Restart 2021 Series, Writer's Life

Restart: (re)Building the Foundation

“Restart” is the theme for January 2021. What does that mean? Posts for the month will try to answer this.

Introduction

Okay, great, I decided to give this blog thing a whirl again. Motivational blog post out of the way with all the positive platitudes that I could muster while keeping it grounded.

So now onto the how.

If it was up to me, I wouldn’t want to put in a lick of effort. Just give me the accolades and community without the work, thanks. Real life already has me booked with work and household obligations. Can at least one thing come easy to me, ya know?

Alas, nay.

So then, how do I restart without repeating history?

Unbox Unhelpful Habits

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You, dear reader, probably expect me to discuss my time sinking habits of social media scrolling and chatting in online groups.

And you would be half-right.

No, I want to combat the side effect of social media consumption: it exacerbates my own insecurities and doubts.

I was conditioned to hide any weaknesses and embolden my strengths. If it wasn’t perfect, it was open to ridicule and not worth anyone’s time.

Add that whole “instant success” thing where it seems that people have it made seemingly overnight and I’m spurned away from actually doing anything outside the prescribed life path.

So it needs to go. Even if it makes me afraid, makes me vulnerable, and all those uncomfy feelings that we all get when we step into unknown territories.

Make a Ritual

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Life is full of unexpected things.

It is unlikely I’ll find a perfectly quiet space where I can be alone to write stories. I have a lovely cat who wants attention and play times whenever possible. I share my living space with another human being with their own schedules and priorities.

Not to mention that I’m terrible at working in complete silence and staying focus out of sheer grit.

But if I have a cup of tea before writing? That changes the game as my brain does the whole, “Oh my, we’re really going to write.”

Then I set a timer for 10 minutes, just to see where we go in the writing. Even if it is one word on a blank page. If I go longer, well, I say that’s an extra treat.

Align with Story

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I take myself too seriously at times.

I tend forget that I have the privilege to even have a blog that is nearly 8 years old.

Let alone be able to share my thoughts and stories on this little corner of the internet.

This isn’t supposed to be another job where I show up everyday wondering why the hell I’m there.

This is to be fun, creative, playful even.

I try out new words and new ways to string them together. I weave stories about the authors, activists, and other important figures when I fall into their sphere. Silly anecdotes that seem to go nowhere but to be a joy to read.

It’s not going to be easy, and I’ll definitely miss a few updates.

But you know what? That’s okay.

Because I’m human and there’s still a life to live. More stories to experience that I can then share with you all.

Let’s take the leap this time.

Dare to be, as I am, who I am.

How Are You Building Your Foundation?

It can be as simple as have a cup of tea every time you sit down to start your project. Or a nice, long stretch before turning off your messages for the night.

Find out what works for you.

And let us know in the comments so we can cheer you on!

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