As awesome as 2011 started (getting published ROCKS), the second half of the year has brought turmoil and uncertainties beyond what my strengthening psyche could manage without help. Brutal changes have rocked my life leading me to move into a new apartment, deal with the always unsatisfactory compromise that is shared custody of my children and deal with the unbridled joy (and distractions) of newly found love.
All this, coupled with keeping up with my client’s projects, has led me to slip out one of my best established habits: blogging. As I let this slide, my “need” to write online receded and I stopped rationalizing why I didn’t feel the old compulsion to write as I have for so many years.
As I write these lines, I realize that “needing” is fed by the act of doing.
As I floundered in moving boxes, struggled with deliverable and dove into awesome dates with the one I have been affectionately calling Dr. C, I realized that I more or less sat on the achievements I worked hard to unlock after implementing the plan I successfully hatched, nearly 3 years ago, redirecting my life. As a result, I need to take back control of my creative life. I need to start writing again.
Scratch that. When I hear people around me bemoaning their life, my inner coach wakes up. “I should” and “I need” are poisonous inertia-fueled guilt-trips. I need to think and speak action words!
Let’s try this again shall we?
I want to take back control of my creative life. I will start writing again.
Okay Chatty… how are you going to do this then? How about this?
Let’s go back to basics and tackle less ambitious subjects. Let’s start working on blog posts that I can write and edit in less than one hour (hence this post’s name). This column, being public and read by so many people, remains one of the best instant feedback soundboard there is out there. It forces me to pour a little bit more of myself in the text than if I was writing to my “Document” folder.
Plus, you all know how much of an attention whore I am.
Also, let’s ask Dr. C, my coach and muse, to add a ‘writing’ element to the “getting life back on track” game we’ve been playing. In it, I get rewards for doing exercises and eating better. Thus, I’d also get rewarded to do something that I fundamentally enjoy doing: writing.
I’ve been at it for about 40 minutes so far and I’m already about to hit the 500 words count. This is a good sign as I type noticeably faster when I enjoy myself… and I totally am right now.
That’s EXACTLY what I was seeking.
What about you, when you need to be creative and have let the habit slide for too long, how do you get back in the groove?
Looking forward to hear from you. I miss reading comments! 🙂