Dear Imaginative Woman,
Last month I finished the first draft of my children's novel!!! It's a modern Secret Garden tale that takes place in a redwood forest.
This is my first book, and I have learned a LOT about the creative process from writing it.
Most importantly, I've learned how to dedicate myself to long term projects. Writing a book is so different than writing one blog post. With my blog, I dedicate myself to a post for a few hours, hit publish, and then it's born into the world.
It's taken me close to one year to finish the first draft of my book. It is one project, one story, one protagonist, which have stayed with me for many months, and I am still a long way away from hitting publish.
Projects like this can get overwhelming, especially when it dawns on you just how much work it's going to take.
What I've learned is it's critically important to celebrate the milestones, the smaller accomplishments on the journey.
The first draft is exactly that, it is one of many. In January, I'm spending my time soaking in this accomplishment. I've put away all the questions and worries and planning about what should happen next. I'm nourishing myself with the soul pride of where I am.
I believe the journey of personal growth and becoming wildly authentic is just like this. It's a long term investment in becoming who you really are.
Sometimes, looking ahead to everything you have yet to become can sap your motivation.
Instead, I highly recommend celebrating exactly where you are this January.
What parts of your day feel like you? Are there any moments where you feel free? Do you ever say the truth, even just to yourself? Celebrate these aspects of your life whole heartedly. You deserve it!
In wonder & gratitude, always,
Emma Basu: Writer, Personal Development Teacher, Founder of The School of Wild Authenticity