We just got back from a wonderful Disney cruise! While I didn't get any writing done, it was an excellent opportunity to relax and shrug off some stress. We had excellent servers and our room host was also very nice. We've truly found that these interactions can make or break your cruise experience. I won't go too far into it here as Tara and I are going to blog about our Disney experiences elsewhere, but I just wanted to let you know where I've been.
Another bit of good news is that I finally went to the Doc to see about my tension headaches. In the weeks preceding our travel plans, the tension in my neck approached unbearable levels. After over five years of dealing with these headaches, I finally gave in and had Tara set me up an appointment the day before we flew out. I wasn't about to allow a tension headache to ruin such an amazing vacation!
It turns out that the appointment was just what I needed. I got a few scripts to help ease the tension and head off the headaches at the first warning signs. Now I actually feel normal again and normal is definitely an improvement! I can think a bit more clearly and this can only mean good things for my time spent writing. It's hard to work through a cloud and for the first time in a long time the skies are finally clear.
Another thing coming up is the registration of HuntingtheMuse.com. I need to decide whether or not to renew the domain name. I probably will as I have established a web presence, albeit a small one, though I'm still not sure yet.
Also, with my new job I need to look at more certifications in order to stay competitive. The unfortunate part of that process is the time required to study for each test. We're talking about significant time investments, which conflicts with the time I would like to spend reading and writing. I recently picked up a collection of classics that are beckoning for my attention. Balancing these two desires will be a struggle for sure. On one hand I feel compelled to succeed in my professional career, so that I can take care of my family and attempt to establish some kind of employment security. On the other, I want to pursue my writing and dream about someday writing full time.
The good news is that I'm still young. I turn 30 in April and I am already far more successful than I could have imagined even ten years ago Barring any unforeseen disasters, I've got a long life ahead of me yet. That doesn't equate to an excuse that I can always write later in my life, but it is refreshing to realize that while I still have to pay the bills, I do have time on my side. With focus and determination, I can continue to write while working on my professional career and over time I will improve my skills and obtain more notches in my writing belt.