I really enjoyed Laura's Favorite Things Blog and it got me thinking. I had a conversation yesterday with a friend about this exact topic. The reason why we started talking about it was because I had been noticing that my writing in general seems to be harder for me to get done these days as compared to say a year ago. Granted the past year has by far been the most difficult and stressful one that I have ever endured, which led my friend to his point. He knows that my work hours have increased but he also wanted to know what was I able to do when I wrote a book last year that I am not doing as much these days. The top of the list has to be Riding. A little over a year ago when I was writing my novel "Happy Hour," (which does have some horses in it and one very sexy cowboy), I was out with the horses almost daily. Just being around them is by far my most favorite thing and without it in my daily life, I find things don't function as smoothly.
The other favorite thing that has shifted has been cooking. I LOVE to cook. It's an experience for me that I truly enjoy. These days I still do a lot of cooking but the joy has gone out of it because of the time that I don't currently have to prep and create a great meal for my family. My friend pointed out that I don't need to give all of this up, but I have to schedule it in and stay true to that schedule. He assures me that my writing will benefit from it. He's probably right. Scheduling has never been one of my greatest suits but I am going to give it a try. He suggested that instead of making gourmet meals for my family each night that I do one on the weekend. I like that idea a lot. I also may not be able to have as much time with the horses as I used to, but if I look at the schedule I can make time. I am sure in the heck going to give it a try. How about you? What makes life seem to move at a smoother pace for you? Is there something that you do that makes you really happy in life?
I also wanted to share a picture of my fuzzy girls as well as the newly redone cover of "Saddled with Trouble."