Greetings to you, brand new 2019 year!
I’ll just jump right in here. I’m not one to set lofty January 1st resolutions or find a wild new path to follow, however I am someone who enjoys sitting with my emotions and writing them down.
Since I can remember I have thrived over the reality of keeping a journal. Flash back a couple decades, I kept one under strict lock & key (the kind you can open with a bobby pin, snort). Nowadays, I keep one with whatever stack of books I’m currently reading.
My writing is personal, but it’s not private. Over the years I’ve learned writing is a really helpful way for me to process my thoughts (read: my emotions) in a more tangible way. I can turn back the pages and see what I’m wrestling with and I can see what my hopes are. My writings show my growth.
When I write I’ve learned I’m actually sitting with my very dear friend, Encouragement.
I love sitting with her.
And so, as a brand new year is here, I’ve been reflecting on something I want to do more consistently and that is share my writing more often.
A few things that have helped me come to this conclusion:
- reading more books. I’ve found reading is the best way to break down writer’s block. I feel empowered when I read others work and courageous to write (and share) more myself
- opening my Bible daily. Hebrews 10:23 is particularly encouraging, “So now wrap your heart tightly around the hope that lives within us, knowing that God always keeps his promises!” (TPT translation)
- feasting off other creative projects. A recent favorite is embroidering someone’s home for a Christmas gift
I’d fallen into the trap of believing if I share what I’ve created then eventually my ideas will run out. Now that I’m thinking more clearly (and creating, writing, daydreaming more often) I’m tempted to think about all the ideas that weren’t born because I wanted to keep them to myself.
But I can’t go there. I have to remember the ideas will always come. Did you hear that self, they will always come! The excitement won’t fade.
Which is exactly why we have to keep at our craft, if only to sit with Encouragement, my very dear friend.
Tell me, what is your very dear friend’s name?