The Burnout Grinch

Tinsel Trail, Huntsville, Alabama, 2019

Forgive me. I did not intend to miss a whole week of blogging. After too many meetings, the usual post-semester mayhem, and life in general, all I wanted to do by the time I left work is…nothing.

The struggle is real. So is burnout.

There’s nothing worse than burnout 12 days before Christmas. Scratch that. Actually, there are a lot of things far worse.

But.

Tired is tired. And being in the middle of a pandemic makes regular tired feel like extra, extra tired–like a giant weight of exhaustion around one’s neck.

That unforgiving weight makes it difficult to push through or even move toward the things I actually want to do. :-/

And, I want Christmas. The tree, the lights, the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, the movies, (vegan) egg nog, and too many sweets. To make up for the big family Christmas we need but can’t have because of COVID-19, we need as many bells and whistles as my guys and I can manage.

Don’t let the “Burnout Grinch” steal my Christmas. If you have any out-of-the-ordinary suggestions for overcoming pandemic burnout, please drop them in the comments.

30 Days Straight–We Made It!

“Oscar the Grouch Tree” on the “Tinsel Trail” at Big Spring Park, Huntsville, Alabama

Today is the last day of NaBloPoMo! I actually blogged every day for 30 days straight.  Let me tell you. This was not easy, but it was worth it.  Not only did I get caught up on some blogging but I reminded myself that I can find time to get things done “no matter what.”  Most days were manageable; however, there were some rough spots–days when I was overworked and plain ol’ exhausted, nights when selecting photos or scanning images or putting more than two words together felt like the most difficult thing in the world.  But here we are on the 30th post in 30 days.

The most important thing I’m taking away from this experience is a re-acquaintance with a tenacity I’d forgotten I had, the “sticktoitiveness” drilled into me at a very early age by parents who believed a commitment is a commitment and, unless it is destructive, it should be honored–even when I make the commitment only to myself.  I can work around and through time constraints, daily demands, and unexpected challenges to meet my personal and professional goals.  Although they take a different type of energy and intellect, those other projects–the ones that “count” in “real life,” the ones that are on hold “until I can concentrate” or work without life’s constant disruptions–can get done now. And they will.

Thank you, my blog audience, for following along on this adventure and for your “likes,” your comments, and your encouragement along the way. And guess what! NaBloPoMo’s end is timed perfectly.  Today is also the last day of classes for the semester, which means I now get to dedicate the next 10 days of my life to grading.  I’ll be scarce for a week or two, but I’ll be back because I have much more to share.

Oh–in case you’re wondering why Oscar the Grouch is featured on the page, there’s no connection between him and the end of NaBloPoMo.  He’s here because he represents my mood the last couple of days and because he provides a sneak preview of one of my December blog posts. 😉

Until then…Have joy!

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Note: If you missed any of the NaBloPoMo blog posts and you’d like to catch up, click the November archive link. —>