I missed Wednesday’s check-in again. In stark contrast to many academic jobs, the pressure does not lessen when the students are gone. In fact, in many ways, the summer is my busiest time. All my plans to get things done when the day job slows down have been put off. I hope to make very small baby steps. For the coming week, I am dedicating small snippets of time to clearly defined goals–responding to comments during this half-hour, editing this post in this hour, and the like.
I’ve not been successful finding extremely basic yoga quite yet, but I have been walking much more than I did in the winter. I like our neighborhood for that reason. It’s an easy walk to the post office or the convenience store, and it affords some time to think about writing, and voice, and goals. I got a flyer for a writing workshop over in Massachusetts that I can’t do this year, but I’m filing away to check into next year.
I seem to have caught the cold that was going around at work, although it may be allergies to the pollen and the dust that I am disturbing in my spring (summer?) cleaning at home. Even so, I have been writing, again for the day job, but it’s somewhat creative. I have two presentations the week of June 8, so the deadlines are fast approaching. Luckily, I am a frustrated actress, despite my introvert tendencies, so performing before a crowd is not very stressful.
After I gave my paper in May, I was interviewed by the small-town newspaper there. I figured it would never make print, but surprisingly, it did. It’s always nice to appear in print, even if it is in such a small venue.
The biggest revelation in May was the need to take care of myself, and to be kind to myself. I tend to overextend well beyond my abilities, and then feel guilty for not getting everything done, everyone seen, and life conquered. I also discovered how much I am struggling with my voice, or better put, that I am not entirely comfortable with my voice. I am rather opinionated, and care a lot about several causes. I guess that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, nor a total surprise, but I do have to get more comfortable with it.
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