A journey in writing (begins)

By 12th February 2015MIND
Lyden Yardley looking ahead

It’s 7:05am and I’m awake. Surprisingly. The alarm’s due to go off in 25 minutes, but I’ll get up now and make a start.

Why this blog was set up

This blog is the embodiment of a few core values shared by Janine and I, one of which is:

To reflect more deeply on our experiences and absorb the lessons within.

Writing about your experiences engages the mind and gives you the opportunity to squeeze even more out of them.

For example, if you saw something kind or courageous but hadn’t fully recognised it first time around, writing about it offers the chance to uncover the learning. Maybe it was something exciting and you just want to live it out some more and experience that excitement all over again. Or maybe something bad happened – writing about it can be therapeutic and offers you the vehicle to process it and let it go.

Letting go is good. It makes you more lightweight!

It begins… just after I’ve procrastinated a bit

So anyway, it’s 7:10am now and I’m at my laptop ready to write. Everyone who’s anyone seems to say the same; to get good at writing, you need to do it regularly. Author Stephen King and Leo Babauta (of zenhabits.net) say it too, and that’s good enough for me. Sit down every morning and write something. Don’t edit yourself – just write.

So I get right to it…

Read my emails, check my Google+ feed, read some tech news on Engadget, play about with the WordPress Android app…

8am – Janine comes downstairs.

Lyden: “Morning”
Janine: “Morning love, what are you doing?”
Lyden: “About to start writing.”

I’m being sabotaged by my own mind!

I could have been writing for almost an hour. I expected to have been. But this is what happens – old habits die hard (apparently).

I’m not going to be harsh on myself or sweat it too much. This is a new habit to make and I’ll get there. Plus Janine’s here now, so I’ve got the added pressure.

Can I do this? Does it fit?

I’ve never really written anything before. Over at Yap, Janine is the chief writer, while I work as editor and kind of ‘content director’. But I’ve decided it’s time to step into the limelight. I’m certainly going to have to build up the mental and linguistic muscle for it, but that’s like learning anything. My new belief is that anybody who can speak can also write.

And it’s such a great fit for me—I’ve always loved to entertain people with stories. I’m no Dan Brown or Tolkien, I just like sharing things that I’ve mused or experienced. Writing this blog will allow me to share insights with people (that’s you guys!).

Deep insight?

Errr not right now. This post is quite simply to share what I’m doing with you. Sharing is caring, right?

A great journey lies ahead

So I’m excited nonetheless to get on the journey of figuring this out. Will it come easy for me? Will I write to a schedule? Will you all comment on my posts and show me that you enjoy what I’m doing? Will I be able to let go of my perfectionism and actually publish what I write? I’ve no idea, but I’m excited to see what’s going to unfold in front of us. I have some great post ideas already.

Let’s do this!

If you’re ahead of me on this journey – what have you found that’s surprised you? If you’re thinking about starting to write… what’s stopping you?


  • Sherryl says:

    To respond about my journey:
    Nothing stops me from writing.
    I stop immediately & write down all inspired thoughts no matter the time, the place. Needless to say, it can interrupt conversations & routines which can play bloody havoc in relationships unless you have someone that understands that it is a part of who you are.

    • Lyden says:

      Hey Sherryl, sounds like you’re well-established in your methods. I’ve started to do the same and have post ideas backing up to be actually written!

      What do you write about? Do you have a blog? I’d love to see your work.

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