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The Joy of Rabbit Trails

Wild rabbit

I got up this morning at 4 am…just so I could do nothing.  I don’t mean “nothing,” but to do what I wanted to do, not what I needed to do.

I got coffee, sat on the porch and checked email on my mobile phone. There was an email from my friend, Nicole Dean, (NicoleOnTheNet.com), inviting me to come to Pensacola beach and have a girls weekend mastermind with some very successful women. Sorry, Nicole, but I can’t come – I’ll be in Denver. But, then, there was mention of another friend, Kelly McCausey. So I clicked over to her website, SoloSmarts.com. Really good stuff. Then, I saw a link for TheSoloPreneurLife.com. So, I went there…more good stuff. Links to some great books…so I headed on over to Amazon and added a few to my Kindle, in preparation for some good reading time on an upcoming trip in our new RV.

It’s now 5:30 am, and it’s time for more coffee and another trip to the porch. I notice the ducks on the pond are making a lot of racket…I wonder if the local alligator is out there threatening to put an end to their upcoming weekend. I get to wondering…what do ducks eat? So I head on back to my office and Google the question. Grass, vegetation, insects. Note to self: Think again before adding herbicide to the yard…it could ruin a few meals for the ducks.

In all those rabbit trails with the Kindle books, I find one that looks really interesting…something about Life in a Suitcase. I put it on my Amazon WishList. That makes me start thinking about my hubby and me preparing to take our RV on the road this fall and learning to work from anywhere. I wonder if I should set up a separate blog about that, so I start to search for an appropriate domain name. But the ones I want are taken (with words like digital, nomad, gypsy, etc.) I’ll revisit that later.

I think about my love of communicating, my passion for writing, and how I could weave that into the next stage of my life. How am I going to fit it all in? After all, I’m running two very busy and time-consuming businesses (actually three, if you count the online training courses to other marketers). But oh, how grateful I am that I started years ago developing a lifestyle that would let me work from home, serve others, be with my family, and have time for “rabbit trails.”

When I come up with a new idea, or have a vision for a unique project, my husband is famous for saying, “Oh, you’ve been down another rabbit trail!” I was wondering whether I should be saying “rabbit holes” or “rabbit trails,” but in looking in the Urban Dictionary, I think rabbit trails is the term I like best. I even found a blog called “Chasing Rabbit Trails.” It’s about productivity. It even says there’s a study that smart people aren’t as productive. Oh, I feel better already.

So, now it’s 7:30, and the email is starting to pour in, the Skype notification is dinging, and I guess I’d better get back to the tasks at hand. But, I’ve truly enjoyed this morning of rabbit trails, and I don’t feel a bit guilty.

I’d love to hear from any of you with rabbit trail syndrome, and how you handle it.
But for now, I’m off to have a fantastic Friday the 13th (I just noticed the date)!