Lies at the Bottom

Woman in green dress sitting on sofa

When you think about writing, or any passion project for that matter, what’s your story?

During my bikeride this morning, I couldn’t help but think about the stories we tell ourselves: about who we are, what we’re capable of, and where we’re going.

Woman in green dress sitting on sofa
Courtesy of Stephanie Michelle Photography

I have to tell you: one of my biggest struggles in writing is myself.

I’ll confess that it’s been a long process in helping to address the negative feelings that creep into my mind from time to time. They can be gripping, convincing even.

Even when we feel good about ourselves while we’re awake, what do you hear in the quiet moments within your own mind? I’m certain doubt creeps in. How often that happens depends on the person; yet happen, it absolutely will.

And bringing these lies at the bottom of our selves to the light can be a daunting prospect. But don’t be afraid. Doubt is a regular part of the creative process. When that doubt becomes the guide to your journey, things tend to fall apart. Be wise and judicious. Do not let old narratives created from negative experiences be the signposts you follow in life.

When these feelings cloud your thoughts, my challenge to you is to simply think of 5 good things you’ve accomplished at any given point in time. Things you’re proud of. And they can be simple.

Washed the car last weekend? Won an award in highschool? Paid all your bills on time? All good things!

Any passion project takes time and is mostly made of small but important moments. They feel ordinary and without much glamor. I promise you, what’s done well day-to-day makes the bigger things better and easier to do.

You are capable. And I’m cheering you on, friend!

In Courage & Care,


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