Learning to Just Write

I have said a few times now that the key to creating great content for your blog consistently is to JUST WRITE.

JUST WRITE Everyday!!

It is no secret by now that I write 1000 words every day first thing in the morning.

It seems so simple to say JUST WRITE but in some ways, it isn’t.

How do you Just Write?

As writers/bloggers, we have this innate perfectionism. We sit down at the computer and somehow expect awesome content to come flowing out of our brains and into our typing fingers. We have these visions of always creating publishable material whenever write.

Fellow bloggers come to me saying they don’t know how to get the content out there consistently. There are periods of time full of inspiration and periods of time that are dry as a desert.

How do you get the content out there?

 
 

 

 

1) Write DAILY!

It doesn’t matter if the inspiration is flowing or not. You just freaking write!!!

2) When the inspiration IS FLOWING then WRITE MORE!!

Use that time full of extra ideas to get that awesome content on paper before the mood changes. Don’t let a good thing go to waste. The key here is that you are writing on a daily basis no matter how you are feeling.

“That’s cool. I get that, Sarah. But, HOW do you Just write?”

“The scariest moment is always just before you start.” – Stephen King Click To Tweet

Sit down with your computer somewhere that is comfortable.

That can be anywhere. Some days I write at my desk and some days (like today) I write on the couch. It depends on the person, the day, and the mood. Whatever works for you!!

Open up your Word Processor ONLY!!

Don’t open your web browser or email or anything. Just the WORD PROCESSOR!!! Anything else will be a distraction.

Set An Intention Of How Many Words You Want To Write That Day

I write at least 1000 words a day.That is what works for me. It doesn’t have to be 1000 words starting out, necessarily. It could be 250 words. Promise yourself that you will not stop writing until you reach that number of words. Then grow that number of words over time.

Put your fingers on the keyboard ……and GO!!!

Start writing. Write whatever is going on in your head. It does not matter. I just start writing whatever is in my mind at that moment and that’s perfectly okay. It gets my fingers moving and warmed up. Same goes for my mind.

Tip: I don’t separate my blog writing from my personal journal/diary.

All of it is in the same document. I believe by not separating the two it allows me to write holistically and more authentically. If I need to get some hard thoughts and emotions out in the moment, I need that outlet to be right there. If I were to stop writing and move over to a new word document or my physical journal then the flow would be disturbed and the thoughts would probably remain stuck. I move freely between the different types of content and in the process, I write with vulnerability.

Give up on Perfection.

Here’s a secret for you. You are not going to write awesome content every time you sit down to write. It’s true. Once you are comfortable with that you can move on to an amazing career as a writer/blogger.

Here’s to your journey in writing!

 

 

 

 

 

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Angelina Litvin

Healing: Letter Of Forgiveness For My Body

Dear Body,

Hey!

Wow. This is going to be hard for me to write. May I ask for your patience and grace? I will do my best.

Body, we have been together for just over 39 years. We’ve been together from the time I was in my mother’s womb to now. That’s pretty amazing.  My knees may be a bit tricky and my gallbladder may be in an odd place but overall you are pretty much awesome. I look forward to many, MANY more years together. 

Thank you for being my home, where my soul and spirit resides this side of Heaven.

We’ve been on some pretty awesome adventures together, huh? I wonder what other kinds of trouble we can get into. HAHA!

You have allowed me to tell you to do some pretty awesome feats.

You have been through the training for two half-marathons and a lake mile swim. You then completed those events even when you wanted to quit. You listened to my words of assurance that you really can put that foot in front of the other one more time and that my lungs really can find a good rhythm of breathing while in the middle of a massive lake. You even grew muscles as I lifted heavy things and put them back down again over and over again in the gym.

Body, you carried my son and brought him into the world.

You protected him well when he was the most vulnerable. I remember how we giggled together when he would kick and flip inside me coaxing the doctor to say I would need running shoes to keep up with this one. Truer words have never been said.

Sure, bringing my son into the world caused us to have some disagreements. Thirty-six hours of labor leading to fetal distress and that leading to a C-Section still did not stop you. You rallied and brought him into the world happy and healthy despite everything we put you through. Did his delivery go as planned? No. But, I know now that it happened exactly as it should have to ensure he came healthy and unharmed. (That umbilical cord around the neck can be such a booger, huh?)

Body, I am so thankful for you but I know our relationship hasn’t always been the best.

That’s really why I’m writing to you today.

There was a time when I protected you so hard from the advances of others. You were untouched and I was so empowered by that. But, then there came a time when a certain person came into our world and spoke words that broke down those defenses. His words were so beautiful and mystifying. The protective defenses came down like the walls of Jericho to the trumpets of his whispers. He violated you for his own selfish desires.

For so long I have considered you to be dirty and used up because of what I allowed to happen.

But, here’s the thing. It’s not your fault. It is mine. The responsibility here is with me, and only me. You tried to warn me with that “gut feeling” that never really went away but I silenced you because the lies sounded better.

Fast forward a few years. You have already given me an amazing son who is absolutely perfect. He was is so perfect that we wanted to have another child as soon as possible. We were so excited about bringing another person into the world.

We waited and waited and waited and waited and waited. Ten years later and there has not been another person brought into the world.

Oh body, as I have grieved through infertility I have hated you so much.

I figured you hated me and that you failed me on epic levels. Why couldn’t you give me the one thing I wanted the most?! WHY?!

Who knows? Even the doctors said they saw nothing wrong. So, I guess your reason is your reason alone.

This hate manifested itself in various ways. The biggest was choosing to not take care of you and instead adopting pretty unhealthy habits. I have put you through so much over the years.

Body, I have already written so much. Thank you for holding on for so long.

Here’s the thing.

I want to ask for your FORGIVENESS.

I have messed up so many times over the years. I have used you and abused you. I have called you some of the most retched names. I have hated you.

All the while, you took care of me. You housed my soul and spirit. You did what I asked you to do with minimal complaining and you brought my greatest earthly gift into the world. You did all this all while I yelled profanities at you.

I am so sorry.

Please forgive me.

Please forgive me for hating you.

Please forgive me for….well, everything.

I see now what I did and how wrong I was.

From this day forward I will treat you as the temple that you are. We have a whole bunch of years ahead of us. Let’s make them EPIC!!! Click To Tweet

Love,

 
 


 

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Felix Russell-Saw

What To Do When You HATE Your Blog

Over the last few days, I’ve been feeling like I should share some parts of this whole writing/blogging thing that you don’t often see in all those flashy Pinterest pins, Income Reports or Blogs About Writing Blogs. *wink* 

The last few days have been hard. I was having so many doubts and lacked major vision in my writing. I was having MAJOR doubts. It was like I was convinced that absolutely no one would ever read my stuff and that all this effort will be for nothing. UGH! It has been rough. To say I didn’t love my blog is an understatement. It was more like hate. 

Now, I am feeling much better today. And I have more focus. What was it that helped me push through these problems? How did I come to not hate my blog anymore? 

I Go For A Run

It is amazing how getting some exercise and getting those endorphins moving can do for a cloudy vision. I was in the pit of despair one minute and then within a few minutes of running I felt tons better and I was getting more ideas pretty quickly. 

It never takes long for my mood to lift and my perspective makes a full 180 turn. 

When you are in the pits of creative despair and lack motivation or inspiration, get outside. Get some exercise.

I personally love running outside. Do what works for you. Move your body and remove yourself from your work.

Or as my husband will say, “Go for a run and don’t come back till you are in a better mood.” 

 

 

 

Change What I Am Working On

When I am feeling defeated and ready to quit, I switch what I’m working on.

For example, let’s say I’m working on getting some writing done. Ugh! I’m so tired of writing! So, I switch to creating a bunch of graphics for the blog. That’s a switch in what part of the brain I’m using and it can be such a sweet change.

Or, I switch to creating the printables I make for all the posts.

Finally, I like to turn off the creative side of blogging and go straight into consumer mode. I’ve invested in some blogging/writing courses. It often helps for me to put the creation side of my brain down and invest in myself through coaching. I turn on one of the courses and just watch and listen.

I’m still working and moving forward towards my dream. I’m just doing it differently.

Different is good, especially when I need a reboot. Click To Tweet

 I Go Back To Where It All Started

Why did you start blogging in the first place? 

What is the WHY behind this whole thing? 

For me, that means going back to the writing.

It is so easy for me to lose sight of the fact that I started this whole thing because I love writing. I get so caught up in SEO, social media, page views, stats, etc. I’m not saying those are not important. They are absolutely important to this important.

But, sometimes I need to be reminded the WHY of this whole thing. I love to write and I have something to say. When I feel downcast and ready to quit, I put aside all the business stuff for a day or two and I just write. I write and write and write and write.

I process my thoughts and feelings (yes, I’m a very emotional and sensitive person, INFJ) and as a bonus, also get quite a few blog posts knocked out.

What you need to do is go back to the beginning. Why did you start this whole thing? Go there. Click To Tweet

JUST STOP

Take the day off. Take a few days off. Just let it sit.

Writing and keeping a blog can be an emotionally exhausting thing.  Take a complete break from the blog and writing.

Personally, I have this built into my week already by observing a Sabbath every week. On that day, I don’t do anything related to the blog whatsoever. It gives my brain and my heart a nice reset and I’m rested and ready to go when work resumes.

The Sabbath is the day that I focus on Self-Care. I do all the things that make my soul sing. That includes watching movies, napping, lingering over my cup of coffee, reading good books, going on adventures with my two favorite men, and unplugging from the Internet. 

What would your self-care look like? 

Listen, there will most likely come a day when you just want to throw your laptop out the window and swear you will NEVER ever blog another word again. That’s pretty natural. 

Take some time to sit with these feelings and figure out WHY you are feeling this way. 

Then, take some time do one or all of these steps to refresh and reset.

Come back stronger and a better writer and blogger. You went into the pit and then came back. 

Why? Because YOU ROCK!! 

 

 

 

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Tim Gouw

It's going to happen. Are you prepared for when your blog loses its luster and you just might hate it?

New Bloggers: Finding Your Expert Field

New bloggers,

I see you out there just itching to get your blog started. You know you want to dive into this thing called blogging but you feel stuck and that is what prevents you from hitting that PUBLISH button. 

In this time of information saturation, a big hurdle to getting out there in the blogging world is wondering if you are enough of an expert in your chosen field or niche.

I know I really struggled with this. I wanted to write from the most innermost places of my heart and mind. It was a burning desire that was only growing hotter and hotter as the years went on.

The thing is that I didn’t feel like I had any authority in anything. How in the world would anyone be willing to listen to what I had to say? I don’t have a ton of degrees, nor do I have a large portfolio of published writings. I’m not an expert in anything. 

Here’s the thing, though.

There is one thing that I AM an expert in and that is ME. Click To Tweet

I know myself better than anyone else in this world.

Let me share a short story with you.

I am sitting at my desk and I am writing out my 1000 words a day or I’m out for a run or I’m perhaps even in the shower. I have this absolutely wonderful and revolutionary post idea that I just know will change the world. I can’t wait to sit down and punch out this post for the entire world to see.

I do a quick search on the topic only to find out that no less than twenty people have written on the exact same topic.

What?! That’s not fair!!

I could’ve sworn this was an absolutely original idea!!!

“.... and there is nothing new under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 1:9 Click To Tweet

You can just assume that your amazing and revolutionary post idea has indeed been written about by at least one person and probably more.

Don’t lose heart! That’s not the end of the story.

There is a completely original idea that you are not considering.

No one has written on this amazing topic from YOUR perspective.

YOU are amazingly unique. Your perspective on the world is 100% original.

So, even if you do write on a topic that has already been addressed by others, your post is completely original because it is from YOU.

Isn’t that amazing?!

Having this mind-blowing realization is the key to me going from unfulfilled writer to fulfilled writer and blogger.

You are an Expert of YOU and no one can take that away from you. Click To Tweet

Get out there and start writing!!!

Okay, Sarah, that’s cool.

I’m an expert on myself. I kind of, sort of get that, but I’m not really an expert on anything else. What can I write about?

That’s a good question!

First, I would recommend that you just start writing every single day.

Or, at least pick certain days that you will write no matter what. I don’t write on the Sabbath, and that is because I don’t work that day and rarely even turn on my computer.

Make writing each day a non-negotiable. 

Find a routine that works for you and make a covenant with yourself that you will write every day on those days.

Writing on a consistent basis will help you find your unique voice and it will help you get those ideas stuck in your head out and on paper.

This daily writing does not have to be organized or publishable.

Just write.

If you want a good challenge to get your writing fingers moving really well then join me in writing 1000 words a day.
 


 

Second, you don’t have to be an expert on something to write about it.

But, if you write on it long enough you will become an expert.

And remember, you are already an expert on YOU.

What do I mean by you don’t have to be an expert to write about something?

A good example is all those fitness blogs out there. 

Most of those people weren’t experts in fitness. They were just people like you and me who wanted to get healthier and chose to document their journey in a blog.

Each person who writes a fitness blog is an expert on their own personal journey first.

The blog starts off simply as a diary of her progress and personal journey. And then as she learns more and more she shares all the knowledge she is gaining. The blog grows and so does the readership.

Why? Because people can relate to the story.

Third, find what makes you…YOU.

What makes you tick?

What are your passions?

Write about those.

When you write about what you love most you will be your most authentic self.

People today more than ever what authenticity and vulnerability.

The Internet is a world of fake news and fake stories and fake people.  It is the projection screen of everyone’s highlight reels.

But, if you step into the Internet world and present yourself and who you truly are. If you are open and honest, and perhaps even raw, then other’s will sit up and listen. And they will follow you because they have found a safe place. A tribe is born.

Be YOU!  You’re the expert, after all.

New Blogger, you have a voice that the world hasn’t heard from yet. You have a voice that the world NEEDS to hear. 

Get out there and let the world hear YOUR voice. 

 

 
 


 

New Bloggers: Finding Your Expert Field

November 2017 Monthly Blog Report

There is a major trend in the blogging world to write up income reports sharing how much that blog made in a certain amount of time. These blog reports from 6 figures to a few dollars. They often provide a breakdown of every source of income, affiliate links, and how it all came together to create the income.

For some bloggers, these income reports are super inspiring and for some bloggers, they can super annoying. Love them or hate them they are here for now and we might as well glean what wisdom we can and then spit out the bones.

I, for one, find them inspiring in that they prove that there are women, just like me, who can and DO make a part-time or even full-time income working from home all while raising kids, homeschooling them, and running a household. I don’t frequent these reports just because I don’t want to fall into the pit of comparing my level of success with their success. But, when I need some ideas of what I can do differently I look for income reports from fellow bloggers who are most like me.

That being said, I do have a bit of a gripe with these income reports in general. (Please note that I have not read them all so I’m sure I’m missing something.) My biggest gripe is that when I do read them I often come out of it still needing more. What I find missing is the background stuff. I want to read about how you got past your mental roadblocks to get where you are now. I want to read about what your habits are that allow for this level of success. I want to learn what you are doing to develop you, as a person, not just your blog. I want to read about how you have gone from a dream idea to success.

For that reason, I am writing out so that they reflect what I would like to read. I want my blog reports to be fewer numbers and more self-development and inspiration. Nothing wrong with numbers and money but let’s discuss what’s going on deep down inside that ultimately leads to the numbers and money.

I will still present some basic numbers because you still have to have something to track and tracking means numbers.

With that in mind, here are my numbers so far……


It is quite clear that November was a much smaller month than October. That causes a bit of a twinge, to be honest. But, I also know that October was my launch month. More traffic is to be expected when things are still new. November starts the slow push forward. This is when my focus and tenacity will come to play. This is when I start growing GRIT.

Successful Writers put out a lot of quality content over a long period of time.

I am in this for the long haul and I won’t let blips tear down my dream. I am in it to win it.

With that said….

WINS:

  • I wrote and published eight blog posts (see below)
  • I grew my backlog or cushion of scheduled posts well into December. This allows for breaks for writing to be with family, be sick, or work on other projects all the while the blog keeps humming along.
  • I learned from the List Building Mania Course by Lindsay Maloney put upgrades in each blog post. I took that idea and ran with it.
  •  I learned how to use Canva (link) to create printables. Super fun!!
  •  I put out an email newsletter for my subscribers each week.
  •  I read The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod and started implementing his techniques immediately. My days are starting on a much better note now.
  •  I am figuring out a good routine that balances the blog with housework and homeschooling.
  •  Gaining more insight into the direction I want to go with this blog based on what readers are responding to.
     Started reading more self-development books

 

 


 

FAILS:

  • Still trying to figure out social media. Apparently, that is not my forte. I can write content allllll day long but learning social media is hard for me. You can even see that the Facebook hasn’t grown at all because, honestly, I’m not really sure what to do with that. 
  •  I bought the Genius Bloggers Toolkit in October but haven’t used it nearly enough as I hoped. I’m struggling with time management in this respect.
  • I wallowed in self-pity for a bit thinking that this whole writing or blogging idea was absolutely nuts and I should just quit…..like everyone else.
  • Allowed myself to be too easily distracted when trying to work making it hard to get things done in a timely fashion.
  •  Didn’t allow enough time to read, often choosing to watch TV or browse my phone instead.

It's Not Failure. It's Feedback. Click To Tweet

What I Plan to Implement Next Month:

  • Use the extra time created by The Miracle Morning to focus more on education through the Genius Bloggers Toolkit.
  •  Embrace the dips and use them as fuel more focused work.
  •  Create a time management/focus routine so that I can work smarter, not harder.
  •  Create a social media routine and strategy
  •  Write more focused articles on my niche.
  •  Schedule more reading time and listen to books via Audible when on my runs instead of music.
  •  Implement the rule that I have to read a set amount in the evening BEFORE I shut down and turn on the TV.

In case you missed them….November’s Blog Articles.

For a blog that is only two months old, I have learned what seems like a lifetime of stuff. I am so grateful for this blog for what I am learning and I can’t wait to see where it goes.

I am especially thankful for my readers. Y’all are making this big dream come true step by step.


 

 
 


 

Journal Entry: Me? A Writer?


Relationships are built on transparency and vulnerability. It is so easy in this time of blogging and social media to always put on your best face and not open the gates to your heart and soul. I have spent way too long locked up, not letting anyone in. I want to break down those walls and let you in. For that reason, I am running a series of posts that I’m calling “Journal Entry.” In these posts, I will share directly from my journal, where I write my 1000 Words A Day. It will be a copy and paste with no editing or cleaning up. 

I can’t believe I am doing this.

I just can’t shake it and the Husband won’t let me. The Lord won’t let me. The Holy Spirit won’t let me. Apparently, I am a writer and there is nothing I can do about it.

But, seriously? Me? A writer? I have no formal training beyond writing papers for degrees in History and Counseling. What do I have to say? What can I offer this gigantic world? I am not an expert in anything. I am a wife, a homemaker, a homeschooler, a part-time jobber. I am overweight and out of shape. I’m not all that pretty. I am a jogger but I am firmly in the back of the pack. I am not an extravagant chef. I am not crafty and the crafts I do make are kind of gimpy looking. I have never made a big difference. I am one of those random faces in the crowd that doesn’t really stick out. I am average and maybe even less than that.

Me? A Writer? Seriously, Lord?

This is just crazy! Why won’t you leave me ALONE?! I have tried so many things and nothing has ever worked. And whenever I cry out for wisdom and direction always come back to writing. There is something inside me that wants to write even though I have no idea what it would be. Nothing has ever worked! What would make me think this thing called writing would work? What can I say? Would anyone even listen? What is the point if no one listens? So many thoughts. I have tried writing before and that fell by the wayside too.

How is this time different? Clueless.

The Lord prompts me and I turn away. I am scared and embarrassed. Who am I to think that I could be used to do something awesome?

Me? A writer? There is NO WAY!

The Holy Spirit digs into my soul and asks me to write. I run away. I don’t want to go that deep, Lord. It is too dark and shameful. Please leave that part alone because I am so not worthy of your presence. Please allow me to keep my shamefulness and mediocrity to myself, a sinful woman. I have given you my soul, my love, and my trust. Please don’t ask me to give every last detail of my shame and then write it down. This is too hard. I am not worthy. I have done so many terrible things. People won’t love me. They won’t like me if they knew.

Me? A Writer? I just can’t believe it, Lord.

You say that you are drawing me to yourself through pen and paper. You chase me down. You are relentless. “Open yourself to me and great things will happen,” you say. “Just allow me to clean you from the inside out,” you say. “You know my Son and you know my salvation but there are galaxies more to know of my Love and plan for you, my Child. Just let go”

I am afraid.

I am afraid of what will be revealed, uncovered. I am sinful and I am ugly. Please, Lord, use someone else. Use someone who is more faithful and more talented. I am just a homemaker, a home-schooler. I have never done anything great. I am just me. And yet you never let me go. How many times have I heard, “Oh NO! I am not letting you get off that easy!”

Me? A Writer? Seriously, Lord?

I guess so. Apparently, you aren’t letting me get out of this one. It is with fear and trembling that I submit. I have no idea where this will lead. I am still quite afraid of what will be shown to me. It is ugly and it is dark. Of that I am sure. But, if the Lord can use me, a sinner, to bring himself glory then I guess it is all worth it.

So, with that, I become a writer.


 

 

 

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Aaron Burden

Habits: Where the True Magic Happens

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Life has taken a busy turn in my life right now and in many ways, I welcome the energy of it. While I don’t enjoy being busy for the sake of being busy I do enjoy the sense of accomplishment that comes with a job well done. 

As I am navigating this busy season, the one thing that sticks out to me now is the importance of habits.

It is the habits that you form slowly over time that will take you to the victory lane. Click To Tweet

I remember when I started exercising and being more intentional about what I ate that it truly seemed like I was thinking about it constantly. I felt like I was living and breathing food and exercise. I had to consider every single bite I took. I had to think about what I was eating, why I was eating it, when I was eating it, and how I was eating it. I would totally High-Five myself when I chose a piece of fruit over a sleeve of cookies. I had to go completely against my nature to put on gym clothes and move each day. 

And that is just the health and fitness side of things. I am also chasing the dream of being a professional writer, paying off 100% of our debt, homeschooling our very precocious son, and living the best life possible. You could say that I am often quite a Hot Mess.  

Does it feel that way to you?

 
 


 

 

Forming those habits is HARD work!

While forming those habits is indeed hard work, I want you to know that with consistent effort those habits do form and making your goals and dreams a priority goes on auto-pilot.

I could go on and on and on and on about how habits are formed and how you can implement them into your life and I will probably do that in the near future. In the meantime, I strongly recommend the book, The Power of Habit, for more information on how habits are formed and how you can use that knowledge to form good habits and break bad ones.  But, today I just wanted to pop on here to let you know that it DOES happen.

Consistency with Habits = Habits Formed Click To Tweet

There are some habits that are more or less formed and some I am slowing working to establish.  Getting quality movement each day is not a mental struggle anymore. Writing each day is also a daily practice. Exercise and Writing are both an assumed part of my day. When at first exercise, or writing 1000 words a day,  felt like an intrusion into my day they are now an essential part of my day and not doing them feels like an intrusion.

The main point I want to get across is to encourage you as you are forming those habits. It can seem so hard at the start and in many ways it is hard. It takes a lot of mental energy to choose something that goes against your current habits.

But, with each habit-forming choice, you make you are moving down the path to when it won’t take so much energy. If you stay consistent there WILL be a day when daily movement and good nutrition are just parts of your day and you won’t have to think about it.

Before I leave, please remember that you must give yourself grace on this journey. No, you will not get it right every day. Success is not a straight line. It is an all jumbled up line that slowly makes its way upwards over time.

Are you feeling new to this whole Habits thing and need a launching point? Go ahead and sign up to get my FREE ebook on my 7 Secrets to a Successful Morning. It’s ALL about Habits.  You’ll also be receiving weekly exclusive content in your email inbox. Cool, huh? 

You WILL get there.

 

 
 


 

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Thought Catalog

How To Start Writing For Your Blog

I hear you want to start a blog.

That is so awesome. I am so glad that I took the leap and started this blog. I think blogging has been one of the most fulfilling things I have ever done. Blogging is an amazing outlet.

And, if you are willing to work hard, you can even make a decent income from blogging all from the comfort of your own home.

I’m sure you have asked Rabbi Google about blogging. And you’ve probably gone to Pinterest looking for the best “How-To” articles for starting a blog.

Let me guess. You were inundated with a ton of pretty Pins and articles about how to start a blog. You saw email courses, ebooks, and even entire courses on how to do this thing called blogging.

YES!!  This is exactly what you need!!  Blogging!  Here we coooooooome!!!

You sign up for some free email courses and read some ebooks. If you are really hungry, you might even pay to sign up for an e-course.

AWESOME!!

You are taking the right steps.

One of the biggest keys to success is to remain coachable and teachable all the time. Click To Tweet

So, now you have figured out your domain, platform, hosting company, WordPress template, free stock photos and how to edit them to make awesome pinnable images, etc. You are slowly but surely learning the technical side of blogging.

Yeah!  Your blog is being born!!!

But, wait.

What’s the number one thing bloggers do??????

They WRITE!!

 

 

Oh, crap!  Now you need to actually write!

You probably have an idea of what you want to write about.

You might even have a fairly good idea of what your niche is thanks to one of those fancy email courses you subscribed to.  Am I right?

But, how do you get that actual content written?

I have spent a fair amount of time in some awesome blogger groups on Facebook and one of the most common sticking points I am noticing for starting a blog is actually getting the content written and out there.

The number one objective of a blogger is to create AWESOME content, a lot of it. Click To Tweet

The funny thing is that the writing part of keeping a blog is easy to me. I was writing long before I even considered starting this blog. It’s the technical side of things that get me frustrated and wondering if I want to do this for the long run.

Here is my little bit of wisdom about getting awesome content out there. 

Write. Write. Write. Write A lot. Write Often.

One of the most frustrating things for me to do is sit down at my computer for the purpose of writing a blog article. The pressure of creating a quality piece that will be published drives me nuts. I usually end up sitting there, staring at the computer, for way too long. 

Getting past this paralysis is as easy as just writing every single freaking day. I don’t worry about the content or the editing. My fingers are allowed to just flow over the keyboard. It doesn’t matter what comes out. Just let it go. 

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One of my virtual writing mentors, Jeff Goins, recently wrote a post on how he finally came to make it as a writer. He said, “So I made a life-changing decision. I would write every day and publish it on my blog for two years straight. That was my promise to myself. Practice every day for two years before giving up.”

As you write every day you are creating an awesome library of content that you can pull from when it’s time to create a blog post.

Writing every freaking day also helps you push past any fear you might have about writing.

Writing is a vulnerable thing to do. It doesn’t matter what you are writing about. You always leave a little bit of yourself on that page. And for that, writing is scary for many people.

Writing requires a different part of the brain than talking.  And that part of the brain needs daily exercise to get fit and ready to produce. Daily writing provides that exercise. Before you know it, writing becomes easy and you just might come to love it for all that it can provide.

Daily writing will help you come up with topic ideas that you aren’t even writing about.

Just the act of writing helps me come up with awesome ideas for future posts. It’s kind of funny how it happens too. The vast majority of post ideas come while I am doing my daily writing. For that reason alone, it is so worth having this daily habit.

Write Every Freaking Day. Your Content will create itself. And you will learn about yourself along the way.

I wish I could come up with some awesome three-step formula that will sell like crazy but it’s just not that complicated. There aren’t three steps to it!!

Write. Write. Write. Write. Write. Write. Write. Write.

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Try it.

Consider doing a 1000 Words a Day Challenge!! 

Let me know what happens!!!!

 

 

 

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Getting Things Done: Outcome Vs. Behavior Goals

Goals.

Do you have goals?  What kind of goals do you have?

I think we can all agree that having goals is incredibly important to being successful in whatever it is you are trying to achieve. It helps to have something to work towards instead of going along with no destination in mind.

But, do you have the right kind of goals?

Having goals is very important and having the right kind of goals is just as important.

Let’s talk about the two types of goals.

OUTCOME goals:

  • “I want to lose 20 lbs. by Christmas.”
  • “I want to run a 5K in under 23 minutes.”
  • “I want to write a book in 2018.”

These type goals do not make sense because LIFE HAPPENS. The world is pretty uncontrollable. You can’t make your body lose 20 pounds on command any more than you can make sure your house is worth a certain amount when you sell it. In other words, you can’t control the outcome.

 
 


 

 

However, you can control your BEHAVIOR:

  • “I will run 4 times every week focusing on increasing my running intervals.”
  • “I will diligently track my food, exercise, and work on my new habit every week.”
  • “I will write 1000 Words A Day.”

Notice how all of the behavior goals are a commitment to do a specific set of actions or tasks that lead to the outcome you want.

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So here’s your assignment for the next couple days….

1) Write down what you would like to achieve in your fitness journey.
2) What can you do this MONTH to help you achieve your future goal (BEHAVIOR goals)?
3) What can you do this WEEK to achieve your future goal?
4) What can you do TODAY to achieve your future goal?

These are all BEHAVIOR goals. 

I would love to hear some of your goals!

It is okay to under-estimate. It is better to meet small goals consistently and add up to big goals.

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. 🙂

You will see how all these behaviors will ultimately help you achieve your outcome goal but in controllable and achievable steps that are kinder to your overall being.

 
 


 

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Cathryn Lavery

Journal Entry – I AM Enough

Relationships are built on transparency and vulnerability. It is so easy in this time of blogging and social media to always put on your best face and not open the gates to your heart and soul. I have spent way too long locked up, not letting anyone in. I want to break down those walls and let you in. For that reason, I am starting a series of posts that I’m calling “Journal Entry.” In these posts, I will share directly from my journal, where I write my 1000 Words A Day. It will be a copy and paste with no editing or cleaning up. 

There are days when I look in the mirror and sigh. I see that frumpy and dumpy homeschooling housewife. I think of all the things I have not accomplished.

The answer to all these questions is a resounding NO.

I take a deep breath as I stare in the mirror and then I feel an arm come around my waist and I hear a sweet whisper of “I Love You.” I enjoy the moment. I give in. I then hear in my soul, “You ARE Enough!” It is then that I know that yes, I AM enough.  There is a lot I have not accomplished, but there is so much more that I have — things of eternal value.  I look away and I see my only son giggling as he reads his favorite books. I hear, “Hey Mom! Listen to this!!” We laugh together on the couch.

Then we gather at the table for dinner. The two loves of my life are eating and laughing. Even the dog is content as she rolls around on the carpet. We are happy. We are content.

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At bedtime, I can’t help but smile big as I walk by my son’s room and I see him and his Dad reading Scripture together. They both look up and smile.

After a little TV time with my Sweetheart, I slip into my boy’s room and I kiss his sleeping head — like I have every night since he was born–almost nine years now. I whisper, “I Love You.”  In that place between reality and dreams, he quietly says “I love you too. You are the best Mom EVER.”

My soul smiles as I go to bed. I take off my glasses and slip into bed. As I feel strong arms come around my waist again and we fall asleep in unison, I know. I am not perfect. But, I AM enough.

I sleep well.


 


 

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Alisa Olaivar

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