This past week I've been wandering around my yard, looking at all the new flower buds popping open. The cherry and plum trees are blooming, and the rhododendron and azalea flowers are starting to peek out.
I love looking at the flowers until there is a sudden rain or hale storm, and then I rush back inside to warm up. Spring is officially here in the Pacific Northwest.
This means it's time to take stock again. How have I changed this season? What have I learned? What is next...
Do you wonder if you'll ever write?
Like, you probably wrote stories or poetry or journals when you were young, and you always thought you would write when you were older, but it just hasn't happened?
And maybe you're starting to think it will never happen?
I want you to know that I know this particular pain.
A few years back, when I had a dull gray cubicle job and I wasn't doing any creative work at all, I had stuffed my desire to write so far away that I didn't even feel it anymore.
This winter has been rough. Not rough weather-wise, as the winters in the Pacific Northwest aren't nearly as bad as the New England winters I grew up in, but rough emotionally.
The darkness and the pandemic and the seasonal effective disorder really got to me this year. My usual sense of energy, brightness, curiosity, and creativity went dim, and I've felt disconnected from myself.
With this disconnection I stopped doing things that usually cheer me up. I stopped going outside. I stopped...
When I was a kid, before I got my very first homework assignment, I would watch my older sister and brother doing their homework, and feel jealous.
I wanted to do homework so bad! I still remember the yearning in my heart to check off those lists of math problems and fill in those blanks with words.
I love a good puzzle, and I'm guessing that’s what I thought homework would be, a fun puzzle.
When I finally got my first math homework in the third grade, I was so excited. I...
When I started life coaching almost 8 years ago, I was a newbie in a new field, and I had a lot of self-doubt. I wondered if I would be a good coach. I wanted to start a blog to support my business, and I didn't know if I had anything helpful to share.
What I was forgetting was that at the age of 34 I had also been on a long journey of personal growth and healing.
30 minutes ago I was standing in my living room talking to my husband, desperately asking him if he could please tell me what I should write to you today. I didn’t know what to write about, because fear had frozen my brain.
Writing online can be exceptionally scary, and for me, fear and anxiety pretty much turn my brain off, so when I’m scared I end up feeling confused and don’t know what to do next.
Honestly, I get scared to write all the time, because most of what I write...
I’m sitting inside, cozied up in a nest on my couch, looking out the window at a cold, gray, wintery day. Autumn is ending, and winter officially begins next week on December 21.
That means it's time to take stock again. How have I changed this season? What have I learned? What do I need to share next?
Doing a regular self-reflection practice like this is vital for my blogging life, because what felt absolutely right to write at the beginning of...
Do you know what stops you from writing online? For me, sometimes it's the squirmy fear of embarrassing myself publicly.
What if I write something and no one reads it? What if I tell everyone I'm doing this thing, and then it flops? What if no one clicks like? What if no one follows me? Everyone would see my profile and my posts AND see that no one likes them!!! So embarrassing.
I really hate the feeling of embarrassment. My gut gets all squirmy. My shoulders clench. I...
Have you ever tried to sit down to write, thinking it would be super fun because you love writing, but then it turns into a struggle where you can barely eke out one sentence?
But then the next time you sit down to write it feels so easy, like the wings of inspiration have landed upon you and a whole essay flows like a river?
Self-expression can be unpredictable sometimes, and this unpredictability has always frustrated me as a writer.
I write on Monday mornings,...
How has the transition into late autumn been going for you? I don't know about you, but this one has been kicking my butt!
I'm not a big fan of winter; so in September I usually bustle around to get prepared for it. I order new outer wear. I set intentions for how I'm going to go outside everyday no matter what. I de-clutter the house, and I do whatever I can to get myself ready for the months ahead.
But this year it completely slipped my mind. I forgot to prepare,...