JENELLE CARTER

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The lessons I’m slowly learning

The lessons I’m slowly learning

The last several weeks have been pretty difficult for me. I still haven’t gotten back on track from a seemingly minor neck setback, which means I’m always on edge wondering what my emotions will do or if I’ll be able to cope or even do anything on a given day. After...

Post-concussion emotions

Post-concussion emotions

Although it's been over three years since my last concussion, there are still a number of things that aren't yet back to normal. The hardest and most frustrating part has been and still is my messed-up emotions. This is due to a combination of hormones and/or physical...

Selling out for free Bitcoin

Selling out for free Bitcoin

After writing about my Batch Day last week I was not in the mood to do any of it yesterday, so I didn't. For some reason, I was able to channel my frustration into getting work done instead, so despite the day being unenjoyable, it was at least productive. I didn't...

The benefits of batching tasks together

The benefits of batching tasks together

Since October 28, 2019, Mondays have been my Batch Day. Don’t ask me why I know the date, but it’s a pretty big accomplishment to have a system of mine that has lasted longer than a couple of weeks. What is a Batch Day? Well, it's just my term for a day of the week...

Treat more decisions as binary

Treat more decisions as binary

I haven't really done much today. I haven't exercised, or done my neck stretches. I haven't done any work. I haven't showered. I haven't really made any good choices thus far. Why? Because I haven't felt like it. As much as I want to make good choices and be...

The struggle of prioritizing what to work on

The struggle of prioritizing what to work on

Today was supposed to be a productive day. I've been trying to get back into my routines after a brief hiatus and was optimistic that this week would be a profitable return to normal. But I struggled a lot today. The reason is not new, in fact it's one of the things...

Mixing things up

Mixing things up

A couple of weeks ago I talked about the fact that writing is hard. I knew this venture was going to be hard before I started, but the reason things hadn't been going as I had envisioned, and the reason it was taking me so long to write each week, was because I was...

Cultivating novelty

Cultivating novelty

In November of last year my cat was diagnosed with kidney disease. He got very sick and needed constant monitoring. This led to me hauling a futon into the living room to camp out with him for a few nights until his system settled down a bit. Those days and nights...

Writing is hard

Writing is hard

Writing is hard. This is something that I was aware of before beginning this newsletter practice, but I'm finding that things aren't exactly going as I had envisioned. One of the main reasons I started writing a newsletter was so that I could have a medium of...

Deferred happiness

Deferred happiness

This past October my parents left for what turned out to be a month to take care of my grandma. Admittedly, I was looking forward to having the house to myself. There are a number of factors that contribute to why I'm still living at home as I near the age of thirty,...

Three years post-concussion

Three years post-concussion

Today is February 5th, which I guess means it’s time for my annual post-concussion update. It has now been 3130 days since this journey began with concussion number one, and 1096 days, or three years, since concussion number three. Overall, there have definitely been...

Today’s writing realities

Today’s writing realities

This is my fourth attempt at writing a newsletter today. After spending twenty or thirty minutes on three separate topics, I got annoyed and switched gears. I wasn't annoyed at any of the topics; they're all topics I want to write about, but I just wasn't "feeling"...

Don’t get ahead of yourself in the early stages

Don’t get ahead of yourself in the early stages

When I was in the early stages of considering an email newsletter I was overwhelmed by the process. I spent hours researching different newsletter providers. I knew what the go-to ones were, but I wanted to make sure I found one that would give me the best bang for my...

An unintended break from newsletter writing

An unintended break from newsletter writing

On September 22, 2020, I published my first newsletter. To start, I didn't commit to any regular schedule, I just knew this was a habit that I wanted to cultivate. To my surprise, things went better than expected. Despite no commitment, I successfully wrote and sent...

The gift of invisibility

The gift of invisibility

Jon Acuff, in his book Quitter: Closing the gap between your dream job & your day job, reflects on his first blog that almost no one read and that didn't grow despite him showing up and writing for an entire year. "Looking back on it, I needed that year. I needed...

A day without any to-dos

A day without any to-dos

Yesterday was a pretty rough day for me. Over the past 8+ years, I've had a lot of pretty rough days and a lot of very rough days thanks to three concussions and a neck injury. It's taken a lot of time and a lot of hard work, but thankfully the rough days no longer...

You’re probably accomplishing more than you realize

You’re probably accomplishing more than you realize

I just spent the last half hour researching how to fix my computer. For the last few weeks, its start-up time has gotten longer and longer. Unfortunately, this isn't the first half hour I've spent on this problem. I've tried four different things so far and none of...

The day after starting an email newsletter

The day after starting an email newsletter

Last Tuesday night I sent out my very first email newsletter. This felt like such a big win for me. It's something that I'd been meaning to do for a while now, but, like so many other things, it just sat on my overflowing back burner. But I finally took action and did...

Why I finally started an email newsletter

Why I finally started an email newsletter

I did it! I started an email newsletter. This is something that's been on my to-do list for quite some time but I've finally found a way to do it that I think will work for me. What is that way? To write an email newsletter for me. That might sound counterintuitive...

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