September: Self-care, Stories, and Season Three
When season two of "Anything But Routine" ended in August, I decided to take September "off" to devote more of my attention to other things: my novel and my overall health and well-being. And it was a smart move. Sometimes, even when I think I'm doing everything right - work-wise, health-wise, life-wise - I'm not. Or I'm doing okay but I could be doing more, or doing things differently. This past month has been a necessary, well-needed, well-received "reset."
There was - is - a lot of rebuilding to do, not just physically, but mentally, as well. Once you've been diagnosed with cancer - especially in my case, when I had absolutely no symptoms whatsoever and it was discovered during a routine mammogram - it's tough not to become a hypochondriac, and that's something I wrestle with every single day. To my way of thinking, I didn't even know I had cancer, so who's to say every little twinge isn't something serious, right? And let's face it - I'm not getting any younger, and my body is showing normal, run-of-the-mill signs of aging that it would show even without cancer. It's just my skewed mindset that magnifies every little twinge and automatically assumes the worst. I need to work on that.
I went to see someone about foot and knee problems I've been having for more than a year, and learned that they're easily remedied. And, after bloodwork, I finally started on medication to get my thyroid back on track. AND, after years of just doing yoga on my own at home with DVDs, I tracked down my old yoga instructor and got a membership to the studio that's allowed me to take three entirely different yoga classes this week alone - one sculpting, one core, and one stretching. And maybe it's psychological, maybe it isn't, but I can feel the overall difference in myself - I'm not as creaky, not as stiff, and I can see my old shape and form coming back when I look in the mirror. It's so incredible to finally be able to use my body again and start feeling like my pre-cancer self.
I renewed old friendships and began striking up new ones, and had fun dates with my love, and all of this has been just as beneficial as seeing to my physical health. It's too easy for me to get tunnel vision and focus just on one thing when that one thing troubles me most, and that's what I've been focused on for the better part of the past year. I need to work on that, too.
I went through my novel, made decisions once and for all as to what to include and what to save for future books, and formulated a plan, and now I don't feel so overwhelmed by it - there's not much left to write, and the end is in sight! I was reminded of how much I love the story and the characters I've created, and how much I enjoy hanging out in their beach community with them and their quirky neighbors - not to mention the beings that linger in the shadows, and all the things I know are in store for all of them, good and bad. As it stands now, I'm on track to publish by the end of the year! And as this will be the first book in a series, the story - and the fun - will continue into next year.
And now that September's almost over, it's time to turn my attention to creating season three of "Anything But Routine"! The new lineup came together in the blink of an eye - in fact, I ran out of room in season three and already have people on the list for season four! All of the upcoming season's spotlight subjects are excited to participate, which makes me all the more excited to get started on creating their episodes. I'm looking forward to learning more about each of their stories and getting back into the recording booth to share those stories with you. The season three premiere will air on Tuesday, November 5 - don't forget!
This month was the perfect ending to the summer. I feel better than I have in a very long time, and I'm ready to get back to it all.
Have a great weekend!