One of my Summer Sabbatical goals was to finish the freelance writing course I was taking with Chaunie Brusie, and I did!
The course was great. Unfortunately, I realized that the kind of writing I want to do isn’t the same as the freelance writing Brusie does, so some of the lessons weren’t as relevant as I’d hoped – but I learned a lot, and I found resources I can tap into throughout my writing life.
It’s gotten me thinking about other ways I can educate myself about the writing world, and about the craft of fiction writing. I wrote a post on the #AmWriting podcast’s Facebook group asking for recommendations for online fiction writing courses, and I got several suggestions. (That group is AWESOME; if you’re a writer, you should get in there! So supportive and knowledgeable.)
Life’s been a little crazy for the past week or so, and my fiction writing has taken a backseat to journalling and blogging. That’s okay; my writing life is seasonal, and this is a season that is slower, less fruitful. But – I’m still here, showing up to my computer, typing as much as I can as often as I can.
And – I finished my course! Goal ACCOMPLISHED.
It’s January 2nd, and halfway through today I realized I was being a slacker.
I started to feel badly about it, and when I got home I told Tee about it and asked her if I was a bad person for slacking off. “That wasn’t one of your resolutions,” she said.
BEST RESPONSE EVER.
Making resolutions is always tricky territory for me, because it triggers my perfectionism. I start to think that 2018 is the year when I’ll be absolutely perfect in every way. It bummed me out to think that I was failing on day two.
BUT I WASN’T FAILING. Because my intention for 2018 was not to be perfect, or to stop occasionally slacking off. It was about self-care, writing, being intentional, and meditating. THAT’S IT.
A radical act of self-care for me at this moment would be accepting that in 2018, I will be a little bit of a slacker, because there is a long list of things that need to get done and a limited amount of space on that list for high-priority tasks. When I set priorities, I inevitably decide that some things in my life are going to get less attention than others.
So, cheers to being kind of a slacker. Here’s hoping I can do so WITHOUT guilt and WITH some healthy self-acceptance.
I love my birthday.
A birthday is a time to reflect and to set intentions for yourself. Every year, no matter where I am, I try to spend a little of my birthday curled up in a coffee shop with a journal, a planner, a book, and Tee. My birthday is the day after Christmas and a few days before the New Year starts, so this time of year is chock full of moments of reflection for me.
This year, there are a few different intentions I’ve set for myself for the year 2016 and my 34th year.
With the hope of making these resolutions abstract enough to really embrace them as well as specific enough to make them measurable, I have chosen a big picture resolution as well as one or two distinct objectives to go along with it.
- Be more present. Do one thing at a time fully. (Less multi-tasking and less background noise.)
- Listen well. (I strive to be a better listener.)
- Be more connected. Write letters and cards.
- Be more honest.Be impeccable with your word. (I get extremely stressed by white lies and half-truths.)
- Observe a nightly ritual. Go to bed a little later. (You’re a grown-up. Maybe ten?)
- No screen time after nine.
- Have some winding down time – drinking tea, brushing your teeth, and washing your face.
- Go to bed without television or headphones.
It’s already after nine tonight, so this will clearly not be observed until tomorrow.