SanDiego #RWA16 #books

 

31476914 - happy man jumping for joy on the peak of the mountain, cliff at sunset. success, winner, happiness

31476914 – happy man jumping for joy on the peak of the mountain, cliff at sunset. success, winner, happiness

This was the first year I attended RWA not as a newbie (well still a newbie) but as a participating author. It was awesome, and also very anticlimactic. Think about reaching a mountain peak and realizing you had a whole range full of mountains yet to scale. That kind of feeling.

It reminds me of something my friend said to me a few weeks ago.  Writing isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon and when it comes right down to it, you just have to keep on writing (running)

I had a blast at RWA don’t get me wrong. I am in so many chapters now that I had a party every night. One of my best friends was able to join me and we had ladies nights!  See below!

Yet the whole experience also reminded me of the sheer grind of writing. The constant social media. And I am just a baby. I don’t know how the bigguns do it!

That also reminds me of another saying though.  You never get nothing from working, even if you learn a life lesson, you still learned.

 

So while I enjoyed the gorgeous city that is #SanDiego, I also learned how much more I have to accomplish (which is not a bad thing)

 

What did you learn today?

3 Comments:

  1. I learned that sometimes you just have to say no. I’m a bit of a pushover. A people-pleaser. If someone asks me for help I always say yes. Most of the time, that’s a good thing. Here lately, not so much. Because I can’t seem to say no, I’ve committed to working my third 6 day work week in a row. Although it will be a nice paycheck, I’ve realized that work cannot take precedence over my health (I had gotten sick last week and still powered through work) or my family (tonight was the first time my son is sleeping in his bed at home in over a week. He’s been staying with grandma since I’ve been working so much.). I don’t want my son to grow up without memories of spending time with his dad and I. Spending time with him today has been SO special. From now on, I will say no. I can’t work on my day off. I can’t work a double. I can’t give up my family time or my relaxing time to help out another store. Maybe that’s a little cold-hearted, but there it is. That’s what I learned today.

  2. I learned that sometimes you have to say no. I’m am a big push-over. A people-pleaser. Whatever I have to do to make you happy (within reason), I’ll do. Normally that’s a good thing, but for me, not so much. I say this because I’m now 3 (almost 4) days into my third week of working 6 days. Yes, I’ll like the much needed increase in my paycheck, but at what cost? In the middle of my week last week I got sick. What did I do? I powered through it. Today was the first day in about a week and a half that I’ve seen my son. I can’t let my work take precedence over my health and my family. I don’t want my son to grow up and not have memories of spending time with my husband and I.
    So, all that being said, I’m starting fresh. From now on when I’m asked to work on my day off, or work a double, or help out another store when I’m on vacation… the answer is no. Sorry, but no. I need my family time and my relaxation time otherwise I wont be around long. The stress and lack of sleep will get to me and it’s not healthy. I have to learn to enjoy life and life is not all about work. That’s what I learned today.

  3. I am glad you are standing up for yourself. You need time for yourself and with family for sure! (hugs)

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