A rose is a rose.

I’m trying a new routine this week, and I’m calling it blogging before bed. Between my busy summer schedule and my multitude of awesome projects, I haven’t been blogging nearly as much as I would like to. I don’t mean sharing some of my fiction with you, even though that’s great. I mean actually sharing my thoughts with you.

Once or twice a week hasn’t felt good enough. I wanted to try to figure out a way to work into my schedule like I did with reading. I do most of my reading in the morning during three cups of black coffee wrapped in a throw blanket with my head against a yellow couch pillow. It’s glorious. I don’t dread the morning because I love my routine. I wanted to find a spot like that for blogging. Every day right now is a little different; I wanted something that was consistent.

My mind is often racing as I attempt to go to sleep (that is if I haven’t passed out on the sofa watching television). Blogging before bed might actually accomplish two things at once.

You know how much I love multitasking.

I’ve been trying to honestly look at my workload and how I’m going about each thing under the idea of “work smarter not harder”. Change makes me nervous and the idea of purposefully doing anything causes concerns to rise, but I realize that moving things around is just life. Nothing stays still.

Leaning into change isn’t the same thing as giving up.

I’ve been continuing to make an attempt in being present. My mind is often in the future or on a project and not where I am in the present. This is something I want to work on, so that’s what I’m doing. Leaving my phone in my office helps this of course. Just like turning off my phone when I’m writing. There is a time and place for everything.

Only recently as I work on different projects and articles am I realizing how much I let fear steer my decisions…and my panic.

I was on StumbleUpon the other day and came across the article ‘Stephen King’s Top 20 Rules For Writers’. He was offering some real jewels of wisdom about writing. There was one that stood out taller than all the rest, which was, “Have fun writing.”

It hit me right away because I’ve been guilty for being too focused on my goals. I love that I am so goal driven, but I’m not a kid on the night before Christmas. This isn’t a race it’s a marathon. There is no instant gratification. It’s a long journey. Why not have fun?

I write because I love it, and I’m making a career out of it. I should be sure to enjoy the ride along the way. I think this something all of you can take from this. Life is life. And it’s hard, and messy, and doesn’t come with instructions but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be enjoyed.

It should be as enjoyable as possible.

My eyelids are getting heavy, and if I continue on much longer I’ll run the risk of no longer making sense.

Until tomorrow night.

Sleep well.

-J

P.S. If you haven’t had enough of my rambling you should check out today’s episode. I talk to the awesome and inspiring Julie Anderson of Feminine Collective about life, motherhood, people, and her journey to starting The Collective. It was an honor speaking with her.

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