Welcome! Today is the FIRST Insecure Writer's Support Group post of 2015. Happy New Year! I trust you all had a wonderful holiday season. If this is your first time here or you aren't quite sure what the Insecure Writer's Support Group is, click over HERE and find out!
A little bit about me for those of you just joining this fantastic group: I'm a writer, a voracious reader, and an accomplished tea drinker. I've dabbled in many genres, earned a degree in Creative Writing, and recently upped stakes to pursue a dream of living by the sea. I have just recently found my niche in the writing world. Not counting the recipe for chocolate oatmeal cream pies in a cookbook five years ago, I am, so far, unpublished. That, however, is soon to change!
Insecurities loom at us any time of the year. They seem mammoth at the beginning. We have goals, dreams and visions. We wonder if we'll achieve them. Where will we be on December 31 2015? What if those goals fall short? Many times these fears prevent us from stepping out and moving forward. True, you may NOT achieve all your goals for this year. You may not reach your dream by New Year's Eve. BUT I'll tell you a secret: if you work REALLY HARD in pursuit of a goal, regardless of if it is successful in the way you hope, you WILL move forward. No experience is ever lost. The only way you won't move forward is if you stand still and refuse to try.
Four months ago my husband and I lived in a comfortable house in a comfortable small town. We had friends, we were connected and involved. We both had jobs that weren't remarkable but they were OK. No complaints really except we knew we weren't where we wanted (or needed) to be. Three months ago I said "YES" to a crazy idea and now we're in the city we know we belong in. We cut our living space in less than half. My husband has yet to find work. Aside from the fact my job ROCKS, this move has been NOTHING that we thought it would be.
But we did it and it's working.
We see the potential and we see our goals getting closer and closer, bit by tiny bit every single day.
Because we tied our insecurities to the bumper and drove 300 miles away.
They're still here, looming out of the corner, chiding us for leaving, berating us for loss and lack BUT we are 300 miles closer to our dreams.
AND THAT is worth all the security in the world.
I've been blogging since 2007. It's been an on again off again venture but I can't seem to quit. I am insecure every time I sit down and write a post. But I keep writing. I keep planning and I keep dreaming for my own little place in cyber-space. Why? Because if I stop dreaming or moving I'll die. Not physically, but creatively.
I like to think of this place as The Little Blog that Could. Things are in the works, friends, that I'm excited about and terrified of. Things that I cannot do on my own. HUGE dreams that need roots before I can give them wings. This little blog is about to pick up momentum. I'm scared. What if no one cares? What if no one reads it? Guess what? It doesn't matter.
What matters is I tell my insecurities to go jump in the ocean and that I write, and I write, and I write. I dream and I do and I work REALLY HARD and not say NO.
Because if I do that, I'll be somewhere pretty awesome at the end of this shiny new year.
Where exactly? I don't know yet. But that, dear friends, is half the adventure!
Happy New Year! Here's to big dreams, crazy goals, and far, far reaching vision.