I already posted a bit on my 2019 intentions over on the ole ‘gram, but I wanted to jam on this more in depth via a blog post, because hellooo, writer 🙂 I used to drive myself crazy with New Year’s resolutions before finally realizing that my all or nothing perfectionist (who was prone to fad diets and rules that drove me miserably insane) can’t take that kind of pressure. So these days, I like to focus on annual intentions instead.
Sooo call me morbid, but I kinda love the post-apocalyptic scenario when it comes to storytelling. TV shows, movies, books, I’m not picky. To be honest, I didn’t even realize how much I enjoyed post-apocalyptic stories until one of my friends pointed it out. So, since I seem drawn to such a dark realm of storytelling (although I’ve yet to try my hand at it when it comes to original writing), I thought I may as well suck you in along with me 🙂
My writing partner, Jess, and I have been doing this writing thing together for almost seven years now (although I’ve been writing since I could pick up a pen and kind of sort of spell lol). We started with a thriller novel, and then we tried our pens at screenwriting and found our passion.
Over the years, we’ve penned a few scripts – rough drafts, mind you hahaha, but we’ve gotten a few stories done, start to finish. We’ve learned a lot, made a ton of stupid newb mistakes, found our combined voice, and fantasized about selling our scripts and seeing our movies come to life. But one of the biggest lessons we’ve learned to date is a fairly recent revelation…
I’m not gonna lie – I’ve had a pretty rough summer. There’s been some personal/health stuff that’s kept me busy and stressed. I was feeling disconnected from my new job, and like every day was a struggle. Not to mention finances aka the bane of my existence had me clutching my pearls and figuratively biting my nails (cause ew, I don’t actually do that). The last few months have been a challenge, and I was finding it easier and easier to kind of just let the struggle consume me and go into survival mode autopilot.
Gorgeous sunset over the Pacific Ocean. I miss it!
2018 has been a crazy freakin’ year for me, so although I’m a little ashamed at how long it’s been since I updated the ole blog, I won’t be too hard on myself. Here’s a quick update:
New Job Like Whoa
I left my old job at the end of February and started my shiny new remote job at the beginning of March. I’m now Director of Marketing at Hungry for Happiness, and it has been a crazy whirlwind of content creation, learning allll the things, helping to run a business, being super grateful I no longer have an insane commute, but also going more stir crazy than I anticipated. I’m actually now on my first real break since starting – I’m rounding out a bit of a long weekend that was sooo needed.
It’s taken me a couple of weeks to ease into the new year. I wanted to give myself the time and space to reflect on 2017 before getting into the 2018 mindset. Over the last couple of years, I’ve started to do a few various end of year/new year activities that have become my traditions.
Soul searching, spirituality, meditation, and all those good things are a big part of my life. Personal growth is a bit of an obsession of mine, and I love to learn new things and try new practices as part of my personal development. In the past, I’ve posted about meditation, which I practice daily, and today I want to write about two practices that are closely related to meditation: presence and breath.