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on the power of showing up

note: I wrote this post in April of 2019 (pre-COVID). It's been sitting in my drafts for quite a while, but I think it's time for it to see the light of day. It's been helpful for me to reread over the past few months, especially as I continue to try to make an effort to write, and I hope it can be helpful to you, too. i got an invite to a writers' group a few months ago, and i had never felt like more of a fraud in my life. it had been months, if not years, since i'd felt like a writer. the proverbial well of words in my heart had dried up, it seemed, and i wasn't sure if it was ever coming back. i agreed to go out of a sense of helplessness—i'd identified as a writer ever since i could remember. if i'm not a writer, who am i?  i told myself that it was important to show up and act like a writer even when i didn't feel like one, because even though i hadn't been writing, i reassured myself, i still was a writer. but sometimes the words f

Chewing Is Overrated

There are probably several reasons I haven't blogged in a while.

  1. I rather enjoyed having Liam Hemsworth at the top of my blog this whole time. *awkward confession* No, really. My Ryan is pretty cool.
  2. I've been lacking inspiration. Seriously. Let me know if you find him.
  3. And last but not least, jaw pain.
I've had chronic pain for my whole life and was recently diagnosed two years ago. One of the symptoms that has recently reared its ugly head is jaw pain.

At first, we thought it was TMJ. It may in fact be TMJ. However, I went to the orthodontist about two weeks ago, and we had a startling revelation.

My jaw is severely misaligned.

The diagnosis?

I need braces.

Since then, my jaw pain has increased for some reason. Today I could not chew anything. I ate yogurt for breakfast, had two protein shakes for lunch, ate soggy corn flakes as an afternoon snack, and then had sweet potatoes and tiny tiny pieces of pork chop for dinner. *sigh*

Anyway, I'll try to put up some new material on the ol' blog soon. And if you see Inspiration, please hog-tie him and send him my way. Thanks!


  1. Aw, sorry you're feeling poorly. That's never fun. :(

    Hope you get to feeling better soon! (And I'll help you look for Inspiration...he's been hiding from me, too.)


  2. Inspiration's done a runner on me too - I shall hunt him down, mash him up and bring him to you with icecream. Hope your jaw feels better soon! Or, gets better ... you know what I mean!

  3. I know the feeling! When I had my wisdom teeth removed, I could barely talk, could only eat ice cream and milk (it might sound like heaven, and the first day was. But 3 days of just ice cream and chocolate milk? Horrid. I now no longer like ice cream in a bowl). It was so annoying. Every time I wanted to tell some one something, I had to write it down. Or sound like like I had really bad cleft pallet. :-?

  4. aww, I hope you're feeling better soon! ♥♥ and I can't wait to hear more from you...I'm sure you'll catch up with that tricky little inspiration eventually. ;]


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