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Go Hard

Posted by the prisoner's wife On 5:50 PM

I'm a restless soul. What can I say? I'm a Gemini. Sometimes I get so absorbed in a project or idea and I'm working on it like a maniac till like 3 or 4 in the morning, and other times, I don't give it a second thought. That's how I was with this blog. I blog in spurts, but I know I should do better (have you noticed? I've been trying!). I know that I have certain goals in life. I want to write, but I hardly carve out enough time to just sit down and do it. That must change.

I stumbled upon Aliya King's blog the other day, and it came at the right time. You see, she's a writer/journalist and she doles out TONS of great advice/inspiration to those of us starting out in the writing game. Although I'm not starting out, I did go to school for this, I haven't taken advantage of every opportunity I've had. When I think back at where I could have been had I hustled a bit harder, I want to kick myself. But as my mother always says, there's no sense crying over spilled milk, so I'm moving forward.

Although it looks like I'll really be jobless come June 30th, I'm not worried. Through a short twitter discussion with my girl, Mdot, I realize this is just giving me the space to SEIZE the opportunities I've been neglecting. I want to write, and now with more time on my hands (sans job & with unemployment check in hand), I'll have time to write. I've been talking about releasing a collection of poetry for YEARS, and have just never done the work. I have the poems, sitting, waiting, but I haven't put them together. I will work on pulling it together this summer. I'm also going to see what I can get into on the web. I've already made contact with a few popular sites to do guest pieces, and to my surprise, they're open. So I'm going to roll with it. Even though it would be SO easy, I'm not going to complain about losing my job. Instead, I'm going to be open to all the opportunities that will come my way, and embrace them.

What have you been neglecting that you REALLY want to do?
When are you going to stop wanting to do it, and just do it?

(let's encourage each other!)

10 Response to 'Go Hard'

  1. Lovebabz Said,
    http://theprisonerswife.blogspot.com/2009/06/go-hard.html?showComment=1245070079922#c5714424032842942841'> Monday, June 15, 2009 5:47:00 AM

    Love the look of the blog!

    I am taking Tango lessons! always wanted to learn...now I am!

    Stay encouraged! ((HUGS))


  2. http://theprisonerswife.blogspot.com/2009/06/go-hard.html?showComment=1245078322472#c3732561965713995941'> Monday, June 15, 2009 8:05:00 AM

    Babz: i'm glad you like the look! i was trying to clean it up a bit. and i'm SO glad you're takng tango lessons & doing something you always wanted to do. everyday, you encourage me by being a positive example of someone reaching out to their dreams. thank you!


  3. SE'LAH... Said,
    http://theprisonerswife.blogspot.com/2009/06/go-hard.html?showComment=1245103807794#c1235849905483044633'> Monday, June 15, 2009 3:10:00 PM

    JAH will provide. It's so human to worry when things are uncertain but i believe in the concept of impermanence. change must come. embrace it because it may be just what you need.

    sending positive vibes your way.

    when one door closes, another one opens.


    http://theprisonerswife.blogspot.com/2009/06/go-hard.html?showComment=1245111000927#c8099679670447491263'> Monday, June 15, 2009 5:10:00 PM

    I looove the word art!


  5. http://theprisonerswife.blogspot.com/2009/06/go-hard.html?showComment=1245151569672#c3494620594177730201'> Tuesday, June 16, 2009 4:26:00 AM

    Stumbled across your blog from somewhere - just wanted to say hi. :)

    I'm a firm believer that the Universe provides us with exactly wht we need - it's just up to us whether or not we seize those opportunities. Looks like you're seizing yours! Good for you... :) :) :)


  6. http://theprisonerswife.blogspot.com/2009/06/go-hard.html?showComment=1245160692010#c252404447827601424'> Tuesday, June 16, 2009 6:58:00 AM

    Se'lah: i totally agree. it's so funny. not 24 hours after i wrote this, i got a letter in the mail saying i wasn't going to get laid off. but you know what's odd? i was just getting used to the idea of staying home with my son & downsizing my budget.

    Lisa: thanks! i made it on woodle.net you should try it!

    Momma Sunshine: so true. i also believe God makes a way & opportunities for you. looks like i'll have a shorter window to seize (summer) since i won't be laid off, but it's all good. & welcome to the blog!

    and ladies...what i REALLY want to know is, what are you doing (or not doing) that you always wanted to do?


  7. CiCiwryter Said,
    http://theprisonerswife.blogspot.com/2009/06/go-hard.html?showComment=1245164226790#c5847947821943444272'> Tuesday, June 16, 2009 7:57:00 AM

    Like the new layout! the word art is nice and I looove the attitude! I'm looking forward to watching your journey unfold! It inspires me to continue actively pursuing my writing goals as well! Can't wait to purchase and read your book of poetry! (and give your books as gifts):)


  8. Christina Said,
    http://theprisonerswife.blogspot.com/2009/06/go-hard.html?showComment=1245252926603#c285618324894844104'> Wednesday, June 17, 2009 8:35:00 AM

    The blog looks wonderful!

    Write girl, write! You do a beautiful job, with that pen of yours.


  9. http://theprisonerswife.blogspot.com/2009/06/go-hard.html?showComment=1245293805016#c7158417202349256180'> Wednesday, June 17, 2009 7:56:00 PM

    It's amazing that our situations are identical. I too am a single mother of two due to the incarceration of my fiance. My fiance met our son for the first time in jail as well. I have my lonely days but I've learned how to have "my moment" and move on for my children. It's been four long years that he's been away. Like you, I lost my teaching job in May. I was so greatful for the summer that losing my job hasn't really phased me. I too am taking this job loss as a sign to focus on my passion. Everything happens for a reason. I just happened to be on the internet searching for info to pursue my passion (at-risk youth) when I stumbled accross your blog. God has a way of letting us know we're not alone! Be Strong and Keep the Faith!


  10. http://theprisonerswife.blogspot.com/2009/06/go-hard.html?showComment=1245338183446#c1366676600376837213'> Thursday, June 18, 2009 8:16:00 AM

    Xtina: thanks. and i will write as much as i possibly can!

    PatientlyWaiting: i'm glad you found me. isn't it nice to know you're not alone? I pray you are able to turn your layoff into your passion. keep working & holding your head up. it'll work out!