Because I am a writer. And I love it.
The cumulative stress of a year plus of unprecedented insecurity and constant change, coupled with this weird new anxiety, compelled me to seek professional help. My counsellor told me that along with movement, mastery and mindfulness- things I was careful to engage in the last year-meaningful connection is essential for good mental health. How does a natural introvert leave the safety and security of Zoom meetings and quiet evenings at home and resume the face-to-face connections so vital for their health? Slowly. Thoughtfully. And with a great deal of deal of self-kindness.
How do I reignite my creative fire?
I do it because I have no other choice.
Just as Bilbo and Samwise required supplies to get them through Mordor, to help me in my journey through 2021, I've sought some tools to help me.
I ditched making actual resolutions a few years ago- they were mostly making me feel like a failure- and for the past few years what I've done instead is choose a word (or words; I run on the verbose side) to guide my year.
I've dared to call myself 'writer' out loud now for about five years, though I've known deep inside I was writer since the third grade. What has consumed a HUGE chunk of these last five years for me is figuring out my writing process. Until I figure out HOW to do a thing, I'm often… Continue reading My Writing Arsenal
In this the darkest time of year, a light to guide you to plan for your best year ever.
Mother vs. Writer It's hard to be a mother and a writer. When I first dared to call myself "writer", I felt every minute I spent working on my novel, or learning a new literary skill was a minute stolen from my kids. As an unpublished writer, in particular, I felt selfish for spending precious… Continue reading Inspired by Inspiring Others
It's officially summer in Canada, even if they calendar says it happens in a month or so. The weather may still turn on us at any minute, we've grown accustomed to that, but the May Long Weekend has come and gone so we are now in summer mode, come hell or summer snow. It's the… Continue reading Momentum and Creative Energy