Well, my break is over. The week has gone by pretty fast, to be honest. But, I think it was time well spent. I got the podcast up and running, you can find Episode 1 here. I created and debuted a new logo for The Winter Of My Discontent. I wanted a logo that was more print-friendly...spoiler alert: The Winter Of My Discontent merch might be down the road!!

Anyway, the break was good. I got to promote some older posts that I felt deserved the extra love and I got to relax and take a break. I love writing and I love blogging and these last few months have been amazing; everything that I imagined writing full-time would be.

That said, blogging full-time is hard work. Writing on a regular schedule takes drive and discipline. Research takes time and work. Don't even get me started on promoting...I spend more time promoting than actually writing, which is not the dream for me.

I digress, I needed the break. I took a week off in February and again in March, but they were for my grandmother's funeral and when I got COVID, respectively. They weren't exactly weeks of rest for me.

I have a lot of stress right now. I'm on medical leave and have been since December. I'm supposed to be out until the end of May. Dealing with short-term disability has been stressful and has not helped in my healing at all.

Last week, they denied my claim and stopped sending me paychecks. My husband is on unemployment and is waiting on those checks to start back up. Right now, we're broke; just running on fumes. If you would like to help, you can Buy Me A Coffee, sign up for a membership, or book a Zoom session with me!

Anyway, it's been stressful. Money always seems to bring stress with it. But, we're dealing. The good news is, I've taken it in stride. That's something I'm not always that good at. I'm prone to excessive worry about things I have no control over. For the first time in a long time, I'm not doing that.

It will get fixed when it gets fixed and I'll be able to worry about catching up then. Until then, I'm going to focus on writing, on getting the word out, on recording the podcast...I'm trying to build something here that will lift others, all the while lifting me as well. I have such strong faith that this is what I am supposed to be doing, that I can't worry about these temporary roadblocks.

The worst that would happen is that I have to go back to work early and, as much as I don't want that to be a thing that happens, I'll survive it. I'll figure out a way to juggle my day job, my parenting responsibilities, and The Winter Of My Discontent. If I have to figure that out in April instead of May, then so be it.

So my break is over and it's back to the grind. I'm hoping to pump out 3 whole posts today so that I can schedule my week and focus on the next episode of The Winter Of My Discontent podcast. Be sure to check out the first episode, if you haven't already. It promises to be tons of fun.

This week on the blog we'll be talking about daydreaming and imagination, empathy, and how ADHD differs for girls and women so stay tuned all week!

Love and light. Keep fighting the good fight!! 💜💜