Sunday Salon: Getting Motivated

Posted 5 February, 2017 by April @ The Steadfast Reader in musings

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Hello, friends. I know it’s been a minute since I showed up here. I want to thank all of you for the kind words you sent in response to my Dear Friend post. It was a difficult post both to write and to decide to keep it live. (I apologize for the insane punctuation in it.) I work in a public job where I deal with many different types of people. Some of which might like to use my mental illness against me. I might also harbor thoughts of running for public office one day. Though honestly, in this current political climate and the more I realize about myself as a person, the more I realize my talents may be better used in a non-profit, like NAMI, Freedom from Religion, or the ACLU, rather than elected position. ANYWAY.

I’m trying to psych myself up to prepare for jury trials next week. I have three cases that may possibly go to trial and currently my preparation has been less than wonderful. There are still plenty of hours between now and Monday morning though.

I finally broke my running streak on Friday. For 38 days I ran at least a mile a day, most days more. I feel like my joints are thanking me for it. I think I might go back out today, I need to stay motivated. The endorphins help me, but unfortunately, they’re just not enough. Registration for the 2018 Disney marathon opens up in nine days, I plan to register.

Finally, the most interesting and relevant part to this blog, my reading has been better and more motivated than it was at the end of 2016. I’m working my way through the Tournament of Books titles at a semi-decent pace. I even have some thoughts in the back of my mind on reviews. I just finished Grief is the Thing With Feathers and absolutely adored it. Katie, my maybe, perhaps guest reviewer/future blog partner is working through the titles too – I’m hoping I can peer pressure her into writing some reviews.

That’s the status of things here in the beautiful state of Georgia, Reader. How are you? Are you motivated? How’s your reading? Exercise? Mood? 

April @ The Steadfast Reader

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  • I’m glad your reading motivation is back! I’ve been steadily reading but with everything go on, I decided to give up on making myself read the ToB shortlist (except the ones I *really* want to read) and just consider each book I pick up a treat. My mood is terrible lately. Lots of anger toward pretty much everyone. LOL So this helps a tiny bit.

    • Lady, I hear you. I really can highly recommend ‘Grief is the thing With Feathers’ it’s almost poetry — but without the downside of being hard to read. 🙂 I’m going to push myself through the ones that look interesting to me, like ALL THE BIRDS… and THE NIX. Past that… we’ll see. I also have HOMEGOING. I use my anger in my running. 😀

      • Yeah ‘Grief’ is at the top of my list – and hard to read is okay, it’s been cathartic. (I bought A Little Life last week…haven’t started it yet though haha)

  • Yay to the reading! I’m doing all right with that, but largely only if I read ‘easy’ things. Page turners, backlist. Maybe I’m feeling so challenged by reality I can’t handle it in book right now? Who knows. As for writing? UGH.

    You do what’s best for you. Take the mental space you need to figure out the best place to be in your career. It’s where you spend most of your time so if it’s toxic it’s not worth it.

    ❤️

  • Bryan G. Robinson

    I could see you working for the ACLU. Maybe someday…sorry about the running streak being broken, but rest days also are important, at least, that what I’ve found in the past when I was running. As for here, no, I’m not running, not even walking. I’m not feeling very motivated, thanks mostly in part to the state of our nation. Plus winter doesn’t help.

  • That’s great you’re signing up for a marathon! Good luck with training and it’s totally fine to take a day off…it’s actually recommended by most trainers. Your muscles need to recover from all that hard work in order to process the benefits of said work. I take one full rest day per week and change up my workouts so I’m never running more than 2 days in a row. So, don’t beat yourself up about it.
    And – interested to hear more about a blogging partner!

  • Congrats on the running momentum, that’s great! I too am making my way through the short list, but focusing on the ones that I *really* want to get to first. I started Homegoing over the weekend, and it’s SO GOOD so far. In a previous life, I would have devoured it in a sitting or two, but no time for that anymore these days! Good luck with work, and can’t wait to chat more once ToB starts in full force. P.S. I heard whispers of bracket release this week.