Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Get Off Your Writer's Butt and SOAR Dang-it!!


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"Honey, look at this! I mean seriously...do you SEE THE DIFFERENCE??"
Wanna see what I was going nutzo over? Huh? Huh? Do ya?? Check this bull-crap out...
Okay, so you have no idea what you're looking at, right? It's a WELLNESS WHEEL. This little sucker tells me where my FOCUSES are that year. And over the past three years they have shifted like fat cells in Nicki Minaj's butt. Yeah!! That big!

The worst part? The year I felt the best wasn't last year. Epic fail. And why? I HAVE TO FIND OUT WHY!!!! Without that, I'll never be a well-oiled wheel fully pumped of air.
(And yes, as big as Nicki Minaj's butt.)
 
With all my reading/writing stuff I've enjoyed immersing myself with in 2013, I lost myself, my true self, almost completely! I said "SCREW IT! I'm gonna get off my writer's butt and I'M GONNA SOAR DANG-IT!" I began doing things immediately in the end of December. Things true to me, breaking out of my nest, and flapping my dang wings!
 

I'm a fitness girl at heart having played soccer for 15 yrs. A week before the New Year, I restarted running and lifting weights, again. And yes, I was crossfitting on New Year's Eve. *FLAP*FLAP*




My hubs & I played pool last week. We use to play so much we owned a professional table. I miss that, and whooped his butt. (He does NOT have a Minaj butt) *FLAP*FLAP*
 
 
 
When this little sista gangsta girl,
Carrie "Carrizle" Butler, kept me talking past 1am almost twice on messenger - I remembered how much I love chatting with people about anything and everything and not just writing. We had SO much in common! Got Chibs? Hit me up if you're bored guys! *FLAP*FLAP* 
 
 


I haven't done a writer's conference yet, & get to meet a ton of writers, but I want to this year. In the meantime, this is the sparkly blue lip wonder we know as SUZE who will join me! She is as cute as a button. Our lunch date turned into a couple of hours and I loved every minute of it! Now, I want to meet more of you in person! *FLAP*FLAP*
 
I'm going to keep exploring all the things I missed out on that I love to do. I DO have time for it all. I really do. The point is, I have to make the time before I lose the time. That way, I don't lose myself again.
 
 
 
WHAT ARE YOU MISSING ABOUT THE "OLD YOU"?
NOW TAKE THAT ANSWER, GET OFF YOUR MUSHY WRITER'S BUTT, & SOAR WITH IT DANG-IT!!
 
...or just tell me in your comments!
 
 

59 comments:

Natalie Aguirre said...

Happy New Year! Sounds like you have a great year planned. Mine's going to be kind of challenging--layoff when my company closes and a job search, helping my daughter with college and scholarship searches, and being swim mom for the high school girls swim team.

I'm already starting to get back into my exercising and eating better because I've picked up some weight due to stress. And I'm writing more. Here's to a good year.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I need to get back to photography. I had to buy a new DSLR camera after my last one died (I've been using my point and shoot one since), but the manual is HUGE and I haven't had time to look at it yet. I need to make time. Thanks for the reminder!

Brandon Ax said...

I am right there with you. The end of last year was my time to stop making excuses and start doing. I have been running and weight lifting as well. Here is to becoming the people we want to be.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Great post and important points! Continue to soar!

Suzi said...

I think the seeing friends gets pushed to the side often. I want to see them, but I want to write. And then finally when we get together, it's like, we should do this more often.

There's never enough time and it's so easy to get focused on the writing stuff and forget about other things.

David P. King said...

So much has happened this year, it's hard to remember the old me. But wow, are your posts hilarious! Happy New Year to you! :)

Julie Luek said...

I just loved the energy of this post. Oh I've had times when I've felt like this too-- just tired of all my self-confinement. Yes soar. Love that. Happy New Year.

Rachna Chhabria said...

I am missing not writing short stories. But, I am enjoying the newspaper features I am writing in its place.

ilima said...

The best part is you're getting off your butt (um...) and getting it done. Go you! Also, I think I might be terrified to meet you in person at a writer thingy. I mean intimidated. Yes, that.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Cool you got to hang out with Suze!
I actually don't miss the old me. I wonder if that's a problem?

Lauren said...

I love reading, but with all the writing and editing I don't have much time. Other than that, I'm perfectly happy with the new me!

flap, flap!

Laura said...

It's surprising the amount of things we could get done in a day if we only planned our time better. Good luck fitting everything in!

Pat Hatt said...

Seems you have a ton on the go, but if you enjoy it way to be at your show

Chrys Fey said...

Happy New Year! It's great that your soaring and breaking out of your nest. I definitely need to do more exercising, so I'll be getting off my mushy writer's butt right now to get a little work out in. ;)

Suze said...

'And over the past three years they have shifted like fat cells in Nicki Minaj's butt.'

Dude, you are a nut. :)

I loved hanging out with you, T. Really looking forward to being able to talk again. Here's the link I promised: http://www.pnwa.org/

S.K. Anthony said...

Oh Baby girl…first off, I used to work with Nikki Minaj…way before she had that ass. So, if she can get that ass (even if paid) we can get our butts in gear also. I took quite a few months break from working out while setting up Kinetic's release, but I'm back to running, kickboxing, and weight lifting as well. Let's do this!

We'll Flap Flap till we can't flap anymore, nice and toned. Right? Well, at least we'll try ;)

Emily R. King said...

Man, writers butt is hard to kick. Can you type and walk on a treadmill? Problem solved! :)

Elephant's Child said...

Love it. Go, go, go!
This year I want, I hope, I plan to reclaim a LIFE - rather than the existence which has been mine for the last couple of years.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

It's been so cold, I miss running outside. The treadmill doesn't inspire me in the winter. Writing on the other hand is going great.

Andrew Leon said...

Nicki Minaj? I don't know who that is.

Johanna Garth said...

Love your rezzys. Girl talk is so important and, for some reason, always inspiring to me. Either for blogs, essays or sometimes it works its way into my novels.

Carrie Butler said...

Thanks for the shout-out, Tammy! <3 This year, I will admit my secret crush on Chibs...

*Cough* I mean, I will take a huge step back from (toxic) social media and write more!

Lexa Cain said...

Sorry you feel your wheel is out of whack. I hope you find balance and roll more quickly toward your goals in 2014. ;)

Shannon Lawrence said...

I'm afraid if I tried to make one of those wheels for the year, it would end in shuddering sobs.

What I need to get back to is not really one specific item, but the overall need to get my ass in gear on EVERYTHING I need to be doing. I was at a really good place a few years ago, and I need to get there again.

The Warrior Muse

Mark Koopmans said...

OMGosh... there I go again...

Dude-ette, you would be soooo dang awesome at a writers conference... it would be so much fun to hang with you and some of our other crew (Seckman and Butler to the front, double quick :)

You are so positive - and I am so positive this WILL be your year.

Go get 'er done :)

Tammy Theriault said...

AHHH!! you guys are amazing for all your wonderful comments!! I'm emailing all of ya'll personally because I LOVE YOU!!

DEZMOND said...

I ain't missing nothing from old me :) I actually want to reinvent myself totally fully and absolutely :)

Michelle Wallace said...

Tammy, I love your energy! You go girl!
And Suze of the blue-lipped fame is a real cutie-tootie!

Leandra Wallace said...

I'm going to a conference this year! And I'm so excited! :)

Shell Flower said...

Girl, you gotta come to the Bellingham Chuckanut writers conference this year. We could hang out and it's not very far from Whidbey. It's pretty affordable for a conference, too. That would be so awesome. Bring Carrie!

Tanya Miranda said...

I love your f***-yeah! attitude in this post. "Let's rock!" (I watched Rock of Ages last night and I'm pumped!)

If your'e ever by the NYC area, drop me a line and we'll hit up an Italian pastry dive with lots of goodies and great cappuccinos.

Crystal Collier said...

Tammy woman, I've been flapping all year!! It's been a great one here, but you know what my new theme song is for 2014? Just Say Yes, Snow Patrol. This is going to be the year of "yes" I can do that, or at least I'll try it. I mean, seriously, I got kicked out of the nest last year. I dang well better flail my wings before going SPLAT on the pavement, eh? ;)

D.V. Sheppard said...

Hurrah! I love seeing people revamp - and it looks like you have that going on in spades. Revel in it :) If we ended up at the same conference some time I'd know whose possy I would want to be a part of. Here's for getting to a writers conference sooner rather than later!

Michael Di Gesu said...

LOL..

I had that revelation back three years ago when my obsessive writing (16 hours a day for two years). added over fifty pounds to MY BUTT... LOL. Yup, Minaj and I had similar butts...

I took my life back then! Got fit... lost almost a hundred pounds and FEEL AWESOME!!!! Of course I don't write as much and my time ZOOMS by, but I am much happier.

HOPE WE MEET SOON..... TAMMS!!!!!

Karen Elizabeth Brown said...

Hi Tammy!
I am taking you advice and will get off my butt so I can get back on track. I found myself whining about being stuck but your enthusiasm reminded me of why I started writing. Because I love it! Thanks!
Great blog, by the way!

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Good for you. Sounds like you're on a roll.

This year, one of my goals is to take more time for myself: play the piano, walk, exercise, read, and nap.

Tammy Theriault said...

YOU GUYS ARE KILLING IT with ALL THESE POSITIVE VIBES!! Go tigers go!!

Loni Townsend said...

I'm actually happier with myself than I have been in the past. Though I wouldn't argue with a bit more sleep and time to write. :)

I'm glad you're grabbing what you want from life again!

Christine Rains said...

(Dang Blogger ate my comment like 3 times!) What was I saying.. uh, yes. YOU CAN DO IT! Make 2014 the best one yet. :) As for what I miss about the old me: free time. Not much I can do about that with a kid. =P

Mason T. Matchak said...

I think what I miss is spontaneity - I've become way, way too set in my ways, and it's getting harder and harder for me to drop what I've planned for something that's just come up. But now that I've realized this, I can work on changing it. Thanks. ^_^

Al Diaz said...

If there is someone who can soar (besides a dragon) that has to be you. Don't lose momentum, your time is right now. Dragon hugs!

Margo Berendsen said...

I like those charts... I mentally filled my in as I was looking at yours. WHat a good way to strive for balance in all the important areas. Thanks for following me, following you back!

Donna Hole said...

Loving the positivity here Tammy. Future Hope *flap*flap*

....dhole

Tammy Theriault said...

WELL SAID ALL OF YOU. KEEP UP THE HYPER VIBES!!!

Medeia Sharif said...

I miss doing some type of aerobic exercise. And I'd like to go to more conferences. Hmmm, maybe there's more room in my 2014 goals list.

I love all the flapping and soaring. Suze doesn't wear blue lipstick in real life?

Kathy said...

When I think about it, I think what I miss most is the hard-charging world building excitement I used to feel when I was a kid. I mean, I still love to worldbuild, but these days it feels like it takes more of an effort whereas I used to just go *poof* and make things up. Or at least, that's what it feels like.

On the other hand, these days I have access to a lot of information I didn't have when I was younger which both helps and hinders me sometimes. It's crazy!

Still, here's to getting off my flabby butt and getting the worldbuilding done. Can't bring in a contractor for this!

Elise Fallson said...

Dang girl! You go with your bad ass self! WOOT! 2013 was not the best year for me and I only have myself to blame for that, SOOOO I'm going to try to flap, falp, on up and see if I can find your flock. :) I also got back into running this week after doing NOTHING over the holidays. I'm going to need a running start, over a cliff, to get this big behind up in the air, lol! Anyway, hugs to you hon and write on. :D

Heather Holden said...

Hope you keep on soarin', Tammy! ;)

M.L. Swift said...

Little steps become bigger steps become strides become jogs become running become taking off become SOARING! You are awesome, Tammy.

P.S. Your blog looks so good. :)

klahanie said...

Tam-bare!

Great post! Thanks for sharing!

Hey, you is like flying n'stuff. You have all dem sistahs to keep youse goin'. Dat's good.

The old me was created by a Jack Russell dog. Evidently, the internet superstar dog is going to reinvent me as a brand new character. Yep, keep reinventing me just like Madonna.

You played soccer for 15 years? Wow, you must be fit. I would of needed some sleep!

You are most welcome for my amazing comment, Tam-bare!

Gary :)

Tonja said...

I would like to argue that the only thing you cannot lose is your true self.

Vett Vandiver said...

hope you have a great 2014! I'm working on finishing up two books this year!!

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Great post! Keep on flapping, kiddo. Seems like the only thing flapping on me anymore are the saggy sacks of skin under my arms. What do I miss about the "old me"? That's easy. I miss the YOUNG me. The one who had a waist. (It used to be around here somewhere...)

It is so cool that you and Suze got to meet. Maybe you guys can help each other keep flapping.

readfaced said...

Thanks for sharing goals. Your positive attitude is a great inspiration...Flap flap.

Leanne ( http://readfaced.wordpress.com )

Cindy said...

I enjoyed your post. I think the main thing about the old me is that I was younger. lol. I'm in a writing rut, but if I keep wiggling, I'll get out of it.

Morgan said...

Tammy, thoroughly entertaining as always! You, my dear, are hilarious. And gorgeous. There's that too. :)

Mina Burrows said...

*Flap Flap* That's hilarious. Cross fit too? Go Girl.
Awesome post!

Pk Hrezo said...

Awesome words of motivation, sister! Breaking free from our comfy little nests is the only way we grow.
So I'm going to the UtopYA conference in June in Nashville, and it's really affordable! You and Suze should totally come. It's gonna be great!!

Damaria Senne said...

It's been a month since you published this post. I hope you're still soaring... getting off yoour writer's butt:-)