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.

Published by Valya

Valya Dudycz Lupescu has been making magic with food and words for more than 20 years, incorporating folklore from her Ukrainian heritage with practices that honor the Earth. She’s a writer, content developer, instructor, and mother of three teenagers. Valya is the author of THE SILENCE OF TREES and the founding editor of CONCLAVE: A Journal of Character. Along with Stephen H. Segal, she is the co-author of FORKING GOOD: An Unofficial Cookbook for Fans of The Good Place and GEEK PARENTING: What Joffrey, Jor-El, Maleficent, and the McFlys Teach Us about Raising a Family (Quirk Books), and co-founder of the Wyrd Words storytelling laboratory. Valya earned her MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her poetry and prose have been published in anthologies and magazines that include, The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror, Kenyon Review, Culture, Gargoyle Magazine, Gone Lawn, Strange Horizons, Mythic Delirium. You can find her on Twitter @valya.

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