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Pushing the limits

Old black and white typewriter photo on writing quotes

"There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed."
- Ernest Hemingway

Photo by Shai Coggins

One of the most challenging things about saying you're going to do something is that there are times when you almost immediately get roadblocks. That's why when I blogged about trying to blog more consistently, it's almost inevitable that I end up feeling blocked today.

But, today, I need to blog. That's what my calendar is telling me right now. And, I can't seem to do anything else (including sleep!) until I blog.

So, here I am, showing up.

Even though I have been feeling out of sorts today, due to work deadlines, unexpected schedule shifts, and reading about tragic news locally and globally - I know that I can't use these things as an excuse not to blog.

Yes, even though every time I start to edit one of my blog posts in draft or to write a new one, and something kept going wrong (can't find the right link, browser crashing, etc) - I still think that if I can't get one post finished due to whatever difficulty, I better figure out a different way to finish a blog post regardless.

And yes, even though I seem to have a hundred ideas for blog posts going on right now, which can be a bit overwhelming and daunting - I believe that I should just jot down some of those ideas in draft form and get on finishing one of the ideas that came to mind.

Also, even though I have a dozen things I needed to do, including working on some of my projects and getting rid of a few items on my task list - I choose to blog anyway, no matter what.

It's just that sometimes, in order to get things done, we have to push the limits... Push the boundaries of what feels comfortable and easy.

An easier route was to give in and say: "Never mind. I can skip blogging today. I've got more than enough on my plate right now. Will try again tomorrow."

I have done that, many times.

And that's how I end up getting backlogged with ideas and drafts... And excuses.

Who was it that said "Even writing about being blocked is better than not writing at all"?

Maybe there is some truth to that. Maybe, for us bloggers, we can draw inspiration from what is blocking us and just blog about it anyway.

And, I guess, in a way, that's what I am doing now.

At the end of the day, even though what I am writing right now may not be as profound as I would like my post to be, I would still feel much better for blogging, than not blogging at all.

And sometimes, when we do push the limits, we end up in a place where we don't expect to be.

Like when I started this blog post, I was planning on just doing one of my random lists. It's my default approach to blogging when I am feeling stuck, blocked, or overwhelmed.

Besides, I wanted to have the opportunity to share with you some of the things that are on my mind lately, like:

  • Our family's foray into property investing, having just signed a contract on our first investment property (not our place of residence).
  • My kids' interesting line of questions about life. Like tonight, for example, I got a series of questions about marriage. Not a talk I expected to have with my five and eight year old kidlets.
  • Some thoughts about world changing ideas, and what it means to consider the intersection between money and meaning.
  • Wondering about the directions one must take when growing a new business.
  • ... And much more.

Then, I look at these topics and I realise that they seem to bring me back to the theme of pushing the limits. Going past our comfort zones and working through the challenges to get to where we want to go. Or to do what we set out to do.

I may still blog about those topics that I meant to blog more about today. But for now, I have done what I set out to do. I said I would blog today. And, I have. So, hopefully, I can sleep now. 🙂

How are you pushing the limits on your side of the sky today?

About the Author Shai Coggins (MTeach, MSoc Sci App Psych)

Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.

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