Thursday, April 2, 2020

Everybody Has a But by Sally Shupe

This past week I worked on transitioning to working from home, BUT it was a lot harder than I thought it would be. (I am so thankful I still have my job, but I miss my office-a whole lot more than I thought I would!) No more quiet office space. No more office. No more space. My office is now the side of the dining room table.

Have you come across any BUTS? I’d be rich, BUT. I’d run a marathon, BUT. I’d be a writer, BUT. What do those BUTS do to us? They discourage us; they hinder us; if we let them, they’ll determine our future before we even get started!

What BUT is holding you back? Can’t get that first paragraph going? Can’t finish the first draft? Why not? I’d start working on that paragraph, BUT? I’d finish the story I’m writing, BUT? But what? I’d clean my refrigerator, BUT? The first thing that pops in my mind is: I don’t know where to start. Let me help with that.

Pick up your sponge and cleaner. Pick up a pen and paper. Or log onto your computer, open a blank document, and put your fingers on the keyboard. Ready? Now go! Give yourself 5 minutes. 30 minutes. Whatever you want to start with. Just start. That’s all it takes. You’ll be amazed at the progress you make. You can have a clean refrigerator. You can have all the laundry washed and dried. Maybe not put away, but it can be clean lol. Until the next pile starts. But that’s okay. If just one load gets done, that’s one more than you had done. If you only get one paragraph written, that’s okay. You’re one paragraph closer to finishing your book. Just get started. If you run for 20 minutes, you’re on your way to running a marathon. Look at you go. Nothing can stop you now!

Everybody’s timeline is different. Don’t compare yourself to others. If it takes all day to get one thing done, that’s fine. You did it. Or got started. Because we all know as soon as you sit down to do something, something else will happen. Be kind to yourself. Decide what you want to accomplish, and go for it.

This week, let’s kick those BUTS to the curb. Let’s do this thing, whether it’s cleaning house, that one thing you don’t want to start, getting that first draft finished, entering that contest. We can do this. There are no more BUTS!

Share what your one thing is and let’s support each other in getting that one thing done! My one thing: Finishing this story I started. It’s about halfway done. Let’s get started!

Sally Shupe lives in southwest Virginia with her husband, two grown kids-a daughter still at home and a son nearby, and a whole bunch of pets: five dogs, three cats, a rabbit, and birds at the birdfeeder (and the mandatory snowman when the snow cooperates). She writes contemporary Christian romance, with two completed manuscripts and three more in progress. They are part of a series located in small town Virginia.

When Sally’s not writing or working full-time, she is a freelance editor for several authors who write fiction and nonfiction; students working on dissertation papers; a copy editor for Desert Breeze; a content editor for Prism (became part of Pelican); performs beta reading for various authors; publishes book reviews on her blog and with Valley Business FRONT’s monthly magazine; is a member of ACFW and a PRO member of RWA; loves genealogy, running, and crocheting.

Sally uses her love of words to write about God’s amazing love.

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16 comments:

  1. Great reminder that we shouldn't put off writing activities. Stop procrastinating. Now is the time to write blog posts, stories, devotions, articles, letters to friends and family and more. :-)

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    1. Thanks, Melissa! Letters to friends and family, definitely!

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  2. My but usually has to do with 'but I have to go to work everyday and I'm tired when I get home.' Like you, I'm thankful to still have a job, also thankful for the good health that allows me to go to work everyday. I need to quit using it as a but and praise the Lord for it. Good post Sally, hope all is well with you. btw, one of my buts has icing

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    1. Hi Cindy! All is well. Sorry to hear about your other but lol.

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  3. I love your posts, Sally.

    This is all so true. Years ago I worked a full time job while I still had kids at home. When I finally quit, I had big plans to get a lot of writing done.
    I was so disappointed when it didn't happen. I still had to make time to sit down and write even when I wasn't in the mood.
    Sometimes I still wonder where all that "extra" time went.

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    1. Hi Connie!! Yes, I wonder where "extra" time goes too. At one point, I worked full-time, married, two young kids, and was going to school working on my bachelor's degree. I could not imagine doing school work now. Where did that time go??

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  4. Good morning, Sally!

    Five dogs? How did I not know that about you? A woman after my own heart. It must be frustrating having to work at the dining table. You’re an inspiration to me!

    That one thing for me right now is finishing up the proposal for my second book in a series, so I have something to give the editor who has book one. But today I’m also experimenting with a critique partner to use Zoom for brainstorming. If all goes well, it could be a great way to stay excited about writing while maintaining social distancing.

    Stay well and productive, my friend!

    Yvonne Weers

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    1. Yvonne! Yes! 5 dogs-a Jack Russell terrier named Pumpkin who is 14 and half the time doesn't know where she is (that's been the biggest adjustment being home around her and seeing it), a chihuahua named Milo who is 13, a blue heeler named Maggie who is 4, and two dogs are my daughter's-a pit bull/boxer name Jayde and a pit bull/lab mix named Russ. Definitely makes for some interesting times! Since being home, there are always at least three animals sleeping near my feet at any time lol.

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  5. Great, encouraging post, Sally - - thank you!!
    These 2 words jumped out at me: JUST START
    Yep, I've found sooo many times that if I'll just start on something, I accomplish way more than I'd thought I would---it's amazing, LOL! ;) So thank you for sharing this today, and now I'm making a big note and sticking it beside my computer: JUST START. :)

    Hugs, Patti Jo (heading to a cluttered closet to just start on decluttering!)

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    1. I love that! I'm going to put those words on my computer as well. JUST START-it says so much! Thank you!

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  6. Hi Sally,

    Thanks for this encouraging post. I needed it today! God's timing on your post was perfect! Thanks again!

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    1. Jackie, thank you so much for the encouragement! I'm glad it was timely and spoke to you. Have a great day!

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  7. My message disappeared somewhere between Google sign-in and publish. Thanks for your encouraging and inspirational words, Sally! Do you vacuum a lot of hair? Our big guy is 90 pounds, 11 now, and we discovered a year ago that he likes to be vacuumed.

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    1. LoRee, Google likes to eat my words too! We have hardwood floors throughout, so it is a lot of sweeping. When we had Foxy, the Pomeranian mix, I joked we could make six new dogs a day from the hair! She was a mix between Pom and a Spitz. She looked like a Pom, but shed like a Spitz lol. She was a great dog.

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  8. Sally, I loved this post. I'm the reigning queen of excuses. I've got to take advantage of my time and get busy. Thanks for such a great motivator!

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