Obviously, I have been hit and miss when it comes to my writing. It’s not just that I’m not getting around to writing. I love to write. And when I write regularly for my own enjoyment, the writing I do for deadlines and publications comes so much more naturally. So, it’s not a chore that I’m avoiding.
It’s just that everything else I do tends to get in the way!
Enjoyment & Necessity Intertwined
That truth has made me realize something. I rarely write about what I do. I write about the spiritual lessons I learn through parenting, but I don’t write about parenting. I share thoughts that come from being a pastor’s wife, but I don’t write about ministry. I use skills that I have learned as a managing editor (hopefully I’ll be able to apply that to “prettifying” my blog soon, too!), but I never write about the amazing opportunities my job has affording me. Oh, and that little thing called homeschooling that helped me get my job in the first place? I don’t really write about that, either.
We cannot separate what we do from who we are and what we love. Even when we have jobs we really do not enjoy – jobs that do not fulfill us – they are still a very integral part of our lives. We cannot compartmentalize the different aspects of our lives and still be the full, thriving human beings God created us to be. Instead, we will gripe and complain because the things that are necessary keep us from the things we love.
What if we were to instead realize that the necessary helps shape and mold us to more greatly enjoy what we love?
On Monday I mentioned making goals – guidelines, of sorts, that will help direct how I structure my year. Actively shaping each week to allow for regular writing fits into the goal-setting, and one of my specific plans is to find some way to write about what I do every single week. Maybe I can share something I’ve learned. Or a funny story. Or a struggle. Or an insight. I’m not sure how it will flesh out. But, I’m looking forward to finding out!