Let me ask you something: when was the last time you did something for yourself?
And, I’m not talking about getting a pedicure or facial, not that there’s anything wrong with that! I’m talking about doing something for your soul—something that filled your heart and made you giddy with excitement. With work and adult responsibilities, it’s easy to forget about finding time to invest in yourself and feed your curiosity and passions.
But isn’t it worth making time for?
A few months ago, I asked myself this same question. For years I’d been talking about how I wanted to become a better writer, but was I doing anything about it? No. Talk is easy, but taking action is a lot harder. One day, I sat down at my computer, typed in “writing class Chicago” and within a few minutes, I’d found the Story Studio and enrolled in a creative non-fiction class.
One thing my parents instilled in me when I was younger, was that graduating college was no excuse to stop learning. Since I write so much for this blog, it made sense to invest in myself and feed that passion. The eight week class ended about a month ago and since then, I’ve been a lot more confident in my skills (though my editing could still use some work) and my ability to tell an interesting story.
Since the class ended, I still make a point to practice my writing and give it a little more attention than I did in the past. My new favorite weekly activity is blocking out time for uninterrupted writing. Last week, I left my phone in my bedroom, closed my computer and sat at the table with just a notebook and a pencil.
That day I was wearing this outfit from Modcloth that makes me feel very sophisticated and stylish, while also being super comfortable. Part of getting in the zone for me is feeling good and that starts with an outfit that makes me feel that way. I love the color of this simple sweater dress, and the slit gives it an edgy twist. I paired it with a simple draped jacket and these booties—how cute are they? I’m obsessed with them and also wore them to brunch this past weekend with jeans and a sweater.
It’s nothing crazy, but each week I’m intentionally taking time to feed that part of my heart.
Maybe you want to learn how to cook, bake, take a trip to wine country, draw, knit, paint, throw a pot or speak French. Whatever it is, what’s stopping you from just doing it?
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