Wednesday, September 2, 2015


Wow! It's September 2nd! Where the heck did the summer go? Welcome to another installment of the Insecure Writer's Support Group...

The awesome co-hosts for the the September 2 posting of the IWSG will be Julie Flanders, Murees Dupé, Dolorah at Book Lover, Christine Rains, and Heather Gardner! Please take a gander at each of their wonderful blogs and show your support by leaving comments and of course the other participants links can be viewed at

This month I'd like to chat about nurturing yourself. With all the pressures of work, home, family, friends, etc., do you take the time out to nurture your body and soul? 

For the longest time I would put my needs last (like so many) and would take care of everyone else. And where did that get me! Absolutely nowhere, except absolutely exhausted, both mentally and physically. And when this happens I feel like a frazzled Bugs Bunny!

Over the course of the last several years, I'm proud to say I don't say "yes" to every request or need so fast. I typically count to ten silently and ponder quickly if saying "yes" would be in my best interest. I've become more of a 50/50 to others needs. Not that I don't love my "circle" ~ I feel it's important to see them fly on their own.

Make sure your priority is healthy eating, exercise and plenty of sleep. This way you nurture what inspires you... the choices are endless... writing, art, knitting, photography, etc. You name it the sky is the limit.

Like my Nana would always say, "happy mama and daddy, happy family!"


Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Multi Award-winning Children's Author

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  1. That is a terrifying picture of Bugs.

    Life balance is hard, even taking writing out of the equation. I've really got to figure out a way to get more than 5 hours of sleep a night...

    IWSG September Post

    1. Yikes, I don't think I could function on just 5 hours of sleep. Thanks for visiting.

  2. Hi,
    Fantastic advice. I have had to learn to put myself on the list. I too used to put everybody before me. But with time I have learned that it is not healthy for me to live stressed out and overbooked and I have to love myself first before spreading it on to others.
    Great post.

    1. Good for you! So important to finally put our needs first. Then we are so much better for everyone else! Thanks for visiting.

  3. Well said! Saying yes all the time just wears us down and then we can't give our best.

    1. It most certainly does and I'm glad I've learned to prioritize and have become a bit of a no girl.

  4. Great post, Donna! Terrific advice...not always the easiest to follow, but right on target nonetheless!

    1. Thanks Karin. It's so hard to juggle everything and it's imperative we take care of ourselves!

  5. This is so true. It's taken me a long time to remember ... me.
    Thanks for sharing with the IWSG!

    1. It took me a long time too! And am I much better person taking the time out for myself!

  6. That's something I've had to learn too, but sometimes I wonder if I learned it a little too well. ^^;; I can have long spurts where I feel like I'm not helping anyone because I don't have a story to beta read, but I help other ways.

  7. I don't always remember me and I have a band tendency to just say yes without thinking. Have a great weekend.

  8. You're so right, Donna. It's easy to overextend ourselves, but sometimes we just have to say no.
    Thanks for the great advice.

  9. Like many things, you've got to find a balance. Overexerting yourself to make other people happy tends to backfire.

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