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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Writing my new normal

My posts are usually not too personal, but sometimes our work and personal lives cross and influence our decisions. I haven't been writing much the past several months, as I've been transitioning back to a life in Austin, Texas, that I love. Writing through pain has always been therapeutic for me, but these past few months I haven't felt inspired to write.. so I had to honor that. But I woke up at 3:30am this morning and felt the shift.

Inspiration comes to us at the most random times, so I encourage you to embrace the magic when it happens (even at 3am!). As writers and filmmakers, it's important to at least document these ideas/experiences however we can, so we can remember what got us here in the first place. It's part of creating connection, growth, and authenticity for our audience. There's eventual humor in heartache (you'll have to trust me on this one) and hope on the other side of hopelessness. Why else do you laugh at bad things in movies when you shouldn't? You recognize its truth. When we can give the gift of these important messages to others through our work and do it honestly, we might just have something worth while to share.

So next time you can't write/work, I recommend jogging, laughing with friends, eating your favorite food, cuddling with an animal, going for a walk, or coffee, or watching an inspiring documentary... (i.e., Happy) that lifts the spirit, until you realize the things that bring you down can be terrible, yes, but they're only temporary.

Cheers to following your dreams, honoring your spirit, jogging through the kick down, and writing/working when you feel inspired... at whatever time. And when you finally get there, enjoy your new normal.

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