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Don’t Procrastinate, Just Do It!

We all experience this.  There is something that we need to do.  We have agreed to it.  Others are counting on us.  It is looming and for many different reasons, we put it off and do other things instead.  We know that there will be consequences that follow our procrastination, but we weigh those consequences against our choice of avoidance and we look the other way.

As a young parent, I learned rather quickly that there are some tasks that really shouldn’t be put off.  The consequences of procrastinating changing a dirty diaper to the baby were obvious and painful.  What wasn’t as obvious was the self-recrimination and guilt that I experienced when my lack of action caused another person pain.  It was the same with feeding the baby, making sure that their environment was safe, keeping a schedule.  When I followed through with the task at hand, life was better for my baby and for me.

I know to drop everything, change plans and respond immediately when Nick needs something.  The consequences of not acting immediately are dire and potentially life threatening.

I don’t know why I can’t generalize this principle of “Just do it,” into the rest of my life.  After all, I did raise 4 children and at different times have cared for my 10 grandchildren.

Still I am consistently experiencing the consequences of procrastination in other areas of responsibility.  I experience frustration, stress, shame, worry, hectic schedules and unplanned responses, guilt, incomplete assignments, as well as lack of sleep to finish projects.  Not to mention the impact on personal relationships when someone else is counting on me and I don’t complete the task.

I do know that it is impossible to be “on point,” all of the time.  Everyone needs some down time.  Also forgiveness is a blessing, especially forgiving oneself.  It’s just that I have had many health professionals over the past few years say that I need to reduce my stress and I believe them.  I have been looking at the things that are causing me stress and trying to change my life and my responses to my experiences where I can.  It is a work in progress.

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Announcing that I have finished a book with the working title of “The Fairy Fort.” I am currently pitching it to publishers. Keep checking back to watch the progress of my newest novel.

Here is a quick glimpse of the story.

Sarah Doherty is an 18-year-old living in rural Ireland at the tail end of the Great War. Plagued by severe epilepsy, she is protected by her parents and lives a sheltered, secluded, lonely life. The Fae, local Irish fairies, interfere with her life. She falls forward a century in time through the local fairy fort of standing stones. She had a seizure in 1918 and woke up in 2020. The 21st century world includes life-saving prescriptions, physical comforts and the independence and freedom she seeks. The locals are welcoming and Andy Mclaughlin, a handsome young historian, is intriguing. She doesn’t want to return home.

Then a letter arrives from Boston divulging the story of Sarah and Andy’s lives that are deeply entwined in the previous century. They are not yet in love but as they seek to verify the letter through online resources, they feel a growing obligation to their unborn family and to each other. What would happen to their posterity living in Boston if they don’t return to 1918? Even if they do make it back, her parents can never know what happened to her or that would change everything.

This Young Adult time-travel romance explores the question: Do we have the freedom to make choices or is free will an elaborate illusion?

This is my third book. I love reading time travel romances. I am an advocate for epilepsy awareness because my 43-year-old son has intractable epilepsy. As a genealogist specializing in Irish research, I live part of the year in the village where the story is based. I wrote the book to help young adults understand that difficult situations can change your life. Sometimes miraculously.