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Just a Little Project

I love writing.

I did not know that 3 years ago.

I began writing 942 days ago. I began writing because I was bored and broke. Blogging would be an easy way to occupy my time and challenge my mind, while sparing my wallet.

The day I shared my first blog post, I had high hopes of connecting with people, of sharing my thoughts and experiences as a means of provoking thoughtful contemplation and conversation.

I did not actually believe that to be possible. Not for me, at least.

Writing was just my “stupid little hobby.”

Yet, here I am, 2.5 years later. I have stepped into the arena, ready to fight to the death to live my truth. And for those times when self-doubt seeps in through the cracks and overwhelms me, I can revisit my beloved collection of Kind Words. For when I do not believe in my capacity to facilitate true change, you do. And for that, I am deeply and eternally grateful.

I could have never guessed how far I would come–500+ blog posts, amazingly supportive friends and mentors, loyal readers, a first-draft novel and plans for a second, free books from publishers, a platform on which to share causes I support (e.g. Kiva and charity:water), a diverse variety of paid writing gigs and, most importantly, an opportunity to express and develop my creative voice, all whilst receiving helpful feedback and reassurance that what I do matters.

942 days ago, I had never written anything outside of school. Today, I average about 3 hours of writing each day…on top of my day job, volunteer work, obligations, social life, adventures, hobbies, and me-time. 98.3% of time spent writing is unpaid.

If you are anything like me, the first step is the hardest because everything is new and different. You will be a fumbling novice in whatever you choose to pursue, for at least a little while.

But I challenge you to take that initial risk–listen intently to your heart’s song, and then learn to play along. Fall in love with your potential and allow your inspiration to lead the way. Trust that your current path is the right path, because it is the path that you are on.

I encounter the same dilemmas as any other struggling twenty-something: a mediocre job outside my field of interest, a pitiful bank account, and a lackluster love life. But I am the happiest I have ever been. I believe this is because passion now permeates my every corner of my life. I write, I connect, I learn, I develop, and I come further into myself every single day. I do this voluntarily and, more often than not, without monetary compensation. I do so because it makes me feel good,  it makes me feel alive. And I have come to realize: that is enough.

Isn’t it curious how side projects can take on a life of their own? One day you wake up and that “stupid little hobby” begins to resemble something more. You followed your inspiration and nourished your soul, despite the opposition, and now–now–that “ridiculous waste of time” has provided you an opportunity to create, to serve, and to build a living around doing what you love.

All great things start out as “just a little project.”

Take the first step, and then follow through. See where that takes you.

I dare you.

I Can’t Not Blog

Or, in other words, I can’t afford all the journal and notebooks I’m flying through. I cannot bear to have hundreds of ideas and questions scribbled on scrap papers, and scattered across my desk and tucked into miscellaneous pockets and books, without any means of organizing and synthesizing them. I don’t believe there’s a more effective wayContinue Reading

Why Everyone Should Blog

When I started blogging, I had no clue what my focus would be. Writing would simply be something to occupy my free time, a task which would bring about a sense of productivity. After some thought, I decided that I essentially wanted to share my perspective on the world, my observations about others. The vast majority of myContinue Reading

Blogoversary Giveaway!

In honor of the one-year anniversary of this blog and because I absolutely adore my readers, I’m hosting a giveaway now through December 16th. After much consideration and a trip to my favorite independent book store, I’ve picked up a few things hopefully everyone will like and one lucky person will receive just in time forContinue Reading

Inspiration, Potential, and a New Friend

My parents always told me not to talk to strangers. I think every level-headed parent teaches their child to be careful. Yet, for me, this instilled a sense of fear rather than caution. I hardly talked to anyone when I was younger, and this continued well into early adulthood. However, over the past few years my desire andContinue Reading

Why Blogging Isn’t a Waste of Time

Allison and Shikole of The Real Post Grad recently invited me to write a guest post for their site. The topic I choose was Why Blogging Isn’t a Waste of Time. I would love for you to go check it out and let me know what you think. Be sure to explore the rest ofContinue Reading

A Little 300th Post Celebration

This is my 300th post. That’s ten months of daily blogging. I’m generally a humble person, but for a quick second here I’m going to take advantage of my self-proclaimed bragging rights…I’m not going to lie, I’m pretty proud of myself. Considering I began this blog as something to fill my endless free time and get me off of Facebook, I’m impressed withContinue Reading

Why Do I Blog?

Why do you blog? That’s an interesting question, one that I get a lot. Why do I spend ten to fifteen hours a week orchestrating my thoughts for strangers and friends alike to read? Does anyone else even care? As some of you may know, I began blogging last December after reading a book in which the authorContinue Reading

200th Post

This is my 200th blog post. I never imagined I would stick with it this long and although there has been times I wanted to give up, I’m happy to have reached this milestone. To celebrate, I’d like to share some childhood pictures that always make me smile. “All my life I had been looking for something,Continue Reading

Zero and a half

Remember as a child how is was entirely necessary to insert “and a half” into any age between 4 and 10? Those 1, 5, or 11 months that constitute a half really made all the difference. Today is the six-month anniversary of my blog. Today, that “and a half” is pretty significant. I started blogging afterContinue Reading