Have I mentioned that my day-job is Director of Communications for a large church in downtown Fort Worth, Texas? I’ve been in church communications for over a decade, and I love it. This week is Holy Week — the last week of Lent leading to Easter Sunday. Our church has 15 worship services between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. That’s a lot of bulletins to get ready, a lot of announcements to make, a lot of social media fodder.
I have also had several things come up on the domestic front. Parenting challenges that threw me for a big loop. It’s required more of my attention and spare time. Not to mention, my husband started back on a more demanding schedule at work. So, the home front is counting on me more than ever.
I guess that’s all a set up for why the above quote from Katherine Neville speaks so deeply to me today. In this season of working, raising my daughter, and all of life’s other must-do’s, I just have to write. Maybe this isn’t the season to make big strides on the publishing front. (That’s in God’s hands anyway.) But I can write. A paragraph even. A few lines when I’m inspired for a brief moment.
It’s so easy to get in our own way — make excuses, wait for the perfect scenario. But anything is better than nothing. It reminds me of a saying I’ve heard at the gym. You may not go fast, but you’re lapping everyone on the couch! Baby steps are ok. They still move you forward.
What are your biggest challenges on the writing front? What slows you down? If you’re not a writer, what projects get slowed down by life?
Don’t Stop, Just Keep Writing — TWEET THIS!
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Thank you for this post today. I get frustrated at times because I have fibromyalgia. I have visions of my next book but my health gets in the way of my writing most days. However, I do write almost every single day in my journal. Who knows…maybe my journal will turn into a book someday. A writer writes no matter what. It all counts and it all matters.
Wendy, indeed! Health challenges are a big reason for many, I’m sure. It sounds like you are keeping your skills honed, though. Journal writing certainly counts. Best of luck!
Sometimes my biggest writing challenge is me… I’ll actually find myself looking for excuses not to write and it’s not like I have a lot of writing time to spare. In those moments I’m forced to take stock of what’s really going on. Do I just need a break, or is God calling me to rest my brain for an upcoming, Divine inspired idea that will require my full attention to be on Him.
Sounds like we’re often in the same boat. I can totally relate!