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Beginning: A Little Practice Today Will Go A Long Way Tomorrow

A lot of people ask me how I can write every single day. “How can you possibly have time for that?” “Do you sleep?” “Is someone else ghostwriting for you?” “Did you quit your job?” These are actually questions people have asked me – most of them people I’ve never met. Those who know me, whether through this wonderful cyber bloggy world or in every day life already know the answers.

1.) We actually do have time to do things we really want to do.

2.) I used to battle with insomnia but yoga and meditation helped me get some shut eye. Now I sleep better than I have ever slept in my life.

3.) No, no one else writes this blog. I do love my guest posters, though, and they get full credit for their work.

4.) I still have a day job – gotta pay those student loans somehow. And I started my own business, Compass Yoga, on the side.

The trick of how to write every day? Practice. Not complicated. If you really want to write, then write. Even if it’s just for 10 minutes a day. Put fingers to keyboard, pen to notebook, crayon to paper. Use whatever medium you enjoy and crank. Some of it will be brilliant and a lot of it will be throw-away. That’s okay. You’re just practicing. And the beautiful thing about practice is that the more you do, the better you get. Almost 4 years ago when I started my daily writing journey I wrestled with every word. My delete button was worn out from overuse.

But here’s the thing – I kept going. And now, the words do flow more easily. I find inspiration for my writing everywhere. You will frequently find me scribbling in my moleskin book or typing some note into my phone to write about later. My practice writing and curating creative experiences has made me realize just how much more there is to write about and experience. And that’s what keeps me going.

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About Christa

I am a product developer who is equally inspired by new technology and ancient wisdom, a yoga and meditation teacher who learns from my students every day, and a writer who believes that creativity and determination is the most powerful duo on Earth. My 15-year creative career has stretched across Capitol Hill, Broadway theatre, education, nonprofit fundraising, health and wellness, and Fortune 500 companies in retail, media, and financial services. In every experience, I have used my sense of and respect for elegant design to develop meaningful products, services, program, and events that make people happy. I now work for myself through my consulting practice, Chasing Down the Muse, in which I support the creative pursuits of creative professionals and businesses of all sizes with a variety of services. http://chasingdownthemuse.com In 2010, I founded Compass Yoga, a NYC-based nonprofit that focuses on improving the health of all people by teaching the therapeutic benefits of yoga and meditation through free and low-cost classes and workshops. http://compassyoga.com A recovering multi-tasker, I am a proud alum of UPenn (BA) and the Darden School at UVA (MBA). When not in front of my Mac, I’m on my yoga mat, walking my dog, traveling with a purpose, or practicing the high-art of people watching. Follow my adventures at http://twitter.com/christanyc. My Google Profile+

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2 thoughts on “Beginning: A Little Practice Today Will Go A Long Way Tomorrow

  1. Thanks for the reminder and inspiration! I struggle with time and limited energy, but I know I can improve.

    This post reminded me of a couple of posts on another blog, which you might like:

    http://christinekane.com/blog/how-to-get-big-things-done-in-small-windows-of-time/

    and

    http://christinekane.com/blog/you-might-need-to-become-an-imperfectionist-if%E2%80%A6/

    Enjoy your second class tonight! :)

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    Posted by MJ | February 6, 2011, 11:37 am

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