If you are one of my followers then you know that I haven’t written a blog in a month. I was devastated by the disappearance of my cat Peaches, which led to six posts in a relatively short time. I wrote about hope, faith, and my spiritual growth, all inspired by my loss.
I wrestle with whether this is the stuff I should be blogging about on my website. The experts will tell you that concentrating your content on one thing reaps the best results. I am a diversified person and I have a rough time with that. My expertise is in codependency as well as running a bar and grill. I have to share my faith because if it weren’t for God I’d be dead or crazy by now. The greatest loves of my life include my cats. I love writing about them and sharing their pictures too. I let the dilemma of what to write about jam me up until today when the renowned author Jerry Jenkins gave me permission to procrastinate.
In his article How Procrastination Has Helped Me to Write (and sell) More Than 185 Books, he talks about the issue of procrastination that plagues most writers. He is honest and forthcoming, listing the myriad of things that get writers off of their writing track and onto the procrastination train. It is empowering and refreshing to know that someone who has sold over 70 million books wrestles with the same problems that I do.
Jerry Jenkins admonishes writers not to stop procrastinating but rather, expect it, plan for it, schedule it. And believe-know-that while you’re procrastinating, your subconscious is working on your book. It was liberating to read those words from a professional. Jerry, however, believes that your deadline should be sacred whether imposed by yourself or a publisher.
So now I need to come up with reasonable deadlines that I can stick with. I need to stop letting my list of excuses keep me from putting my butt in the chair. I need to schedule my writing time as well as my social media and email reading time. I will schedule my procrastination time too. This will free me of some of my self-inflicted guilt.
If I feel the need to write about my cat’s lives and how they affect mine, I’m going to do so without judgment and double-mindedness. I love cats and my friends love cats. The world is full of cat lovers and I’ll bet some of them may even be codependents. So I’m going to continue to mix it up a bit folks.
I hope that you are reading this because you enjoy reading what I write. Whether it’s because you like my voice, are codependent, in a relationship with an alcoholic, love cats, run a bar or are thinking of buying one, none of that matters to me. My goal in writing about my life experiences is that someone will glean a little hope from them. I want to put a smile on someone’s face or inspire him or her in some way.
If you believe I’m succeeding at that I’d love to hear from you. I’m working on my new website and mentoring codependents will be a big focus of the site. My cat’s will have their place there too because they play such an important role in my life.
God bless, Cat