Back in November I wrote a post called Don’t Forget Why You’re Doing This. I was sat in Stansted airport waiting for my flight back to Edinburgh, after having spent a few days in Valencia. I wrote about how you shouldn’t start your writing business if you’re not then going to take advantage of the lifestyle it allows you to live — the reason you started the damn thing in the first place.
And now I find myself back in a similar frame of mind. I’ve just spent a wonderful week in Berlin. I attended a conference — Alive in Berlin — populated by incredible, inspiring people doing world-changing things. I rented an Airbnb apartment with three good friends who also run online businesses. We went skydiving together. (Shout out to Jana, the founder of Alive in Berin, who’s skydived 30+ times… since February. OF THIS YEAR.) I wandered the streets of Berlin, both by myself and with my friends. I ate delicious food, lounged around in parks, roamed through gardens, read and wrote a lot, and just sucked in everything life had to offer.
I remembered how to live. To live in such a way that I feel alive. Which is different from just living, you know? Just existing? Blah.
And now I’m back in Edinburgh, left with a sinking feeling. What has changed since I wrote that post back in Stansted in November? Well, a few things, ostensibly. But it doesn’t feel like much. I still can’t help feeling something’s amiss.
While I love Untamed Writing, it’s not enough. My entire life can’t revolve around this business, but lately that’s how it’s been. I’m still not living by the values that inspired me to create Untamed Writing. I need to shift some of my focus back onto myself, onto my lifestyle.
I’ve thought about incorporating some lifestyle stuff into Untamed Writing before. In fact, that was my intention when I created the site. (That’s where the name came from, you know.) But something about that idea just doesn’t sit right now. Untamed Writing has grown into its own beast. I couldn’t steer it that way if I tried. Untamed Writing is a place for business, writing, freelancing — not for my personal musings about life.
I know those musings creep in occasionally, but I always try to do it in a way that’s applicable to you. And besides, it’s still just not enough. So I’m going to do something about it: I’m going to create a new blog.
I’ve actually been thinking about creating this new blog for months, but I’ve always erred on the side of simplicity. Do I really want another site to run? Another blog to write in every week? Would it totally suck if I just tied it all in with Untamed Writing? I wasn’t sure. But after having spent the week in Berlin, I know the answer is YES, to all of the above.
I’ve found writing in this blog immensely helpful for figuring things out about business and writing. And yeah, even life. The 28-day experiments I started conducting recently are also a big factor in this decision. I realised that they’ve helped me learn a lot about myself. I’ve already made some positive changes to my life thanks to those experiments. What would happen if I had an entire website devoted to that kind of thing?
It’s time. I turned 30 this week. A new decade. A new era of my life.
Don’t worry though: Untamed Writing’s not going anywhere. I have no plans to change anything about the way I do things around here (except maybe dropping my publishing schedule back down to once per week — maybe). I just thought you should know about my new plan. Because… you know. Why not? I’m going to be working on it behind the scenes over the coming weeks, but you can be sure I’ll let y’all know about it as soon as it’s good to go.