I’m back from my vacation. I was gone to the Outer Banks of North Carolina all last week. It was quite pleasant to get away and relax at the beach. I love taking my kids out (though my son is quite the grump and was too cool for the beach, most days).
However, one of the things I realized while I was there was that the little things matter. I mentioned last week that I had a goal of 1,000 words a day. I didn’t do that on vacation. I thought I could, but the truth of the matter was, it was a vacation. If I was under pressure to write a thousand words a day, how relaxing could it really be? So, I bailed on that after two days of pulling out my Chromebook and having it sit in my lap or on an end table while we played Rook or Bananagrams or went to the beach. For the week of vacation, the joy of family was a little thing that mattered more than trying to get a thousand words a day.
I did end up writing a little, but it was when I had time and felt like I had a down moment when the kids were occupied with their cousins. The truth is, we all need a break sometimes, and we all need to make reasonable goals. A thousand words a day is a reasonable goal. Just not while you’re on vacation. The things that mattered most were having a great time with the family. So building a sand mermaid (even if a tad deformed) was more fun than trying to eke out a thousand words.
I also had a minor snafu with my Four Mothers short story collection while I was away. I needed to add a page with some legal text. Unfortunately, I couldn’t fix it until I got back because I only brought my Chromebook with me. I had to let that one go, even though when I first realized the problem, it felt like it mattered. A lot. But, when there’s nothing you can do about it, you have to let it go and enjoy your vacation.
In life, it’s the little things that matter, but it’s often the little things (like forgetting a copyright page) that don’t matter that we focus on. Instead we should focus on the little things, like making waffles with the kids. I’m sure if I focus on the right little things, I’ll be much happier. So, in addition to the thousand words a day challenge, I’m going to try to focus on the most important little things, not the least important.
I’m dropping a couple more shots from our vacation below. In case you missed it, I was over at Indies Unlimited yesterday discussing how to create a short story collection. Hope everyone has a fabulous week. (And yes, I added the page when I got back.)