I haven’t published anything in a while, but I’ve been writing a lot. I write at least a little bit every day.
Moving from a small town in Ireland to San Francisco in the big US of A, not being in school anymore and having a full time job in an industry I never had any previous experience in, other than being the guest at a restaurant, has meant that I’ve had to really push myself out there, to meet new people and to establish myself as a part of a place I’m so new to. I feel like that major change in my life and my adjusting to it has had an affect on my writing. Not in a negative way; I’m still writing, and as long as I’m still writing, regardless of what or how, that’s the main thing. But my writing has become a lot more introverted. My journals are, of course, like most, for me and my eyes only.
Going for coffee in the morning before work, to sit by myself with a latte and write in my journal, has become a ritual of mine, and one I intend on continuing. It’s the little rituals we have and continue to practice that are the heartbeat of our everyday lives and the power and importance of them shouldn’t be underestimated. I know that everyone has their own thing, their own way of unravelling themselves, of winding down and grounding and bringing themselves into the present, to analyse where they’re at and how they’re feeling and what is going on in their lives right now, and I’ve come to realise the power that journaling can have in that sense.
Journaling not only allows you to release and let out what it is that is going on in your mind at any given point, it helps you to gain clarity over where you’re at and how you’re feeling while also holding yourself accountable for your day-to-day movements and progress.
I think it was important and beneficial for me to take a break from publishing for a few months, to just focus on writing for myself, but I’m starting to feel that bubble of restlessness again – I’m ready to start on writing projects outside of my personal journals. I’ve applied for some freelance writing positions and got myself a marketing internship with a start-up company that I’m really excited about working with and being a part of in the beginning stages of development.
That’s what’s up with me right now. Lots more posts, updates and other miscellaneous writing pieces to come.
Much love, Ciara D. x