This is the first time you're really hearing from me in a month. So what happened?
Meds fucked me up. If you've been following me for a while, you may know that I deal with chronic health issues. Well, I started some new meds and WOW - my body was not happy about it. Physically, I recovered quickly, but the meds messed with my mind in a BIG way and I fell/crashed into depression. I actually left notes around my home to remind me that it was the meds making me feel useless and unloved, and that the self-damaging thoughts weren't based in reality. Notes like: "It's just the medication" & "You are okay!"
It took me a couple days to even realize the meds were affecting me like this, then another couple weeks to recover emotionally from the experience. So I am sorry you haven't heard from me in the last month, and I can't guarantee life won't hit me again (can anyone?), but I hope you'll still want to hear from me.
Now I'm easing back in and wanted to share what I have worked on over the last few weeks. I still recorded podcast eps and released them a little off schedule. If you're not subscribed on your favorite podcast player, here are a few episodes you missed:
How to manage on low/no energy days. I recorded this just before the depression hit (timely or what?) but wasn't able to get it uploaded and live until a week later. In this episode:
- The signs of low/no energy days
- How to get past feeling like a failure on those days & letting go of the guilt of doing nothing
- Why doing nothing is really doing something
- 3 tips to help you accomplish your tasks – big and small – on those days
My pantser writing process. I like to write mostly by the seat of my pants (vs. plotting it all out) and went into detail about how I do just that. Also in the ep:
- What I do before I start writing
- Tips that help me write
- Quick draft techniques I use
- How I edit as a panster
Best online courses for writers & creators. I went through the pros and cons of online courses, and gave a review for several I've gone through. There are links to the courses mentioned in the podcast (and more links for ones I didn't mention but you may want to consider). Plus:
- Are online courses right for you?
- The types of courses available
- Course platforms (and technology)
- How much I spent on courses last year --> this 5-figure number might shock you!
- Reviews of courses I’ve taken including business courses, writing courses, and even courses on creating courses
I'm still about one-two podcast eps behind schedule, but I may catch up later this year or just decide to skip them based on how things go.
Now please comment below and let me know - have you ever had a setback (health or otherwise) that kept you from working at your normal pace? How did you manage?
Until next time.
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