17 Oct I Am Still Here. Myles to Travel Updates.
I Am Still Here. Myles to Travel Updates
It has been almost four months since I published my last post about going to see the fantastic play, “Southern Gothic” at the Windy City Playhouse in Chicago. The dates have been extended again if you haven’t seen it. It is worth it.
If you have been with me for a while, you may have noticed I made a few changes to my site. I love the new theme, but there are a few bugs I still need to work out. If you are new here, welcome and I hope to stick around.
So what have I been doing all this time?
You may remember that I announced back in March that myself and 20 fabulous women will be hiking Mount Kilimanjaro in March 2019, and that I have been training for it. Well, that trip is still a go, and it is less than five months away. I have to tell you, preparing to hike the highest freestanding mountain in the world is a lot of hard work. I couldn’t have anticipated how tired I would.
Working out five to six days a week isn’t new to me. But what is different, I’m 45 years old and still in recovery from breast cancer treatment. Although I finished chemo and radiation over two years ago, it took a long time before the fatigue went away.
Back to why I haven’t posted anything on Myles to Travel in four months. There was training, and I am in graduate school to get my Masters Degree in English and Creative Writing. I enrolled in classes back in November. No one knows this, but my first class was the week I was in Holbox. I was meditating and soaking up in the sun during the day and fighting with terrible Wifi and trying to do homework at night.
In defense of the terrible Wifi, I was not supposed to be there working. I was there to relax but I made a decision to go back to school, and it happened to start that same week. I did have to reduce my course load from two courses to one. It was too much for me to handle.
That was the beginning of the decline of my productivity. When I stopped taking two class that was supposed to give me free time to work on the blog right? Well, that didn’t happen. Working full-time, school, training, raising three kids, run a travel blog and trying to have a life is difficult and time-consuming.
I had not abandoned Myles to Travel completely. If you follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter you would see I post frequently. If not you should be. Sharing post and pictures were easier than sitting and writing a post. Or should I say finish writing? I’ve started several posts about what I’ve been doing for the past three years, but I have not finished.
Frankly, it is easier for me to write when I have a deadline. Not just deadlines were given to me because it was a sponsored activity but if the post is for a specific date. I started to fill that all of my posts had to be about an event and tips. Those type of post is not why I wanted to have a blog, so I felt the pressure to produce and ended up writing nothing. I think going forward I figured out a way to balance it.
Also, I’ve been working on one of my 50 in 5 years, and that is to write a book. Going to graduate school has helped me finally get it started. I’ve even written a book proposal. I sent one out to get over that initial fear of sharing my work. I’m still tweaking it but excited about the possibilities of becoming a published author one day.
If I am being honest with you and myself, I haven’t written in four months it is because of fear. Sure I am tired and busy, but when I do get ready to sit down and write, I start to worry that no one is going to read it and I should stop wasting my time and money on trying to be a writer or photographer. Then I have to remind myself why I do what I do. I enjoy it.
So I promise I will try not to stay away so long again. I am going to start writing a monthly post to update you on my progress.
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