Tuesday, December 8, 2020

A Time to Rest (Vanessa)

Happy December! Can you believe we’ve made it this far? This has been QUITE a year! From coronavirus to just daily life, life has become overwhelming and a bit exhausting. So, today, I’m here to talk about when you should allow yourself to rest.

In addition to writing, there are many other outlets authors participate in. From bookstagram and online events to everyday life as a parent, student, or working (or all three!), it’s easy to become exhausted. But when do you allow yourself to slow down? Here are three ways I’ve learned to identify when I need to rest.

First, it’s okay to rest when a hobby or something that was once “fun,” doesn’t bring you joy anymore.

This doesn’t mean you need to give up your hobby forever. But it’s okay to stop doing one thing if it’s draining you mentally, emotionally, and physically. For example, I LOVE reading! But there have been many times where reading became exhausting. Of course, I’d never give up on books, but in order to give my mind time to rest, I read online comics instead! They were a lot shorter and I found it refreshing!


Second, it’s okay to rest when everything seems like too much.

As mentioned before, there is a lot more to being an author than just writing. There is editing, revising, marketing, not to mention your personal life! And, when everything is going smoothly, these things are great! But life doesn’t always go smoothly and it’s okay to take a step back to focus on what is important to you.


Lastly, it’s okay to rest when you want to rest!

I am a type-A personality through and through. I have always been this way, which has made me learn when I need to put on the breaks and slooooooow down. In the past, I have run myself into the ground, burned out, and have hated the very things I used to love to do. With time, I've learned from my past experiences and can now recognize when my mind and body are saying, “we need a break!”


With all that being said, this will be my last post on Lands Uncharted (for now!). Due to the reasons above, I have decided to take some time off from many of my “extracurricular” writing activities, so that I can focus on my personal life. I have loved writing with these wonderful ladies and hope I can join them again in the future!

I hope that these little tips help you and if you need to rest, please do so without any guilt! 😊

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Vanessa 😊

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