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Freeing Myself

20140311-223333.jpg I have a confession to make. It’s been playing on my mind a lot lately and I think it’s time to fess up. I’d love to say that I’m always on the go, always ready to do things, but that would be a lie, and my dear dreamers, I don’t want to lie to you. Module two of BE+BH was dropped yesterday before I had to go to work and last night the first module of B-School dropped. I would love to say that I’ve been busily getting on top of it, but frankly I haven’t even printed out the modules or fully looked at all of the vids.

I sometimes don’t follow my own advice. I get distracted and binge on watching tv shows I’ve missed (I’m finally caught up with most of them except The Walking Dead, oh god.) I sift through the internet with goiod intentions, but get far too distracted. Give me deadlines, give me structure and I will smash it, sometimes. I have only handed up one assignment late and it was the worst feeling in the world, so I hate handing things in late.

I’m badically saying that it’s okay to take the time you need, but remember that deadlines are important, that sitting down and writing, even if it is for a 15 minutes, is better than not doing it.

Lorna Jane Clarkson brought out a really powerful message and I’m going to use it. I love going to the gym and training, and there isn’t a workout that I’ve ever dome across and thought “That was a waste of a workout” I was there, I did the work and after I fely amazinf. Not one regret. Writing is the same. If you can’t write in that novel, but you have a posting place that helps, go and write there but don’t ever regret doing that writing.

A lot of people, including me, get caught up on the guilt of not writing. That’s not okay. You should never be guilty about writing a letter to a loved one, or an essay for uni, a short story for your eyes only or a simple email, all of this is writing. All of it is worth it. Stop feeling guilty for things that help you get on track. Now taking my own advice, I’m going to spend the day marvelling over two way cute tiny humans and my cousin. And everything else I need to do can and will wait.

Tell me what you’re working on and what you’re doing that doesn’t fit in with it, I want to know.

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Mandi is a writer, reader, dreamer and is breaking procrastinating inner editors, one at a time.


  • toconnell88


    I agree: we shouldn’t put too much pressure on ourselves. All we can do is our best. (Deep, Tom.) I definitely agree that no writing time is wasted. Very astute of you to point that out. We’re always developing.

  • Katherine - The Beauty Of Life

    This is great advice, Mandi! The more present we are in life, the more we can appreciate it and realise that the things we think we ‘should’ be doing, can usually wait while we immerse ourselves fully in the joy of what we want to do in this moment.

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