Have you heard the saying- talk to yourself like you would talk to your best friend? Well, let’s pretend you’re my best friend because I need to tell you something I need to hear.
Valentine’s Day–the day for love. The day to celebrate your love interest, the love of your life. To sing about the love that drives your passion and lights a fire in your heart. Are you thinking about the same love as us? I’m sure you are. Today we celebrate…our love for writing.
I GET IT. There is never time for anything. Basic existence uses all 24 hours a day and forever leaves me needing more hours. Most days, I don’t sleep enough. I don’t eat on a schedule. I’m just hanging on for the ride and putting out the fire that seems the most insistent.
The bottom line is this: Be good at what you do. Spend your time practicing and honing your skills. If you are good and you put yourself out there, you’re much more likely to build an audience that is committed and willing to follow you to whichever platform you land on.
I always thought that the right thing to do was to go to college, get a good job to pay off college, and try to climb the ladder. If I was smart enough, I would be at the top eventually. If I worked hard enough, I would get whatever job I wanted to get. This may sound familiar. It’s how most of us grew up.
To writers, words are everything. We live them, we breathe them. We try to change the world and inspire emotional revelations with every flip of the pen and tap of the keys. Writers are suckers for words. So naturally, writers are also suckers for a good old-fashioned inspirational writing quote.
I fail to meet goals. A lot. When I set “goals” they tend to be things that are easily quantifiable. Things I can measure. Word counts, project deadlines, sales numbers. Some of this I can control. A lot of it I can’t. Deadlines get moved and algorithms change. In short, things happen because life happens…
I’m really good at telling other people to give themselves grace. I’ve done so many things that mean so much more than a clean kitchen does. I know that. I understand that. There is a moment, though, where I’ve done a thousand things, but the one thing I ignored just stares me in the face and reminds me that I do not, in fact, have it together.
Trying to establish yourself on social media is hard enough. But trying to do it while battling negative comments flying your way– brutal. I follow a number of writers, creatives, and mothers on Instagram. Most of these individuals I admire or love to learn from. Others I seek out for inspiration, a little daily motivation…