Moving On

This post is part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group blog hop. The first Wednesday of every month is Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. The awesome co-hosts for the February 6 posting of the IWSG are Raimey Gallant, Natalie Aguirre, CV Grehan, and Michelle Wallace!

February is upon us. Happy (early) Valentine’s Day! Apart from the usual flogging myself to write more, edit more, publish more, I’m not feeling particularly insecure this month. At least, not about any one specific thing. Insecurity is the background noise of my writer’s life, so I’m used to that part by now.

I want to make it a great 2019 and I’m trying to focus on that right now. January was an absolute shit show for me professionally (as in my day job) and personally, so I’m going to pretend January was just a trial month, now the real subscription for the year starts. I’m also choosing to believe all the bad stuff got itself over with right away in January, so the rest of the year will be smooth sailing. I’d rather do it that way anyway, get it over with at once instead of stretching it out over the whole year!

How was your January? Are you ready for the rest of 2019?

February 6 question – Besides writing what other creative outlets do you have?

I’ve definitely talked about the fact before that I’m simply not creatively inclined outside of writing. At least, not in ways most people think when they think of ‘creative’ things. I like to do interior decorating, but for my own tastes, I doubt I could design a space for anyone else. So, I love decorating my own house. Sometimes I enjoy cooking. I’ve been threatening to try out candle making for a few years now, so maybe this will be the year I finally give it a go. I’m not very handy or crafty, either.

What outlets do you have?

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  1. There’s nothing wrong with a hard restart at any time of year. A couple years ago, I had a major shift at the end of January with a friendship, and the loss affected every aspect of my life for months. My bestie was going through a lot of health issues at the same time. She and I decided there was no shame in starting a new year whenever we felt like it, so we declared June to be the official start of 2017, and rebooted.

    Start again when you need to, and restart again after that if the first one doesn’t work! You can do it.

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  2. Yep, definitely hit the reset button and start fresh this month. I enjoy cooking but don’t do anything creative outside of that. Candle making sounds interesting. Let us know if you do give it a go and post pictures of your creations.

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  3. In a way, it’s actually great to get all the terrible stuff over with in one month and sail smooth the rest of them. I’ll be sending wishes that’s exactly what happens for the rest of your 2019 🙂

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  4. Each day is the start of a New Year starting from then. Living life is a creative art. If you bring one smile to a tired face, then you were the best kind of creative. May your sales soar.

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  5. My other favorite creative outlet is Lego. I feel like it’s a very different kind of creativity than my writing or my art. January ended up being a very good month for my writing, which was nice, but I ended up not having much spare time for Lego or any of my other hobbies, which was a bit disappointing.

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  6. Sorry January was a rough month. Hoping February and the rest of the year treat you better! I’m not creative outside of writing either. I’ve never been the ‘crafty’ type.

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  7. I’m with you on the interior decorating. I absolutely loved the whole concept – the planning, decorating, finding the perfect pieces…even the drafting, and drawing, and historical classes. So I got my degree in it. By the time I finished, I knew that I only wanted to decorate for myself. I didn’t want to come up with designs for what someone else wanted. I wanted to produce what was in MY brain. So I never even looked for a job in that industry.

    Give candle making a try! It’s not that difficult and I think you’ll surprise yourself when you’re burning yummy, scented creations that you made yourself.

    Visiting for IWSG from Writer’s Zen.

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    1. I never went to school for it, but I love decorating my own place. I get a lot of compliments, but I remember a funny thing I read one time: when someone compliments you on your taste, they’re really just complimenting their own taste. So I could only really help people who share my taste, clearly!

      I just might give it a try. I’ve been pondering it for a while now!

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      1. I’ve never heard that comment. But very true – and funny – when one thinks about it.
        Even though I never worked in the field, if I had to do it over again, I’d still do it. I enjoyed all the classes.

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