I don’t know about you, but I hate waiting. I’m usually not impatient when I’m waiting in a store line or for food in a restaurant (OK, sometimes I am!). I’m least patient when I’m waiting for something to happen that is going to affect my life drastically — for better or for worse.
Many of you know that I work full time. As of the writing of this blog post, I’m waiting to see if I’m going to get a job offer from a company that I’m really interested in. This position would be a real step up for me career-wise. I’ve had three interviews and I feel that I’ve done a good job of displaying my talents and skills for the job. Now the power is in hiring manager's hands, and I am waiting to see how everything unfolds.
Several years ago, when I was still a doe-eyed aspiring author, I was waiting to hear back from Harlequin. In fact, I’d waited so long that I asked my agent to pull the submission. When he informed the acquisitions editor of my intentions, it wasn't long before I had a two-book contract. Sometimes you have to stop waiting...and take some action that could help propel a decision.
Over the years I've discovered that there is a right way...and a wrong way to wait.
The wrong way is biting my nails, tossing and turning at night with worry, or stop caring about my health by eating the wrong foods.
A recent article describes some tips on how to “wait better”.
1. Distraction — Do something constructive to take your mind off things.
2. Manage expectations — See the resolution in a variety of different ways.
3. Look for the silver lining — Accentuate the positive!
We're all waiting for something. What are you waiting for and how do you cope?
Harmony Evans is an author for Harlequin Kimani Romance and received the 2013 Romance Slam Jam Emma Award for Debut Author of the Year. Her latest Harlequin releases are LOVING LANEY (June 2014) and WHEN MORNING COMES (July 2014).