When you come close to selling out, reconsider.
I’m not usually one for New Year’s resolutions, but this year I actually did outline a few goals for myself. Back in January, I decided 2016 was going to be less about pushing my content out to numerous millennial sites, and more about building my personal brand. Less about cranking out "X Reasons to Swipe Right," or "What Your Fav. Type of Pizza Says About You," and more about taking the time to write about and embrace the things I know and love. Less about focusing on making a career out of it all, and more about just doing it and living it—for me.
I go through ebbs and flows of creativity, as I’m positive every artist does. So I’m not too concerned that it’s mid-March and all I’ve really written is a two-page letter to a West Coast cousin, and half a birthday card to an upstate friend.
No. I think it’s exactly what Elizabeth GIlbert has been telling me in her podcast series, “Magic Lessons.” I think it’s a fear thing. For me, I’m afraid I’ve written everything easy. I’m afraid I’ve written and said everything on the surface, everything everyone who knows me even a little, already knows. And now that it’s time to dive deeper, I’m afraid of what certain people will think. I’m not so much afraid of what I have to say and what anyone who reads these hypothetical words will think of me, as a person, because these are my truths. I’m more afraid of who will get distracted and hurt or upset and will take things too personally.
So I haven’t written anything. But I’m going to.
It’s time to let the fear go and to let the creativity and inspiration take over and be heard. I seem to have taken a hiatus from this blog and took the winter off, but this is me promising you it’s coming back. More regular posts are coming. That book I’ve been telling myself for so long I’d be able to write is also coming. Not in the voice of any millennial website, but in my own authentic words.
"You're the right age, you're in the right city. You brought yourself here, and now it's time to do the next thing." —Elizabeth Gilbert