Do You Need A Partner?

wineryRecently we spoke about living your bliss. If you missed it, you can check it out here. I was glad to see this started many conversations around the dinner table. I truly believe everyone should be doing what brings them joy.

Today, I thought we’d talk about a way to start that journey.

Find a partner.

You need someone in your life who will hold you accountable. Could be a spouse. If your spouse doesn’t completely understand your need to be a tight-rope walker, that’s okay. Find someone who does. There’s probably a tight-rope walker support group near you.

Make an agreement with this person to email them, and they you, about the steps you’ve taken to accomplish your goal (and theirs). Set a date to send that email by. And keep it simple. Write your accomplishment in the subject line and hit send. It doesn’t have to be a big, long email.

Maybe you need to do research on how to open a bakery. Let your partner know that you did it. Maybe you’ve always wanted to be a photographer. Send your buddy a picture every time you take one. Or start an Instagram account to catalog your accomplishments if your friends are tired of seeing pictures of squirrels eating nuts.

I have critique partners and many writer friends. My one writer friend, Leslie, (she has a fantastic blog about books, writing, and being a librarian. Check her out when you get a chance,) and I will often email each other our daily word count. It keeps us accountable. Meeting with my critique partners also keeps me accountable (I have to bring pages once in a while) and my wonderful writer friends, especially M. Kate Quinn, Shari Nichols, K. M. Fawcett, and Chris Redding keep me from jumping off the ledge with things get tough. (All these women are wonderful authors. If you’re looking for something to read, don’t miss them.)

If you’ve looked around and there is no one you can share this new, exciting journey to bliss with, then tell me. Leave a comment or send and email. I want to hear about how you’re changing your life and living your bliss. And if you’re already living your bliss, then share your inspiration with us. Namaste 

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6 thoughts on “Do You Need A Partner?

  1. Hi Stacey,

    What a great post. I will check out your friends’ author sites.
    How did you meet your critique partners? I would love to know where to meet other writers. My beta readers are my friends. Hard for them to critique my work effectively. Thanks!

    1. Kimberly,
      Thanks for reading. I met my critique partners through NJ Romance Writers. At the time I was writing a women’s fiction book and had joined Romance Writers of America. NJRW helps put writers together who need critique partners. Many writing groups do this. I met Leslie through the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators. Please tell me again, what you write.

      I would highly recommend joining a writers’ organization like NJRW. Having friends be your beta readers is great, but you really need another writer to look at your work. A writer reads differently than a reader does.

      Hope this helps.

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