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Be Kind to Yourself - Week 8 Recap

Wishing everyone a belated happy holidays! And more importantly, HAPPY ALMOST END OF 2020!

I do celebrate Christmas, so this past week was full of baking, cooking, eating said baking and cooking, presents, family video calls, and lots of corny Christmas movies.

I had the entire week off and promised myself last Sunday that I would write at least 1,000 words every day.

Welp, that didn’t happen! I hit that goal only two out of the seven days.

I told myself that it was the holiday season, so I should be easy on myself. I also told myself that I’d still met my original goal of writing every day, so I should be proud of that.

But no matter how much I tried to convince myself, thoughts of disappointment still crept in.

I did the thing where I kept replaying scenarios in my head. If only I hadn’t slept in so much, I could’ve started writing sooner. If only I hadn’t spent 10 minutes browsing Facebook that one day, I could’ve squeezed in some more words.

And all of that is true. But it doesn’t make me a bad writer! It just means I’m human.

Yeah, I get distracted. Yeah, I have some good days and bad days. I need to stop judging myself. I need to be okay with taking brain breaks and going at my own pace.

Writing is tough. The publishing industry is full of rejections, of people telling you no, of roadblocks and stumbles and waiting.

With all this craziness, the best thing I can do is stop being so hard on myself. I need to give myself a break. I need to relax. I need to savor the victories and stop focusing on the negatives.

I need to be kind to myself.

Now for some stats!

My mood regarding the past week: A bit miffed at myself (for no good reason!)

My mood for this coming week: Show myself some grace

Other insights: In addition to being kind to yourself, you should always be kind to other writers and publishing professionals. Writers are cool people, y’all!

That's it for now. Til next week!

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