People have often asked me how I have the time for a blog when I have a full-time job and busy calendar. I have contemplated this many times and must say my rigor and dedication to writing ebbs and flows. There are times when I am in the groove and it’s free flowing. Then, life happens and I get off track. Since I started, I have had many unexpected hiatuses and have questioned whether I should keep going. I have thought long and hard about how I can feasibly carve out enough time for everything. A problem many of us face in different aspects. Working moms, moms working at home or caring for family members, friends and/or the community are pushed and pulled in so many different directions. We must ask ourselves what we really want to do and what we really need to do.
My reflection has led me to an even stronger desire to keep going because I both want and need to write. The creative channel feeds my soul. We all have ways in which we recharge or relax. Some people go to the gym, cook, read or need to be in nature, while others just rest. Needs vary from person to person, but in the end, it does not matter so much what they are. We simply need to ensure we find time (no matter how busy life gets) to engage in the things that bring us joy.
You see, one can say that it takes away time from more pressing matters or work or home obligations, but I think it does just the opposite. Finding the right outlet can rejuvenate us. By doing so, we can feed our heart and give more fully to others.
My ultimate desire is to be a good mother, wife and person. Writing helps me stay focused on what matters most. It gives me an avenue to reinforce my thoughts and actions in every facet of my life. Instead of taking my energy and ability to give more, it actually propels me forward in those pursuits.
It is when we truly invest in ourselves and look within can we derive true fulfillment. Instead of thinking that you must give up something to get something else, we must see it as a win/win. For me, I have found the writing helps me to focus, give advice to friends, family and colleagues because I am more contemplative of my thoughts and actions. When I write, I have the opportunity to take it all in and put forward good energy into the universe. It’s a cathartic process. I am not sure if it will help others, but I certainly want to give it a go and see where it takes me (and you).
With that, I hope to encourage you to actively pursue the things that elevate you, make you happy, and allow you to be your best self. If we do more for ourselves, we will improve our lives and those around us.