Overwhelm, layers and the BookKaR?

Imma jump right in because there’s only so much I can say about how cold I am right now...

My good ol’ pal, Mackenzie (Think. Eat. Write. Read.) and I are writing a series together. We have book one’s first draft finished, and after a month’s break we are going back through and rereading it.

And man, is it stressful.

If I could describe this first draft - or any first draft, for that matter - as anything, it would be a pair of well-loved jeans. There are holes, frayed edges and even though you love how they fit, they’re on their last leg (HAH) and it’s almost time for an upgrade.

In enters Stress and Overwhelm.

Welcome to the party!

I have written several first drafts, but never have I gone about actually editing them. It’shard. It’s scary. Sometimes I HATE it. But it’s something I need to learn.

I keep saying take it one step at a time, take your time, this will work out, but friend, it’s still icky. Saying it will get better doesn’t make the hard work of building a story any less... work.

Saying it will get better doesn't make the hard work of your goal any less... work.


This is where all the layers of what we’ve discussed intersect.

Here, we break things down. We get messy. We strive for authenticity. We work, we push, we cry, we keep staring at that end goal and thinking about how desperately we want it.We step back when it becomes too much.

Is that what you need to do?


Take your weekend to relax, breaks things down and allow yourself some time to breathe. Go over what you know, research what you don’t and open your hands when you need help.


ANNOUNCEMENT

Friend, you know I would never share something with you unless I was truly passionate about it (including my own projects or someone else’s). My friend Mackenzie and I have been hard at work writing our book series, putting together an eBook, crafting quizzes and sneak peeks and so much more. So, it would mean the world to us if you checked out what we were up to. We have some big plans we want to take action on, so following us along on our journey will help keep us accountable. ;)

I’ll give you some links to play with below, but I sat that if you sign-up for our free newsletter, you will receive TWO sneak peeks of our work and access to our library... :)

The Visionaries Description

Genevieve Arden has had to be the provider in her family for as long as she could remember. On the slip side, ice cream scooper by day, secret superstar by night Maria Bullard has had everything handed to her since the day she was born. The two live separate lives until one day they are joined together by Noah, the hyper boy with the ratty coffee thermos, and the kidnapping of Gen’s sister, Callie.

Despite their differences, will they be able to work together to get Callie back?

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Creative Fears Meet Creative Solutions

This is an email I shared with my creative newsletter friends.

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I’m stuck with two paragraphs of bleh and it’s already nine in the morning. Not a strong day so far.

I think I’m blocked because I’m afraid. Afraid of disappointing or messing up. Afraid to put something out there and get crickets in response.

This is just one of my many creative fears.

Another is numbers. How many pairs of eyes I have looking at what I produce. For a while now I’ve avoided looking at the numbers that express the extent of my reach across the Internet. It is because I can’t help but compare. I can’t help but think they should be triple their size.

Then there are the opinions.

Whether it be my own -- “I can do better” -- or someone else echoing disagreement. Because of my personality, sometimes I can get myself to see both sides of the argument. I understand why she is enraged and he is disappointed. I see and feel for so many.

Pause. Breathe. Go at it again.

Now that the fears are out there in the open, this is that I’d say if it were you telling me these things…

There is magic in producing “messed up” things, for they contain the dirty pieces of yourself that make everything you touch so unique. You and what you make are both art. It doesn’t matter what the eye of the consumer sees - it matters only if you feel that what you’ve made is enough for you.

Face the fear of producing.

And about the numbers. The smaller they are, the more personal the group and the better the connection you have with one another.

Honestly? I would rather have ten amazing friends to tease and laugh with than one million people who sometimes click the like button. There is honesty and strength in small numbers.

Face the fear of not being seen.

Now, opinions. This is tricky because we are all entitled to our own. More specifically, you are allowed to form your own.

If you see both sides, then you know the arguments. You know the pros and cons. Weigh them and build something. Decide what you are for (not against).

But you don’t have to. That’s just my opinion.

You can’t listen to everyone, my friend. At some point you have to step back and just be. Your creativity will spark. Your people will follow. Your support will reinforce itself. And it will not matter how afraid you were. It will only matter that you did what you did.








What do you think?


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My Room | Part Paint

Hey friends!


So these past few months I've been daydreaming about completely reinventing my bedroom. I've lived in this little room for-ev-er, and it's taken me a while to realize that yes, I can personalize my space.


I've always been deeply attracted to the Tumblr/minimalistic aesthetic. BUT, I also love love bright colors and rooms that look, you know, lived in. 


It's been a battle between "I should do" and "I want to", but so far, everything is turning out wayyy more amazing than anything I could conjure in my head. I mean LOOK at these pictures! Can I get a virtual fist bump? My room looks so clean and fresh. So bright and welcoming. When my "renovations" are complete, I'm inviting you all in for a room tour and tea party. How does that sound? ;)


Shout out to my mom, who spent a major chunk of her time in my scorching hot room, painting two coats on the walls, repainting my ceiling and cleaning up the paint smudged woodwork (and soooo much more).

You rock, mommy.

What color is your bedroom?

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