Uff. What a deal.
First, I need to apologize for being absent for a bit. If you recall, the last time we spoke, my DH had just suffered a heart attack. He’s healing very well from that. Thanks for all your kind words!
Thing was, throughout the entire ordeal, I was tired. So, so tired. Exhausted. I did my best to help him deal with all his medical issues, but I could tell something was up with me, but I ignored the issues because, like every good wife, others came first.
Well… I shouldn’t have ignored my symptoms.
Turned out, I got a really fun “uncontrolled diabetes” diagnosis.
So, after a buncha doctoring, I’ve lost my post-cancer weight, I found my carbohydrate sweet spot (ha), and am nearly caught up on all my publishing projects.
Most of all, I’m excited to chat with you again! I hope you find this newsletter super-helpful when it comes to crafting your creative entrepreneur lifestyle.
Onward and upward,
P.S. Watch this space for all the new releases I worked on during my Writing Etc. hiatus.
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