Self-Care Challenge (Day 96): Writing a Book

The prospect of writing a book has been staring back at me from my bucket list for years. The problem? I could never seem to narrow my focus.

For most of my life, I’ve been plagued with having too many ideas. Sometimes it’s an asset. Having a surplus of ideas comes in handy when you’re trying to solve a problem, but having too many ideas can also be paralyzing. Sometimes doing nothing is just easier.

When I decided it was time to finally write the book I started with a mind map. This allowed me to cluster my ideas and find connections between them. This, along with several other methods of idea organization, eventually helped me find clarity — not only for the book, but also for my life on a personal level. I started to notice things I liked and didn’t like about other books, and I studied the writing styles of other authors. (Stephen King’s book On Writing Amazon Associate Link is amazing!)

The process was exhilarating, frustrating, and liberating all at the same time. Some weeks I made more progress than others, and eventually I started to notice little notes I had left for myself like, “Finish the damn book already!”

I was dragging my feet.

Quite honestly, I could have continued writing the book for the rest of my life. It would have been easy to continue revising the manuscript forever–anything would have been easier than finishing it. But at some point, I realized that even books have an enough threshold. There comes a time when we must say that we’ve done enough to call a project complete.

I consider this a self-care experience because it created an outlet for me to express my truth. It allowed me to put my thoughts, ideas, values, beliefs, and personality into words, and it reminded me that anything truly is possible; we just have to be willing to put forth the effort.

Uppward: A Self-Care System for Purposeful Living  was written to help readers reclaim ownership of their health. Investing time in ourselves to develop a personal self-care practice enables us to make greater contributions to our families and communities.

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