Living Life, Writing Later

This is my first update in a while, and I freely admit that I haven’t been doing much writing lately. I think it’s the weather, an increase in performance gigs, and just that occasional lull that shows up – the kind that allows me to fill my cup with new things to write about when I do get back to it. I received a compliment on my posts here being positive, and that’s something I’ve learned to embody. If I was writing this just a couple of years ago, I’d be beating myself up for what I didn’t do. But these days I focus on looking at what does work.

If I don’t “get stuff done” that was on my list, how would it help to be all self-critical about it? Life’s too short to generate stuff to feel bad about. And what have I been doing, instead? I certainly haven’t been lying around in bed feeling sorry for myself – not that there’s anything wrong with that, if I felt I needed it.

I guess the key, for me, is that these days I return, again and again, to mindfulness. What do I need? What do I want? How am I feeling? What am I learning? I check in with myself on a regular basis, to ensure that I’m listening to my intuition and fostering a deep connection with my source. Those are the places from whence my creativity emerges. And looking at life from that perspective, I’m doing really well.

Here are the details:


As noted above, I haven’t been doing much writing (aside from my daily journal practice). I’ve been jotting down some notes, ideas for the e-book as well as our upcoming workshop, but that’s about it. Things are percolating in the background.


  • We’re all ready for our Facebook chat on our Feline Dreamers page, beginning about two hours from when I’m writing this. Woo hoo!
  • We set up a GoFundMe page for our upcoming Rethinking Everything adventure. Click here to find out what the heck I’m talking about. We also sent in our descriptions for the sessions we’ll be doing at the conference.
  • Ongoing promotion (book and website) has been going well. I’ve had lots of folks asking me about my book, and showing interest. I finished my GoodReads giveaway, too.
  • I haven’t done any more on setting up the book signing, yet. This week I’ll make that detailed list and start checking things off.

Wellness and Practice

My journaling, dancing, and drumming practices are all going very well. They keep me grounded and centered in my spiritual creativity, even when I’m busy doing other things. I’ve been enjoying sacred space pretty regularly, too.

Have a great week and enjoy your process, however it goes!


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6 Responses to Living Life, Writing Later

  1. It sounds as if you’re in the ebb of what Shan Jeniah and I call Writer’s Tides (the ebb and flow of words). There are necessary times of filling one’s self…. You cannot just let out constantly without taking in from somewhere.

    It sounds as if you are doing just that. Wonderful news about the drumming and dancing.

  2. sounds like you’re doing well even if not actually writing – creativity abounds:)

  3. Nikki,

    Do you know that yours was one of the first unschooling blogs I ever read? That you helped me to shift from self-flagellation to celebrating simply being present in my own life, as I am, in each breath?

    Do you know how happy it makes me that you are here, and that I had some part in it?

    Or how overjoyed I am to see someone writing, “I haven’t written much, and I am OK with that, because I am where I need to be, and the writing will come when that’s the needful thing.”

    Until last night, I had done very little writing, for days. I was scarcely even on social media.

    I needed time to be with myself. I watched Enterprise, Dirty Dancing, and the original Karate Kid – and I did it with new eyes and a new awareness. I hung out at home with the kids, weathering a wet and turbulent week with something approaching grace and acceptance.

    I learned a few things about myself that I hadn’t known, and feel I have grown deeper and more peaceful in the learning.

    And then, last night, I was compelled to go back a bit in my WIP, and the rereading sparked a whole series of new ideas. I wrote a jumbled but relevant scene, and I feel things coalescing.

    I don’t regret the silence, or the lack of words accumulated. I needed the quiet and the stillness, to reach a deeper place within myself.

    May you do what you do with peace, passion, and joy! =)

    • Starcat

      Shan, I didn’t know that, and it gives me such a warm, happy glowing feeling to hear it! I love how we all affect one another in such positive ways, even if we haven’t met face-to-face. Thank YOU for the inspiration to join ROW 80! I’m really enjoying it and it’s helping me focus more on my creative projects.


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