I used to enjoy writing when I was in high school. I had a fantastic English teacher who required us to write in a journal. Daily. We could write about anything, but we had to write non-stop, without thinking. I wish I would’ve kept one of the many notebooks I filled. I’m curious about the drivel that I penned. That exercise was very helpful for me. When it came time to writing assignments, they didn’t seem quite so tough. I still pull knowledge from that class when I write today, 17 years later.
After college, I didn’t write much. Partly because I was burnt out from countless papers on Organizational Leadership and the meaning behind books like Lazarillo de Tormes. I didn’t need to write for my job (sales) and my social life took precedence over any sort of hobby. I didn’t get back to writing until 2009 when Anne convinced me to start a blog. I was terrified to write. I lacked confidence in my ability to produce anything worth reading and what if the writing police arrested me?
I got over it. I channeled my high school English teacher and just started writing. It was rough at first, but I can now say I enjoy it again. I know my writing is not perfect, but I’m back to enjoying the process. I’m certain that my writing has improved since starting the blog and my confidence has grown. Close friends, who are better editors, have been awesome about letting me know when I missed something or if my grammar is off. I’m truly grateful for those friends. They help me become a better writer.
My work requires me to write more know than ever and because of this whole “blogging” thing, my work has improved. This could be all in my head, but I highly doubt it. Practice makes perfect. Or at least better. Being perfect is way overrated.
Do you know what else helps strengthen your writing? Writing more. It’s that simple. The more you write, the better it gets. So, I’ve found more opportunities to write.
As I announced last fall, I’ve started writing for another blog called SheTaxi. The site went through a make-over this last month and is much more user-friendly. If you haven’t checked it out, you really should. It is a great site for woman who are looking to hang out in an environment that supports other woman. It’s rad.
Here are the latest articles I’ve written for SheTaxi:
Easy Homemade Vinaigrette – I’m always shocked when I see people with 18 bottles of salad dressing in their fridge. It’s so much better for you to make it yourself. Bonus – it’s way cheaper too!
The Power of Positive Peer Pressure – The story of what started my journey to a healthy life. It involves spandex.
4 Books that Will Change How You Think About Food – A recap of the books that helped my shape my thoughts and attitudes around my diet.
How do you feel about writing? Do you journal?