I write in my head all the time but most of it never hits the keyboard, so I’ve decided to jump on a writing bandwagon and Write for 31 Days in the month of October in order to clear my head and heart and make room for more.
A very wise soul wrote a blog post recently which encouraged writers to Write Like You Talk. Micah J. Murray is brilliant. I’m taking his Clumsy Blogger’s Workshop and learning how to blog for the first time in 9+ years of blogging…
I’ve feared this. I cuss sometimes. ( I love Jesus but I drink a little. Watch up to 30 seconds-ish…this kind of laughing is good for your health.)
I don’t believe what everyone else believes. I don’t like labels. I have some strong opinions about anything from living to dying to breathing to eating to politics and nationalism, travel, religion, family, marriage, architecture, leadership, how to live a good life, or how to waste one, and seriously, the list goes on.
So, I’ve stayed silent…for a lot of years. I listened to lies in my head that people don’t care about my perspective on life, because, who doesn’t have ideas and mine’s just another voice to add to all the static…except the silence is so loud in my heart, I just can’t keep it inside any longer.
It’s funny, strange, not ha-ha, the irony of what demons we face when it comes to our passions and the ways we are wired. Personally, what pumps blood through my veins is gathering people to hear and learn their hearts, share my own, and see what happens when we collaborate. Instead, for several years, I’ve secluded myself, thought everyone else was having fun without me, moving on with life, writing stuff and encouraging others, so there wasn’t room for me, too…and, if I did write or say something, I was inconveniencing those reading or listening. It’s jacked up stuff, I tell ya, listening to the lying voices in our heads, the ones that set us up in competition and comparison with others, and always questioning why the heck we are here and what the hell our purpose is.
Anyway, I’ll expand on all of this and more in the next 31 Days where I’m going to write, totally unfiltered, stuff I want to get off my chest, essentially, my heart and guts on anything and everything that comes to mind each morning as I sit at the keys. Gradually this page will fill up with 31 posts you’ll be able to access easily if you miss something or want to go back and chew on a topic or even share with a friend.
Please come back, in spite of offense or differing of opinions. It’s important to start these conversations, and I’m just sorry I haven’t done this sooner.
31 Days Unfiltered: Stuff I Need to Get Off My Chest
Day 1: (This starts on October 1 and this post will serve as my first entry…and buy me time to write stuff…)
*Topics will include, but are not limited to: politics in America, “American Christianity”, the Church, abortion and PP, feminism, vaccinations, health and wellness, fear, terrorism, authenticity, de-cluttering your life, butternut squash soup and other fall recipes, how I think Kid-President should actually be president, talking to teenagers, refugees, peacemaking, war, old people and aging, death, the perfect storm of why everyone’s sick and dying, the only thing that matters in the whole wide world, how Noah’s death without a diagnosis left me without a “cause” (sorta), a colonic for the soul, why being mean is mean, Native Americans and racism, women in ministry, collaboration, and some other stuff…for starters…
Wow. ..someone challenged me today to start writing again and to never give up my art. This further challenges me. I think I’m gearing up for a season of creativity. I’m glad you are too.
Friend, never, ever, ever give up your art…God designed you that way…xoxox
I am really looking forward to this. I have not figured out what it is about you yet, but i have a huge interest in what you have to say.
Chris, holy cow! Thank you! I’m kind of blown away by your comment. Don’t hold your breath 😉
I’m looking forward to following you on this adventure this month! I’m intrigued by your subjects and think I’ll be nodding my head and agreeing with you out loud when reading each day! Bon voyage!
I’m so grateful for our CB group and walking this head nodding and heart nudging journey together, Jane. Thanks for stopping by!
Woo-hoo!! I just decided today to join! I’m in it with you sister!! Let’s do this!!
YESSSSS! WooooHOOOOO! YAY! Write what He says…as you do…and let’s see what HE does. xoxox
I don’t want to be a writer. But last night I felt God telling me to get the stuff out of my head and heart and onto my blog. So…I’m joining you!
YES! YES! YES!