Bone Tired

Bone TiredThis is a re-post from May. I’m not “Bone Tired,” but this time of the year, I reckon some of you are. I hope you enjoy and take a deep breath ~m

I’m bone tired.

It’s been a crazy couple months doing the thing I love most…and I am still bone tired.

It feels like August. You know about August? After the dog days of summer you just don’t have it in you, no piss, no vinegar. Plants are turning brown…who cares? Dog-hair dust bunnies on the floor…keep on shufflin’. Bone Tired is the kind of tired where you send out a search party for your energy and your sanity. (click to Tweet, if you’ve got the energy) Has anyone seen my memory? Thirsty, but too tired to fill the cup. Yep, parched and I guess it suits me. That’s the kind of tired I am…bone….tired.

Seriously, it seems a chore wash my hair. It has to be followed up with that whole hair dryer routine…who has the inclination? Fortunately, electric toothbrushes do most of the work, and I’m overjoyed to hear body hair is making a comeback. Deodorant, I can still manage. I suppose I should be grateful for the little things.

It’s weird when what you love the most zaps you in the butt. You can’t count on that thing to recharge your batteries. I figured a jumpstart was in order, so I went off in search of ways to recharge and found this from “Dumb Little Man.”  It’s a little stale, from 2009, but I reckon finding more timely ideas would take extra effort…hmmm…no.

I sat down, because that’s a fairly easy thing to do,  and brainstormed ways I could recharge. Feel free, if you have your own ideas, to share them.

  •  Sleep
  • Sleep a little more
  • Eat right, but don’t cook
  • Read
  • Nap
  • Watch stuff – animals, water running, grass growing, people doing people stuff
  • Wine – The Magazine INC. validates this idea
  • Give yourself a break – Hard work  takes its toll –expect it, accept it and recharge
  • Take a break from your blog and play the cloud game, instead

That’s right. Nothing next week. I’m crying, “uncle.” I’m bone tired and taking a break. I guess it’s okay to get bone tired. It’s proof we’ve spread our creative seeds. I was able to get enough stuff rolling that it plain wore me out. That’s something! Yay!  Now, it’s time for some water, sun and maybe a little fertilizer. I’ll be good to go again, soon.

Have you had this experience of hitting the end of your line although you’re doing what you love?  Have you been deft enough to identify the line between overcommitting and healthy ambition? Throw a sister a line and tell me how, below.

I’m bone tired, so I’ll sign off. Leave your tips for me on the blog and help me and others  – because from time to time we all need to recharge.

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz –




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15 Replies to “Bone Tired”

  1. I know that bone tired feeling and get that sometimes, too. Even though I love writing more than anything else. It’s hard work and all the other stuff we have to do along with it. I love to walk out of my home office and not look back, get a glass of wine and lay in a bubble bath and just let the world go by. At that moment I don’t care. One of my other favorite things is to sit in the back yard and listen to the doves, look at the flowers, and do nothing but drink iced tea. I’ll pick up the email on the flip-side.

  2. At least you have wonderful things to “show” for your efforts! Recharging sounds like a lovely idea….I need to figure out how to fit that in…haha! BTW girlfriend – you might be a little ahead of the curve on the body hair thing…;)

  3. Bone tired……….yes……….there right now. Can’t keep my eyes open. Just spent 4 wonderful days in Kingston, New York at R&F Paints for 2 days learning under super star teacher Lisa Pressman. Though I loved every minute, the preparation, the traveling, the planning, the packing, the schlepping, the learning, the thinking, the doing has worn me out. I only have this one day off and then it is back to work tomorrow with deadlines looming. Today I was trying to push myself to do more work, but the body had other plans. I have given myself permission to just rest today. Thanks for the reminder! I will have chocolate later and savor every bite.

    1. Suzanne, it sounds like a wonderful and very worth while class. Sometimes, I feel everything I do is worth while. This really puts me in danger of ending up bone tired. Good for you to take a day to rest. I’m giving myself permission to do the same. Enjoy the break and remember to be gentle with yourself until your energy is back to par. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. ~ m

  4. The way I recharge is sitting out on my balcony with my cat, Jazz. A rufous hummingbird visited at us at breakfast and then again at supper tonight. I do play “the cloud game”; my artistic mother taught it to me. She is now in a care home with dementia, but we still play….
    I also sing to recharge. A diversion from visual art. Whopping up a good meal or journaling also is soothing, but best is just daydreaming on the couch and listening to the train whistle in the evening with the balcony door open. (Like tonight!) And ditto on the chocolate! 🙂

    1. That sounds absolutely dreamy, Claudia! I’m going to add daydreaming to my list. A train whistle would be nice, but I’ll take whatever type of music life offers at the time. Thanks for the tips!

    1. Thanks, Eberhard, but the link is not in English and I can’t read it. Is there a translation link somewhere. Currently, I’m in the recharging process and I’m liking it very much. The readers of the blog have left great suggestions to incorporate into my itinerary!

  5. Sometimes a girl just needs some R and R.

    Sometimes we need a CHANGE, doing almost anything different. With art, I find it’s great to play, create something with a new medium, maybe something crazy, something totally out of the box! Create art that you have no intention of posting or selling. Write all over it, spill things on it, kiss it with lipstick on, rub fruit on it, whatever!

    1. Ah, Geri…YES, YES, YES!!!! Thanks for sharing your wisdom and THANK YOU for making me smile. Pardon me, I have to go find some BRIGHT RED lipstick! Mwahhh!

  6. Thought of another; visit the funny card section of a drug store. And another; buy yourself a magazine that maybe is a bit further afield in subject (Discovery?) than what you usually would look at and put your feet up with beverage of choice.

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