Personal note: frazzled

Today (the day I wrote this) is Wednesday. I’ve traveled two out of the last four weeks, I was gone last Sunday for a lovely drive into the mountains and a book event, and I’m leaving this weekend to go to a wedding in Estes Park. I’m waiting for a new car to arrive and trying to decide what to do with the old one. Oh, yes, and 5,000 copies of my book arrived. Well, one of the skids was delivered to Shari, my assistant, in Vermont. But the pressure is on to sell 5,000 copies of the book.

Alyson & Ellen Woods

Alyson & Ellen Woods

I’m a little frazzled. Last Friday there were 0 messages in my inbox by the time I hit the pillow. Today, there are 80. People are waiting to hear from me, and I’ve not been able to respond immediately.

We all do our best. And most of us are pretty hard on ourselves. After Christine Kane’s retreat, I took the Enneagram test (see the book The Wisdom of the Enneagram) and discovered I’m a 3 (of 9)–a healthy 3, but a 3 nonetheless. The 3 is The Achiever: success-oriented, driven, and image-conscious. My success is centered mostly around work but, more and more, success includes balance and taking care of myself. I hope that you, too, achieve your goals with balance.

(Tomorrow’s newsletter is “Play Nice: Artist Ethics”)

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