Creative Fear

For the last few weeks I have been dropping my son, Noah, off at school, then heading over to a local coffee shop to sit and write for three hours straight.

I have had the idea to write this book for several years now. Talk about procrastination! It seems as though every time I had started to work on it, something “more important” would come up. I would move on to the next project and my poor little book idea got shoved back on the shelf.

Excuses, excuses. What I have come to realize is that the real reason I have not made the commitment to my writing this book, is fear. Sure it shows up in different forms, but fear is the underlying factor behind the procrastination.

As I made the decision to begin writing again, I was determined to overcome that creative fear. I realized that if I ever want to finish the book, I need to fully commit to it. I need to schedule time to actually sit and write. So I did and magically the fear began to dissipate. Taking creative action has quieted the inner doubt and allowed my confidence to grow. It feels wonderful!

Do you have one of these projects? One that you know in your heart you are meant to do, but something always keeps you from moving forward. I encourage you to take a moment right now and ask yourself, what is really holding you back? Are you ready to do something about it?

Love & Blessings,

Here is a little peek inside my “new office” (aka the courtyard of a coffee shop) where I have been busy writing. I just love this little courtyard and I’m often the only one back here while I’m writing. Ah, so peaceful. The ceiling is open to the beautiful blue sky above me. Color and whimsy fill the area.

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
– Nelson Mandela –


  1. cjraines
    September 21, 2011

    This looks like an amazing place to find inspiration! Thanks for sharing, Jen and good luck with the book. I can’t wait to read it!

  2. Jeniffer
    September 25, 2011

    Thanks Christi! I love this little nook and I can’t wait to share the book with you too!


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