Saturday, May 9, 2009

Recharging the Writing Batteries

This is a picture of my wife and I at Disney World's Animal Kingdom. We just returned from an amazing Land and Sea vacation where we were able to experience several of the parks at Disney World before heading off on a cruise to the Bahamas!

The primary purpose of this trip was to celebrate 10 wonderful years of marriage and since family is very important to both of us, we decided to bring the kids along. Believe it or not, this was our first real family vacation! We tend to try to go camping as much as possible during the summer months, but we'd never done anything like this before. We haven't even made it out to Yellowstone yet.

If you've been following the blog at all, you know that I recently took a leave of absence from my job in order to relieve some of the stress that's been building as of late. I'm looking at a summer that could be worse than last year, if management projections are accurate, and all I can think about is the 16 hour average work days... that's not even counting the consecutive 20 hour shifts I put in for a few days in a row here and there last summer on the tail end of a 12 day work week. Fortunately, I was smart enough to save up some of that overtime pay in case I found myself on the brink of burnout.

Burnout, yeah, that pretty much describes it. Life isn't very good when you don't have the energy or the will to pursue the things you are most passionate about. Staring at the computer screen and being unable to write was more painful than I could possibly imagine. Some nights I wanted to want to write so bad that I wondered why I even bothered. Why allow a job drain so much from me? What was really to be gained?

But now I feel so much better. I feel like I have a new grasp on what's important to me. I've written more in the last few weeks than I can remember writing for quite some time. Sure, most of it has been in the form of Helium articles, but I'm still writing and I'm enjoying every minute of it!

Sometimes it's important to recharge the old batteries instead of running yourself ragged trying to assault the mount with an empty tank.


Jena Isle said...

You're such a wonderful couple and your wife is very lovely. You look good together.

At least you have saved enough to have a vacation. Way to go Brady!

Jim Murdoch said...

Glad to see you looking so relaxed. I just wish I'd had the sense to do the same as you when I was your age. The older you get the harder it is to bounce back. The next thing would be to see if you can find a new job that doesn't demand such commitment from you. Probably easier said than done at the moment but something to keep in mind.

BTW I did have a wee look at your zombie story but it's not really my cup of tea and so I can't offer any constructive criticism I'm afraid.

Kristyn said...

I totally agree, sometimes it's really important to take a step back and re-evaluate and charge the batteries.

It sounds like you and your family had a wonderful vacation!! You and your wife are a very cute couple. :)

I added you to my fav authors over at Helium. I've taken a look at your articles, very good information over there!

Unknown said...

@ Jena, Thanks Jena! I have to go back to work on Monday and it looks like they are asking for miracles again already! I've got to train three new guys and none of them have any of the equipment necessary to train them with. Oh well... What can you do?

@ Jim, I understand completely, the whole zombie thing isn't for everyone. It was just a quirky idea that got stuck in my head so I decided to go for it. As far as looking for a new job goes, I've been applying for Federal positions to offer a bit more stability without the constant drain that this position has placed on myself and my family. Those spots aren't exactly easy to get, so I'm not holding my breath.

@ Kristyn, thanks for the compliment on my Helium writing. I've taken this break as an opportunity to crank up my non-fiction writing as well as getting some work done in the garden. My wife and I also write a green living blog, though it is relatively new. Here's a link in case you're interested.