February was a big month for me. I made two big decisions that will impact my life, both short and long term.
First, I quit my second job. I was working at a bridal salon part-time, but, due to a lack of staff, it turned into more of a full-time gig. I was being overworked and underpaid. Most importantly, I no longer had time to invest in myself, which was one of my new year’s intentions. I didn’t have time to go to the gym, do yoga, spend time with friends, or spend time with my fiance–all things that are so much more important to me than a little extra income. So, I quit, and I’m much happier because of it.
That being said, now that I have more time on my hands, I’ve decided that it’s finally time to start pursuing something that I’ve always dreamed of: I am going to write a novel. I’ve always wanted to write a book, but I’ve never had any brilliant ideas. However, at the end of January, it finally happened– a story unfolded in my mind.
I’ve been reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert lately. In it she talks about how ideas are living and breathing; they float through the universe looking for someone to take them and run with them. Gilbert says, “Ideas are driven by a single impulse: to be made manifest. And the only way an idea can be made manifest in our world is through collaboration with a human partner. It is only through a human’s efforts that an idea can be escorted out of the ether and into the realm of the actual.” But, Gilbert also says that, if an idea comes to someone and they don’t take it, the idea will move on to someone else. It might sound like crazy talk, but I believe it.
This brings me to my March Mantra. Ambition is the first step to success. The second step is action. I’ve always felt that I have a strong sense of ambition. However, I’ve realized lately that, sometimes I slack at acting on my ambitions. If I want this idea to manifest, I need to take action.
This means making an extra cup of tea when I get home from work and setting an alarm that dictates the start of “writing hour.” I know that not every day will be easy, but if I want to write a book, I must write. That’s where blogging comes in, too; it helps keep my mind sharp and my creativity flowing.
I hope to remind myself of this mantra daily. It’s something that I hope to embody not only when it comes to writing, but when it comes to reaching other personal milestones throughout the month of March.
What are your ambitions? I hope that you can find the inspiration act on them this month! Tell me your mantra in the comments or on Twitter/ IG @emwritesblog!