My Favorite Time of Day

I know it’s not going to surprise you to know that my favorite time of the day is the time when I start sipping on wine and nibbling on cheese. But that’s not the entirety of the reasons why it is my favorite.

My favorite time of day is around happy hour, when it’s time to shut the work-day down, usually around 4:00 or 5:00 p.m. And, my goal every day is to try to accomplish as much as I possibly can up to that point. As much as I like to wine-down, I also like to work.

Although I extricated myself from the corporate world and now work entirely remotely—no longer in a cubicle (I think I might murder someone in an office setting!)—I still work very hard. And, I am my most happy at happy hour when I have tackled all of my tasks for that day, I’ve worked out (if it’s a workout day), I’ve showered and shown love to the people who matter most in my life, and I then feel accomplished, content, and deserving of a fulfilling glass of wine and cheese and usually an hour of read time.

My favorite time of day is around happy hour, when it’s time to shut the work-day down, usually around 4:00 or 5:00 p.m.

Read time is also critical in my world. As a writer (please do check out my book and read my story if you have not already), I have learned over the years (and upon the very sage advice of one author you may have heard of: Stephen King in his enlightening book, On Writing), one of the most important things you can do to continue to enhance your own writing skills is to read the works of others. Whether they are super dense literary books, like The Odyssey, or trashy romance novels with photos of sexy, ripped men with their shirts all conveniently blown open (or off entirely) on the cover, it doesn’t matter. Read anything. Read everything. You will learn from the exceptional writing just as much as you will learn from the poor writing.

Reading always gets my brain churning about how I would tell the very story I’m reading or how I would tell one of my own using some trick the author has used to convey an emotion or shed insight into the nature of a character based—not on a blunt, obvious description—but, on something the character did or said. That is where stories melt into my mind during that golden hour.

I have found carving out this time for myself every day, or at least as often as I can, is not just something “I like to do” it’s something “I must do” to maintain balance, keep my brain fresh, focused, and happy doing what I’m doing […]

My favorite time of day is a sweet reward for a hard day’s work, both physically, in the delicious wine and cheese that accompanies it, and mentally, in the creative hour I indulge to let my brain wrap itself in a captivating story and challenge itself to create something equally engaging the next time I write. I have found carving out this time for myself every day, or at least as often as I can, is not just something “I like to do” it’s something “I must do” to maintain balance, keep my brain fresh, focused, and happy doing what I’m doing, and—of course—to continue my life’s work of trying every single wine and cheese in the world. I mean, there is that. That’s also a “must do.”

What is your favorite time of day, and how do you like to spend it?

— Callie

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