Reflections on Blogust

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Doing something and getting it wrong is at least ten times more productive than doing nothing. No matter how many mistakes you make, or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying.  – posted at 60 Empowering Quotes to Help You Get Things Done

Today is August 31. I am so proud to say that I made it through Blogust! I honestly have no idea what I am doing, but I have started and that is an accomplishment in itself.

For the past year, I have tried to get inspired, motivated, and disciplined enough to post to this blog everyday and get it going, but I just could find the magic formula to get myself to do it. I am so glad that I got the idea to do Blogust, because at least for the month of August, that did the trick!

I absolutely love writing, and have been writing for myself, to myself, for the past several years, but was too afraid to share my ideas. I know that I have A LOT to learn about blogging and writing in general, but I have to remind myself that just doing something puts me so far ahead of the version of myself that just did nothing.

What’s next?

Now that Blogust is over, I will probably not put so much pressure on myself to post everyday, and will start to focus more on quality over quantity. I will likely go back and apply the things I learn to my previous posts, such as writing better titles and proper use of subtitles use of keywords, and proper use of grammar in general. I am sure I have made a ton of grammatical errors over the past month, but I didn’t really take the time to focus on the technical aspects of what I was doing. Instead, I just thought of a topic and started writing. I didn’t even think out the structure in advance, so I am sure some of my previous posts (this one too!) don’t seem to flow or even have a beginning, middle, and end.

Ultimately, I do want to post everyday, but just with more forethought and planning. My major goal is to think through what my posts will be for the upcoming month, and to have posts written and scheduled to post at least a week or two in advance. I think I might have mentioned previously that I intend to submit a book proposal for a contest with a deadline in October, and also that I have a dream to write a young adult novel. I might have to put the young adult novel behind the book proposal, and focus on this blog and the book proposal for the next few months.

Beyond just learning how to create better content and organizing my approach to my writing goals, I also am continuing to work on a variety of personal organization projects, which I plan to share through this blog as well. I will continue to work on the logo and design for Awaken and Begin, and hope to eventually hire a designer to make it more professional and functional in ways that I am unskilled to accomplish.

I did fail to post on several days during August, but I am so happy that I can now say that I was able to go back and post content on those days, fulfilling my commitment to Blogust. Now, every time I accomplish something I said I would do, I feel like life is not really that hard at all if I just let go of my fear of being imperfect and my need for perfection.

I was so lucky to get to go to Hay House’s Writing from Your Soul conference with Wayne Dyer in Denver in April of this year. This was at a time in my life when I didn’t know how I would ever get it all done, much less start on my writing dreams. Even though it would not be until a few months later that I would start to regain my own sense of inner peace, Dr. Dyer said so many inspiring things at that conference that I still carry with me today. And although it was a writing conference, many of the things he talked about had nothing to do with writing…but then again, they had everything to do with writing.

One of the nicest ideas he discussed was the concept that nothing is left undone in the universe. He said (paraphrasing) that you already know how to do everything you want to do, and it has already been done. When he stated talking about this, I thought about my mile long to-do list and thought how nice that would be if everything were already done. That night, I went back to my hotel room and started telling myself that everything on my to-do list is already done. I went back to work Monday still unsure of how I would get it all done, but here I am just a few months later, actually feeling totally relaxed on a weekend because, actually, everything on my to-do list really and truly is already done, so I don’t even have to worry about it.

And this is one of the many, many reasons that I believe in the power of affirmations, visualizations, and goals. Writing about creating more inner peace helps me to focus on how to make myself better, and I hope might someday will help someone else too. Namaste!

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