There’s a lot of things I need to be more intentional about… mothering, eating well, exercising, bible study, etc.
That opening sentence just made me feel kinda bad about myself. It’s not that I’m NOT intentional, it’s just that I’m not. I’m just not very consistent. I start with good intentions, it’s just the follow through. Gets me every time! You understand, right? Good.
As I always say to my husband, glad we’re on the same page.
What I really want to try and be more intentional about (although looking back at that first sentence, those other things are way more important, but whatever…) is my writing. I really, really enjoy writing. I feel like I can be creative, and process feelings, and state my opinion, and be eloquent… and from what I hear, I’m kinda good at it.
And you know what Oprah says, right? She says find what you’re passionate about, and do it. It’s my aha moment, people. This I know for sure. And when you know better, you do better.
Ah, Mama Oprah, you will be missed.
So, since I’m not that passionate about wiping butts and breaking up fights and spending hours upon hours responding to, “Hey Mom, watch this!” I’ve decided to take a new path. Not that I’m going to start neglecting my kids. I would never! I love them dearly! Little dears. But I’m going to start doing something for me as well. I’m going to be more intentional about writing.
I emailed my old friend, Lesley, who is definitely one of the most gifted writers I know. I honestly should have saved some of the notes we wrote to each other in high school, because there were some doozies… and not a grammatical error to be found, I’m sure. Anyway, she actually is a writer. Went to school for journalism and everything.
*Sigh* To go back in time and be more aware of myself and my passions and actually follow them when I was 18… I need a time machine.
Anyway, she gave me some good advice.
Here’s the plan:
I need to be more intentional with this here blog. It started as a writing outlet for me, but over time it’s become more of a virtual scrapbook, which is convenient in case of a fire. But I think I need to go back to it’s roots. Back to writing. So, I have to set a tangible, realistic goal. I’m thinking three posts a week. And not just a picture of my kids playing in the mud. I mean, a real meaty post. One you can sink your teeth into. (Not that there won’t be pictures of my kids playing in the mud, because there will.) And if you want to help, leave a comment. It’s always encouraging knowing people are reading. Actually I know you’re reading because sometimes I check my site stats and it says that 53 people looked at my post, but nobody leaves a comment so then I get this complex thinking people thought it was dumb, and just didn’t leave a comment. I need you to tell me I’m not dumb.
Then, I need to figure out my goals as far as writing is concerned. And this is where is gets a little fuzzy for me. I can go in a number of different directions. I’ve thought of just sticking with the blog, and trying to grow here, which would require some research on my part as far as marketing and advertising and all that jazz. I’ve thought of trying to write a children’s book or maybe even a novel, although I fear a lot of rejection may be in my future should I go this route. Maybe I should try to write for a magazine, or be a guest writer on another blog. I’ve even thought about trying to write a devotional book. Or perhaps I should do something with Family Nights and publish a book there. See? Too many choices.
I need some time to think.
But in the meantime, check back here on occasion for some great posts that’ll rock your socks off!
I’m afraid I’m building up for a letdown.
They’ll be okay, okay?
No, wait. I have a new motto.
Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness. – Oprah Winfrey