what i've written so far

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Having a blog, I always push myself to write something every now and then. Some days, inspiration flows like a river, and it turns into something I'm quite fond of. Other days, inspiration is a brick wall, not moving an inch when you try to push it with all your might, giving only silence and stillness even if you press your ears against it.

But on most days, inspiration comes in waves, and like a surfer, I'll have to swim forward and catch it in perfect time. When the wave recedes, again I wait for another to arrive, and for me to make the most of it once more. Sometimes they surface in forms of crafty metaphors or eloquent vocabulary. Other times they surface in the form of stories, words of advice, or when my soul is just brimming with musings.

Recently, the things I've been writing are often somewhat personal; close to my heart. Therefore, I'm often very insecure about my writing. But lately, hearing how the people around me seem to enjoy reading my words and agreeing with my thoughts have brought me a type of joy unlike any other. So I briefly made a small compilation of some of the articles I've written in the past, if anyone were to read them.


Caution: The posts I've chosen can be quite lengthy. And some of these ramblings make me cringe as I read through them. But here I am, embracing it fully, in the hopes of letting you into my thoughts through different doors and pathways.

"I Quit Social Media for a Week"
- "Things I Need to Tell Myself (2)"
- "The Art of Finding Confidence"
- "The Art of Embracing Defeat"
- "4:58 PM"
- This untitled piece on heartbreak and emotion.

- "Living with Perfectionism"
- "Life Lately | Internships, Harvard, and More" (I wrote this in the first semester of senior year in high school, so all the events by now are already quite outdated, but in it still some silver lining thoughts came to light)

Sometimes, though, I write in pure sarcasm; you can find those articles here and here. If you wish to see some travel posts (which are more visual than they are literate) I suggest this recent one from Bali, or the one from Melbourne when I went last year.


As a closing note, I'd just like to say thank you. If it's your first time here, or if you've read some of my work before, or if you've ever told me you liked my writing, I could not write any words as to how much I appreciate it. This blog is in no way "popular", and it's not that I have thousands of online followers, but simply knowing that what I write can make an impact on how you see things, or how you feel, knowing that my words resonated with you in any way, is more, more, more than enough. Thank you for sticking around, and for hearing my voice as I spoke.

'Til next time.

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  1. Even though the personal stories are the ones we might be the most scared to share, I think people appreciate reading those personal stories the most! Sometimes we don't give other people credit for being as kind as they are because we are our own worst critics! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

  2. I understand where you’re coming from - having so much inspiration one day to not having any at all. I’m gonna have to check those links but I just want to say I wanna commend you for writing personal entries, I doubt I could ever do the same!

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  3. I always enjoy heartfelt posts that are honest and personal, so I'd definitely say keep up the great work! I agree about the inspiration, it does not always come easily, I've often found I either feel so inspired or not at all. I think it's up to us to stay motivated even when inspiration is low xx

    Sending light & love your way,

    My Lovelier Days

  4. A very good and interesting selection to people like me who discovert your blog recently. I love your blog Joanne, it is so good and complete.

    1. Thank you so much! You're very kind. <3 Hope you stick around!

  5. It's great that you're pushing yourself with your blog :). I can totally relate to you about days when you have a lot of inspiration and other days when you're struggling to think! Taking that step out of your comfort zone is the first step in expanding it. Hope you'll continue to write and grow :). I know I don't have over a thousand followers so. I still like to post whatever my heart desires XD.


    1. Aw, thank you so much for reading and for leaving a lovely comment!
      Have a nice week x

  6. Inspiration is so tricky! I wish I could have it all the time, but maybe it's better that it strikes you from time to time, because you probably write better things. I'm gonna read those links you put! I'm sure I'll like them


    1. You make a good point. :) Thank you for reading, Paula!


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