For the first time in over a year, I have plans three evenings in row. IRL plans. Plans with friends I've missed dearly. Plans with the sun blessing my face and craft cocktails I didn't poorly slop together myself at home.
And I'm worried.
I'm worried because – Well, I'm worried because I'm a capricorn-oldest-daughter-type-A-ENTJ, but more specifically... – I'm afraid all this living is going to be a distraction from my writing. At this age, I've learned most worries should be opportunities to remind myself of what's true.
For instance, why am I worried that being able to leave my house is going to injure my productivity? It wasn't like being forced to stay inside my house was some great boon to my writing output lol.
I have to remember that having experiences IS something that's extremely fruitful to my writing. As well as, taking care of my mental and emotional well-being, which is what spending time with friends and family does.
Also, if this is something I'm sincerely worried about, it's well within my power to make myself a schedule and plot out my deadlines, so I can stay on track. Besides, social media is a bigger time drain or me than my actual social life.
What worries do you have about your writing life as the pandemic begins to ebb?
One time, I was visiting my friend Whitney in Birmingham and the little taco spot we went to had this play on "aguas frescas" and used a french press to press infused water.
I brought a french press for some Turkish teas I no longer have, so I was super excited to learn another use for it. Now, that the weather is warming up, I've been trying to drink more water, so I pulled out the french press and pressed some mint and lemon with water and left it in the fridge for a few hours. It was really refreshing!
Next up, I'm going to do mint, lime and some blackberries. I also love that the clean up isn't all that involved. It's just a fun little treat for yourself. I think you could also easily infuse your own iced teas with this method and Food52 has the deets on how to use it for cocktails. Feel free to email me if you try it and luck up on a particularly tasty combo!