Clear Space For What Matters

Five years ago this month I began a three-month sabbatical from my job as a database consultant. The sabbatical was the culmination of a nine-month process of some serious decluttering, both physically and emotionally.

This is a journal entry from the first day:

3/3/2016
omg i did it. weeping with gratitude for possibilities opening before me. i could easily have talked myself out of this. i could have dismissed the need to write, to take time off. i could have filled this time with so many other things, kept myself busy busy busy till it was time to go back to my job. but i didn’t.

i have decluttered. i have decluttered my physical space, and my mental and emotional space.

I am giving myself the gift of space, so that i can create.

Five years later, I’m still amazed and proud of myself for taking my desire to write that seriously.

And now, it’s time for a tune-up. Nothing as drastic as the career change that came out of the sabbatical, but I’m finding myself rather busy these days. A little too busy. (Volunteer work! Classes! Book groups! More volunteering!) 

If I’m going to take my new writing project seriously, I need to make space for it. It’s as simple (and hard) as that.

I’m putting it out there to hold myself to it.

bird soaring against backdrop of cloudy sky

Veronica Beck

Veronica Beck is a technical writer, blogger, and formerly reluctant parent.

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Shoshana
Shoshana
3 months ago

“If I’m going to take my new writing project seriously, I need to make space for it. It’s as simple (and hard) as that. I’m putting it out there to hold myself to it.”

אמן ואמן

I’ll be doing likewise, but with a bit of a twist.

Following the Jewish tradition, I’m committing to “clearing-out the chametz” (fermented crap) the first two weeks of the upcoming New Moon of Nisan. And then to a daily (well, 6 days/week, off for Shabbat) writing process for the 49-day period of the Counting of the Omer (3/29-5/16). Thank you for the opportunity to express my intention “out loud” for the first time. 🙂

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