Here’s the thing: I don’t actually think it is any easier to show up to the work we feel required to do — the work with immediate financial return — than to show up to our creative work.
Both require commitment. Both present challenges. Both can be frustrating/exhilarating/mind-stretching.
The difference is how we value the creative work – how we allow ourselves to treat it.
When my son was 2-years-old and I decided to commit to the WRITER in me dying to run free, I had to confront the idea that as a stay-at-home-mom my writing could always be placed on the back burner.
Right behind the mac ‘n cheese and broccoli.
I had to begin to shift my thinking from:
First, I take care of everything that needs to be done around the house, I make sure to play for a few hours with my son, I get dinner prepped, and THEN I can write if I am not asleep on the couch by seven pm.
The house can be messy, or someone else who lives here can pitch in. I can hire a babysitter occasionally. We can order take-out. My husband can put the kid to bed. Screen time will not kill my child – I want to finish this scene.
The writing MATTERS, it is real and important and I have a right to pursue it.
My job as a mom remains demanding. My job as a freelance editor and book biz coach continues to require energy and time. I am a social butterfly who loves to hang out with friends and go do fun things in LA.
My writing WILL NOT be put on the back burner no matter what else winds up on my plate.
My plate is full with valuable, interesting things and I am lucky.
We cannot achieve the big dreams we harbor inside without agreeing to make big changes to the way we view our passions.
YOUR writing is a job worthy of YOUR time.
Value the creative life and the creative life will begin to pour out of you.