Writing is hard.
Well, not hard exactly.
I love writing. I love how it feels to get words down on the page or in a blog post. That's not the problem.
Consistency is the issue.
Sometimes I get overwhelmed. There's so much to do that I don't know where to start. It would be awesome if the only thing I needed to do was write and then everything else would fall into place.
By everything I mean the marketing of my writing through social media, submissions to publications, finishing the manuscript for my book, and producing my weekly newsletter.
I think every creative goes through this tug-o-war of working on our craft vs. getting our craft out there for the world to see. It becomes more of a battle when it's our 5-9 endeavor after our 9-5 job.
Last night I was lamenting to my husband that it's so crazy how there are 168 hours in a week. We work roughly 40-50 of them. While there are hours devoted to sleep, chores, exercise, and family/friend time, there are still plenty of hours to devote to my craft.
So, why am I not doing it?
Sometimes I wonder if my message of simple living through positive vibes is making a difference. I have yet to make a $100 from my writing, but I keep reminding myself that my message is getting exposure and if I keep at it then what I'm working for will eventually come to fruition.
"People don't buy what you do; they buy why you do it. And what you do simply proves what you believe." -Simon Sinek.
This quote tells me all I need to know.
I don't believe in myself. And if I don't believe in myself, then why would others believe in me?
That's a difficult pill to swallow. While it would be easy to pack it in and say I'm done, I'm choosing to dig deeper.
It doesn't mean that I need to post a piece of writing every day, but it does mean working on some aspect of my message daily.
"Working hard for something we don't care about is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called passion." -Simon Sinek
Even though I love my writing, I haven't been loving all parts of it and that is what has caused stress. It's a brutal cycle of writing consistently for awhile, falling off the bike, berating myself for failing, wallowing in self-pity, and then restarting with a plan of action.
It's time for me to hit the restart button.
Everyday Life Uncluttered is a way of life.
It's about positive vibes and living simply.
It's about having experiences over having stuff.
And, it's definitely a journey, not a destination.
If you scroll down to the bottom of the archives, you will see I've had this website and have been writing blog posts for close to five years.
The website started as the Get To It brand supporting my life coaching side hustle. My focus was primarily on healthy habits, both from nutritional and fitness perspectives. While I worked to build this business, I wrote a column twice a month for a local newspaper over a period of two years. Some of those articles also appeared here.
While life coaching was a valuable experience and I worked with amazing clients, I knew in my heart that building a life coaching business was not in the cards for me. Looking back now, I realized I wasn't "all in." I didn't spend every waking moment outside my day job working on it.
I also discovered what I enjoyed most (aside from relationship building with clients) was writing. Writing has always been a part of my life I have loved. I wrote in diaries as a teenager, kept periodic journals while our kids were young, and it has evolved into the writing I do for various publications on Medium.com and here.
While I have yet to independently publish my first book titled, Slices of Life from the Little Blue Desk, it's another step in the journey of what is becoming Everyday Life Uncluttered. And the best part is that a piece of Get To It (GTI) still lives on through my weekly newsletter called GTI Wednesday.
You see, it's about living with less but having more.
It's about relationships, connections, and doing.
It's about being in the present moment and being grateful for each one.
"I live in the moment and am grateful for all my life experiences. All of them." --Nicole, Self Care Co.
Over the next few months, you will see more versions of the logo that appears here. Each version encompasses some aspect of Everyday Life Uncluttered.
This first one, the bicycle, is all about the journey. The adventures to be lived out one pedal at a time. Collect amazing experiences in the basket. Hop on and take a ride with me.
Every day is a good day to be grateful.
When we are caught up in a hectic day, it's easy to lose focus. This is why it's a great idea to take a moment every so often (or every day) to write down what we are grateful for in our lives.
1. I'm grateful to my amazing family who lends support, love, and encouragement daily.
2. I'm grateful for the learning curves in my new job. My brain hurts, but I'm growing.
3. I'm grateful to colleagues who check on me and freely answer my questions with patience.
4. I'm grateful for trying out a new restaurant. I had a 'Very Berry Salad' at Greenbelly, and it might have been the best salad I've ever eaten.
5. I'm grateful when conflicts in a student's schedule get resolved.
6. I'm grateful to teachers who help problem solve when I'm not sure what to do.
7. I'm grateful for the time Chloe and I hang out on the deck after school.
8. I'm grateful for the home workout I did today when I got home.
9. I'm grateful for cough drops for a sore throat.
10. I'm grateful for my Lord and Savior who looks out for me all the time.
I hope you take some time to write down what you're grateful for today. It doesn't have to be a list of 10. Make it a list of three to get you started. You never know how much it might end up growing.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.