I just got back from my second barre class.
You’re supposed to feel like this:
But I feel like this:
Yes, that is a sloth climbing a tree.
Seriously guys, within 5 minutes I am dripping sweat and within 20 I am nauseous and looking at the clock to see how much longer I have until the class is over. 30 minutes in and I feel like every major muscle group and most minor ones are on the verge of cramping.
It is one of the most humiliating and depressing experiences I put myself through these days.
Kind of like when I look at other peoples blogs and websites.
You know when you read a great article and so you check out the author’s page and then click to their website and then you go down that rabbit-hole of comparison? And you start looking at more and more websites and blogs and comparing yourself to those people, even if they are crazy-sucessful and your idols, like say, Liz Gilbert?
Yeah, me neither.
I never do that. But I have heard that some people do. #nonotmenever
Which brings me to the point of this blog post #gettoitalready, right?
I left my full-time job a year ago.
It was shortly after our family returned from our trip to London and Paris. I was back at work and writing and dreaming about all things French – which turned into my blog, Dreams in French.
I was still working on my second book, The Crime of Deception. [Full disclosure: I still am! If you want to help me my reading my XXX NSFW first draft, drop me a line. I need feedback as I am stalled. #havebeenfor2yearsnow]
One afternoon, I didn’t want to go back to my desk, I just wanted to sit and write all day, and I asked myself How can I find more time to write?
So I began to look for a part-time job and lo and behold! one appeared. I took a part-time job teaching and with Mondays off and shorter hours (even factoring in my long commute) I had more time to do what I wanted to do most: write.
Now that the new school year is on the cusp of beginning (my old district started classes yesterday and my kids start tomorrow) it has hit me that I have been on this dedicated path for a year now.
Let’s take a look at what I have done in that time:
- started my blog Dreams in French
- launched my Dreams in French Facebook page
- pitched an idea for a monthly column to the local newspaper. My first column of The Creative Life appeared in the January issue of the Aptos Times
- Though I write the column for free, one of my interviews led to a paying client! (I love the team I work with at American Hat Makers/Head’n Home so much!)
- started picking up news assignments like this one from the newspaper
- started profiling awesome women for Santa Cruz Socialites
- updated my LinkedIn profile to better reflect my writing experience and skills
and, just yesterday, I launched my writer website www.JessicaJanisJohnson.com
I’d say that’s quite a bit, and I’m sure I missed a couple of things here and there too. I didn’t list the poetry or articles submissions I’ve done (that have come back rejections #insertsadface) or the online courses and trainings I have taken or the Facebook groups I belong to that help me connect with other writers and entrepreneurs, though those have been valuable. [Note to self: *ALERT* Blog Idea!]
I think it is good to take the time to list what I have done in the past year, while being an active, involved mom to two; a loving and (mostly) present partner; a sister; a friend; a chauffeur; a cheerleader; and oh yeah, I was a teacher then too!
Sometimes it feels like I take one step forward and three steps back…
…but I intend to keep on keepin’ on.
I hope you will join me!
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