People pleasing, seeking joy, and prioritizing creativity.
First, I salute you on your mission! It's an old book now, but I really liked Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project when it came out; not that you even said you wanted book recs (here, I am, just jumping in anyways, like a total Kuppet!) LOL! All to say, "You got this! I'm excited for you!"
ALSO, I love, love, love art thrift stores! :) There's an amazing one a few neighborhoods over from us and I'm always having to remind myself that I should TAKE stuff there, not buy more. Ah, well. :) Grist for the artistic mill--and such a low-stakes way to try out new things!
I also love your thoughts on translations! I think translations are fascinating, too. I loved reading this article about the translation challenges that crept up when they sold the foreign rights for Carson Ellis's Du Iz Tak? https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-book-news/article/73993-working-out-the-bugs-adventures-in-translating-carson-ellis-s-du-iz-tak.html
THOUGH--don't worry about reading anything! Only if you want to, OF COURSE!! Hugs, Captain Falatko!
I don’t think I’ve resonated with anything MORE than this post from one people pleaser to another, thank you! Today, especially, it’s extra helpful!
Great read. I feel this is a battle many writers struggle with (well at least I do...)
Love this - I really needed to read this today! Though now I really have to resist walking in to my office job and resigning - gulp
You go girl (from an 80 plus year old girl
Thanks so much for the mention!
Are you my twin sister? We’ll maybe not twin because we look nothing alike (did that make sense?) and I’m older than you. But I swear inside our heads we are exactly alike. People pleasing? Yep. Made a lifetime of it. You mean I get to be happy too? Happy first? No way! I need to read those books, prioritize myself, find those socks, and I need you to keep writing. Thank you for this. Things we know but never remember to apply.
Cheers to being in control of your own ship!! Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for ALL of this, Julie! You inspire me constantly.
Honestly, for a moment, I thought it was a picture from a boat my kids and I have “driven”—truly an excellent metaphor —I say, go with it 😊
This piece, whether you like it or not, was very pleasing.
Also very true, and relatable, and inspiring.
Signed, a co-Kuppet (reminding itself that everyone would prefer an exceptional sausage from a machine that only makes sausage instead of a mediocre sausage from a machine that's not sure what to be, though The Mediocre Sausage might be a good band name.)
I am a new subscriber, a writer, and this post just made me happy this morning. Yes! To all of it (esp pleasing the dog and driving the boat 😊)
I love all of this, Julie. I, too, deeply identify as a Kuppet. But now I have a hilarious mixing/blending/sausage-making sad clown metaphor to reflect on the next time I almost say yes to what is inwardly a giant no. So thank you for that!
I relate so much to all of this 💙 Thanks for the encouragement!
Oh, did this resonate... (and thank you for the shoutout!)