Leaning into FOMO…

We’re at the time of year where many fortunate people go out into the world to travel and have adventures.  And yes, I’ve been on a trip this summer (I wouldn’t classify it as a holiday, per se, but I was able to get away).  And inevitably, there’s that feeling when you come back from a trip and fall into a case of post-holiday blues (maybe you’re lucky enough to avoid these feelings, but I certainly am not).  Once I had my jet lagged sorted, I began obsessing about new places to go (especially with the Eid break on the horizon).  I thought of Europe, of driving to Oman, of going to the Maldives…all of which were silly ideas given that we had just returned from a long trip.

And last week, a light switched on.  Now, it’s still a daily struggle not to wish I was tagging along with my friends (who, by the way, are quite the world travelers), but I decided I could still get a lot done in July and it was silly for me to mope around, get jealous and basically be unproductive.

My main points of focus will be:

  • Get back into volunteering!  I’ve been away from K9 Friends for too long.
  • Writing!  My plan is for 1,000 words a day on The Queen 2.  I’ve gone back and forth about when to start editing the final draft of the Queen 1, but I think it will be best to get back to it once I’ve finished the sequel (which, if I stick to the schedule, should be near the end of July — another 30K or so… Insh’allah!)
  • Get on top of all my reviews for A to Za’atar — I’m still two behind from my trip home, and I know I’ll have three more this week.
  • Pitch more. As my food blog is moving along quite nicely, I want to stop deleting the press releases that come my way and make more plans to do something about them.  The summer is traditionally a slow period in the Middle East, but it’s no reason I can’t stay on top of my foodie game.
  • You know all that stuff you put off for a ‘rainy day?’  Well, in 45C heat, I’m trapped inside and have been going through a few projects that have been overlooked.  Basically, I’m getting all my little duckies in a row.
  • Excercise.  Daily.  I’ve also decided to step up my game and commit to one class a week (I happen to enjoy Flywheel and want to get into the habit of going at least once a weekend).  With a trip to Bali planned for September, I want to feel better about myself in a bikini.
  • Cut back on the booze.  With everyone out of town, there’s a lot less focus on going out, which makes this quite a bit easier (oops, Eid plans).
  • It may sound silly to you, but spending time with my sweet kitty, Nubbins.  She’s getting old, and I want to make sure she’s feeling lots of love (brb, cuddle break).
  • Enjoying this time for what it is — down time.  Not every moment of every day of every week has to be spent doing something amazing.  It’s okay to read a book, get caught up on laundry, or prep food for the week.  It’s okay to lose myself in a well-done television series or skip a few things on my to-do list in a week.
  • While comparison can be the thief of joy, I think it’s more positive to think, ‘I may not be there now, but I’m definitely going to go to that place/restaurant/venue in the future.’

I’m hoping everything above will remind me that I have an awesome life, and I don’t need to be so worried about comparing myself to all the amazing things others are doing.

deal with it

Do you have FOMO?  How do you deal?

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