I don’t know about you guys, but for me, December always brings mixed feelings. It’s a combination of vigor and panic. I spend most of December in a manic frenzy of planning for the upcoming year. Budgets get put together (only to get ignored as life happens). Blog posts get scheduled (only to get ignored as life happens). I set writing goals. (Must. Finish. Manuscript. — now featuring Version 3.0) I daydream about quitting my day job. (Must. Finish. Manuscript.)
Over the next two or three weeks, I’ll get myself worked up over all the things I didn’t do this year (goodbye, finished manuscript) and become overwhelmed at all the things I have to do next year in order to accomplish All The Things. (Must. Finish. Manuscript.) By New Year’s, I’m usually in a full-fledged funk. Some years it has even crossed over to depression.
I can feel myself wandering aimlessly down this same path now that the calendar has ticked over to December. But this year, my social media feeds have been full of posts from trusted sources about self-care. It’s been everywhere. My email. My Facebook feed. All year long. Self-care. Why it’s important. How to practice it.
So even though I feel myself headed down the path that leads to funks and blues and depression, this year there are others who are trying to lift me up, whether they know it or not.
My favorite source of all things positive is Sweatpants and Coffee. They fill my Facebook feed with funny memes and kind words. And they love coffee. ‘Nuff said. Check them out if you haven’t.
Another amusing and inspirational contribution to my Facebook feed is Princess Sassy Pants & Company. And they deliver on that name. Sweet, sassy, humorous, kind. It’s all there.
Finally, Bryn Donovan also has a lovely blog and newsletter. She caters primarily to writers, but her messages are always so positive that they stick with me for days. Her last post on Picking a Word for 2018 has me inspired. My 2018 is going to be the Year of Balance. But that doesn’t mean more lazing about. It means more writing. Writing is important to me (Must. Finish. Manuscript.) but historically has been the first thing to suffer when life happens. I am hoping to take a more balanced approach in 2018 and make writing my #1 priority.
But I also know that I need to take care of myself so that I can making writing a priority. I have no idea what that means, not really. But thanks to these and other positive sites and wonderful people that I’ve chosen to fill my social media feeds (and my life!) with, I will hopefully remember to be kind to and forgive myself when I’m not at my absolute best so that I approach next December a little more gently.
Be good to yourself, friends! And know I’ll be here for you if you need a pick me up. (It might be in the form of a Coffee and Sweatpants or Princess Sassy Pants meme, but trust me, you’ll appreciate it.)