Set a Course For: Happiness

Over the past couple of months I’ve drifted away from posts about writing to posts about dreaming, goal-setting, and chasing happiness. I’m not mad about it. And I am especially not mad since it seems you guys are enjoying it more as well. The themes are more universal and my weird and wacky journey with writing still fits in. Before I write another post about the journey to happiness, I want to give an update on my writing life and make a small announcement.

In my writing life: I’m trying to focus on what makes me happy and not creating needless to-do lists or projects. My non-fiction is becoming a little stagnant and even though I technically finished two pieces this month, I’m abandoning them. They’re just not right and they need a flavor I can’t give them right now. But because of my exhaustion with non-fiction… I’ve started writing poetry again!

I never thought I’d see the day when I’d be ready to write poetry again. I’ve even started submitting it again. This is a big deal. I submit poetry every year, all over the place, but it never gets picked up. This is partially the reason why I started having trouble writing it. There was too much pressure to write for other people and not myself. I couldn’t write or read any of poems without seeing them through someone else’s judgmental eyes.

The changes in this blog have also made me reconsider what I want to share with the world and how I want to do it. When this blog was first conceptualized last winter, I went crazy and wanted it to have 6 different sections. I wrote and edited and stock-piled posts and… yeah, went crazy. (Yes, going totally bonkers every winter is kind of a routine in my life.) So, I took a step back and decided that I was just going to focus on WRITING and set a launch date for July. But the old itch is back and I think it’s time to expand.

I have other interests outside of writing and, this sounds silly, but I never wanted to share them or speak with any authority on them because I thought I’d look like an @$$hole. But I’ve become more comfortable with myself in the past year and I truly believe there are other things I can share with you all that will be fun and entertaining and brand new. This is only the tip of the iceberg and I have a lot of work ahead of me to start these other sections, but I’m excited that I finally feel confident and capable enough to do it.

I hope you’ll continue on this journey with me. It’s been one hell of a year since I dreamed this thing up and I can’t wait to take it to new places and really test my mettle. It will be a little while until you guys see any changes but until then you can still expect a new post every week as usual. Can’t believe I’m still here trying to figure out my life, my writing, and my blog but I am! Onward.

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