Happy Friday! I am oh-so-glad it is Friday and I have a fun weekend ahead of me. I have another update on my 50 Guest Blogs goal for today. When I started my guest posting journey off, I scheduled two posts a week to write and it got very overwhelming, especially since I was still writing three posts a week on my blog here! Once I caught myself up, I started scheduling just one a week and it’s been so helpful. Quality over quantity always.
Kyria was interested in me writing about something Florida-based. My favorite restaurants or sights or beaches, what have you. After much thought and deliberation, I decided to give the low-down of my favorite amusement parks within driving distance of me. I’m lucky to live so close to Orlando where I can experience the magic of Disney so easily. I’ve grown up going to amusement parks and one of my favorite ways to spend a weekend is traveling to Orlando to take in the shows, rides, and food. It’s always so much fun for me, no matter how hot or crowded it is.
“An Orlando vacation is not really a relaxing vacation, with all there is to do and see, but it is a fun one! It’s pretty much a given that you will have an enjoyable time – whether you love roller coasters, fun shows, or delicious food.”
Rene’s blog is centered are millenials and finding inspiration in your twenties, so I knew the perfect topic would be about my quarterlife crisis “Aha!” moment – that moment when a lightbulb comes on in your brain and you discover just what this life is about. It’s not about knowing exactly what we want to do and the exact path we want to take – it’s about change, growth, discovery. I don’t have a five-year plan for my life and I’m not sure I even want a five-year plan. It feels so limiting, when there are so many ways my life can change in five years. I could be married or living in a new city or even still at my same job. The important thing is to trust the process and trust in yourself. Give yourself chances to fail, try new things, and never, ever be afraid to be yourself.
“Our futures are so wide open, so bright, that it can feel overwhelming at times. That’s when the quarterlife crisis kicks in. It tells you lies. It feasts on your doubts and anxieties. It breeds new fears.”
Ali writes a “Marriage Monday” series on her blog and asked if I wouldn’t mind contributing to it, about my Letters to My Future Husband series. I’m always willing to write about why I choose to write my letters and what it’s like to wait so I wrote a bit about the waiting period – this time in my life right now where I’m just trying to be patient and listen to God’s will. Some days are easier than others, but I’m in a very peaceful place right now in my singleness – where I would be happy to meet someone, but just as happy to keep living my life by myself.
“As a single girl, I am choosing to honor myself and my values by being true to my beliefs and not falling for the first guy who shows me any kind of attention. It means being picky about who I spend my time with and what dates to go on. It means finding my truth, honing my strengths, and learning to love me as me.”
I knew Katie’s blog revolved around writing, editing, and books so coming up with a topic for her blog was easy: NaNoWriMo! While I have covered a lot of writing topics over my past twenty-odd guest posts, I hadn’t yet written about NaNoWriMo. Katie has done this crazy writing challenge with me so I knew she would be a kindred spirit. I wrote about my experience with NaNo, as well as giving three reasons why all writers should attempt this. It’s not easy and takes a lot of discipline to sit down every day and write, but I think it was so worthwhile for my writing goals.
“While the story I wrote for last year’s NaNoWriMo project didn’t turn out to be something I wanted to publish, it was still a worthwhile experience and I took so many good lessons about the craft of writing from it. It opened me up, made me vulnerable, and showed me that writing is exactly what I want to do with my life. In any shape or form. Writing is in my blood and it is what I am meant to be doing.”
Natasha and I share a similar love for the written word and writing, and she was interested in me writing about how I find time to write. It’s not easy, that’s for sure. But I love it. I love writing so, so, so much that I willingly give up free time to craft posts for my blogs, write guest posts, and work on my fiction. Some days are harder than others to get started, but it never feels like work. It’s fun. It makes me happy. And I find time to write because I love to write. But it still takes discipline and in this post, I detail three ways you can make time to write more.
“Writing is my favorite thing to do. It’s my release. It’s where I feel at home. It’s where I feel the most honest and authentic.”
I absolutely adore Cait and we’ve become fairly good friends over the past year. Honestly, as she mentions in the post, I have no idea how we found each other’s blogs but we did and I’m so thankful for her. Our lives our definitely different, but we share a lot of the same fears and characteristics so it’s always nice to talk to her. Cait was interested in me writing a post dedicated to her blog title: how I find balance in my life. This was not a very easy topic, since I don’t struggle with finding balance. Well, not in the way most people think of finding balance. I talk about learning to be more unbalanced in my everyday life, dealing with social anxiety, and learning to say yes to opportunities – even those I don’t necessarily want to do.
“My social anxiety is a real and live thing in my life. It’s something I will always need to be aware of, but it’s not something that should hold me back from seeking new opportunities to meet new people and grow my social skills.”
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