Trusting Your Gut

Moving is something I do well. I don't stress about changing states or cities or towns, and there's a reason why. I trust my gut. I travel to a new area and check out schools, neighborhoods, parks, and medical facilities. Once I decide on a community, I start looking for a place to live. I know what I like. I know my family. So, I recognize our new home when I see it. Then, I stop looking.

I learned the stopping part early on when second-guessing myself was still a habit. I realized there would always be a better area, a better apartment, or a better house. I learned to pick what was best for me. When it became an us instead of me, I added that factor in. Somehow, it's worked every time.

I began to trust my gut reactions in other areas of my life. Eventually, I could confidently apply it to finding the right doctors, the right schools for my kids, and the right people to trust. The more I did it, the easier it became.

When I decided I wanted to make writing a more significant part of my life, I researched. I found a writing partner who shared my love of writing and was willing to read whatever I wrote. I read books on writing and went to workshops and conferences. But my writing took off when I started to trust my gut.

The writing flowed. I could see and feel the difference in the work. I learned what workshop leaders were best for me and who got what I was trying to do. I learned to trust the critiques of certain people and not others. Trusting my gut let me believe in the process. It allowed creativity to flow in the words and images that arose in a piece of writing. It didn't always come easily and certainly, not perfectly. But it did come.

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