Setting out to simply share some thoughts and be a solid resource for creatives by using my corporate chops, a year ago I committed to writing a weekly blog and publishing it – every Friday – for at least 12 months. Family and friends supported me. They safeguarded my already ruddy reputation by making sure I didn’t breach the line…much. I only want to sprinkle mischief dust; I don’t intend be hurtful (click to Tweet). As I said in the beginning, one of the things I love most about people is, when we are being genuine, we have interesting wrinkles and shortcomings…it makes us human and I am thankful, because those imperfections add perfect colour to our world.
My readers have responded to the shares. I’ve discovered an enormous sense of community through “The Art of the Well Lived Life.” I’ve had an opportunity to share my knowledge, and in turn, you all shared your wisdom. I’m grateful for your shares, your feedback, your words. People have gotten naked with me in conversations – bared their souls, their pain, their hopes…I am humbled.
I work for free, but should really be paying you, dear readers. Here are a few of the priceless lessons I’ve learned while penning “The Art of The Well Lived Life” –
- People are kind
- After over a decade of business writing, the writer I was born as has rediscovered her voice
- I’ve written over 52 stand alone posts – a cohesive, though short, body of work
- I possess self-discipline – I don’t need a boss – I’m the boss of my own, bad self
- Older people have incredible stories, philosophies and wisdom to share – they are reluctant to share them on a blog , but they rock it in private groups
- Creatives need a community – while we may work alone well by nature, we get lonely from time to time
- Showing my own scars and faults has hopefully given us all “permission”
- Everyone is insecure from time to time and in their own way – if they aren’t they’re probably a psychopath
- Even people who rail against structure want structure – let’s just dress it up in lace and call it something else
- Spellcheck cannot be overrated – evher
- People love to have fun. They like to laugh and poke, but they want respect and reassurance – so I give them permission to laugh at me
- WordPress is relatively user friendly
- Our souls were designed to express our essential selves. When the outlet is blocked we react with negative behaviours and behave poorly (click to Tweet this one)
This is a deeply emotional birthday for me, like the ones that end in a 0 or 5. I’m actually crying as I write this, it must be hormones or a lack of chocolate. It also may harken back to this first post. Above all, I am awash with gratitude that you keep reading, keep commenting, keep laughing and sharing your wisdom and questions. Thank you, thank you, thank you….
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Michelle Andres is a writer, artist and coach who nudges, nay, shoves, her clients in the direction of their dreams, helping them to overcome non-productive behaviours and enjoy more success in their lives. Follow her on Facebook and on Twitter
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