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Back to the grind.

It’s the end of my first week back from vacation in China, and the jet lag is finally starting to wear off. The trip was absolutely amazing — we hit up Xi’an, Beijing, and Shanghai.

TianTan

We managed to pack in a million things, but a few of the highlights: we saw the Terracotta Warriors, climbed a gorgeous part of the Great Wall where there were no other tourists, visited Hangzhou, and had an amazing reunion week with my best friends who I met studying abroad seven years ago.

GreatWall

It was a little too active to be the “relaxing” kind of vacation — but I definitely came home recharged and mellowed out (or maybe that’s just exhaustion, haha), and grateful for the break from the insane pace I usually keep.

Everything is feeling slow right now — my yoga practice is not as smooth as it was a few weeks ago, and I’m a little overwhelmed by all the things I want to fix in my novel — but I know that as I settle back into a normal routine it’ll all pick up.

Hangzhou

Important reminder to self: I was in a very good place when we left.

Before we flew out I finished applying a round of line edits, pounded through 10,000 brand new words in a weekend, and did a huge structural revision on the last two sections of my novel.

And in my last days practicing, my ashtanga teacher said he wanted to give me a new pose and that it was going to be very hard. This is exciting — the challenge of a new pose will force me to build upon my focus and discipline.

Hangzhou-Bakasana

Now for some post-vacation writing and yoga goals to ground myself:

– Finish an intense revision of the first 30,000 words of the novel by July 4th.

– Cut the extra breaths out of my vinyasas. Know that I am actually strong enough for Bhujapidasana.

So this is what I have come back to. It always feels so hard to get back into the swing of things, and jet lag (in this case a 12-hour time difference!) is making it a lot worse. But soon I’ll feel limber and strong again. Soon I’ll be right in the heart of my edits. As always, there is so much work to be done.

3 thoughts on “Back to the grind.

  1. If I were to return to China, I’d have to climb the part of the wall you climbed. I went to the worst possible location. It was packed with hundreds of local tourists!

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    1. I climbed a touristy part 11 years ago and it was horrible. Crowded and dangerous, and pools of vomit here and there from people with bad vertigo. This time we went to Jinshanling, which is maybe a bit harder to get to but we only encountered a few other tourists and a lot of the wall was less restored. Really really worth it. 🙂

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