I've often said we teach what we most need to learn, and that could not have been truer than when I set out to write this book. I'd just experienced a life-changing realization that a combination of my genetic makeup and lifestyle choices had made me addicted to stress at a cellular and chemical level. So I did what any good stress addict would do: I decided to write a book about it. There's no better way to provide ample access to my drug of choice than attempting to write a book.
My first thought was to create an oscillation process similar to what I've been discussing throughout this book. Instead of trying to write while I work, as I've done in the past, I would set aside ample time to focus solely on writing. I was committed to being fully engaged in the task at hand and being able to bring it my best energy. So I worked out my book tour to give me a full six weeks of committed time to the writing process. That is, until an opportunity to work with a new client came up—and with it more speaking engagements and more time on the road. How could I say no when the client was paying me good money to speak to a great audience and continue to share a message I was passionate about? Remember what I said in Chapter 7: Having a job you're passionate about is a blessing, but you have to work even harder to set good boundaries for rest and recovery. It's something I've repeatedly proved to myself.
So my writing sabbatical quickly filled up; however, I convinced myself ...