(1) Self-Care Saturday. | (2) Brunch at Feast & Forest on a Saturday afternoon. | (3) Waking up in a home that I own — still isn’t old. | (4) Hand writing blog posts first. | (5) Cheap dates. | (6) Expensive perfume. | (7) Sore abs after a Jillian Michaels workout. | (8) Being a teacher. | (9) Always being willing to learn | (10) The scent of coffee shops. | (11) Channing & Jenna Dewan Tatum’s marriage. #relationshipgoals | (12) Being the woman of my house. | (13) Filling my home with the laughter of friends who knew me when I had acne and no idea what to do with my hair. | (14) Knowing what to do with my hair. | (15) The freedom of focus. | (16) Tuna pita sandwiches and pimento cheese from Zoes Kitchen. | (17) #BossBabe Periscope broadcasts | (18) Google spreadsheets | (19) Girls night in. | (20) Hour-long massages | (21) Penny Talk polish by Essie. | (22) Pitching story ideas to my favorite publications. | (23) Books that make me laugh. | (24) Books that make me cry. | (25) Being Brandi Runnels. | (26) Filling my journal with webinar and workshop ideas. | (27) Learning how to stop being a writer who doesn’t write. | (28) Believing I am beautiful. | (29) Believing he loves me. | (30) Believing SHE loves me too.
I first heard those words from blogger and journalist Alexis Barton in July 2014 at the first Bloganista Mini-Con, the annual summer blogging conference I organize and host through See Jane Write. Alexis, who blogs at Same Chic Different Day, was the morning keynote speaker at that year’s conference. Her words stuck with me. I’m still hearing them a year and a half later: Stop being a writer who doesn’t write.
Lately, I feel as if I’m failing to answer this call, failing to meet this charge. Lately, I feel as if I am a writer who doesn’t write.
Today as we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., many of us will read, listen to or share quotes from King’s famous I Have a Dream Speech — as well we should. I made listening to his speech part of my morning devotional.
But there are many powerful words of wisdom from King that we rarely hear. A few years ago BuzzFeed compiled 17 Martin Luther King Quotes You Never Hear. Yesterday, I read through them again and there was one in particular that struck me: