The Freedom Journal Journey- The Truth About The Freedom Journal

So, it’s time to get honest.

The Freedom Journal is pretty awesome BUT you want to know the truth? The Freedom Journal is NOT a quick fix to your focus problems.

My current Freedom Journal Lesson? The Freedom Journal is not magic.

It IS a guide. It’s a template. It’s a plan. But, it’s a plan you have to be willing to stick to. It’s a promise to yourself that for 100 days you will have the discipline to set goals and complete them in order to complete a much bigger goal that, for whatever reason, you were compelled to create. It’s a promise you must be willing to keep, no matter what.

Because, newsflash, life WILL get in the way. It’s not realistic to think that you can completely set aside everything in your life that might distract you for 100 days. But it’s also not realistic to think that you will be able to complete your goal in 100 days without pushing aside some of those things or sacrificing some of the things that pull you away from progress. The Freedom Journal will not magically make you able to do this. This, I have learned.

And, guess how I learned this? Life. Life happened. Distractions happened. Things got hectic, emotional, overwhelming and I let life derail me from the progress I was making toward my goal. Because that’s what I do. It’s what I’ve always done. And, like I said, the Freedom Journal is not magic. It did not change my personality.

But, it did give me a new tool with which to face the shortcomings (or should we call them “unique charms?) of my personality.

Because now I have this pretty book. I have a goal written in that pretty book. I have a promise made to myself that I will not stop until I complete the goal written in that pretty book, even if it takes longer than 100 days. Because that partially completed book will drive me nuts. And I knew that it would. Which is why I bought the pretty book in the first place. I knew I needed help accomplishing my goals. Not a miracle solution, but help. And The Freedom Journal has given me that.

So, now I will get back to it. I will not let life derail me because I have a tool that gives me motivation, guidance and that shows me the small steps I need to take to make big things happen. Making them happen, though, is up to me.

The Freedom Journal Journey: Here Goes Nothing

So, I’ve got this book I wanna write. Big surprise, right? Look, a writer that wants to write a book. Want another big surprise? I’m not writing it. I started it…and stopped. I kept trying to get back to it and stopped again. Whoa, shocker. A writer with an incomplete book.

But, that’s a thing. It’s a common thing. But, it doesn’t have to be.

I want to stop complaining about my unfinished work and start being proud of my finished work. Continue reading “The Freedom Journal Journey: Here Goes Nothing”

Networking for Writers Who Hate to Public: Getting Started

In my last post, I laid out a scary truth. Writers should be networking. And while many of you already knew this, it’s still scary. And it’s tough to figure out where to start. Writing is a whole different ballgame than say sales or marketing.

Or is it?  Continue reading “Networking for Writers Who Hate to Public: Getting Started”

Supposed To Syndrome

There’s a disease spreading through the general population and it can be hazardous to our health. It can eek into our everyday lives, infecting our insides and spreading to our loved ones. The more we let it affect us, the more it affects others. It’s called Supposed to Syndrome and it is spread simply by speaking. Continue reading “Supposed To Syndrome”

I Found a Hobby Not Related to Writing, and I Won’t Feel Guilty About It

For most of my life, writing has been my passion. It’s always been one of my only passions. Then it became my passion, my hobby and my job.  I’ve never had many other things I could say I was really excited about. As I got older I discovered Geek Culture and going to Conventions and now I would definitely call that a hobby. But, for the most part, I’ve never had anything else that I really enjoyed doing outside of writing and reading (and a lot of the time reading was simply used to fuel my writing).   Continue reading “I Found a Hobby Not Related to Writing, and I Won’t Feel Guilty About It”

A Writer’s Out of Body Experience

Sometimes, It Hits You…

The other day, I was sitting in a bustling coffee shop while the snow fell haphazardly outside and the wind blew furiously. Folks on either side of me were engrossed in their work, leaned forward toward their computer screens or immersed in vibrant conversation. My computer was open in front of me, the Economist in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other. I was engrossed in the words in front of me, trying to decipher the language in the article I was using to research an assignment due the next week and bopping my foot to the Indie Rock dancing out of my headphones when it hit me.

I caught the scene as though I were outside of my body looking in and saw myself sitting there, reading and researching for an article that I would write that would then be published and I would get paid for, and I realized- Yup. I am a writer.

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As kids, we all have those milestones that, when we reach them, will signify that we have in fact grown up and reached a new level of maturity. Like, when I can drive I will feel like a grown up. Nope, that didn’t do it…maybe when I can vote…or when I move out…when I get married? We are constantly waiting for that next moment that will tell us we have arrived in a new phase of life.

I think writers experience something similar. Especially if they are slowly transitioning into the world of writing to make money. We rely on these invisible milestones to tell us that we have finally become professional writers. Like setting up a home office, or establishing an LLC or waiting for that first day you don’t have to go into an office. We are constantly waiting.

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And then, we realize, we are just spending our whole lives waiting for the next level.

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Stop Waiting…

So, when I caught this out of body image of myself toiling away in a coffee shop while I was once suffering through 8 hours of answering phones or scheduling appointments, I savored it. I may wonder from day to day where my next paycheck will be coming from. I may wish I had the traditional benefits and insurance of a 40 hr, 9-5 job and I definitely face challenges every single day. But, I would rather be facing these challenges knowing that I am doing something I love, rather than stressing over a job I hate.

So, whatever your situation, whether writing is your job or your passion (or both!), stop waiting for the next level or next step to tell you that you have reached some invisible goal. The next time you are sitting down to write, take a moment and take it in. You are doing what you love. You are choosing to pursue your dream and no matter where you are in that pursuit, that’s a big deal. Take a look around, smile and say, “Yup. I’m a writer.”

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Have you ever had an Ah-ha moment where you looked up and realized you were doing exactly what you’ve always wanted to do? I’d love to hear about it!

 

Don’t Snooze Your Life Away

Ugh, Mondays. Amiright?

Your weekend was probably great. You probably did all the things. Or, even better, did none of the things. Maybe you lounged. Maybe you focused on your writing or curled up in your favorite spot with a good book. Or, maybe you spent your days running kids from activity to activity. Whatever you did, my guess is that when that alarm went off this morning, you wanted your weekend back. Continue reading “Don’t Snooze Your Life Away”