Everyone has different hurdles when it comes to their work. While I was struggling to write a rough draft, I decided to reread a chapter from Ann Lamott's Bird by Bird called Shitty First Drafts. In that, Ann eloquently tells us that everyone, at some point, writes shitty first drafts and that it is okay; in fact, it is essential. I used to freak out about the way I wrote in my diary entries: What if someone finds these and this all they will ever have to critique my expression?? This is certainly true for writing, but I also think it applies to our other pursuits, whether that is an exercise regime or test grade. Everything is allowed to have its trial period, when things are not completely together.
It made me wonder: how often do we stand in our own way?
Do you ever struggle with putting words down on paper? How do you overcome any of your writing difficulties?
The weekend was so incredibly relaxing; it truly captured everything I love about summer in the city: outdoor meals, spontaneous movies, late (and lazy) brunches, pedictures, smoothies, strolling through the park at night....
(Also, I may have watched a marathon of Keeping Up With the Kardashians and Real Housewives of New York City...I still cannot decide if that means I mastered the art of mindless relaxation or simply hit rock bottom.)
Saturday evening snapshot: sangrias + hammock + rooftop = bliss
Yesterday, I went to a wine bar and then tried a 'Shroom Burger in Madison Square Park. Best veggie burger ever!!! I ended my weekend tonight, with some awesome girls who are all doing such incredible things with their lives! I love being around people who do so much; it instigates me to keep striving, keep redefining...
I also saw---and cried in---Toy Story 3. I have yet to see a Pixar movie that I do not love (yes, I am a five year old trapped in the body of a twenty three year old). Each one does such an incredible job of creating loveable, unique characters!
Do you have a favorite Disney and/or Pixar movie?
Fun question I asked some Toy Story fans: Do you relate to Woody or Buzz more?
I think I am more of a Woody girl; he comes off as the classic nice guy whereas Buzz strikes me as more of a Type A man. In any case, all of the Toy Story characters are so adorable!!
My favorites: Woody, Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, and Rex
Woody: "That's not flying. It's falling with style."
Buzz: "You are a sad, strange, little man. And you have my pity."
Rex: "I...I don't like confrontation."
Cute green aliens: "You have saved our lives. We are eternally grateful."