When I asked to be part of the #52essays2017, I thought, “oh it’s gonna be easy as I love to write”, and here I sit with 7 essays to go and, if I look at the calendar, I’m about 3 weeks behind, as we are to submit our entries on Sundays/Mondays of each week. Some weeks, I’d have blog entries stockpiled because I’d be so inspired, others I’d be trying to find my voice, trying to find something legit to talk about, and then there are times like these, where I’m slammed with projects and trying to find the time to write.
This writing challenge has mirrored my life in a lot of ways. I’ve got goals that I made for myself at the beginning of 2017, some completed, others not. I’ve got a ton of projects for which it is “crunch time”. Lots of things that “need” to get done by December 31st.
I’ve never been a fan of December 31st. I tend to focus on what did not happen, what did not get done, what I was unable to do. It takes me awhile to get into January 1st too as the upcoming 52 weeks always seem to overwhelm me, so new, so big, what do I hope to accomplish?
This year feels different. Yes, I’ve got 7 more blog entries to do by December 31st. Yes, I’ve got a busy month of events that end on December 31st. Yes, the pressure is on big time to get stuff done. The difference is that getting it all done somehow feels possible. Possible because, once I started writing #52essays2017, I was able to keep better track of my goals and the writing forced me to revisit them throughout the year. I may have a lot of task-related goals that need to get done but, more important, I was able to work on life goals, things like putting family first, getting some of my demons out of my system, trying to work smarter, not harder. And looove that I’m sitting in clothes that fit much better and in some cases, are too big. Before I think I’m all that, my health goal, especially, will remain a priority for me.
I’ve taken my writing much more seriously this year, I’ve started to own it that I’m a writer. I’m more confident in my writing and can take it better when I get constructive criticism LOL. I have my habits: music opens up the creative side of my mind so 9 times out of 10, I’m listening to music – at present The Beatles blast through my headphones. I work very well in warm places with good light, a roomy table, and the smell of cafecito so I can often be found at a Starbucks and especially love the ones where they know my name and know what I’m going to order. I’m still trying to find the best way to write down/record/type out an idea so that I don’t forget it, I still haven’t figured it out! I am learning how to find that balance of putting it all out there no filter versus keeping it a lil discreet so that I can protect the names of the innocent (or guilty), and to keep some things protected/close to my heart. And then there are moments like these, when I get inspired when I should be sleeping and I “have” to write. I’m finding my writing style, “Slice of Life”, it doesn’t work for everyone but it works for me…and I have found that so many folks relate to and have a good laugh -or cry- on some of the things I write about.
I’m very happy that I have been able to be part of #52essays2017 and will celebrate the day that I finish the challenge! I’ve grown as a writer and as a person…looking forward to more of the same in the upcoming year.
One down, 6 more to go in 2017. It’s all about accomplishing my goal of #52essays2017.