Posted on May 26th, 2014
This post is part of the #mywritingprocess blog tour. A big thank you to my magic-making sister Alison of True North for inviting me to play along! Be sure to check out Alison’s post on her writing process – so much creative inspiration to soak up!
What am I working on?
Currently, I’m working on deepening my relationship with my inner self and others. Writing is at the center of this work. My relationships and my life’s work are evolving. Writing is the tool that guides me home to my true self and connects me with my tribe of brave, badass women. I’ve gifted myself with a six month sabbatical from teaching workshops and holding women’s circles so that I can dive deeper into my own inner work. I’m planning far into the future for my business and my writing, which is way out of the ordinary for me (more on my process below). I’m devoting more time to connecting with my tribe through my writing here on the blog and in my newsletter. Specific writing pieces that I am working on include a blog post describing my guideposts as I navigate this evolution in my life and work, a newsletter sharing more details about the changes, and an e-course on mindfulness in daily life.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” ~ Dr. Seuss
I write about living an authentic life. I share insights and inspirations from my own practices for self-care and self-love and I talk a lot about the importance of following your big dreams. There are many other people writing awesome blogs about creative and spiritual growth. My writing differs because it comes through me.
Why do I write what I do?
“What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open.” ~ Muriel Rukeyser
I write what I do because I have been inspired, held up, and affirmed by other writers.
I write what I do because I want to remind women of their innate worth and beauty.
I write what I do because I know that every time a woman makes the conscious decision to make her dreams a priority the world shifts toward love.
I write what I do because I believe that when we are connected with our truth and living from that place we are helping to heal the world.
How does my writing process work?
I’d love to say that I have some beautiful, consistent writing process. The truth is I write when I feel inspired to write. Currently, I’m trying to get inspired more often! I am writing in my journal (almost) daily. I am taking the time to note inspirations that strike after yoga or while driving in the car. I’ve also started writing a first draft of my posts by hand in my journal. There is something about writing by hand that activates my creativity in a different and awesome sort of way. Finally, I am crafting a list of ideas and topics to write about and creating a posting/sending schedule. This is totally new for me and I’m excited to see where it leads!
I usually try to publish my post as soon as possible after the idea hits and before fear of sharing my heart publicly kicks in. However, sometimes I have to really sit with a post before I can send it out into the world. My recent post on people asking me if I’m pregnant when I’m not hung out on my laptop for weeks before I hit publish. I re-worked it in about 15 minutes one day and then it just felt ready to be seen. There are other times when I write a post and it just feels too vulnerable to share online. I let it sit or sometimes pull a component from the larger piece to share on the blog. Most often though I share these vulnerable thoughts with the people on my newsletter list because it feels like a safe, sacred space for me.
Thank you again to my friend Alison for inviting me to participate in the #mywritingprocess blog tour! Now I am passing the torch to three other amazing women bloggers who will post their own answers next week. Without further ado…
Misty Pittman is the owner of MoonShine Yoga in a teeny, tiny town in Kentucky. She is also a writer/poetess/word huntress and is passionate about living a creative and blissful life. She is days away from officially launching her new website Life Created Blissfully. Please have a sneak peek or visit her previous iteration at Bumble and Bliss.
Heather Shafer is a certified Dream Coach, Holistic Life Coach, and Inspirationalist! She believes that connecting to our deepest and most creative Selves is critical to living our best, most powerful, lives. Heather’s purpose in life is to learn to express herself fully and authentically, and to teach and inspire others to do the same. Her website features inspiring stories, tips and ideas to help you live an Inspired, Creative and Empowered life.
Jennifer Winarski is a multi-passionate artist living in Western NY with her husband and two sons. She leads workshops in Intuitive Painting and Art Journaling. Jennifer is also the founder and leader of the Connect Inspire and Grow (CIG) woman’s circle for fearless dreamers. She has always loved being creative and helping others. For many years she was a Special Education teacher; however the stress and her lack of time for her art slowly broke her down. She took time off to start a family and that is when her transformation began. Jennifer rediscovered herself. The true self that had always been there just waiting to shine. Jennifer’s mission is to use art as a catalyst of change for other woman seeking their true self. Keep an eye out for Jennifer; she is planning to unleash her creative workshops online! Visit Jennifer at Mindful Canvas.