Writing is NOT Optional

Here’s the deal. For me, writing is not an option. It has always been there, and it is always tapping me on the shoulder. It wants to be freed. It is always nagging at me like a cranky baby, it wants to be born. I can no longer neglect the intense desire because of excuses or doubts. So here I am, shedding excuses. I am a writer, and I shall write.

Writing Down the Bones

Just start writing they say. Whatever comes out. Let it flow. “Writing down the bones”, as author Natalie Goldberg says. Allowing thoughts to transform that blank page. No holding back. Even correcting and editing should wait until a lull in the flow of words. Just get started…past the hump. Don’t interrupt. Somewhere inside there is something to say. Something profound or relevant to share. But just beginning is the hardest.

As Tony Robbins suggests, I ask myself some better questions: Can I believe that something I’ve been through matters? Could my experience and growth and expansion really help someone else? Could my writing be a source of support, inspiration or enjoyment for even one other person? Hell yeah! So let’s do this baby!

What Do You Want to Heal?

Spring invokes thoughts of flowers, sunshine, rainbows, chicks and spring cleaning! But this spring, we are in a strange lockdown situation that has affected millions of people. I know there are worries, traumas, hardship and misinformation galore.  So during this...

Tell Yourself Nice Things

Walking and talking to myself. I reassure me, as if I were talking to a good friend. So, I tell myself nice things. Things like "you are loved", "you are so lucky", "you are beautiful", "it's all okay", "don't be so hard on yourself" and "you are doing your best". I...

Afraid of Change? This One’s For You

Are you afraid of change? I’m not.  In fact, I give ‘em a cuddle. What would my life be like if things didn’t change? Stale, boring, stagnant. Oh yessss, some of the changes are messy, some annoying (I’m looking at you HOT FLASHES!) and some utterly dreadful. But...

How I Became a Tattoo Artist: My Tattoo School Days to Today

Deciding to become a tattoo artist was no picnic as I had miniscule support from the people around me. I was on track to become an arts administrator, studying at the local university and I was in my late thirties!  Everyone thought I was CRAZY. I worked part time as...


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