Ok so, we didn’t get the bid, although we got the “bronze medal” – third place. I wrote to ask how we could improve our proposals in the future, and they said we were outranked by a team with more experience/credentials specific to the field the project focused on (gender and domestic violence). I guess I feel good that we went for it, and I’m actually fine with not getting it… Gimli is traveling outside the country for 3 weeks, and I will be leaving on a trip just as he gets back – so the timing would have been pretty stressful and tricky. I don’t sleep well when he’s gone; actually today is the first day since he left 9 days ago that I actually feel rested and with enough energy to do some work. Just in time for November!

I set up a regular conference call with a friend who is also combining writing and parenting, to keep each other motivated and on track (she lives in Colombia so we can’t meet in person). It’s so helpful.

So it feels like a good day to set some new goals, re-engage with my meditation practice, exercise some self-discipline and enjoy the work.


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