It's true that I haven't been blogging as frequently as I should this year. I had to take a temporary hiatus from the blogosphere because a lot has happened in the past few months. The beginning of this year has been a hectic time for me. I have written and published my first book, rebranded my business website, and also taken some valuable time off for personal reflections and development.
Now that the storm has largely blown over, I’ll be able to devote more time to doing what I love: blogging and animal advocacy.
1) Writing my first book.
I have known that I wanted to be a writer since childhood, but a published author? Only in my wildest dreams. Then, over the last few months, I started to feel a creative surge awakening within me. I began writing creatively more than ever before, at one point even averaging 2,000 words a day. I couldn’t hold it in, and as I continued, a story poured out of me. My new book, I Am the Ocean, is a travelogue about a low-budget road trip I took down to the United States in my early twenties. I travelled by bus, slept on couches, stayed in hostels, met some amazing people, and saw some unforgettable things. The book is also filled with spiritual insights that I realized along the journey. In an upcoming blog post, I will be sharing how I went about writing and publishing the book. Be encouraged; writing a book is an extremely rewarding experience and not as daunting as it may seem. For Canadian authors, there are a lot of cool perks that our government provides us to help us along. 😉
2) My new business website.
I started Blossoms, my freelance business, shortly after graduating from university. Now that my business is a couple of years older (as am I), I thought it would be fitting to rebrand the website. It felt especially appropriate now that I've taken a turn in my career, delving into authorship. I also wanted to make the site more content and blog focused so that I can connect better with my readers, something that has always been really important to me.
3) Personal development.
Over the past few months, I have been writing prolifically and taking a new turn in my life and career. Although it has been a productive few months, it has not been without a toll on my stress levels. I have always been a bit of a perfectionist, as writers and editors tend to be, and I have had a lifelong habit of pushing myself. I learned the importance—the necessity—of taking time to myself to unwind. Relaxing is so crucial to maintaining your physical and mental wellbeing, especially since the mind and body are so profoundly connected. And of course, when you take the time to relax, your writing will be all the better for it!
This New Year has been very productive, life changing, and exciting for me. I can't wait to see what the rest of 2016 has in store, and I look forward to sharing it with all of you.