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Slowing Down, Making Space & Allowing

by Corinne on March 30, 2011

goal postI feel most comfortable when I’m pushing myself on a daily basis toward lofty goals. I sleep better at night knowing that I’ve taken a step further than what’s “comfortable” for me that day. Right now, things are starting to slow down and for the first time in years I’m allowing myself to soak in the resting, nesting, and reflection that this short period is providing for me.

My work with Crazy Sexy Life is winding down over the next couple weeks. Luckily, I’ll still be in writing cahoots with Kris Carr, so rather than closing a door, I’m focusing on my favorite part of the job. Less hours at work means more time for walks, cooking, cleaning, organizing, and figuring out what I want from this new chapter in life.

I met up with Tara Gentile this week for a coffee chat (she’s amazing-go to her website!) and she asked me what it was that I wanted out of my career moving forward. It seemed like a terrifying question, but as I continued talking it through with her, my true desires became very clear. It wasn’t easy saying them out loud because there’s that terrible part of my brain that has been telling me that I’m not “good enough” to pursue these goals. Now, I’m more focused than ever on making them a reality. Thanks, Tara!

As I clear out my physical space I’m making room for new positive beginnings to flow into my family and career worlds. Junk sitting around the house equals feeling internally suffocated. I don’t have all my ducks in a row, meaning that I don’t have a defined career path set up so that I can jump back in the saddle six weeks after Audrey arrives. But that’s okay. Again, Mr. Campbell’s words echo in my head:

“If you follow your bliss, doors will open for you that wouldn’t have opened for anyone else.”

I do have a few irons in the fire that I’m very excited about, but I’m waiting patiently to hear whether I’ll be given the red or green light. In the meantime, it’s more about putting one foot in front of the other with my writing, motherhood, and taking care of myself. The next (hopefully) six weeks are about allowing life to unfold without forcing it into what it “should” be.


Photo credit: Matt McGee


Like a Fresh Coat of Paint

by Corinne on March 4, 2010

I decided to get creative last night and turn my website/blog from dismal to delightful. I’m quite pleased with the result! Photo collage is one of my favorite things in the world, so I smile every time I see my new header, which is filled with things I love. I also adore the colored lights at Golden West Cafe, which were twinkling overhead when Steve and I visited last week to celebrate a day filled with good news. There may have been garlic fries and wine involved…

I’ve continued to note things that I am grateful for with my iPhone app this week. It’s amazing how uplifting it is to pause, observe and give thanks, and then continue with your day. You can’t help but smile a little more. A trend that I’ve found in my handy journal of thanks is lots and lots of books and bookstores. Baltimore is packed with bookstores:) Recently, I’ve visited Normal’s, Ukazoo, Atomic, breathe (don’t miss their $6.99 per pound book sale!), and Barnes & Noble. I can’t help but peek at the shelves in each store and see where my book will (hopefully!) sit one day…

I just joined Laini Taylor’s mini-NaNo group for March. I’ve been moving along quite well with my second novel, but this added inspiration can’t hurt! How do you stay motivated while working on a long-term project? Although twitter and blogs can be distracting, I am often inspired by reading about the triumphs, challenges and lessons learned by fellow bloggers and tweeters:)