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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.

This blog is part of the 2011 WordPress Post Every Day Challenge.

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About Christa Avampato

I am a product developer and ed tech product manager 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 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. I now work for an innovative ed tech startup in Washington D.C. 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. 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 rescue dog, Phineas, traveling with a purpose, or practicing the high-art of people watching. Follow my adventures at My Google Profile+


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:


    Enjoy your second class tonight! :)


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

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I love @misterryanadams, and all the more so for quotes like this: “There is nothing wrong with loving the crap out of everything. Negative people find their walls. So never apologize for your enthusiasm. Never ever.” The negative people I meet—and sadly there are so many of them out there—often think I’m overly enthusiastic, that I’m just too excited about life. And to that I say, “Someday, I hope you realize what you’re missing.” I do love the crap out of everything—my friends, Phineas, my city, my writing, my creative projects, music, art, books, animals, nature, my home, travel. You name it and I can find something I love about it. Negative people will knock us down; that’s their choice and we can’t control it.Whether we stay down or eventually rise up is our choice and we do control that. Their behavior has nothing to do with us and everything to do with them. Their negativity is a direct reflection about how they feel about themselves, not how they feel about us.

So here’s my advice: take every wall that a negative person throws in front of you and carve a window into it. Crawl through that window and leave those negative people behind.You are not responsible for them. They don’t have anything to offer you and they don’t want the gifts you have to give. That’s their loss, not yours. You deserve to be surrounded by love; don’t settle for anything less.
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