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Pursuing a Passionate Life

Writer – Unblocked May 19, 2013

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt has been an extraordinarily beautiful spring here in New England. Mostly clear and sunny days, comfortable temperatures and the beauty of budding trees, blooming flowers and singing birds – have made this really one of the nicest Springs I can ever remember. So nice… And as the lovely days roll by – I have at many times longed to sit down at this computer to write a blog entry. But alas, it has just not been happening. And while I regret it – I have welcomed all of the things that have prevented me from making the time. There has been a lot going on – and much of it is writing related.

At the end of January, my first article was published on the Huffington Post! http://huff.to/14tXjrN It was very exciting for me and a wonderful reminder – that pushing the limits of your comfort zone is (almost always) worth the risk – which in fact was the subject of the article itself. Yay! About a month or so later I became a regular contributing expert for a group of other websites, focused on divorce. Here are a couple of those articles: http://bit.ly/15P03Aw (The Values and the Message – is an article about connecting with your inner self and using that knowledge as the compass to guide you through the divorce process) and http://bit.ly/YZVItf (A Little Help Along the Way – is an article about accessing external, professional help while you navigate through the murky waters of getting a divorce). If you are interested, links to most, but not all of these articles can be found on my website: http://bit.ly/19QmC84. (I am trying to keep up with updating my site – but I always seem to be lagging a bit behind.)

Besides the article writing – I have also been working on sending out a more regular and consistent newsletter – which includes its own original writing tasks – so there’s that too. http://conta.cc/13z2STe So… all this to say – that I have not been slacking in the writing department – just otherwise focused. And while this is true – I do miss my WordPress blog! But I have learned a lot about myself as a writer over these last couple of months and for that I am most heartily grateful. Here’s just a bit of what I have realized.

* I can write for submission deadlines – not just when the muse visits me.
* My writing is not always, and or does not always have to be “stream-of-consciousness”, which was how I wrote most of my blog entries. I haven’t had to write on a specific topics since being in school, many years ago, and thought I had “grown out of it” in a way.
* When given one main topic – such as “divorce” has been for me recently, there are many, many things that I have to say. I am not afraid of exhausting the sub-topics.
* I truly do love to write! I knew this before, but now that my writing is taking on such a myriad of faces, I find that I get an extreme sense of pleasure and accomplishment from all of them.

So that’s it for today. I have another project to move on to now. But as I sit happily tapping away on my computer, which I set up out on the porch to enjoy the beautiful day, I feel good. Good because I wrote a “regular blog post” and good to have so many excuses to write – particularly if I can enjoy the birds, too. Peace out…

 

I am here… April 9, 2010

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This has been a tough week for me with regard to writing my blogs, and I am not thrilled about it. Earlier in the week, unexpected changes in my schedule made it too difficult to find the time to sit down and when I did make the time my mind was unable to find a topic that I could stick with long enough to get my ideas down on “paper”. Today seems to be another one of those days. I have been sitting in front of this computer (on and off) for two hours already, starting blogs, adding to ones I have already begun and just not feeling satisfied with any one particular direction. All the same having missed two days this week already, I did not want to miss another one entirely.

It’s not for a lack of topics that I have found writing so difficult this week. There are a lot of things on my mind that I would like to explore a bit but I am having a difficult time fleshing out those ideas in a way that fits with my blog. So, it looks like today will not produce anything substantial. And as I sit here absorbing that reality, ever-aware that I have to get my day going in other directions, one thing stands out for me – “sometimes the best that you can do is to show-up.” Not every day in our lives is going to be exciting, not every thought in our heads is worth sharing, and sometimes just being present is enough. Today I acknowledge that the best I can do, at least at the moment, is to be here. I do not know what the next moment will bring – but for now there is just the simple acknowledgment of my desire to move forward with this “blog project” and temporary pause in a more substantive input. Here’s wishing you the best of whatever your day turns out to be…