My Journey to Become a Writer 06/08/2024 Post #160

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Do you ever have days when you feel downright fragile?

That’s how I’ve felt today.

I’m trying to do a better job of heeding my exhaustion and down-shifting before it becomes a problem; but as you probably know, that’s difficult to do when so many things seem undone.

What Did I Accomplish Today to Be a Writer?

I did Day 160 of the 100 Words a Day Writing Challenge 2024 through L.A. Writers’ Lab and that’s it for writing. I’m trying to do a better job of stepping back from writing on Saturdays, so that I can focus on getting my surroundings in better order. I think it helps my brain, too.

I think it was Carla Emery from “The Encyclopedia of Country Living” that said, “Sometimes a change is as good as a rest.” I tend to plunge through my To Do List so determined to accomplish things that I wear myself out. Pacing is something I’m striving for/learning to rest in.

As far as social media, if you click here, it will bring up today’s post. The water was super loud:


A rushing waterfall with the caption, "Anybody got an inner tube?"
Talk about a waterslide ride…

Thanks for reading what I’m writing,

Jody Susan

Looking back from 99 days ago and reading lines like:

I seem to have a real hesitancy to tell people know. Maybe it’s not wanting to disappoint them. Maybe it’s not wanting to disappoint myself. I don’t know; but I can see that it is the root of my stress.

So often I find myself sucked along by other people’s plans, unsure of how to root myself in my own.

Reading that is like shining a flashlight on what I still struggle with. Instead of stating my own plans, I try to slip them into nooks and crannies when I can. I couldn’t even spell “No” right in that post – what a poignant typo. Here’s the rest:

I am still needing more rest. I know I have a heart to help people who have over-taxed themselves with caregiving to find rest; but I sure have a hard time following through with it for myself.


I'm not sure what to say here: I once got second place in a dog-look-alike-contest? I know how to fold a fitted sheet? I'm pretty much a poster child for social backwardness - at least as far as social media is concerned; but I have some stories I think I'm supposed to share and am attempting to do that here, in this space.

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