How much do I love sabbatical-land? Oh, let me count the ways!
I’m grateful for summer, which has been full of barbecues, road trips, family outings, movie nights, and plenty of that once-elusive elixir: sleep. From my relaxed coffees with M, to our goofy Dungeons and Dragons games with the guys, to afternoons spent with a book in my lap, the last few months have contained everything I could have asked for.
It’s been an interesting year! While we traveled from January to April, I felt myself letting go of my old habits, and loosening up. Then from May until July, I had a long and lazy summer, tossing away my plans and my calendar, and letting the days blur into one another.
Now, as fall approaches, I feel ready to do things again, and I’m glad! Here are some assorted updates on what I’m up to:
How’s the Book Coming?
Despite being lazy this summer, my writing has been going well. For the first time, I’m working on multiple projects at once.
Kat Voyzey #3 – The first draft is complete! It’s been sitting in my cabinet for a month now, aging like a delicious cheese. I begin edits on August 21st, and I plan to release the book this fall if all goes according to plan.
(Unnamed) Spy Novel #1 – The structure (characters, backstory, premise, outline) is complete, and I’m about 15% of the way into the first draft.
I’ve got two other novels in the concept stage, which is a fancy way of saying I know what they’re about, but they’re waiting in the queue. I have fantasies of being the kind of writer who can put out 2 or 3 novels in a year, but that’s still a work in progress. So far, so good!
My sabbatical from consulting will last until at least the middle of 2018, but I know something now that I didn’t know before: I actually do want to return.
When I left work, I didn’t know how I’d feel. Now that I’ve decompressed and stepped away for a bit, I can say with confidence that I do miss the work and I still want to do it. (This knowledge makes me happy!) That leaves me with a problem to solve: my old business model isn’t compatible with long term travel.
Traveling is great, and I want to keep doing it! Writing is wonderful, and I want to keep doing that too. How do I add consulting back into the mix without torpedoing everything else? I don’t have my answer yet, but I’m thinking about it, and hard.
For some reason, I lose weight when we travel, and I pack it back on when we’re home. I’m trying to break that cycle by using the next four months to make some improvements to my health. My top-level goal is to drop some excess body fat, via old-fashioned calorie restriction and moderate exercise. It may not be trendy, but I know it works, which is why I’m currently weighing my dinner before I eat it.
Oddly, I’m feeling optimistic about this particular project. Probably it’s because I’m well-equipped to reach my goals, having learned quite a bit the last few times I tried to lose weight. And I’m feeling very supported, too. P stocks the fridge with hard boiled eggs for my breakfast. My friend M taught me how to lift kettlebells. The Wonder Woman soundtrack has been marvelously inspirational.
I can’t help but think: I’ve got this!
Preparing for Our Next Adventure
And yes, it’s time to prepare for our next international trip!
Estoy estudiando español. No sé muchas palabras, pero estudio cinco días a la semana. Yo uso el programa LingQ, y también DuoLingo. Me gusto ver telenovas, especialmente “Reina del Sur”.
¿Por qué estamos estudiando español? Porque viajamos a Sudamérica en diciembre! Vamos a Colombia, Perú, Ecuador y Chile.
We’ve never been to that part of the world, and we can’t wait!
Getting Things Done
Last week, for the first time since last year, I had to pull out my calendar and block out some time because I had more to do than I had hours in the day.
Life has gotten busy enough that if I want to sit down and write I need to block out that time, put on my headphones, and prevent other things from nibbling those hours away. The sabbatical has gotten crowded. Too much good stuff!
So, that’s my update. What’s new with you?