It happens all the time, especially when in transit—me, thinking of topics to write about and composing sentences in my head. However, as soon as I reach my office desk or my laptop at home, a pile of other things get in the way of writing and my brilliant ideas get shoved under the desk.
A few days later I find a blog or an article that seems to have stolen my thoughts from under my desk. It’s like reading about what’s going on in my head from other people’s blogs. On one hand it’s frustrating, making me wish I was as eloquent as they are; on the other hand, what a relief to know that I’m not alone in thinking about these things.
I direct you now to these posts which moved me, inspired me, and validated the thoughts that have been burning in my head for the past weeks. Short of saying this is where in life I am right now.
1. Mondays are the hardest. Toni returns to full-time work after being a work-at-home Mom for 2 years. The thing about being a working mom is—and can I just say the phrase “working mom” is redundant—you want to stay at home and you need to leave the comforts of home for one and the same reason: your children. The thought of missing out on their day at home makes you crazy, but they’re the ones who fuel you to work harder and to keep going, too. There’s just no easy way around, and no solution to this universal challenge mothers face. We just have to go through the day the best we could, do our jobs, and look forward to the rewards of a day’s work: coming home and ending the day with our little ones. I feel you, Toni, I do.
2. What a content career in marketing looks like. I’m glad to hear that I’m not the only one who took a web copywriting job and (accidentally) found herself in the marketing industry. “I had no intention of growing a career in marketing, but it’s the closest I could get to getting paid to use my words,” the writer said. Well there you go, my career in a nutshell. I may not have the freedom to write whatever topic I want to write about just yet, but now that I’ve figured out what I really want to be, I think this industry is a good place to learn and to dream. I can’t remember the last time I felt excited about a job until now.
3. Maggie’s inspired to blog because of her son, and because she wants to pay it forward. Everything she said resonates well with my desire to keep blogging, no matter how time-consuming it can be sometimes. It’s one thing to keep photographs and stories in a box, another thing to publish them for the chance, however small, of reaching out to someone out there who needs to know that she’s not alone. It’s not once that I found comfort and inspiration from other people’s blogs, and like Maggie, I want to pay it forward too.
On a totally unrelated note, I’m currently girl-crushing on Caroline Glaser, I want to live inside her song. (Where did that come from?)
Wherever you are in your life right now, keep going, keep dreaming, and keep paying it forward. Have a great week! :)