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Are You Inspired Or Obligated?

Guest post by Blog Manager Robbi Hess

Picture2I was thinking the other day -- as I was going through my To-Do list -- of how many things I do because they inspire me or because I am obligated to do them. Truly, most everything on my list is an obligation because, well, if I don't do them my clients won't pay me. Am I inspired to do these items? Maybe not. Should I be? Yes. 

Looking at my list let me realize just how much writing I do for clients on a daily and weekly basis but it also showed me how little I do for myself. I haven't penned a confession story in ages, I haven't worked on my book in weeks and my paranormal romance remains firmly planted inside my brain. The more I looked at the list the more disheartened I became until I realized something... if I didn't have the skills that I have honed I wouldn't be able to work from home, with my Diva Poodle Henrietta at my side. I'd have to buy a "work wardrobe." I'd have to battle traffic and deal with office politics. When I put my obligations into that spotlight, I felt better about what I do, what I am obligated to do. 

I also realized that the obligations on my list get checked off before the week ends. Why don't I put my confession writing on my To-Do list? Am I not obligated to myself to do something for the sheer fun of it? Am I not obligated to myself to work on and hopefully publish my social media pet book? I think so. Will turning these tasks into an obligation will I be taking away my inspiration? No! What I will be doing is making certain that the items that do inspire me make it to the priority list. Life's too short to not do what you want to do, what you're inspired to do, right? 

Are you inspired or obligated? 



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Carol Bryant

I will never ever venture outside the home again for work. I did that for long enough and did not like it. For me, location does not matter if the job gets done and the work is done right. Plus I love what I do, so this is my passion and mainstay. I do not feel obligated, I feel motivated.


Caren, it is hard to not do all of the obligations first... my recent health stuff has made me change my focus, though.


Thanks Veronika for posting! I've been trying to put at least 30 minutes of ME writing time every day... not much but a start, right?

Veronika Freeman, dotcalm

Another confirmation that I need to put MYSELF and MY NEEDS on my to-do list!
When we feed our inspired energies we create more energy - and our clients befit from that also.
Let's all start putting ourselves on the list for at least 10 minutes (heck - shoot for an hour) of ME-time!
Thanks, Robbi, for reminding me to set that goal for myself.

caren gittleman

Have to say I am a little bit of both. But like you, doing what I do from home I wouldn't trade for the world! There is more that I need to do for ME that I'm not doing yet...but I will!

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