201. 5 Lessons From My Writing Journey So Far

I can't believe I just did it. A few minutes ago, I actually pressed that blue gmail button that says SEND. My first query. Gone. Released via email. The internet gods have taken control. 

Considering the fact that it's 10 minutes to 2 a.m., you can say I'm experiencing a whirlwind of emotions. There's excitement of course (it's my first query!), slight apprehension (because, you know, it's my first query), and a whole heap of pride. I officially just took one major leap in the direction of my goals. 

This is going to sound really crazy too, but I'm not even sleepy. I'll probably stay up another hour or so doing some leisure reading. And it's funny because I'm operating on 4 or 5 hours of sleep as we speak and will be back up in a few hours working on some course creation.

I take this seriously. The grind doesn't stop.

Before I sign off, I just want to talk about what my writing journey has taught me so far -- especially since i just celebrated blogging 200 days in a row and counting.

So, here they are -- the five lessons: 

  1. You really have to love what you do. Every since I learned how to read, I knew I wanted to write. That passion and love pushed me to keep going even on those days when I didn't feel like writing.

  2. Which brings me to my next point: this journey is not about what you feel like doing. No one that I know ever feels like going to the dentist, but there are consequences when they don't attend regularly. Same concept applies. When you have a dream or goal, it's not about what you feel like doing, It's about what you're willing to do in spite of your feelings.

  3. The right people around you matter. I appreciate my husband for being supportive and for all the people in Breathe University -- the amazing mastermind group led by Dr. Eric Thomas -- who have been so encouraging during this process. It's been amazing already and I'm just getting warmed up.

  4. Be anxious for nothing. It's one of my favorite scriptures. Everything has a time and place, and sitting around worried about something doesn't make your goals happen any faster. Things take time. We must be patient. We must be content in whatever state we're in.

  5. Keep moving forward. Huge one. Instead of sitting around, I'm going to keep the querying going, continue to create courses for my clients, read and write every single day, and work on my next book. There's no sitting around waiting aimlessly like my life has to stop while decisions are being made. No, life goes on. I will continue to work and will refuse to be outworked.

Well, that does it people. It's officially 2 a.m. Ok, 2:03 a.m. to be exact. Time for me to hang it up so I can tidy up my work space and read a little Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper. Happy Productivity everybody!

-ADJ

Reading time. Toodles.

Reading time. Toodles.