Monday, April 4, 2016
Talking through the process
If there's any title more fitting for a blogpost by me, this might be it: "sloooooooow blogging". Once upon a time, I bought a shiny new domain name and had big shiny dreams about how my very own website would look. A few years later (eep!), I forced myself to admit that setting up a new site from scratch is simply not for me anytime soon...so I chose a shiny new template on a gorgeous platform and logged in. It too has sat (mostly) empty. Apparently, The Blank Page isn't only threatening to traditional authors but can readily apply to online writers as well. Experiment conclusion: acknowledge that new blogging habits can happen in old blogging spaces. Voila! This site is due for a spruce-up. I'm actually taking a blogging class to get the creative juices flowing, and it's time I start actually attempting the assignments in the space I already have rather than stressing about how to create a new space to fit the assignments I haven't done.
In addition to my blogging course, I've begun a year-long training program in women's wellness education. This has me thinking about self-care and the ways in which we deny ourselves what we need to thrive. We all do that, don't we? We develop big goals that we're excited about, and when life gets in the way, we let all the intentions and plans shift to the sidelines, even if it makes us sad to see them there. Perhaps it's simply the perfectionist tendency to aim for "all or nothing", though writing it down in those words makes even that seem inexcusable. It doesn't have to be everything to be something valuable. If we stray from the path toward our goals, we can simply push through the underbrush and find the path again. We might find ourselves in a different place than where we stepped off. We might be further back toward the beginning (ugh). Or we might be in a new, more interesting section of the path. There is triumph in simply regaining one's footing and resuming the challenge, no?
No matter how big or small, are there any personal goals you have been setting to the side, waiting for the opportune moment? What if that moment was now? What if you could just decide that moment was now? How would it feel to step your feet back onto the path?