Welcome To The Journey SITSgirls!

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If you are new and visiting from SITS (check them out here), I hope you enjoy your visit and consider signing up to be a regular. For my established readers and friends, SITS is a place where women get social, a dynamic group of powerhouse ladies that teach, inspire, and motivate bloggers to get moving.

Today is my SITS day, which means every so often you get chosen to have your blog visited by a bunch of new friends. Whoo hoo! Love me some new people! You can get to know me here, here, and here. While you are here, please get my free books at the top center tab. They are a gift, no sign ups necessary.

In last month’s newsletter we discussed becoming brave in the new year and trying new things. What did you come up with?

Here is a quick review:

This blog started in  2008 with intentions to keep up with friends and family from far away. It was random, scattered and really…pointless. It does pain me to say it, but there it is. In 2012 I determined to “become a writer”. Granted, I had been working towards this dream for some time. Yet, it was always with that disclaimer. You know the one , “Oh, sure I’d like to write (hahaha) when I grow up“.

Um, I was 42. Grown.  So I worked hard.

Towards the end of that year I took a course called Tribewriters with Jeff Goins (you can read about it here) and it rocked my little writing world. I truly became a writer. No longer was validation needed from outside sources, I just knew that my time was coming. It felt good. All through 2013 I worked very, very long hours towards this goal.

This is the year to expand the vision even further.

On top of that, 2014 is the year I am going to become an artist. You might wonder, “Does she do art now?” I dabble without training. But, here is the exciting part. I believe that I WILL become an artist because I have ideas. Ideas that need to be birthed into new projects.

I simply have to learn how to do them.

Sound crazy? Maybe even a little preposterous? Good! That will go with my year of becoming brave. If an opportunity presents itself, and I feel God’s gentle nudge, I am on it.

Am I nervous? Sure…and that is ok. There is no shame in us admitting that we don’t know what we are doing. Yet.

I see now a path. So many turns in the road where I couldn’t see ahead, often tripped, and came through standing stronger, wiser. The path is less intimidating every year. I am not lessening my passion for writing, but giving it new opportunities to become expressed along with art pieces! It excites me.

I dare to hope it excites you too.

So here is my plan, two books to start for art:

Daring Adventures in Paint by Mati Rose McDonough

and The Creative Entrepreneur by Lisa Sonora Beam

If I had the money I would TOTALLY do the Kelly Rae Roberts course too. Check her out if that interests you. Since I currently write for the sheer joy of relationship with my readers, I am still in the dream mode for $ome things. Dream with me…

So there you go, my secret is out.

I will still be moving ahead full steam with my blog, there are ideas and fine tuning happening behind the magic curtain right now. A more purposeful and focused view is coming out of the fog. And not just the blog, the wheels are turning for a book idea. Slowly, so slowly, the words are preparing to come.

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Your turn…tell me what you will do to step out of your comfort zone this year. I look forward to finding out!

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  1. Hi Christa,
    I can relate to your longings. I am a romance novelist with two novellas in publication and a single-title about to be released later this year. Judging by your beautiful writing and breathtaking photography, you are well on your way to making your dreams come true. Best wishes!!
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  2. Thank you for the encouragement and inspiration. I’m also in the working diligently behind the magic curtain through the fog honing in on what my blog wants to be. It’s been over seven years since I began and didn’t have the guts to claim that I was a writer until late 2012. Well here I am and that is what I am. Being brave and engaging in all aspects of being a writer.

    • christa sterken says:

      Lisa, we have something in common already! Claim that title, the more we “think” we are writers, the writing becomes less timid and speaks for itself? Bless you

  3. Good for you! I feel like with blogging, it is great to have a goal! And know how you want to move forward. Hope you have a FABULOUS SITS day! :)

  4. You are so positive and enthusiastic! Love that! This year I want to progress with my photography and my business… that’s out of my comfort zone because i’m still getting to grips with everything.
    Emma @ Outmumbered recently posted…The 20 new things I want to try…My Profile

  5. Happy SITS Day! I hope it is an amazing one for you!

    I am doing a monthly link-up on my Fibro, Fit and Fab! blog that is going to be a bit out of my comfort zone. I am sharing my (hopefully!) weight loss journey (with pictures!) and about other goals that I am working on, too, and inviting others to link-up. It will kinda be my way of encouraging others and (if they link up) being their cheerleader, if you know what I mean. :) Hopefully it goes well, though interest is varied right now. We shall see! :)

    Best of luck to you with your goals!
    Julie Moore recently posted…The Best Of 2013 {Link-Up}My Profile

    • christa sterken says:

      What a great and important mission! I will come visit… definitely something that is part of my world

  6. I love that you are always coming up with new ways to challenge yourself! Good on you, girl! And that is something I struggle with myself–whether or not I really am “A WRITER.” Your enthusiasm is contagious~so very happy I stopped in today. It’s making me realize I really need to step out of my comfort cocoon :)

    Happy happy SITS day!
    Charlotte recently posted…Breaking the girl codeMy Profile

  7. Doing and becoming things start with a “can-do” mindset. You’ve got it! Best to you in 2014!
    Julie recently posted…10 Ways to Draw the Human HeadMy Profile

  8. Oh girl, you are speaking to the choir here! I would so love to write a novel one day! Can’t wait to check out your writing links you mentioned! That blog title “Stalling is Easier than Starting” looks pretty interesting too! Thanks & keep dreaming & doing! :)
    Trish recently posted…Flourish & Thrive Academy Laying the Foundation Volume 1My Profile

  9. Hi there, I’m coming by from SITS. Happy SITS day! Good luck with your goal! I guess my one mail goal to step out of my comfort zone is to learn a new language, among several other things! :-)
    Roaen recently posted…Some Semblance of a Routine? I’ll Take It!My Profile

  10. I loved reading about your dabbling. It not only is inspiring but gives me comfort as my path is somewhat similar, minus the artistic gene though, just the writer part. Kudos for taking the plunge! I would love to follow you on twitter but can’t seem to connect? You can find me @ritewhileucan Lovely to meet you!
    Barb recently posted…Postmark SunshineMy Profile

    • christa sterken says:

      Barb, thanks for the heads up…will try and fix that on my end. I will come read more about your journey!

  11. All the best to you in 2014! I hope your SITS Day is amazing.
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  12. Brilliant! I wish you the absolute best in all of your endeavors! Clearly, you have done some phenomenal work with this blog already and I am quite pleased to be a new reader of yours. I am also a writer, but I tend to often separate my paid writing from my blogging primarily because, at the moment, I prefer for my blog to be more of a personal pursuit. I may do a few sponsored posts here and there, but it’s mostly about life with my family in Vegas. I enjoy writing for other sites as often as I can though! Guest posts are so much fun. I even recently got the opportunity to write for a big website in my hometown, Top10Vegas.com. Go check it out sometime, especially if you ever plan to vacation here!

    I hope you had a wonderful SITS Day!!

    ~Holly
    Desert Momma
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    • christa sterken says:

      Holly, I will definitely pop over and say hello…since I don’t make any money blogging you inspired me!

  13. Hope you had a wonderful SITS day! I have heard that that Jeff Goins’ course is a good one. I would definitely be stepping outside of my comfort zone to sign up for a course. I’d also like to try some vlogs this year- something I have never tried. I’m impressed that you’ve been able to accomplish as much as you have in a year, I guess it pays to step out of your comfort zone every now and then. I love how you say that you just felt like your time was coming. :-)
    Chelsea recently posted…Home{MADE} Goodness from Other BloggersMy Profile

    • christa sterken says:

      Chelsea, if it encourages you, most people in it seem to feel that exact way! It has been amazing to witness incredible hope and progress in new writing friends through it. Keep that dream alive, the best part about the class is that there was no pressure to be done/turn it/ whatever. Go at your own pace, just keep dreaming

  14. This is awesome Christa! Your plan sounds visionary and not the least bit preposterous. I am inspired.
    Kathleen Caron recently posted…actually, some of those who wander are lostMy Profile

  15. Hi Christa, Happy SITS Day :D I think you are a great writer and I’m sure you’ll become a great artist too! Good luck and never give up because nothing is impossible if you are willing to work hard. May you always succeed in everything you do. By the way, I’m visiting from SITS! Cheers from the sunny side of life…MALDIVES. Enjoy your special day.
    Aishaz recently posted…The Helpful Shop AssistantMy Profile

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