I have a confession to make. Earlier this week, I watched an episode of Marie TV which was all about the loneliness of working from home. Go. Watch the video. I’ll wait for you to return.

Loneliness is a real issue. I’ve always worked in an office, surrounded by people. Even during the years when I had my own office space, I rarely closed the door because I loved the sounds of phones ringing, people chatting, keyboards clicking, and printers whirring. So when I left my day job to write full time, I went from a busy, noisy office environment to total silence, where the only sounds were the voices in my head.

At first it was really cool. I no longer had to maneuver icy roads or winter storms to get to my office. I could role out of bed, grab a coffee, and wander down the hallway to work in my PJs. But as time went on, the silence around me grew heavy and depressing.

Years before, I had done one of those employer-employee tests that reveal personality. When mine showed that I was a social animal, I was quite surprised. I’ve always thought of myself as an introvert, quite satisfied with my own company…until that’s all I had ALL DAY LONG!

Do you struggle with the loneliness affliction? Here’s a few ideas that worked for me:

1. Once or twice a week, take your work to the local library or coffeeshop and let your silence be filled by the sounds of other people working and/or chatting.

2. Join a weekly class and meet new people.

3. Go for a long walk, headphones blasting your favorite upbeat music.

4. And my ultimate favorite…once a month, book a date with a friend (writer or other) and get out of the house for lunch or coffee.

In the comments below, please share whether or not you battle loneliness, and if so, what are some of the things you do to alleviate it.

Now, on to book eight of the Thurston Hotel series, BETTING ON COURAGE:

Betting on CourageAbout the book:

On the run from her stalker ex-boyfriend, Charity Wong finds herself in Harmony. She takes a job waitressing at the 100-year-old Thurston hotel and rents a room from an older man–a man one of her co-workers warns her about. She’s not sure what to expect from him and the last thing she expects is to fall in love.

All David Evans wanted was someone to run errands and help him stay cocooned from the world. But with his new boarder, he’s experiencing more joy in his life than he has in years. Can he possibly fall in love when he can’t even manage to go out on a date?

And, when he learns Charity is in danger, can he overcome his fears and save her?

You can find out more about BETTING ON COURAGE at the Thurston Hotel website.

Come back next Thursday to find out about book 9 in the series. Until then, happy reading!

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