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A resolution of sorts that could help a lot of us this year

Happy New Year friends!

You may be someone with a page full of resolutions by now, or you may have none at all. Either way, I hope you feel inspired in some way for the year to come. Inspiration keeps us moving forward. I’ve felt first hand the depression that comes when you don’t have a goal to work towards. It’s unsettling and not an enjoyable way to live.

This year I am pursuing a writing goal that challenges every part of me. You see, I am someone who sticks to their comfort zone wholeheartedly. I pursue things I know I am good at…and stay away from everything else. I was a great student, so I went to school. I was really good at Math, so that became my major. I had a natural way with kids so I became an elementary school teacher.

Now, though, I am focusing on writing. No one is giving me grades on my work and telling me I’m doing a great job. 99% of the time I write with a voice in my head that tells me how bad I am at writing. But I’m powering through these doubts. Some days I feel good about what I am doing but most days I think I am fooling myself, trying to be a writer.

I’m happier for this pursuit – following a passion that scares me. It is taking a lot of guts to sit down and write, to share that writing, and to dream about maybe, someday, publishing a book. All of this is hard for me to do. It all seems a little crazy to me. But I’m doing it anyway because that line that has become my theme through all of this keeps coming back to me: “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” (Thank you Eleanor).

This might pan out to be nothing more than a hobby. But I’m inspired by Florence Foster Jenkins – known as the world’s worst opera singer – who once said “People may say I can’t sing, but no one can ever say I didn’t sing.”

I want to get to my deathbed with the satisfaction of knowing that I wrote. Through the fear and the doubts and the overwhelming feelings of inadequacy. I want to know that this didn’t stop me. And the best way to do that, is to just keep writing. One small word at a time.

Here’s to bravery in 2017:)

xo Andrea

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “A resolution of sorts that could help a lot of us this year

  1. I will be first in line at your book signing! So glad you are not listening to those silly little voices in your head. Your writing is honest, relatable and always puts a smile on my face. Thanks for being brave 🙂

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