Combating Burnout

It’s been a very long time since I’ve gone on an actual vacation.  Between school, my new job, being a mom, and trying to write something more complex than a grocery list (that I promptly leave on the table instead of taking with me), my brain feels like goo.  I have an office where I work on new projects or on homework, but I swear someone put in a revolving door when I wasn’t looking.  If it’s not family, it’s a dog…or three.  Or the tv is on at top volume.  Or the Xbox is going.  I don’t know about you, but I can’t write if I can’t think, and I can’t think when I have all this stimuli because I have the attention span of a gnat.  I need to get away.

I had this crazy idea that for a week (or maybe two) this summer, I’m going to try to get away.  No kids, no mate, no pets, no distractions.  I want to be in the middle of no where with my reference books and my computer.  I want to be able to take a walk in the woods (provided I can find my way back. I tend to get lost) or read without interruption.  Because the best time to ask me something is always when I have a book in my hands.  I want to be able to write more than three sentences without someone bothering me about something.  I’m craving solitude.

I have no ideas, as of yet, where I would go.  If I get accepted to the Yale Writers’ Conference, I’ll do that instead.  I won’t be alone, but I’ll be surrounded by other writers who “get” it.  But if I don’t (and I’m nothing if not realistic), I want to take a trip by myself, for myself, and recharge my batteries.  What do you guys do when you feel like bacon too long in the frying pan?

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One comment on “Combating Burnout

  1. Diane says:

    Erin,
    I understand what you are going through. Nothing like, “Mom!” to completely blow a thought process. I used to do my homework after the kids (3) went to bed. I had 3 dogs and a cat and a kid with ODD (oppositional defiant disorder). I was a single mom at the time. Somehow… I went to school full time, worked part time and got an associate degree in electronic technology. Now… the kids are grown but I can only take 1 class a semester because my full time job interferes with school. What I am trying to say is when you look back at what you accomplished, you won’t know how you did it. You are a strong determined person. Maybe if you can’t get away … send the kids to summer camp for a week or more. Hang in there… it will get easier.

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