November 14th, 2020
I’m pretty sure the last Weekly Wrap was a million years ago, but that’s probably the stress talking. Especially since the anxiety says the last Weekly Wrap was basically yesterday.
But I’ve also never been especially good at keeping a handle on the days gone by. At least, not without some thorough review, which is the entire point of today’s post!
Life Beyond the Blog
It’s been election stress and work stress all the way down, my friends. Sure, we have a new president-elect, but now this means we need to see the current president actually leave power, which is a sticking point of its own. And after that, it’s a matter of doing the hard work all over again, continuing to advocate for better conditions and delivered promises. I’m truthfully anxious about it all, because it’s hard to see exactly what will happen until it’s nearly done, and I don’t love uncertainty when it comes to matters on this big of a scale.
As for that pesky work stress, it’s mostly COVID related. My state is seeing (once again) a surge in cases, but lately, more and more people have been refusing to wear masks in our store, and corporate policy is that we can’t enforce mask-wearing beyond asking if someone has a mask they can wear or would like a mask from the disposable masks we keep behind the counters in case customers need one. If they refuse, even on grounds of not wanting to wear a mask rather than legitimate medical cause, there’s absolutely nothing we’re allowed to do.
You can probably see why I’m concerned, then.
Beyond these things, though, I’ve spent my week essentially sitting down and trying to refocus my life, looking forward to what I can accomplish in the near future. I’m looking to try some new things with the blog, a new venture with my embroidery, and maybe even a move away from home at last. I don’t expect much of this to come to fruition quickly, but treating it like a relatively short-term goal feels much less hopeless than treating it as a maybe.
And even still beyond that, I’m almost halfway through NaNoWriMo, which can probably be used as further proof that time is fake! 🥴
Posts This Week
The Week Ahead
My top priority is resolving some of my work stress. It’s one of the few things I can at least try to be in control of, so there’s some steps I have to take. I won’t get into it, since some of it is more private, but the long and short of it is that I’m going to attempt to set some fresh boundaries, and make a list of alternate solutions if that fails. It’s going to require some time and effort on my part, but if it creates results, it’s going to be a weight off my shoulders.
After that, my biggest priority is NaNoWriMo. I’ll probably say something to this effect all through November, to tell the truth. I want to reach 50k words again, want to keep my streak alive, and that requires focus. As I write this, I’m actually sitting uncomfortably far behind where I’d like to be, and I plan to spend the rest of my day catching up.
Even if I’m no longer tackling the project I went into NaNo with, seeing it through to 50k fresh words is incredibly important to me. It’s also good exercise for the writing muscles I’ve accidentally neglected, and gives me a chance to think long and hard about my writing goals. Maybe it makes me sound like a broken record week after week, but it’s at the forefront of my mind and going nowhere until December at the very least.
I hope your week is treating you well, and that I’ll see you around during the next Weekly Wrap. Stay safe, friends, and I wish you good things to come! 💛