Happy Wednesday, Folks! It’s the first Wednesday of the month so you know what that means: it’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group Day! What’s the purpose, you ask? Well, writers from all over come together and discuss our fears and insecurities–all without feeling silly about it. And if you’re a writer reading this, why not join us if you haven’t already???
This month’s cohosts are Megan Morgan, Chris Votey, Viola Fury, Christine Rains, Madeline Mora-Summonte, L.G. Keltner, Rachna Chhabria, and Patricia Lynne! If you can, stop by their blogs, see what they’re up to, and leave some comment love.
Okay, guys. You might have noticed that I haven’t blogged in a couple of weeks (or maybe you haven’t, lol). And that’s because….
A couple of Thursdays ago, something fantastic happened: my husband and I had our second baby girl!
She was about three weeks ahead of schedule and I have to tell you: I’ve been quite the busy bee. With a one and a half year old, late night feedings for the newborn, and trying to get adjusted to this new “normal,” team no sleep is definitely back in the building (#teamnosleep).
And that leads me to my insecurity for this month. I don’t have the time to write like I used to, and when I have the time, I don’t have the quiet. I know things won’t be like this forever. I mean, kids do grow up–right? (Right???) But in the meanwhile, I have to rest in the knowledge that yes, I may not be producing books at a super fast rate, but at least I haven’t given up and I’m still writing. And even though I haven’t been able to market myself like I’d like to, at least I’m still doing something. It’s easy to get so overwhelmed by all of our life goals that we end up doing nothing, so I’d like to challenge myself (and some of you) to not be so down on ourselves whenever it takes us a tad bit longer to reach our goals (and I’d also like to challenge myself to not get so caught up in goal making and pursuing that I forget to live and enjoy life).
I was listening to the incomparable Les Brown (motivational speaker) recently and he said this quote: “By the yard it’s hard, but inch by inch, it’s a cinch.”
Ain’t that the truth???
Sure, I haven’t accomplished everything on my goal list, but what matters is that I’m getting there. And I’m pretty sure that same sentiment applies to all of you. Instead of bemoaning all the things we didn’t get to do, maybe we should celebrate the things that we’ve already done. Life is short, you guys. Drink wine. Eat waffles. Be happy. And if you get the chance, then by all means, write.
Anybody else hard on themselves over unaccomplished goals? I’d love to hear your thoughts!