I love writing books. There is something so satisfying about studying a topic in depth and then exploring it at length.
Then, after the book writing comes the book launching. This is an entirely different all-consuming process. I am deep in that stage with Tranquility by Tuesday right now, writing pieces and pulling excerpts for publications, managing email communications with my various lists, and recording podcasts.
A lot of really great things are happening. My essay on some of the Tranquility by Tuesday findings, “There’s a Better Way to Reclaim Your Time Than ‘Quiet Quitting‘” ran in the New York Times this week. My book trailer is now available (I like how this turned out!). I’ve been a guest on some amazing podcasts that will be released around launch. I’m doing what I can, as are many other hard-working people on my team. I also recognize, after half a dozen books, that some things are out of our control. Getting media attention for any book is often a matter of luck. The right people have to decide there’s a good story there.
In any case, all of this is happening at the same time that I’ve got the usual fall work travel, I’m running a half-marathon, we’re hosting a few parties, choir has started up, plus I’ve got five kids in four different schools. The logistics of all that can be figured out, though the emotional component of supporting all these kids in their transitions is a more open-ended matter. It takes time and energy alongside everything else.
So, life is a big wave right now. I’m going to spend the next six weeks or so riding it, trying to stay upright and maybe even enjoy the exhilaration of the process. It truly is a privilege to write books for a living and be able to share my ideas with an audience. I have a Before Breakfast episode coming up in a few weeks called “You chose this,” which is as much a reminder to me in the moments of feeling overwhelmed as anything else. Life is good. And hey, I have nine rules that can help me calm the chaos and make time for what matters…