Since starting my new blog, I have been having difficulty with creative and expressive writing. My blog posts have mostly been about the literal and practical aspects of my life and sometimes I find these types of posts somewhat unfulfilling. As a result, I haven’t been blogging as much as I used to or I would like to. I’m not sure what to do about it. I thought about looking at some of the daily prompts (after all, that’s what got me Freshly Pressed on my old blog) for inspiration. Unfortunately, I don’t have a whole lot of time for that most days.
I think I am also mourning the fact that I used to be a really great writer, and now I’m just… not. I wish I knew what happened. I wish I could go back to the old days of blogging. In the meantime, I’ve come up with a few ideas that I’m going to try and stick with. Most of them involve my newly discovered pregnancy, but I think it will be a good place to start. First, I am thinking of starting a series of letters to my baby. In my first pregnancy I kept a journal and wrote it in the style of a “Dear Baby” book. It was tedious at some points, but I enjoy going back to it every once in a while. I’m hoping that these letters will be more personal and less of a “documentation of my pregnancy” like I did before. We’ll see how it goes.
Lately I have also really been questioning my career choices in medicine. This mostly revolved around the fact that I have chosen a very time consuming and demanding specialty, even though I love it. Obstetrics is amazing and I love women’s health, but I hate being away from my family so much. I suspect it will get even worse, especially if this pregnancy sticks. I maintain that I fell in love with obstetrics when I was pregnant the first time around. This pregnancy might be an opportunity for me to revisit everything that I found interesting and amazing about pregnancy, obstetrics, and the wonder of a woman’s body. Hopefully I will be able to document that as I go along too.
I’ve been trying to get back into my mindfulness exercises. I haven’t been doing them for a few months, and I’m sure that has a bit to do with how much I’ve been feeling down lately. Last night I started up again and conveniently, the Headspace app has a new Pregnancy Series. I would like to blog more about my headspace experiences and see where that goes as well.
Finally, I want to get back into blogging about my goals. In January I set goals for myself and every month I would blog about the progress of those goals. In July I re-visited the goals because there were some that I had made great progress with, and others that needed some revisiting. I never actually did an August update, and if I’m being completely honest, I felt like closing down my old blog meant that I didn’t have to be accountable about them anymore. For that reason, I think that starting up the monthly updates is going to be a great way to hold myself accountable again.
Does anyone have any other ideas for how I can incorporate more creative writing? (I feel some some of these ideas are still very literal and not very creative)