all your generosity~ Here's Carrie and Dina on the town.
|My traveling and LIFE friends, Katie, Wendy and Sharon...and Gnorman the gnome. I was sandwiched between my school buddy friends and my writer friends. Wonderful! We all ate lunch together at the fabulous King's Arms Tavern.
|Gina and Dina discussing the politics of the day in the (historical) coffee shop (we are drinking warm, thick, dark chocolate here)
"Milk does a body good"... sure, but hanging out with your buddies is better (if you're taking calcium supplements...)
2. GET OFF YOUR BUTT AND DO SOMETHINGSpring is a great opportunity to spring clean your house and yard. Sure it's a dirty, dusty business, but who doesn't love the 'after glow'. I 'used' to have a clean house when I was three times as busy. Last year I decided I had to either keep my house clean or finish my novel. What Would Gina Do?
3. FIND YOUR PASSION AGAINWith the loss of my computer to a timely death (wow, I can swear that was just the newest hippest computer ever... has it really been THAT LONG?) I was unable to write for almost a month. It's almost like going on a diet. Only worse.
Then, the best thing happened. My 'virtual' nephew Alex Levine, (Sharon's son) took pity on me and donated an awesome better than I could ever imagine used laptop! I'm back in business!
So, just this week, after spending some time talking up writing with some novice writers, my excitement returned and I can't wait to get back to my manuscript! (okay, I still have that major spring cleaning to complete but I'm buzzing through)
A year ago, it became terribly clear to me that I was a writer. When you can sit and work on something for hours without noticing the time and hate having to stop, then you know you are doing something you love.
Can you prescribe a cure?
What's the last time you laughed so hard you cried? (and if there was any other spillage elsewhere, we don't want to know...)