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Hello world!

I’m finally over the flu, and feeling mostly like my old self again. I’m still battling being tired and having occasional bouts of being rundown, but I feel mostly like a human being again.


While The Wildebeast (aka my roommate's dog) is very sad that I’m back at the office, I’m glad to be not working from home at the moment. I was getting entirely too stir crazy, and absolutely needed to not see the four walls of my bedroom for a bit.

I digress. There was a point to this blog, and it was most certainly not about how I’m glad to be out and about (oh, sweet freedom!) and it was not about how I have a three-day weekend this weekend.

Nope, this blog is about Preparations A-G (but not H).

As Americans, we look forward to this time of the year because it’s tax time, and the sooner we get our stuff together the sooner we can hopefully get our tax refund.

This year, at some point, I actually got ahead.

Some evening, out of sheer boredom or genius foresight, I put together my tax stuff for my accountant ahead of time.

It’s really quite lovely – a 3 page spreadsheet with a list of my writing income, writing expenses and moving expenses, and it’s done all the way through the beginning of August. This means that I just have a review to do and just have to add in the previous couple months, and I’m done and good to go.

Thanks to the magic of my job’s payroll company, I already have my W-2s. Now all that’s left is to scan a few things here and there, and poof! Like magic I sent things off to my accountant tonight and

Pretty neat, huh?

One of my goals for this year has been to take impeccable care of myself in all ways, and one of the biggest ways this has manifested is that I’ve changed how I talk to myself, so that I can set myself up to succeed rather than punish myself to succeed.

Instead of creating to-do lists, which now make me feel overwhelmed and unmotivated, I’m seeing how much I can get done in a day.  All the little things that I would normally push off for tomorrow are now getting  done today.  I want to see my list of daily accomplishments grow rather than see my to-do list shrink.
I love tricking my lizard brain into reverse psychology.  It may not work for you, but, as a compulsive list maker, this new way of thinking about things is totally working for me.

That’s it for now – happy writing, everyone.

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