I know people write you because they’re unhappy with their jobs, but I actually like mine! My real question is, why don’t I have enough time to write that novel? It seems by the time I’m done with work, it’s all I can do to eat some dinner and go to bed.
Crunched for Time
First of all, congratulations on enjoying your job. I like mine too! My guess is, because you like what you’re doing, you gladly put in long hours or go the extra mile for your boss. It appears you don’t have time for anything else but that’s just an illusion—honest. Here’s the real question to ask yourself: am I as passionate about writing that novel as I am about my day job? It’s my experience that people with a passion about something find time to make it a part of their lives. So, are you willing to get up an hour early every day and sit in front of the computer, typewriter, or just a paper and pencil and write something?
For people with a passion, their passion is often their way of Relaxing. The L.A.R.K. method uses relaxation as a needed break to nourish your body, mind, and soul. If writing is your passionate relaxation, you’ll feel inspired to work on your novel and it won’t feel like work at all.
Years ago, I worked for the president of a major company. In his spare time, he’d written a highly successful novel, so he continued to get up at 5:00 a.m. every day without fail to write something on that paper before coming into work. Writing was his passion. Try this and let me know how things turn out for you.
Say every day: There is plenty of time to get it done.
Do you have any advice or tips for living would be helpful to me right now? Anything you suggest to get me moving in the right direction away from the negativity I work around every day (working with grumpy people) would be much appreciated.
Confirmed to perform are:
- Billie Joe Armstrong and Miranda Lambert in tribute to Phil Everly
- Sara Bareilles with 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year Carole King
- Gary Clark Jr.
- Daft Punk with Nile Rodgers (of Chic), Pharrell Williams, Stevie Wonder and the RAM (Random Access Memories) session players: Chris Caswell, Nathan East, Omar Hakim, and Paul Jackson Jr.
- Merle Haggard, 2014 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, and Blake Shelton
- Hunter Hayes
- Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons
- John Legend
- Madonna with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Mary Lambert
- Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, who as members of the Beatles will receive the 2014 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award
- Metallica and GRAMMY Cultural Ambassador to China Lang Lang
- Kacey Musgraves
- Nine Inch Nails, Queens Of The Stone Age, Dave Grohl, and Lindsey Buckingham in a rousing finale
- Katy Perry
- Pink and Nate Ruess (of Fun.)
- Taylor Swift
- Robin Thicke and GRAMMY-winning group Chicago
- Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
- Keith Urban
I may have done something stupid. Need your advice. When my boss travels, I make his hotel reservations. I never book them under his celebrity name. We actually use his birth name. For example: Cary Grant’s real name was Archibald Leech. So if this was for Mr. Grant, I would book it for Mr. Leech. Well, recently we had a really busy week involving sick pets, broken down cars, an some kind of virus on the computers. It was just one of those crazier than normal weeks. For some reason, I booked his recent hotel under his real name. Eek!
Now he is there and people are calling him at the hotel and finding him because of this! I mean, this isn’t Tom Hanks we’re talking about, but still, if I told you his name, he is famous enough, that this shouldn’t happen. I feel like an idiot. How do I make this error up to him when he returns next week?
How Deep Are You?
“I’m an ocean, because I’m really deep. If you search deep enough you
can find rare exotic treasures.”