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

Book Cover, shadow 399The 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 has been an asset. Having a surplus of ideas comes in handy when you’re trying to solve a problem or find a new way to do things. 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 exercise allowed me to cluster my ideas and begin finding the connections between them. This, along with several other methods of thought organization, eventually helped me find clarity—not only for the book, but also for my life personally. 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 myself like, “Finish the damn book already!”

I was dragging my feet.

Quite honesty, I could have continued “writing” the book for the rest of my life. It would have been easy to revise 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 really is possible; we just have to be willing to put forth the effort.

Uppward (Amazon Associate Link) was written to help you reclaim ownership of your health. Investing time in yourself to develop a personal self-care practice will enable you to make greater contributions to your family and community. This book helps you translate your intentions (those things you’ve been “thinking about” doing) into actionable goals.

What are your audacious bucket list items?

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