Cleaning House

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DSCF0734.JPGThe holidays are upon us, life is crazy, and there aren’t enough hours in the day. I’ve cleaned out all of the blue mold in my refrigerator, put all the summer clothes away, and have begun to file the huge stack of stuff in my studio that’s been steadily growing for at least three months. I was under the impression that it might disappear on its own. Of course I know better. But once in a while I think maybe things have changed.

I cannot start 2016 with a life overflowing with everything I’ve been allowing to pile up. There certainly will be more of that to come. And if I let it go any further I’ll be in deep trouble and I won’t be happy with myself.

IMG_0477So, I’m taking a few weeks off from blogging in order to get organized and ready for the approach of a new year which already appears to be filling up with challenges … like my husband’s knee replacement surgery in late January.

I will not be present on Facebook and Twitter during that time. I’ve allowed them both to be distracting and somewhat addictive.

I will be back on December 1st with my next newsletter, a review of Brene Brown’s new book, Rising Strong, and how it’s helped me to see the progress I’ve been making in my life. There will be other goodies within it as well.

I will begin posting again here on my blog on December 8th.

DSC00399.JPGIn the meantime I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving. Among the many things I’m grateful for, are you, my readers. Thanks so much for taking the time to visit me here and leave comments.

What are you most grateful for this year?


  1. Brava, Joan for taking care for knowing what you need and taking care of yourself. I can relate to everything you’ve said –the distraction and addiction to social media, the need to de-clutter, pause and take care of business so you can start anew sans all the clutter. I always feel better after I’ve sifted,sorted and cleared away the unnecessary debris. Happy housekeeping!

  2. Joan Rough says:

    Thanks for the validation, Kathy. Decluttering is such an important part of this life. Not only do we need to clean out our closets, we need to clear the minds of old data and refresh our insides.

  3. I have always admired your insight and follow-through. You know your limits and adjust your priorities before you get into a danger-zone with life and writing.

    After my 2nd writing course finishes in early December I want to do some house-cleaning too in advance of a possible move next year to a more manageable property.

    You’re smart to take an hiatus now. Maybe you’ll need another one before your book launch next September, when you won’t have much choice but to go full throttle. Anyway, that’s my 2 cents, for what it’s worth. 😉

    Take care and have a happy Thanksgiving!

    • Joan Rough says:

      Your 2 cents are of great value to me, dear Marian. I think taking a break before the holidays is always a good idea. I’ll take another after Bill’s surgery so I can be here for him, and yes, probably before my book launch, too!

      Having said all that, I’m off to take a nap!

  4. Joan — Yaaaaay for YOU! Have a lovely and restorative Thanksgiving. I look forward to your next newsletter.

  5. Joan Rough says:

    Laurie, Thanks so much for your blessings on this. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving too!

  6. Kuddos to you, Joan. Enjoy your sabbatical. And, most importantly, Happy Birthday.

  7. I’m not sure. It’s in my calendar. Hope you are celebrating well. When I finally get to sorting through my office, may I call you for a quick hand holding session?