I Can Change my Mind

I reversed a decision that I recently made: In March, I told my supervisor I would work another year, but last week I decided to tell my her that if she could find someone else to do the work, I would like to retire yet again. I say “yet again” because it will be the third job from which I have actually retired.

It was so easy, things worked out perfectly. Another person was leaving and looking for part time work. She could easily step up to do the work. Therefore I worked my last day at this job on Thursday. Thinking about the adage, third time is a charm, maybe I can actually retire this time.

Today I read this scripture from Colossians 3:15

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

It answered my struggles. I found it after reading today’s post from (In)courage. I was encouraged to let go of things that cause undue stress, the part time job did create stress in my life. I was encouraged to let go of things that keep me awake at night, the nights before I worked at the part time sure did keep me awake and cause restless sleep. I was encouraged to grab hold of what brings joy, making art and writing does bring me joy, I get lost in the process.

Current plans are to write and illustrate. I’m enrolled in Storyteller Academy, a writing and artistic community that offers a variety of classes and encouraging community. I’m a member of 12X12 writing community and I haven’t spent as much time as I would like so hopefully I can get back in the flow of this supportive community. I belong to SCWBI where I make wonderful connections with other writers/illustrators and find great workshops about making art and writing.,

Decision made: it is time for me to let go of what is blocking my peace and find my joy..

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Here’s To Writing

I recently read an article I found on Medium, How to Be Successful At Writing by Kris Gage. https://medium.com/@krisgage/how-to-be-successful-at-writing-3561a55b081

Her blunt essay is just what I need to refocus my writing efforts. Write! She cites several great resouces to back up her directive.

I’ve wanted to write forever. I’ve written for educational purposes and want to learn to write more creatively. For a time I wrote on a word tracking site, 750 words a day. I loved using that site because along with word count, it tracked writing mood and writing time. I wrote about my childhood and printed my essays, but eventually I stopped using it daily. I only return on a rare occasion.

I joined a community for authors: Socitey of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. https://www.scbwi.org/ I joined writing communities. One community, Storyteller Academy offers valuable trainings, opportunities to write and a critique group. I love my critique group, however, I often compare myself to the others in my group and of course I come up short. They seem to write with such a depth of knowledge about what is required to write with resolve. Here’s to 2020, to noticing and writing about what is happening around me.

Gage mentioned that we must unlearn our fear of needing to be liked. I think a fear of what others will think has kept me from writing. So here is to 2020, to valuing myself, my unique voice and perspective.

Here’s to 2020, to doing my craft, to writing!