Valya Dudycz Lupescu

Writer, fueled by coffee



This was one of those days when I really did not want to go to the gym to work out.

I could give reasons: I hate working out at lunchtime because it’s typically populated entirely by muscly men grunting and making the floor shake with their weight throwing, plus I was on a roll writing, have so many things to finish by the time the kids get home, only slept 3 hours last night, and so on.

Excus–er, reasons are not hard to come up with. But I know myself. If I stop, if I choose not to go without a good reason, it will be the beginning of the end; and after nearly 10 months, I’m not ready to quit. (Plus, in moments like this, I often think of my friend Kyle Cassidy. I remind myself of the marathons he’s run and his sport-related injuries.) So, reluctantly, I put on my favorite Pandora channel and off I went.

And after all that, I did feel better, and I was reminded of this Steven Pressfield quote:

“The most pernicious aspect of procrastination is that it can become a habit. We don’t just put off our lives today; we put them off till our deathbed.

Never forget: This very moment, we can change our lives. There never was a moment, and never will be, when we are without the power to alter our destiny. This second we can turn the tables on Resistance.

This second, we can sit down and do our work.”
~ Steven Pressfield, The War of Art

Back to writing. Happy Thursday.

Author: Valya

Valya Dudycz Lupescu is the author of THE SILENCE OF TREES and STICKS & BONES, as well as the founding editor of CONCLAVE: A Journal of Character. Born and raised in Chicago, Valya received her degree in English at DePaul University and her MFA in Writing as part of the inaugural class at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since receiving her MFA, Valya has worked as a college professor, obituary writer, content manager, internal communications specialist, co-producer of an independent feature film, and Goth cocktail waitress.

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