This Writer’s Journey Takes an Alternate Route

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Sometimes life just gets in the way. Even the best laid plans have to be put aside occasionally to accommodate life’s demands. In this case, the sacrifice was the submission of my book proposal to Hay House due early in December. It’s just not going to happen this year. Since I went to the Hay House conference in June, I had worked steadily on my novel and had made considerable progress. The first draft is about 75% completed. Then in August, the housing market came to life, and I started getting more prospective buyers coming into look at my condo. I made the decision that this year was not the right time to finish the book and submit the proposal, but rather to focus all my energy on my goal of moving into a new home. A wave of relief washed over me when I released myself from one of my goals. I knew there was no way for me to accomplish both dreams before the end of 2012. My decision to delay the completion of the book was confirmed as the correct one when I received an offer on my condo in September. If all continues to go well, I’ll be moving on November 30th.

Sometimes, hard choices have to be made, don’t they? I had to remind myself to go with the flow…that life is meant to be enjoyed and that happiness is not found in stressing oneself to the point of exhaustion. When the universe tells you it’s the right time for something to occur, it’s hard to ignore. I will now enjoy moving into my new home that I’ve waited for so long. The time to complete my novel is right around the corner. I can feel it in the wind and see it in my dreams. I’ll be back on the writer’s path early next year.

So how about you?  Have you found that despite your best-laid plans, that life sometimes shifts you in a different direction than you had planned?  Do you fight it or do you surrender to the flow?

10 comments

  1. i appreciate this post. i have elderly parents who move near me. They lived in Florida for years. As the need for more care God did a miracle and they moved back to Illinois.. With that move came more of my free time dedicated to helping them. But after all they did for me growing up why would I not give them my time.

  2. Hello Shirley,
    Congrats on selling your condo. What a relief.
    Interruptions are the story of my life and can get frustrating. I know it’s all for good reason. I keep telling myself it’s a journey and priorities shift. One of my mantras is “stop rushing”. Your post is a validation.
    With your passion and persistance I wish you the best of luck

    • Thanks so much, Katerina. Going with the flow in the log run is less stressful and can open new doors that we could never have imagined in our own minds. It has taken me a while to realize that, though.

  3. Surrender! Always. I try to have a few plans to have something to aim for in the distance, but I am always looking left and right to see what I’m walking past and whether I need to stop for a moment. Well done for making the right decision – the book is going to be all the better for it with you in a new home, feeling content.

    • The photo at the top of my blog is the Bay of Naples taken from Capri when I was in Italy in 2006. I think it’s safe to say that my move is going easier than yours seems to be. However, moving in today’s economy is not for the faint of heart and decidedly more difficult when you are older. Best of luck with yours!

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