Blogger: Rachel Kent
This week I bought a new-to-me car. During this process, I learned something about myself and I think that maybe this can help you in your writing journey, too!
I had been driving around in an old car. It served us well for a very long time and was finally to the point where it was due for all sorts of repairs that would not be worth it. Its electrical system also had a bit of an issue. If you turned on the emergency blinkers, all of the lights in the whole car went out. It was truly time to get a newer, more reliable vehicle. I knew this, but I considered putting it off over and over again. Well, this car still runs, so I should keep it. Why spend the money if I can still get from one place to another? I had to realize that my safety and the safety of my children was much more important than not spending a bit of money. It was time to put out a little money to better our lives.
How does this relate to your writing career? Well, I think sometimes writers forget that it is a good thing to occasionally spend a little money to better themselves. You are a good writer and you might even have a college degree in writing already, but learning doesn’t stop with the acquisition of that degree. Sometimes it’s hard to convince ourselves to spend money, but we can learn so much from taking an online class from a professional, or from going to a writers’ conference that is relevant to us.
We also often put off investing in ourselves in other ways. We don’t take the time to take care of our health or to go to sleep at a reasonable hour so we have the energy and mental health to do our very best work and have the best attitude. Sometimes we need to make the investment of that time to take care of ourselves better than we have been. If we do this, every aspect of life is likely to be improved. Go to sleep an hour earlier or maybe take a walk each day. Small changes might make a huge difference for you.
I also frequently put off investing in my spiritual growth. I get so wrapped up in all I have to accomplish in a day that I lose my time to spend reading the Bible and don’t really talk with God more than before I fall to sleep. Taking this time to dig deep and connect with God is huge and such an important investment. We can fill ourselves up so we have something wonderful to share through our writing.
So I encourage you all to find ways to invest in yourselves. Maybe you need to invest some money or maybe at this point it is just an investment of time that could help you be a better you. But pray about it and find a way to continue to grow and to become an even better writer.
How else do you invest in yourself?
Do you feel like you could invest a little more in one area or another?