Friday, February 13, 2015

Your Voice, A Reminder


When you sit down to write, it's a powerful thing. You are the only you, you know. That's amazing in both the most simple and most complicated ways possible. When you think about the fact that there is no one else who does what you do, who lives this life of yours, who feels all of the things you do- it will become glaringly obvious that anything you put on that paper or onto that screen will be worthwhile. You are the only you who woke up this morning with these thoughts in your head, who drove to work listening to this or to that, who stopped at stoplights wondering about what you wonder. You went through your day like no one else, you spent your time only as you can. These hours and minutes are your story- the little pieces that make up the big ones of your beautiful, beautiful life.

So many times that cursor is blinking and you feel blank, I know. I feel that too. I often convince myself that there is nothing else to really say. It's all been said before; it's all been said better. What's the points and why even bothers float up and into your orbit and sit there, trapped under some hazy cloud that makes everything seem futile. Yeah, I'm right there with you.

But hey.

Remember that your story is your story. To have the guts to take your life and write it out, to dissect the seemingly simple things in your day and splay them out there and examine them piece by piece, the whys and hows getting clearer the more you look, that is brave. No one has said what you have to say, because no one has lived this life of yours. No one has seen things the way you see them. So when you feel like your brain is empty or you feel like you don't have anything to contribute, remember that yes, yes you do.

Share from that authentic part of you, the stuff inside that might take a few layers to peel back. Get in there. Start simple and once you start you'll see more often than not, the simple stuff is the most beautiful. And just write. And write. And write. Tell your story like no one else can. Because (really and truly) no one can.

xoxo

31 comments:

  1. I've been tossing around the idea of going back to school to get an MA in creative writing. It's something I've been interested in since middle school. I wrote regularly as a teen but it became stagnate as an adult. I felt that I wasn't unique, I wasn't talented, but there was always that little flame in my heart for writing.

    The past week I've been really torn about graduate school. I found a good program that's affordable but I kept thinking, "should I? Is it worth it? Is my writing worth it?"

    And then I saw this, tonight, as I was feeling a bit down about myself and my talents. It was inspiring and words I very much needed to hear. Thank you. <3

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    1. Erica I am so happy I could help you on your journey...and grad school?! SO exciting. Please keep me posted.

      Lots of love. <3

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  2. Uh oh, I feel like our hearts and minds are connected. This is the exactly what I feel right now. Thank you so much for telling me the one who lives my life is myself and it should be told by myself, only. Cheers!

    JANE FROM THE BLOG

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    1. Jane I love that. I'm sure our hearts and minds ARE connected. Love to you, girlfriend! <3

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  3. That's what I call a GOOD reminder! Your words made me feel powerfull today! Thanks, Dani (:
    xoxo

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    1. THANK YOU! Knowing I could help you feel powerful has made my whole night. Seriously, thank you for taking the time to comment here. Hugs. <3

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  4. So true. I find myself thinking this from time to time. In the same way, I think many of us find ourselves saying "What did I even do today?" or "Did I even accomplish anything?" I wrote about that on my blog not too long ago. The answer is: Yes, you did a lot today. Yes, you accomplished somethings. and Yes, you have something beautiful, meaningful to say and share. Great post Danielle!
    .. Laura ..

    http://ohthethingsshedoes.blogspot.com/2015/01/what-did-you-do-today.html

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    1. Thanks for such a sweet comment, Laura. I love what you shared here too. <3

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  5. The universe always seems to throw us reminders when we most need it yet least expect it! so thanks :-)

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    1. I feel the same way, Lo! Glad I could send one your way today.

      xoxo

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  6. I love the days that I can come here, and just find what I need. That blinking cursor is the bane of my existence so often lately.

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    1. Sara thank you for saying that! And I know what you mean...we just have to keep on keeping on! Have a wonderful week. :)

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  7. Exactly. What a powerful post with such simplicity and elegance at the same time. This is how I feel about writing each day and my outlook at life overall. That is how my blog is. I would like to do a sister post in response to this on my blog. I don't know if you are okay with that or not. Because I might quote some phrases from here, is that okay with you? :)

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    1. Jae thank you so much! And OF COURSE! Just please send me a link so I can check it out too. Love. <3

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  8. This post totally represents me. I always feel like what I want to share or talk about is stupid, or why does it matter? But you are so right! It matters because it is MY STORY. Thank you so much for this!

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    1. You're so welcome, Kelly! And thank you for reading and commenting. It means so much to me.

      xoxo

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  9. I'm reading this post on a Monday morning – NOT my favourite time of the week. I tend to be extremely negative at this particular time and your words uplifted and inspired be in the most surprising way. Thank you so much, I'm now looking forward to this week and all it has to offer.

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  10. You are an inspiration! I feel like we are similar in so many ways, and YOU actually inspired me to write a post about not believing in god last week. I probably lost "respect" from certain people for it. But it was me. All me, peeled back.

    "Share from that authentic part of you, the stuff inside that might take a few layers to peel back" It's truly freeing to do this.

    Thank you for being a brave blogger!

    perfectlittlehappiness.com

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  11. You have just become the cheerleader for all bloggers (if you weren't already). I definitely needed these words after coming off a week that didn't feel entirely blog/design productive. So thank you for sharing this. :)

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  12. Thank you so much for this. It was exactly what I needed in this moment. I am a college student and have been procrastinating writing a paper all day, you just gave me the little push I needed and reminded me why it is important. :)

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  13. Couldn't have said it better. Those moments where you think "I'm writing...and for what? I'm getting nowhere". Then you sit back, look and realize that you're actually getting exactly where you want to be...by growing, learning, getting better at what you do and by sometimes being your own cheerleader and advice-giver. Writing just rocks. Let's keep doing it for us and supporting each other. Xo Chelsea play. wash. rinse. repeat.

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  14. This is beautiful, Danielle. I feel exactly the same way. Everyone has a story to tell, a story of their own and it's amazing how every single person in this world is so unique.

    Rita
    http://heyrita.co.uk

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  15. Have you ever considered creating an e-book
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  16. thank you thank you for this! Another beautiful post. :)

    Heather
    simplyheatherkay.blogspot.com

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  17. Sometimes when I'm "stuck", I realize that I'm trying too hard to write what I think other people want to read instead of being honest and writing what is really on my brain.....

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  18. Thank you for this! I have been turning over the idea to start my own blog for a while now, and always go back to thinking "it's all been done before, said before, and will anyone want to read another mom blogger?" But I still feel everyone has something to contribute, and you sum it perfectly here. Going to save this post to re-read!

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  19. Thank you! Today was the perfect day for me to read all thoose exact words. thanks! =)

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