Recovery Time

Hey y’all!

Last night was a week that I’ve been home after two weeks of back-to-back travel, and if I’m honest, I’m still tired! I was reflecting to a friend the other day that while in y head I still feel like I’m in my 20’s, there’s no denying that recovery takes much longer than it used to.

In terms of the things I’m working on, I wrote two pieces for the blog this week.

The first one is The Gap, about the difference for creative people between what we want to make and what we can make at that point in our development and talent. The solution, I think, is to make lots and lots of stuff.

The second one, Dead Things, is about how I feel like the dual traumas of my burnout and a global pandemic have changed me and my brain. When I published this, several folks said it also gave them language about how the pandemic changed them.

I’m also continuing my daily vlog project (which I talk about in The Gap). They are just 90-second daily videos I’m doing daily. Sometimes it’s something I’m thinking about, something I noticed, or just a thing I want to share. They are really an excuse for me to get familiar with the various video platforms. I’m posting them on TikTok, YouTube, and Instagram, which might be the easiest place to follow along.

Housekeeping:

If you are a member, please check your credit card. We had 4 different members have their credit cards expire this week, which then cancels your membership when the robots try to charge your cards and cannot. I will email the parties involved this weekend, but let this be your reminder to check your expiration dates and update your cards!

Recommendations

I’m grateful for this essay on the arrival of Fall and the desire to work seasonally instead of daily. I think this is sort of what I was getting at in this post about transition rituals – the need to recognize that things are different now.

If like me, you have ADHD (or suspect you may), I have two resources for you. They are both video-based, but with very different personalities. One is Jessica McCabe’s very popular How To ADHD. She is high energy and emotions, which is sometimes a bit too much for me, but her content is quality.

The other is Dr. Tracey Marks, a serious Black woman who exudes professionalism, which is what I need sometimes if I am getting advice from someone. (If you have ADHD / mental health resources you like, share them by replying to this email or leaving a comment on the website.)

I’m digging these over-the-ear Bluetooth headphones I use to listen to ambient music while I write. They were ridiculously cheap (under $20) and sound amazing, at least for my purposes. After years of getting tangled up in headphone wires, these are a breath of fresh air.

Thank you for reading. This website is free and ad-free because of the support of my readers. Or, if you want to say thanks for this post, you can just buy me a cup of coffee.

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