New Directions

After a heavy shower of rain recently, I found myself on the shoulder of the road sinking deeper into the soft earth as I continued to push the gas pedal to the floor.  Except for the sound of splattering mud hitting the rear wheel rim and quarter panel, I made no progress.

So I stopped.

Backed up a bit.

Redirected my wheels.

Slowly then, I eased back onto the road.

I have read enough inspirational material to feel as though situations like this aren’t just coincidental happenings, but often a key to something much deeper.  So I asked myself what I thought that was supposed to teach me.

The answer came rather quickly.  It’s exactly what I’ve been doing lately – pouring on the gas in the direction I started out in and just spinning my wheels.  It’s time to stop – back up – find a new direction – and ease back into things again.

Nine months ago I made a list of things I wanted to accomplish over the course of the next twelve.  But I am not where I need to be to make those goals achievable.  So, I’ve signed up for a few webinars and critiques and hopefully this will redirect me.

To get the most out of these sessions, I will need to temporarily stop something in order to free up the time.   Quitting my day job isn’t an option.  (The bank still expects the mortgage payment on time – go figure!)  And I’m still several years away from retirement.

So, I’m following in the footsteps of a few of my blogging buddies – Georgette and Darla to name two – and taking a summer break from blogging.  I will definitely return by Labor Day and hopefully with a few new insights on ‘writing and life’ – the goal of this site.

I may even treat my website to a whole new look.  Who knows?  Just watch for the incoming message that writingfeemail has returned and hopefully I’ll have something new and exciting to share.



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  1. This is great. You’re just like me, how you’d think it out. I believe it did have meaning, getting your wheels “stuck” – just like a dream would. Life speaks to us in all ways. You heard it clearly today, I reckon.

  2. My dear Renee, how Zeitgeist, de rigeur, flavour of the season you are. As they say in the newspaper trade when Parliament goes into recess. Summer is sour gherkin time.

    Will miss you. Good luck,

  3. It’s not always easy to tell when we’re spinning our wheels. Great job not only recognizing but working on a solution. Have a great summer!

  4. Hoping you meet your goals. As you’ve told me, breaks are necessary from time to time. Enjoy the rest of summer!

  5. Renee, I too believe there are no coincidences and things happen for a reason. A break is sometimes necessary so that we can regroup and focus. Blogging, while gratifying, can also be very time consuming. I think a break will indeed allow you to meet some of your goals. We’ll be here when you get back, lady! Have a wonderful and productive summer! 🙂

  6. You’re right – something always has to give. Best wishes with the break. I will look forward to seeing you when you come back!

  7. Renee, hope you have a great summer. I, too, am thinking about taking a break. Blogging is a wonderful thing, but sometimes we need a moment to recharge. Summer is a perfect time. We will be waiting your return. Have a blast!

  8. Renee, I hope you have a wonderful and amazing summer, and that you accomplish your goals! I struggle with this myself. Sometimes I ask myself if my blog is sustainable. I enjoy doing it, I love the connections with other bloggers, but I do not want to be owned by it! It is a challenge to be consistent without feeling obligated to produce. After all, I started this because I wanted to, not because I had a mandatory writing assignment!
    Good for you to recognize that you need to focus on something else for a time. I’ll look forward to hearing what you’ve leaned and experienced when you return! ~ Sheila

  9. Have a great summer. And If you are planning to change the look of your blog, then go for a new theme too. There are lots of new themes available now. I hope it will help your cause.

  10. I think you attitude is admirable. And the way you learned something out of a quite ordinary situation speaks to your credit. Stop, return and redirect is a good way to get forward when you are hitting an obstacle. Good lock with the summer webinars and critiques. And I look forward to seeing your new blog. Have a nice summer.

  11. Just wandering around again and stopped in to say HI ….new directions is always an intriguing title….and the muddy opening got me thinking again….but it’s still too hot for much change …wishing for those brisk fall breezes

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