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Well first off reader, what is mettle anyway?

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It was a saying I’d heard often and probably even quoted myself. But, I didn’t know for sure, so I googled!

This is the first of 4,420,000 results

met·tle

/ˈmetl/

Noun
A person’s ability to cope well with difficulties or to face a demanding situation in a spirited and resilient way.
Synonyms
spirit – nature – temper – temperament – character

I’ve been in the process of streamlining and restructuring my work/life balance. No mean task, I can tell you. Naturally, I’m disorganised and scatty. Or so I thought.

Recently I’ve made a few lifestyle changes that have proven that my self image was a misconception. I am not lazy and vague. I just shouldn’t eat sugar!

Oh! Don’t stress reader, I’m not going to launch into a lecture about the evils of the white stuff. If you want to read about it there’s plenty of information out there. But here and here are two interesting blogs about sugar and it’s effects. Only click if you want to.

Anyway on with the story. Since I’ve removed processed sugar (not fruit) from my diet I’ve seen a lot of changes.

fruit & veg

Mostly with my concentration. I am much more focused and less inclined to wander away from a task. It’s great. The best thing I’ve found is that I have been able to stick to tasks that previously would have had me cleaning the fans or oven.

But, back to the mettle. There have been a few things happen lately that add up to my feeling a bit deflated. Nothing that is note worthy by itself. But things add up.

Which brings me to where I am and if I can pull myself up by my bootlaces and keep on going.

Of course I can reader. When you want something, you keep trying. Regardless of circumstances. In the words of someone far wiser than I, “It will be right in the end, and if it’s not right, it’s not yet the end.” <quote> 

Last week I talked about NaNoWriMo creeping ever steadily closer and what I’m planning. You can read about that here. So while I’m working on a new story and am excited about that I realise it’s good to move on.

too good to be true

Sometimes, no matter how good something looks, it’s a case of, “If it looks too good to be true, it probably is.” Thankfully my writing adventure isn’t in the too good to be true category. So while something in my life haven’t panned out to meet expectations, the good thing is I’m resilient and will keep pressing forward.