One month left in 2017! What a busy ride, and well worth it. We still got another 31 days to go before it comes to a close, so I’ll share the recap of the year for a later date. The Headed for the Light title of this blog is in relation to the excessive amount of work that was put into this year to get it done and plan for 2018 and beyond. Since September 2016 it has been a long haul but finally there is a bright light at the end of the vortex of projects.
Welcome to another edition of Unprocessed Thoughts
If you follow my Instagram, you probably saw two key posts in the past month, one was the reveal of the new thriller novel, YEGman. The other post was a title of a document “2018 Author Plan”. So there’s some exciting news coming down the pipeline. I am just finalizing some information before I can share more with you.
As mentioned in the intro paragraph, a vortex of projects has consumed all of 2017. These projects have varied from graphic design, to web development to writing new novels and revising the Mental Damnation series. The term project burnout has been adapted in many industries and it leaves you in a mentally exhausted, emotionless state where you start to care very little about anything. It’s unhealthy and it is the result of working too much.
Headed for the Light
Following the topic of this short post, there is a light at the end of 2017. While I am in the midsts of the project burnout phase, the declining list of projects means I have some mental room to breathe and flex time in my day. When I say flex time, I mean less than 14-16 hour work days. I’m back down to 10, which is a huge change! Having this extra amount of time leaves you dazed and confused.
Although the normal work hours are 8 hours 9-5, so I still have a ways to go with reducing the amount of hours I put into the day.
Work Isn’t Work
To be fair though, I can put in that amount of hours willingly because it doesn’t always feel like work. I enjoy my trade and I love writing. So I can’t complain too much. It only becomes a struggle when you bite off more than you can chew and have to pick up the pieces.
On that note, as a contractor you have to take the work when it is hot because it can vanish as quickly as it arrived.
Beer Note: Dark Matter by Hoyne Brewing Co.
I’m a sucker for labels. I quite enjoyed on the side of the bottle they have a scale for Colour, Malt and Hops explaining the taste. This is a darker milder beer from what I would normally go for but seemed fitting for the winter. Cold weather and deep dark beers go hand in hand. However, here in Edmonton we were cast with a warm spell. Regardless, very smooth and a good choice to end the day with.
With my hoppy taste buds in mind, I’d give this beer a 3.8/5.