A new dawn, a new day. For about a decade, I used to write daily. When I was traveling, it was the only reliable constant. Writing in my journal gave me a feeling of stability in an ever-changing environment and was integral in helping me process my thoughts. I found since I generally wrote paper and pen, it helped me slow down as well. Sometimes my thoughts are going a mile a minute and my hand is not that fast. There were a million reasons why writing became a huge part of my life, not to mention the dream job I landed and the book I published because of this habit.
So why did I stop? I guess you could chalk it up to burn out. I had traveled and written so much for so long. Then I was recognized by TravelPod and started getting paid for it and well, it became a job. This was fine until Expedia bought me, I mean TravelPod. After that, everything changed.
Anyway, to make a long story short, I have learned a lot over the past few years. And I don’t want to throw out the baby with the bath water. Writing has always been my thing, so I don’t want to ditch it. It makes me happy. It helps me feel settled and secure. It helps things make sense in my brain. And it feels weird not to be doing it. Like there is something missing.
Sometimes my writings may be about my current journey to reconstructing my image of beautiful. I am systematically removing stereotypes and programming that I had for years about what “beauty” is. It’s a long road but I feel like it’s not as hard as one would think. Just takes a conscious effort.
I may also write about my love of cats, food, and the weird randomness of the world around us. It’s really all about my current phase of reinvention. I feel like I was in stasis for a long time, but the energy is moving now. I am feeling growth and determination. Most of all, I am feeling hope.
I would love to hear any advice or tips or ideas from anyone who has “reinvented” themselves or a part of their life. What small steps do you take to evolve? Physically, emotionally, intellectually?
Today I am grateful for new beginnings, motivation, focus, articulation, and remembering.