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August 21st, 2018

Good morning, World 🙂

It’s Tuesday! The day of Mars, the God of war. The day when we’re supposed to flex our guns and kick some ass, pillage something, plunder while we’re at it, get a good, destructive, brawny-ass flow going. How are you hanging in there?

You ready to swing a wrecking ball of productivity through Bullshit Plaza?

I had a bit of a late start today, but I’m catching up at a brisk pace. I apologize for my sluggishness in getting back to everyone. I skipped yoga today too, which is a terrible idea, but we’ll have to make time for that later. I got shit to do, schedules to keep, yada yada yada.

I can’t wait to bask in the Cape Cod sun on September 3rd. This will be the first vacation I’ve taken since I was a child, and it will be the very first one I am taking with my husband and baby. You know what’s funny?

I’m actually nervous about taking a three day break.

I’m not certain that I know how to disengage my brain from thinking about my career as a writer. When I’m not thinking about the story I’m writing, I’m researching marketing, book launches, publishing platforms, Amazon’s algorithms and categories, studying trends, taking apart the work of other authors, reading classic literature to wash off my brain, blogging, writing book blurbs for fiverr, and writing articles for medium. I don’t know how to relax. I think I accidentally deleted that program, and now I’m just an android who spends her time in front of Google calendar, scheduling experimental marketing plans for future projects that I really don’t need to focus on yet.

That’s the word: focus.

But also: harmony.

Spending time with my family is just as important as securing our future financial well-being. Felicity will only be a baby once, and she deserves all the love, care, and attention that a mother and father can offer. We need to make memories together, spend some time just being a family, have an experience, have an adventure. Life can’t only be about work.

It will be nice to finally be the pretentious, hippy douche who’s doing yoga on the beach at dawn.

But first.

I need to get to work on that outline, hammer out some fiverr orders, do several loads of laundry, outline another chapter, clean this floor, then shake my swiffer toward the sky like a sword, because it’s TUESDAY, MOTHER FUCKERS. THIS MEANS WAR.

LET’S DO THIS SHIT!

RAAAAAAAWWWWWR!!!!!!!!

xoxo Liv

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6 thoughts on “August 21st, 2018

  1. Hello, Liv,

    Well, I kick ass EVERY DAY! But I don’t pillage, by choice! There’s a story behind that, but I won’t go into it here and now. I hang in there pretty well for an old guy!

    I can understand why you’re a little nervous about taking a break, since you haven’t taken a vacation since your childhood! But don’t worry. Everything will still be there when you come back! And time away from work IS very important. That’s why most companies give vacations. And since you work for yourself it’s up to you to make that happen. And try not to think about your work while you’re away. It’s not like you’ll be getting phone calls and texts from someone at work. You just have to get it off your mind. You’ve become goal-oriented, so make your time off your goal for this week. It’s time to refresh your mind, and time to enjoy your husband and your baby. And time for them to enjoy you!

    Have a great evening, Liv,
    Bill

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