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The first pages of the workbook are about free-writing. Page 1 simply asks, “Where Are You Stuck?” To which I replied, “Everywhere!”
No, actually, what I came out (as I wasn’t aware of what I was going to say or where it would go) was my worry about my new endeavor—into the publishing world—failing, like all my past efforts into anything. And failure usually means that I make no money, or not enough money. And, I can’t wash off the big loser “L” on my forehead—which I see every time I look in the mirror.
Page 2: What do you want or desire for your life?
Kat: I want to succeed in my new endeavor, while also not forgetting and succeeding in my own writing (editing Amy’s Own and to finish writing Keeping Sane, and Other Aspirations). I want to trust my instincts, follow my instincts, while also honing my “be rational and practical” skills that are questionable. I want my new endeavor to be so different and out of the box that it catches fire and I figure out a way to make it sell, getting recognition for the creative parties involved. I want all my creativity to finally generate substantial monies so that I can support my family.
Page 3: Write about any person, place, thing, fear, block, resistance or negative thought you feel is an obstacle to having the life you want.
Kat: Uh, yikes.
I fear that I am ignorant of what I need to know and what I should know before I dive headfirst into my new business. I’m afraid I will fail (again!) and be broke (even more than usual!).
I’m afraid that I’ll become discouraged and feel hopeless if I come upon too many roadblocks, and then I will doom the project.
I’m afraid I won’t see what I need to see to be smart and make the “right” decisions.
I’m afraid that if a crack shows in my enthusiasm, that I will feel like this is all a waste of time (and I’ve wasted so much of my time in years already), and I will fall into depression and doom the whole project, and be broke (even more).
Now, I need to go back to these three pages and circle words that jump out at me (for any reason, don’t overthink it). At the back of the workbook are one and a half pages of words with blank spaces where I can write “my” words. Then, I will go and cut out 21 words to cover my twenty-one days of the workbook and put them in a jar. Once that is done, I shall blindly pick a word and that will be the word I write about on Day 1.
See you in a few….
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