The end of the week is near and I’m feeling good about the changes I have made to this blog and the changes I have noticed within myself, but I’ll get to that later. Currently I am looking for guest bloggers, people who would like to add their perspectives on my various themes. If your interested in being a contributor to Jodie’s Journey or just have an idea you’d like to see discussed please see the contact form at the end of this post. :) Tonks is also planning on hosting guest bloggers in the near future. Check out her blog if your interested.
Tonks blog hosts a pleura of information about her various knitting projects (hence the nickname the Unhinged Knitter), her mini zoo (6 cats, 2 birds and the various wild creatures that come to visit), and of course the biggest project of them all remodeling. She’s a busy woman, yet some how she always manages to find time to listen to my woes, lol. I’d call her a saint but I know her too well.. hehe. :)
Tepid Penguin has been a bit shy lately. I guess Tonks and I are too hot for him to handle lol. He promises to grace us with his presence soon. I hear he is working on a fabulous article for this weeks theme, so look for that in the next couple of days. If you get a chance, check out his blog, it’s still fairly new, but it’s got potential to be a spot worth keeping tabs on. :)
As for me, I have some writing projects I’d like to carve out time to work on.
Before I sign off for the night I’d like to discuss a topic that goes hand in hand with being true to yourself; Honesty.
Honesty is valuable; yet it’s something that is usually all talk and no action. Many people are more honest with the outside world then they are with themselves. Today I realized that I am one of those people because I have fallen into the ”I’m good at my job; it must be my destiny to do it.” trap. For more on this particular trap read Kat McGowans January 2th, 2013 article in Psychology Today, Living a Lie.
Some call me empathic because I’m good at understanding people on an emotional level. This mixed with my continued experience in the field and my training requirements it would seem like social work would be a perfect fit; right? I do enjoy my job, despite the occasional frustration, and I can see myself being a good On-Going Case Manager, once I have more experience but this isn’t what I want to do with my life and it wasn’t until today that I realized just how dishonest I was being with myself.
I’m not a natural writer or even particularly talented. I can not verbally tell a story to save my life. I always seem to flip words around and thus miscomprehend what I’m reading. I can not analyze my way out of a paper bag. My vocabulary, grammar and spelling is atrocious and either I have to many ideas flying through my head at once, or none at all. Yet I’ve put pen to paper or fingers to keys for as long as I can remember.
What I’m saying is that pursuing a writing career feels like a joke, especially when I’m already doing something I’m good at. Yet it wasn’t until today, when I was driving to work and feeling frustration mixed with a slight depression, that I realized how dishonest I was being. I wanted to be struggling with something that made me happy (despite the frustration) instead of doing something that I was good at. With this new knowledge I’ve decided to look for a new job that will give me a steady schedule and enough to make ends meet, so I can put more focus on my writing.
What are you naturally good at? is it want you want to do? or does it feel like it just makes fiscal sense to continue to do it even though you would rather be doing something else?
Love and Light,
- To Thine Own Self Be True (psychologytoday.com)
- What Being Authentic Means – and What Gets in the Way (aquariusparadigm.com)
- Three Steps to Choosing Authenticity and Getting Your Real Self To Stand Up (soulballast.wordpress.com)
- Honesty with myself (findinggodinme.wordpress.com)
- Honesty? (nxlc.wordpress.com)