Julie Owsik Ackerman
Like so many of us, I find myself overcommited, stretched to the limit, running from one thing to the next, wondering how I'll possibly get it all done. Like cleaning out the closet, I need to start eliminating things from my overstuffed life.
Something Elizabeth Gilbert wrote on her Facebook page helped me in deciding what to keep and what to throw away. She said something like, if it fills you with a feeling of light and possibility, keep it, otherwise, chuck it. One of my own tests: if you love it or need it, keep it.
I've just begun this process. Some things I know I want to keep: my coaching business, where I help both writers and non-writers with a variety of writing challenges -- overcoming writer's block, preparing college applications, sharpening writing skills, getting words out of the head and onto the page. I love this work.
But as my writing commitments have grown, I have decided to let go of writing for 4 Broads. Though I have loved being a part of the community here for the past two years, I am no longer able to post here regularly and write for my own blog. I hope you will come visit me there, at Anything for Material, Goddess willing, my novel will be finished and published one day very soon, and I will let the 4 Broads audience know about that. And you will still see me in the comments here too.
The nice thing about letting go of something is it gives someone else the opportunity to use it. I hope that the Broads will find an amazing new Broad to write here. I look forward to seeing how the blog will grow and change. It's been a privilege to work with such smart and funny broads.
How do you decide what tangible or intangible things to keep or discard? Is there anything that you have outgrown?