Working on the Foundation

Although ROW 80 is a writing challenge, I do have sections in my goals list about physical and spiritual health. For me, feeling good is a strong foundation that supports my ability to be creative and productive as a writer. Over the past few years, I’ve gotten away from that foundation, in the area of physical fitness in particular. I mean, I’m pretty healthy and don’t get sick often, for which I’m very grateful. But I’ve put on extra weight, and I’m noticing how it’s beginning to impact the way I feel.

Now that Spring has finally arrived here in New England, I’ve been putting a stronger focus on moving my body daily, and on healthy eating. It’s going well. I’ve dropped the sweet treats again (this is day 6 with no refined sugar). I’ve been walking a lot, hula-hooping to music, and doing archery with my daughter (to work on my arm muscles). I’m not the type to go to the gym, as it’s very boring to me. So my physical exercise needs to have a fun (and usually outdoorsy) component. I’ve enlisted my very active teen daughter to help me include exercise in my everyday life, which is helpful. As a writer and bookworm, as I’m sure you know, it’s all too easy to be sedentary and not even notice. My intention is to get back in good shape this spring and summer, and then maintain it.

Spiritual connection is also important to my foundation. This week has brought a lot of new ways to connect! This weekend I had both an amazing Tarot card reading with an online friend, and a wonderful dream oracle session that I won. I’ve been undergoing a huge transformation in the past year, which is tied in with a renewal of my commitment to my writing career. These readings have given me not only new insights, but also confirmation that I’m on the right path. I’m really excited about this direction, and how it inspires me on all levels.

As far as my writing goals, this week went pretty well. BlackLion and I have been working on our novel revisions, and have had some really good breakthroughs. I’ve been blogging, and wrote a couple of book reviews as well. I wrote a little bit on my Creative Inspiration Pack, though not as much as I would have liked.

I’m 74 percent of the way through reading How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method by Randy Ingermanson, and still enjoying it. I’ve also been watching a video series on publishing from Hay House (I’m on their newsletter list), which is quite interesting.

I hope your week is productive and enjoyable!

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