This post is sponsored by CROSS Pens
My Long Story Short
The other day I was cleaning up the dining room table and found my eldest child’s notebook. As usual it was filled with drawings of him and I, the family and me by myself in many different dresses. (He wants to be a fashion designer on most days).
While looking through this notebook I found a story he had written. The story was super elaborate, at least six pages long. The story was full of dialogue, plot twists and incredible imagery. I was actually drawn into the story and also super impressed because I didn’t realize how much of a storyteller he was.
This made me reflect on my own life as a writer. Since I was Josh’s age I’ve been a writer to the core. Before computers were all the rage, I had multiple notebooks. A notebook for short stories, one for poetry, and another for the full novel I planned to write before I turned 18.
I majored in Creative Writing for my undergrad degree. I honestly had no idea what kind of career it would lead me into. I didn’t want to be a journalist (I wrote for my school newspaper and the deadlines and intense structure just about drove me crazy). I knew that writing was where my heart was. I wanted to submerge myself in writing only for four years.
After several corporate jobs that didn’t require much writing, I found my way back to writing full time again. There are some days when I have a overflow of words begging to be released. Some days I write, some days I don’t. I still struggle with believing in my writing, in trusting my delivery. I write so many drafts, but cold feet keeps me from hitting publish.
Many days I have to remember, whether it is being a good writer or starting a brand new business–I need to believe in myself. It’s easy to encourage others but extra hard to turn all that encouragement inwards. The awesome folks from CROSS Pens sent me a beautiful new pen that reads “Believe yourself, always”. I chose this saying because if no one else believes in me, I need to. I need to be diligent about believing my first instincts, and believing that I can achieve whatever I need to.
If you have a writer in your life that still loves putting pen to paper like myself consider getting them a personalized pen for a gift! The CROSS pens write like a dream and every good writer knows how important the pen is to their craft.
CROSS has always championed the pursuit of greatness. From the spark that inspires a passion, to the hard work and creativity needed to make it happen. It takes courage and a lot of heart, but those who take this path are the ones who make their mark on this world.
CROSS was established in 1846 and to this day, receiving a CROSS fine writing instrument is a symbol of achievement, accomplishments, and human potential, all while being a luxury fine writing instrument. CROSS seeks to provide those possessing extraordinary vision and a strong entrepreneurial spirit with the tools needed to make their mark. CROSS will always continue to be the #WriteGift for recognizing the deserving moments in anyone’s life from a job promotion, to marriage, to graduation… Who is deserving in your life?
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