Christine Betts – WriterPainter

what an odd coincidence…

Today I looked back on my entry for this day last year to see what I was up to. How very interesting that today’s entry was called Looking Back to go Forward in which I had looked back to my hand-written journal entry for October 17, 2017 in order to see how far I’d come! Although it’s probably not that much of a coicidence because far too often I am either in the future, striving and planning, or in the past, fretting and regretting the things I could have done differently.

I’m 17 days into #Last90Days. It’s going well mostly because I gave up coffee 2 months ago. I think if I’d tried to give it up at the beginning of this month I might have failed because it’s been a little stressful around these parts. I am trying to eat cleaner since my doctor pointed out that I’ve put on 6 kilos in 18 months. Thanks, doc… Who says shame can’t make a person change their habits? haha…

I love the website Amber Rae for all her cutesy-seeming but very spot-on graphics and posts on Insta etc. I can’t get over how switched on so many young people are today. I was a hot mess at her age! This one is so simple and easy to follow because it instantly acknowlegdes that the habit i.e. eating chocolate after a stressful day at work (asking for a friend…) is not the problem. The problem is trying to work out why I do it…I mean, my friend… And what I…she…can replace it with and steps along those line. Who am I kidding? I have a major chocolate addiction and it’s worse now that I’ve given up coffee and wheat!

Here’s a really really good article from Mark Manson about shame, discipline and self-care. Having said that, I am of the opinion that discipline is the ultimate in self-care especially when it comes to mindless scarfing of chocolate when a walk around the block would be far better!


A paragraph from last years entry…

I just had a quick rifle through my journal entry for this day last year. I was scribbling about how happy I was that I had started on this path and how content I was with my story (Hotel Deja vu in its infancy…awww ~ double awww because now she’s a Paperback!). I was a little reluctant to look back but knew I was only doing it to see how far I have come. I’m so happy I set these goals and even happier that I am honouring the promise I made to myself in keeping them.


I’m writing my talk for Saturday’s writers’ association and I’ve been thinking about why I create and this graphic from amberrae.com pretty much sums it up. I’m loving writing and this blog is a huge part of that and seriously, if I can be a ‘catalyst’ for others in whatever form that takes then I’m stoked.


Feature Photo by Ludovic Fremondiere on Unsplash