Monday, November 11, 2019

Self-care Moment: Taking Time to Process After Traveling

I love to travel. I enjoy seeing new places and old simply to experience something outside of my ordinary routine. That is exactly what I need to stay inspired and keep that creative fire inside of me lit.

However, travel also wears me out. Whether it is a short trip or a long one, close or far, there is a certain amount of rest and processing that has to happen before I am ready to jump into routine again.

At least that is how I am feeling after my most recent excursion.

I flew from Seattle into Raleigh, NC to spend two weeks helping my mom during her carpel tunnel surgery and visit friends and family in the area. The first week I felt very on top of everything and the second week as I bounced from place to place visiting I spent all of my time and energy trying to keep up.

It was a wonderful trip and I am so thankful that I got to spend time with so many wonderful people. I would not change one part of my trip. Now that I am back home I must admit, I am more appreciative of my family, my routine and my own quiet space.

Traveling is like a double edged sword. It is inspiring and wonderful, yet tiring and takes time and energy to process. That is what this past week has been for me. I need to set aside lots of time for rest, but also to check back in with my body, emotion and mind.

This is a meditation that works consistently for me. I take a few minutes and tap into those three parts of myself. Right now my body is sore and slothful, my emotions are strong and confidence, and my mind is having a hard time focusing and feeling slothful as well. Basically, I need a jump start.

Writing is usually how I come out of my funks. Yes, these type of posts often sound like a run on sentence, but random is my trademark. I believe it is time to embrace it.

To help me get started again after being so tired from travel, I am spending some time reflecting over my old routines before I blindly jump back into them. Social media has been a big one. I am trying to find my voice and what I want to put out into the world.

Stream of consciousness is my natural style. This means my thoughts and actions come out in a continuous flow. The term was first introduced by William James in his Principles of Psychology written in 1809. Famous novels such as James Joyce's Ulysses and J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye are examples of this narrative style.

Even though stream of consciousness has been an accepted format for a long time now, I have been resisting it. I want to be put together and rational when I share. However, I am realizing that I do not share anything when I feel like it needs to be in a nice neat bow. My mind is random and continuous and that is okay. I'm learning to embrace this narrative and use it.

This is only the beginning. I am still trying to feel it out. I want to share more and that means being more open to how my mind operates. You can love it or hate it, but it is genuine. I hope to put some fuel on the creative fire as the winter starts to set in, I hope inspire you as well. I love what I do and writing is a life long passion.

Being able to share without judgement has been new to me. Usually I am judging myself so hard that no one else even gets a chance to see. I'm trying to adjust that. This trip has helped me see the need and find the want to put myself out there in this way.

Now that I feel more rested, I'm ready to get started again. My style may look a little different and it will probably change over time. Whatever comes next, I want to embrace my unique spirit and begin challenging myself to share more. It starts here.

Make you find brilliant inspiration and take time to process!

Peace and Love,

Saturday, November 9, 2019

More Than "Just" a Publishing Company

I want Balancing Tree Press to be different from other publishing companies. I want to tear down that barrier between writing and publishing. I want to be an aide in the entire creative process, not just jumping in at the end.

Part of that difference is that I want you to get to know me. I don't want to be a faceless business, I want to be a personality that you can connect with.

I'm still figuring out exactly what that looks like. How much do I need to remain a solid business woman and how much do I show you the moments I fall apart? We all do, that is part of being human.

We all have days when we doubt. We doubt ourselves and our dream. We doubt that we are strong enough, smart enough, or sometimes enough at all.

I've had several of those days over the past few months. Honestly, it tends to block me from putting out content. I got to thinking, if I want to be a personality to connect with, perhaps this is the content I need to release.

Setting up a business is hard. There are a lot of moving parts and a lot of "putting yourself out there." It is scary to be vulnerable and hard to move forward without knowing exactly what to do next.

Small business in unique because you can do whatever you want! (Within reason of course.) If you have a dream you can make it happen. I'm not going to claim to be a great business woman...yet. I will be, I am learning as I go.

I'm not going to claim to be a great writer either. I write because there is something inside of me that must come out. I write because it is my passion to express myself to the world through art and written word. I write because I can't not write.

Writing is how I understand the world around me.

This is the passion I want to share through Balancing Tree Press. It is through my company that I will publish my own books. As I did the research to self-publish, I thought, "why not share that knowledge and spirit with others."

I hear people say, "I'd love to write a book, but I have no where to start." I want to help you get started and be a guide through the entire process. Or I want to learn about your story and share your passion as a documentary, memoir or compilation piece through ghostwriting.

I believe there is a story in all of us. Some people tell it through words, others through art. Expression is how we find our place in the world. I want to help you express your story in a form that you can share. To accomplish something you can be proud of.

I don't want Balancing Tree Press to be "just another publishing company." I am so much more. I want to provide a journey, an experience.

I want to share my doubts and anxieties because we all have them, to some degree. I want to connect with others and build a community of people who are passionate about something and can build each other up so we are all stronger.

Building a business takes some baby steps. It doesn't all get set up at once. I'm on my way and I'm working hard to make it happen. I invite you to join in my journey and embrace your creative life.

Peace and Love,

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