“Why Do I Write?” Guest Post by Sierra Sullivan at A Labor for Love

Hello Readers! Please welcome fellow blogger Sierra Sullivan as she discusses writing and why it is important to her. Hopefully, her words leave you asking the same question. Why do I write? Enjoy!

Why do I write?

In college, I was all about journaling. Most nights, journaling was the way I relaxed and settled my mind, putting all my thoughts, hopes, dreams, and fears on paper. I enjoyed the practice of writing as it helped me to process various things that were happening in my life at the time.

Sometime after graduating and entering the “real world,” the practice of journaling and using writing as an outlet fell by the wayside. To be honest, I missed my time with my journal, but every time I would try to pick up where I left off I never succeeded at making it a habit again.

At the end of 2016, I was really challenged to pick up writing again, seriously this time. What had changed? I became a mom to an amazing baby boy earlier in the year and my life had changed so much and so quickly. When I started thinking about writing again, I was about 8 months into motherhood. I felt like I needed an outlet to process the various changes that had and were occurring in my life. I decided it was time to write. After much prayer and sharing my thoughts with a friend I just started writing. The result was the creation of my blog, a labor for love, something I never imagined myself doing. I have chosen to use this space to share my life as a mom, the joys and challenges, with others.

For me writing has been one of the most therapeutic, freeing things I have ever done. It has provided a way for me to express myself as I navigate the ins and outs of raising a child. I have found that in order to create content for the blog I have to do a lot more self-reflection. The writing process has allowed me to be more open with myself and others. Specifically, it’s led to better communication between me and my spouse as I talk about or share what I have written with him before posting to the blog. At times it’s been easier for me to share the things that have been on my heart and mind after working on a post.

Lastly, writing has given me something to focus my attention on outside of caring for my family. It’s given me a sense of purpose. As a mom, I think that’s so important because it’s easy to get caught up in caring for others that you forget about doing things for yourself that bring you joy and fulfillment.

Get more posts from Sierra at alaborforlove.wordpress.com

 

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