Hi folks. I've been on a down for about 24 hours - crashing from overwork on my Studio Manager product and a big customization of same these last three months. Kind of a hitting the void due to not enough time spent with leisure (of course, the distinction between work and leisure when you run your own business your own way is pretty elusive).
My on-going tonic for overwork has been reading murder mysteries right before bed. The latest is Saving Faith by David Baldacci. I recently read Split Second, Absolute Power and Total Control. I enjoy reading a bunch of books by the same author. These aren't spectacular but do the job. I was pretty hooked on Ludlum's Bourne series with Identity, Supremacy and Ultimatum a while back.
The point is to get out of work mode and do something that's just fun and satisfying. Something that doesn't let you make it into something productive. You don't need to underline the book either. Definitely in the tonic category. Reading impractical books like The Cult of Mac and Coast of Dreams California on the Edge has been a good diversion too.
But, like I said, yesterday the holiday blues hit and I didn't know what all went into it and have found that trying to sort it out is usually a futile effort. So... I did a little shopping (as in shopping therapy) at my local Mall - the lines weren't bad by then - and actually found a nice black Nike sinchilla top for my trouble at 30% off. Next stop, the movies. Watched Ocean's Twelve. It's kind of slow and meandering and full of actors you love to watch. Still feeling at a loss after, I stopped at the local 7-11 and bought a Three Muskateers bar. Then I went home and read Saving Faith. Didn't really give that funk much room I guess.
Today was a better day. Still a little iffy but getting there. I'm planning to go out on this bright blue sunny day and take some photos with my fun little Konica-Minolta X50 camera. My first outing devoted to photography. From here till year-end, I'll be doing something really fun and impractical every day. Count on it!
To top the day off, I found a couple wonderful inspirational quotes on Tom Peters' site today:
"Nobody can prevent you from choosing to be exceptional." - Mark Sanborn, The Fred Factor.
"To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all." - Oscar Wilde, Oscar Wilde's Wit and Wisdom