Aloha Rise & Grind

Life is a journey. Enjoy the scenery.

Hello Everyone! I’m sure you have probably noticed that I have slowed down on my posts. To be honest, I began this blog so that I would have the guts to start putting my writing out there again. I didn’t know what type of blog to create because in all reality the blog prior to this one was about my single obsession with running. For now, I’ll still continue to add more recipes that I have had great success with my family as well as my thoughts about whatever I have on my mind. One day I will put my memoir about my love affair with running, but I’m not quite ready to share that part of me. I have to a certain extent, but there is a lot I have held back. I need more time to pass before I’m ready.

I have turned my attention away from blog posts in an effort to work on my novel. It’s been in the works for a while now, but I can finally say that I’m slowly nearing the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. It’s NANOWRIMO (National November Writing Month) and coincidentally last month I starting listening to the Write- Minded Podcast, from the creator of NANOWRIMO. There was one podcast, in particular, that gave me the push I needed. One writer said, “Don’t stop writing until the end.” I’m happy to say that I reached the end of the novel. I’ve been pushing along with edits, so hopefully, I’ll have it completed by the beginning of the new year. This is the first time I have actually said this out loud other than to my family. It’s a hard thing to come out of one’s shell, but it has to be done.

I can say that I have had to overcome several roadblocks that kept me from writing a story. There’s that nagging self-doubt that what I have to say is not worth reading, but then there’s also that other feeling that I can’t escape and that’s the desire to write. What’s the worst that can happen, right? People will love it or they won’t, but at least I had the courage to get it out there.

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