Posted in education, Writing

Trying not to stare at the mountain…

Like most of us, I have a pretty busy life.  In fact – I’m writing this during a lunch break because this is the only bit of time I think I’ll get to do so today…

We can all feel overwhelmed sometimes.  So how do we get through it?  How do we keep going?  It’ll be different for everyone, but here’s my two-pennies worth…

My Mountain(s)

I am getting into week two of teaching in a Higher Education institution and, as always, there is not enough time!  I manage a team and I am forever conscious of the need to support them.  Deadlines are already looming, and students are already anxious.

I need to work on season two of my audio drama podcast.  I have to make a short intro etc. for a nomination that it has received.  In the back of my mind, I’m wondering how my recent novel is doing.  I have some work to do on a picture book that I’m hoping will be published before Christmas.

I also have a young child and, when I’m reading bedtime stories, I want to be in that moment – not thinking about work… or all the other things.

Everything feels a bit… BIG.

Big and overwhelming.

I can feel my heart rate increase just thinking about it all.  I probably shouldn’t have had that large americano…

So… what to do about it?

Hit pause.

Really.  Take a moment.  Pause.

Bigness is always scary.

It doesn’t matter if you are a student, or a tutor; at school, college, or university… It doesn’t matter if you’re starting a new job, or wondering how to get one…

The big picture is… BIG.  It is a mountain.

People don’t climb mountains by standing back and looking at them.

They climb mountains by getting up close and, well, climbing.  One foothold, one handhold at a time.


And that is how things get done.

I am going to focus on the next handhold.  I am going to grab hold of it and move a fraction further up this mountain.  Eventually, I will have climbed the whole blooming thing.

And so will you.


I can't believe I'm admitting this after years of disproving so-called 'sightings'. But the fae are real. They're real and they're here and they're going to banish humanity from the planet! Unless we can show them that we will care for the planet... please, help me save the world:

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