This past summer I have been making a concerted effort to try new things and stop saying no to things that take me out of my comfort zone. Overall, I feel like I have been pretty successful. The start of my new philosophy started by backpacking through Peru (my second time backpacking in my entire life) and I have been trying to embrace the new idea since my return.
A week ago, I turned 38 (and to be honest, that was a little rough) and I decided I needed to commit even more to my new philosophy…so this is my year of yes. I’m going to try new things and push myself throughout the year. What exactly that means, I’m not 100% sure but I’ll excited to see as the year progresses.
One thing that I have always wanted to do was be a writer. I started writing as a small child (I remember my first book was called Mall Madness and was about some kids that got locked in the mall after hours…it won an award in a third-grade writing contest), continued writing for my high school and college newspapers, and even majored in Journalism in college. But, as I went through school and learned more about the “news” business, writing became a chore rather than something I really enjoyed. The reality of not be able to work in the field after graduation also soured my taste towards writing and I just stopped writing all together. (As a Career Counselor now I am shocked that none of my instructors or advisors ever thought it might be a good idea to mention that written journalism was a dying industry and finding a job doing what we wanted, where we wanted, was going to be near impossible.)
I write occasionally for work and wrote a lot while working towards my Master’s degree, but rarely wrote for fun. Several years ago, I started a blog thinking it would be a perfect outlet for my desire to write, but it seemed like a hundred things would get in the way of me sitting down and writing and posting. But, during my year of yes there are no more excuses. I need to just stop whining about how busy I am and just sit down and write (because really, if you have time to complain about being too busy, you obviously have some free time). I want to get back to my writing roots and remember why I used to love sitting at my word processor (see, I really am 38) and cranking out stories. So, my hopes are that my blog will be the outlet for my writing. I am hoping to write as often as possible and post blogs much more regularly. We’ll see how it goes…
Writing is just the beginning. I have so many more plans for my year of yes. I WILL learn how to drive standard. I WILL learn how to rock climb. I WILL learn (for my husband’s sake) the difference between then and than. And I WILL say yes to things that scare me, intimidate me, or just make me want to run and hide.
So, I invite you to come with me during my year of yes. If you have any challenges of things I should try, please throw them out, I am open to all new ideas!