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Learn to Write/ Write to Learn

A special homemade cake for Rowan's 4th birthday, January 2011.

I haven’t posted in more than a month and I cannot tell you how many times I have planned to post and how many ideas I have had about things I wanted to write about.  I was fully intending on writing about what I am most proud of in 2010 like I did last year.  And now it’s January 23rd and I haven’t done it.  It’s truly ironic because there are so many things I feel so good about in 2010 (like finally succeeding to get pregnant, growing my coaching business substantially, spending some fantastic times with my family and friends, and making this kick ass cake for Rowan). 

My close friend (and fellow coach) Tanya Geisler helped me break my writer’s block this past week through a simple reframe (she’s a very good coach): 

What if your blog was just for you? What if you stopped writing what you think your readers want to hear and simply wrote about what you are learning?  

Shear and simple brilliance!  Shifting my focus to making my blog a journal of what I am learning (on any subject from leadership development to making complicated cakes) gives me a lot of freedom to simply write.  I was telling Tanya that I enjoy recaping sections of business books I am reading as it helps me to solidfy my own understanding of the topic.  Tanya again: 

Great! Write to lock in your own learning.  There are sure to be others who will appreciate that.  But let their enjoyment be a by- product and drop the pressure to write for them. 

Last Monday I attended a presentation by C.C. Chapman, author of Content Rules at 3rd Tuesday in Montreal (and yes 3rd Tues was on a Monday as Toronto got him on the Tues.).  I didn’t get much from his talk other than “write about what you like and be yourself”. I have heard this message before. Combined with Tanya’s reframe though, it started to sink in.  

And so it shall be. I will be writing about what I am learning and taking the pressure off writing specifically for small business owners or corporate leaders or woman going through transition.  Maybe I wil change my mind in a while.  Maybe my blog will start being all about mompreneurs as offered by my friend Deb Hinton (my baby is due in less than 6 weeks).  From where I sit at the moment though, with a decent sized belly, some heartburn and no baby in my arms yet, I actually hope not… but I won’t make any promises. Life as I know it is about to change!

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  • Tanya Geisler January 24, 2011, 4:26 pm

    I adore that you have declared this and are fully stepping into it. We are all very lucky. And your locked in learning is ours. Cannot wait to share the learnings with you…in all that comes your way.

  • Lisa January 24, 2011, 10:01 pm

    And I continue to be grateful that a little reframe got me into action AND off the hook for a whole bunch of things that felt like there were hanging over my head. Plenty of time later to do a drive for subscribers etc. Thanks TG.

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