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Why You Really Need to Tackle that Big Thing

Let me make this super clear: You need to stop giving in to your fear.

Seriously.

I bet that if, no - when, you do, you will feel like you're flying.

I know. I've been there.

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The last several years have really sucked for me. I used to be a secretary in a fast-paced, government legal office. I've been a nursing assistant. I've been an accounting tech. I have always enjoyed fast-paced, high-stress jobs, because I loved feeling productive. You know all that research that screams about how bad prolonged stress is for your body?

It's. Totally. True.

Really.

About 7 years ago, I was enjoying a productive life. Making good money. Paying off debts. We'd managed to finally have nice furniture in our quaint little rental house. But something happened.

Things went south... sideways... bad. Fast. I'll spare you the deets here in this post, but if you want the whole scoop, you can go over here and read the messy story.

But something inside me clicked, and I threw a switch in my head. I found the damn light switch, and started really thinking about what I needed in my mind. I came out of the bedroom one day, and told my husband that I needed something to change in my life. I didn't know what it was, but I was working on that. He's great, really. He just smiled and said, "Okay. Keep me posted, and we'll make it happen."

"Okay."

"We'll make it happen."

And he didn't have any idea what I was going to come up with.

That, folks, is the definition of fearlessness. How could I fail to live up to that kind of love?

So I disappeared back into the bedroom, and I spent a lot of time thinking about how I could be fierce and fearless, and kick off the crap I'd buried myself in.

I emerged just after Thanksgiving, still with a very nebulous idea of what I needed to begin the process of being fearless.

Out of that, I've emerged stronger, spiritually, I've begun 3 blogs, a used book business and my online handmades store opened December, 2016.

And a friend of mine who is a published author and knows that I love storytelling, challenged me to do NaNoWriMo in November. I was her cheerleader last year, and this year, she dared me to write an entire book in a month. I jumped on it. And then... I thought about it, and the fear came crashing back into my life.

But this time... Oh, yeah, baby. I've been practicing fearlessness this year.

Fear can stuff it.

I didn't just jump into planning my NaNo novel. Oh, hell no. I started writing another novel. I have the plot laid out for the NaNo novel, and I'm doing the prep work for it, but I freaking jumped on the bigger project that I want to do. I've already got 1 1/2 other books written just in September.

NaNo is getting closer, and I'm getting more and more serious about this thing. I'm not screwing around now. So, doing my daily PepTalks reading today, I came across this post, by author Stephanie Perkins. Now, I don't think I've read any of her work, but I take heart that this NaNo finisher has several published works, and every one of them has been a

NaNo novel. Every. Single. One.

I can do this. I have done it. I'm utterly in love with my characters and their struggles. I cry when I read some of the scenes I've written. I cried when I wrote them. Because as much as I love them, I don't want them to struggle. But I know they have to struggle, so they can grow. Just like we struggle, and growth comes as a result of the struggle.

So that thing you're putting off, because... [feel free to fill in the blank here.] Yeah, that thing.

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I know you're scared shitless and witless.

I know you're afraid you'll fall on your face and people will laugh.

I know you're afraid it will be crap when you try for the first time.

Frankly, it very well might be. But that's totally okay! Check out this post I did recently at my Sage Wolfsong Creations Blog. Then, love yourself for trying. Pick your happy little butt back up off the ground, and work on it. Perfect it. Revise it. Study the HELL out of it and figure out how to make it better.

Then do it again.

And again.

And again, just because you can.

And love yourself for trying. Love your mistakes. They show you where you need to get stronger. They show you where you already are strong!

Dive in, and do it.

I can remember the night I finished book 1. Even if I am totally scared witless. I told myself I'd give me a few days before working on that book, be it characters, maps, revisions, whatever... I was going to do a little prep work for NaNo. Ha!

Of course, that was just a few weeks ago, but I felt like I was flying. I'd faced my fear, faced the blank page, and found out that I can do it,

I started book 2 the next morning.

NaNo is coming up, folks. If you've been telling yourself that you'd love to write a book, and you're putting it off because you're afraid of [fill in the blank], knock it off! Go now. Go to the NaNo website and sign up. Friend me (do an author search for JennBradshaw) and let's hook up and cheer each other on. If you're not ready for that, and you really just want to see how crazy writers get during NaNo, hop over to Facebook and follow me on my Sage Wolfsong Creations page. I will happily embrace your support and cheer you on in whatever endeavor you're tackling.

I'm still a multitasker. I just do it differently now. I'm a creatrix AND a cheerleader! And I come with my own cheerleading squad, if you're looking for one of your own. Until next time, darlings, {{hugs}}!

*This post originally appeared on one of my old blogs, on Oct. 4, 2016. I will be moving the blog posts over there to sagewolfsong.com gradually.


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