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What I’m Doing Now

Carmel O’ Reilly is a learning practitioner and writer. She creates resources to help people self-direct their WorkLife learning
Carmel O’ Reilly is a learning practitioner and writer. She creates resources to help people self-direct their WorkLife learning

Three Things I’m Doing Now

Slowing Down Writing. Focusing on Helping People Find My Work.

In the last three years, I’ve published 30 books and almost 300 stories.

As a new author, my focus was on writing, writing and then writing some more. 

I wanted and needed to develop my ability as a writer.

I wanted and needed to develop a body of work.

I didn’t give much focus to promoting my work. 

I’m taking time to do that now.

I’m taking time to focus on helping people find my work.

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Taking Care of my Health. Dedicating 3 Hours Each Day to my Wellbeing.

The time I spent learning my craft as a writer and building a body of work – 10/12/14 hours a day, 6/7 days a week took its toll on my health and wellbeing.

I became quite unwell. 

I’m now focusing on recovering well by dedicating 3 hours each day to my wellbeing.

I’ve made it that those three hours need to be focused on doing things physically and mentally that bring me to life.

At the moment I’m walking for 3 hours each day. Sometimes I think. Other times I switch my thinking off. Mostly I’m guided by my mind and go with the flow of where it wants to take me.

In time I may mix things up a little.

But for now, I’m enjoying walking through the streets of London, taking in the waterways – the river Thames and the canals, as well as the wonderful parks – of which the city abounds. 

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Reading

As a WorkLife learning practitioner and writer, reading is integral to my work.

Every day I read for between one to three hours.

While I’ve changed my approach to my work and my health, my established practice of reading remains a constant.

Reading helps my work, and it helps my wellbeing.

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That’s a short version of What I’m Doing Now. 

This is a longer version, which talks more about my work, my health and my practice of reading.

I’m Feeling Burnt Out. I Need a Little Rest. I Need to Re-Energise and Re-Focus.