Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Gone Too Long



Over the past year and a half I found myself staring at this blank white screen many times.  I've had an idea or a thought that I wanted to share.  I'd write a sentence or two.  I'd resource pictures.  I've even written entire posts, but I haven't published them.

Over the past months I've even made a blogging calendar.  But here I am again.  Typing and deleting and editing and cutting and pasting words.

Have you ever felt tongue tied?  Maybe that's how I feel.

I've got the words and the ideas and the images all floating around in my head, but it's this thing of sitting at the computer typing all of them out.  That's the problem.

I have this friend, Kathy Key.  She's a life coach.  (You can find out more about her life coaching here.)  Sometimes our schedules permit us to spend leisurely mornings at some breakfast nook.  A few months ago we happened to be sitting at just one of those booths when our conversation moved from professional discussion to personal goals.  

I was going on and on lamenting about how I felt stuck and tongue tied and purposeless when she stopped me.  Using her life coaching skills she asked me about my ultimate goals.  I listed many goals all of which seem so impossible even now.

At that breakfast table she began to speak life to those dreams again.  At that table, she saw the potential in my dreams.  But she didn't just see my abilities or talents that make those dreams possible.  She began to give me actions to see those dreams come to pass.

So here I am.  Taking a step.  It's a couple months late, but it's still a step.

I won't reach my dreams today and probably not tomorrow and maybe not even the day after that.  But as I read and reread and delete and edit and cut and paste I can clearly see one thing.  The blank white screen has a lot of black on it.

And maybe I'm not as tongue tied as I thought.

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  1. This January I just hit 7 years of blogging! I have had so many of those moments and still have about 60+ half-finished posts or posts I just began with a few sentences and a quote or an image. I was shocked to see that some dated back to 2010! lol. Sometimes I come back around to them though, and the time is somehow right months or years later to add to it and tell a slightly different story. A lot of it can come down to authenticity. To be completely honest, because of the nature of my blog, I often felt pressure to convey things a certain way or come across a certain way, and there was the fear of being judged in those posts where I may choose to share more personally. This year, I decided that it was my 'now or never' year. I finally began letting down the walls a bit. I'm a private person by nature who shares intimately with few and blogging has helped me open up more, however it's taken me a while and perhaps at the expense of connecting with my readers in a more full capacity. I'm not suggesting that any of these things represent why you may feel tongue tied or struggle with getting posts out, this is just my personal experience. I'm amazed at the bloggers who consistently crank out post after posts 3 times per week or every single day! I'm so glad your life coach friend was able to help ignite your vision for your dreams! My husband is a trained life coach and although it's tricky since he's my spouse, he does really hit a nerve sometimes with his questions and/or suggestions. ;) Warmly, Karla

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    1. I remember when I first found your blog. I loved it instantly. That was before Lily was born. It seems like you were only barely married.

      You can do this. I know you can.

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  2. I think we can take the whole blogging thing way too seriously. For me it's about putting what is in my heart and my head onto the screen. I don't cut or paste or re-jig very much - if I do it loses what I was trying to say. I give it a read over and maybe a tweak or two and then throw it out there and move on. I hope you find your mojo and your dreams coming true again soon x

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