You may have noticed that things have been a little quiet over here. I spent the last week taking a much needed digital break. It helps to get away from the hyper-connectedness of the digital world every once in awhile. If you haven’t tried it yet, I highly recommend a digital break.
My family and I took a planned trip to Captiva Island, FL last week. Kirk and I decided to leave our laptops behind and let me tell you — it was fantastic. I didn’t check email. I didn’t check Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.
I watched Manatees swimming in the bay. I experienced two of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen. I swam with my kids and even relaxed a little by the pool. It was blissful.
There is nothing like a change of scenery paired with a lack of responsibilities to put your life in perspective. So much of the busyness we bother with doesn’t add value to our lives, but simply sucks away hours and days of our precious time.
I’ve realized that there are some things in this world that bring me absolute fulfillment.
- Spending time with those I love.
- Connecting with interesting people.
- Exploring new places.
- Walking, hiking or biking outdoors.
Everything else is more or less just noise.
I would love to figure out a way to make a living as a writer. Rachel Jonat from The Minimalist Mom has done a great job creating a life that supports her love for writing. Meg from Minimalist Woman is supporting herself through writing (she is such an amazing writer). And Gip Plaster from So Much More Life has successfully created a simple and deliberate life supported by writing online.
And of course there are bloggers like Courtney Carver from Be More with Less, Joshua Becker from Becoming Minimalist and Joshua Millburn from The Minimalists that have seemingly defied the odds with the success they’ve experienced in their writing careers.
So, I know writing for a living is possible. And yet I still have a difficult time accepting that I could support myself from writing alone.
I’m grappling with years of negative feelings regarding writing as a viable career path. Ever since I was six years old and created my first notebook of song lyrics (followed by poetry and — later — creative nonfiction), I was told by those close to me that I better pick a day job and enjoy writing as a hobby. That is, unless I wanted to live under a bridge somewhere.
In fact, I have a completely finished eBook on identifying and avoiding advertising influences waiting for release right now. I even have the launch post written. What am I waiting for? That’s a good question.
I’m certainly not one to procrastinate. And yet, when it comes to writing, I feel like I have so much to lose if it doesn’t work out like I had hoped. After all, I’ve had many interests throughout my life, but writing is the only interest that has followed me throughout all my days.
That’s what’s going on in my world. What’s happening in yours?