Break Up or Break Down

Natalie Dee

Man...this blog. 

My blog & I have been breaking up and getting back together like a bipolar Taylor Swift song this past month. I want to fill you in on my brand of crazy these past few weeks.

I know that every writer/creator goes through this stage and it's not pretty. It starts as a small voice that tells me other people write better and have better stories. I'm certain they start their days with a 5a morning yoga routine and then sit down in front of their computer on a clutter-free work surface within their glistening home and effortlessly write brilliant, witty things that capture the imaginations of all their faithful readers. These creators have the nerve to actually write on a consistent basis. I should just quit and read their stuff. 

And then I tell my blog that it's over between us. I want to see other people. And then I bump into someone who asks me what's going on with my blog. "How's your writing coming? I love your stories." And then I tell my blog that maybe we should try to work things out. But my blog is demanding, you know. It's like, "Hey. You have to spend time with me. You have to commit and stop comparing me to everyone else." But I have seen the greener grass elsewhere and it makes me dislike my own grass. My stupid grass needs commitment; it calls me to be vulnerable & brave; it needs me to get over my deeply embedded fear of failure. And I hate it. I'd rather admire someone else's grass than water my own.

So I chose to stay in an in-between space of wanting to keep writing, but feeling choked by my own insecurities.

And then I listened to this TED talk. The premise of the talk is that we're raising our girls to be perfect and we're raising our boys to be brave. The speaker indicates that girls will try, maybe even come close, but if she can't get it perfect, she would rather show nothing at all. Perfection or bust. 
It was a significant moment for me. I want to be brave, not perfect. I want my girls to be brave and be comfortable with their own imperfection--to try even if it's difficult. How can I ask them to be brave if I can't do the same? Stupid TED talks. Stay away from them, people. They are dangerous and may make you do all kinds of idiotic things.

I wish I could say that after my "TED talk moment" I sat down and wrote something inspiring and brilliant.  I didn't. I kept leading my blog on, promising it that I would commit but that it just had to give me a little more time. I still had other grass to check out.

I hung out with a group of ladies this weekend and one of them asked me about my blog. I sighed deeply. I told her that I was ready to commit to it. I'm going to water my own grass. She asked me how people generate income by writing blogs, or how they get their writing out there into the big wide world. I don't know the answer to either question, but I do know that I can't shake this dumb blog.

After all, it's my dumb blog. Written imperfectly... and bravely.




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  2. Hey Laura,

    Ha, yeah... I have been in and out of love with my own blog too (Right now, it does not really exist anymore... Unless portfolio counts). But this encourages me! I love reading and watching what Greg, Geneviece, Sage, Luciana, Marielle, and you are all up to on instagram. :p Just found your blog today...

    And your right!

    TED talks are dangerous! Making us think we can become more than we thought! Lol! But seriously, I agree that we need to express our voices as woman and be brave examples to girls. For me, I am all the way in San Francisco, CA trying to live my dream to inspire children with cartoons. It is scary and rough out here on my own. But... I refuse to quite! I know it will not be easy or safe. But I want to be an example to young woman everywhere that we too can rise the bar! We can be just as brave and bold as any boy. :)

    Thanks for the encouragement Laura! And keep up the inspiring blog! Love seeing how you are changing the community around you in Milwaukee! Inspires me to reach out and show love to a seemingly cold world.

    Sorry for the long post. Just hit a chord with me.