I made it.

January is over, and with it my writing fast.

So here’s some closure for this whole situation, to let you know how it ended:

I did, despite all odds, survive.  I had a million, “Oh my gosh, what a brilliant idea I’ve had- I should go write that book this. very. second!” moments. But I jotted down the ideas and tried to focus elsewhere.  I think this was good for me.  For the first couple of days I felt like a total loser as I realized that I really didn’t have much of a life without my writing, in a way.  But my focus really changed, and there were several good changes I made:

1. I have a disciplined routine! Waking up by a certain time, spending time with the Lord, working out immediately, showering, juicing carrots, making a smoothie and then cleaning the house and getting to whatever the day held. It feels good.  This includes my renewed focus on getting healthier.

2. I realized I need direction for my life that sitting around writing all day has not given me, and I’m thinking that may begin with a long-term missions trip for a semester or so at some point, possibly to Haiti. I’m still looking around.  I also need a job, now that I’ve moved, and I need to stop procrastinating.

3. Most importantly I realized my need for a Savior more than ever.  Without my obsession to clog up my every thought, I realized at times just what a wretch I am, and what I need to focus on.  I started prioritizing my time in the morning spent reading the Word, and hopefully have become more focused in general.  And I plan on increasing that from here on.

So thanks for all of your prayers and the encouragement I found pouring into my inbox/figment page/blog from you, my lovely friends.

And now I need to wrap this up, because Isla and her plight are calling to me. 😉

(Oh, on a random/life-enriching note: you should check out “Jekyll and Hyde” the musical; the song “Confrontation” is my absolute favorite right now. It’s amazing. So…go listen to it.)



  • Lydia! How nice it is to hear from you again. I’m glad that the writing-fast went without too many hitches. 🙂

  • Girl, I’m so proud of you for going through with this and for sticking it out until the end! The things that you listed as things you learned from this past month are really inspiring to me as a fellow writer and sister in Christ, and while I am glad that you’re back to writing again (pretty sure the world has missed your genius), I am equally glad that God blessed this experience. 🙂 So awesome.

  • Awww Sam, you’re amazing. Thanks so much. I can’t tell you how incredible it has been to me to have you as a friend as I grow (hopefully) in writing. You’re inspiring to me in so many aspects of life. 😀

  • Tiffany (J.A.)

    Wow! I came to this post late, but I must say congratulations again! I’m so proud of you 🙂 And I’m absolutely amazed at your self-discipline & truly making the best out of things. I think you’ve just become my role model in quite a few aspects! 😀

  • Golly, Tiff, I can’t even tell you how happy that makes me. You’re so sweet and *such* an encouragement. You’re wonderful. Thanks. <3