Start Where You Are

Start where you are. Have you heard this statement before? I seem to be hearing it, or at least noticing it around me, often lately. It seems like such simple advice, doesn’t it? Of course, where else would I start (insert snarky tone here)?

Well, it is taken me MONTHS to get back to writing because I’ve been afraid to start from where I was, where I am – to accept myself and my talent and ability as being perfect just as they are.

I like to fantasize about thinking myself into great writing rather than actually writing myself into great writing. I’m very rarely in the mood to write – only about 5% of the time. During this 5% I am struck with (what I think are) great ideas for a piece so I’ll jot them down somewhere or tap them into the notes app in my phone, to inevitably be lost in the “busy-ness” of daily life. Or if I do come back to it, I’ll forget the inspiration and where it was taking me entirely.

I’ve heard that this is a normal process among writers and that all it takes is the discipline to actually sit my ass down and put pen to paper (I’m old-school).

Despite my extreme procrastination, I love to write and adore the whole process; never wanting to do it, sitting down to force myself to do it, letting the words spill out on the page, revising drafts, tweaking words and paragraphs to intensify the perfect sentiment, reading, analyzing, and dissecting sentences, and sometimes not even recognizing my own handiwork because the word seem to come from a source beyond myself.

Is this what it feels like to be a writer? I don’t know, all I know is my own process-however flawed, however spotty, however perfectly imperfect, it all comes down to the fact that I still love to write. It is one of my burning desires and passions in life, which is a miracle in itself (more on that in the future).

In order to pursue growth and to stretch and open my dusty, out-of-practice wings, here I start again, in the ever-present and eternal now.

Write on.

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I’m baaaaaack…anybody out there?

After a very long hiatus from blogging, most of it filled with enjoying newlywed life, lots of yoga teaching, a new job, a little bit of travel, and a bunch of very boring stuff in between, I am SUPER excited to be back to blogging. Yes, I’m hopeful and motivated to stay up with it on a regular basis but of course, there’s no way of knowing if that is going to really happen. However, I have been thinking about doing this for a while and I am pretty darn thrilled.

Why am I back after being out of the blogging game for so long? Well, first of all, thank you so much for asking, and secondly, I really miss having this as a creative outlet. Yes, I have yoga, which fulfills part of that need, and I have loved exploring my creative side via (iPhone) photography and making short videos on Instagram but nothing makes me feel quite as vibrant as writing does. I have always loved to write but somewhere along the way, I felt like I got “too busy” and writing became less of a priority to the detriment of my spirit. I have talked myself out of doing this for far too long and I’m ready to dive back in head first, despite what my inner critic says. I don’t have a goal in mind other than to express myself and hopefully connect with others via this platform.

We shall see what’s to come…stay tuned and thank you for reading!

 

Oh the Places You’ll Go

And when you’re alone, there’s a very good chance

you’ll meet things that scare you right out of your pants.

There are some, down the road between hither and yon,

that can scare you so much you won’t want to go on.

But on you will go

though the weather be foul

On you will go

though your enemies prowl

On you will go

though the Hakken-Kraks howl

Onward up many

a frightening creek,

though your arms may get sore

and your sneakers may leak.

On and on you will hike

and I know you’ll hike far

and face up to your problems

whatever they are.

You’ll get mixed up, of course,

as you already know.

You’ll get mixed up

with many strange birds as you go.

So be sure when you step.

Step with care and great tact

and remember that Life’s

a Great Balancing Act.

Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.

And never mix up your right foot with your left.

And will you succeed?

Yes! You will, indeed!

(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)

KID, YOU’LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!

~Dr. Seuss

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