Day 81: Twas the Night before Christmas

I can’t believe that tomorrow is Christmas or that 2019 is just a week and a day away.  Where did this year go?  There have been so many wonderful things that have happened this year in the area of my creativity.  Rhapsody of Writing, Succulent Wild World, my Writing Haven taking shape and becoming a reality, my renewed excitement about and commitment to writing, actually reading out loud my writing to a group of extremely talented people and receiving praise and encouragement, etc…  I could list a few more things but you get the idea.  Basically, the last 6 months of the year did more for my writing than the last few years.  A lot of that is thanks to Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy, aka SARK, and all of the groups she has put together for us creative types.  That, and her mentoring, encouragement and caring that is given freely.  Also, Maitri Libellule and The Sunday Night Writing Group that I was fortunate enough to be invited into toward the end of its run.  She and the other members taught me how to use my emotions in my writing.  Even though it was short, it was valuable time well spent.  The people in SWW, ROW, and TSNWG, deserve a lot of credit for my renewed excitement and determination regarding my writing.  So much input, encouragement, and caring have flowed in my direction from everyone.  It’s awesome.  I have made real friends in these groups and made connections on many levels.  I can go into these groups and be me…the real me and I am accepted for who I am.  I’m not judged.  And just being online with these wonderful people makes me so happy.  I get excited before our calls because I’ll get to spend time with them.  I look forward to our interactions on Facebook and Messenger.  They are a highly valued part of my life.  That is why I keep telling everyone that it’s so very important to find your tribe or circle or whatever you want to call it.  We need that in our lives…especially our creative lives.  We need people that understand and encourage our creative journey.  It makes that journey so much easier and a lot less lonely.  We can talk to others about our writing or art projects but they don’t understand what we go through when we are working on a project.  They don’t understand the frustration, the self-doubt, the sense of not accomplishing enough, or the absolute joy of having a breakthrough after days and days of being blocked.  Yes, they can offer encouragement but it’s just not the same as the encouragement that you receive from someone that’s stood in the same exact spot that you are right now.  These people will feed your creativity in ways that you’ve never even dreamed.  Trust me…I really do know about this from my personal experience.  You deserve cheerleaders and people to commiserate and celebrate with on your journey.  People that you can trust with your soul.  I’m sorry that I am back on this subject yet again but it is something about which I feel very strongly.  I want everyone in my position to have this experience.  Well, I need to go play elf and wrap some gifts that Santa delivered unwrapped.  And, since I am feeling a bit better than I have been, I will try to get the rest of my writing haven organizing finished.  Then I have a little project that I about halfway started last night but only did the very easiest part.  It was in the bedroom, near the bed, so it was much too easy for me to just decide to nap since I didn’t feel well.  I’m still not “cured” but at least I feel like I’m alive today.  Yesterday, I wasn’t sure about that!  Merry Christmas Eve, everyone!  And I hope that whatever holiday you celebrate is magical, brings you wondrous things and much peace into your lives.

About Donna Heilman

I am a writer that lives in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex with my husband, 2 dogs, and 10 cats. I am currently working on my novel, Rapture, as well as writing poetry and some short non-fiction. I am honestly writing this blog to feel more connected with other creative people.
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