Marisol Dahl

Writing

Coming Home

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It seems only fitting that my last post, before an unplanned 2-year hiatus, was about digital minimalism. I just turned 26, and I'm back to posting again (I think). 

That last blog post was published in haste—partially from a desire to get my thoughts out, as well as an eagerness to wrap up this one piece of lingering writing before a trip to Tulum a few days later. 

And ever since then life has sped up. The universe took control, and for the most part I learned that it was all so unpredictable, so serendipitous, and so crazy and wonderful in so many ways. I was suddenly convinced a new interpretation of my 2017 tarot spread was revealing itself. I had to sit back and let it unfold. And I am still emerging with completely new goals, dreams, worries, and plans.

I've been blogging on and off since 2011. And only now has guilt from inconsistent posting completely washed away. It's not that I haven't thought about my online space. It's that I simply didn't let it negatively pressure me.

Three Reasons It's Ok to Go Ghost (and what I've been doing instead)

  1. It honors your evolution. Our priorities change, and our expectations for ourselves and for our work should adapt and accommodate. Don't force an activity, no matter how habitual, that comes to feel more disruptive than additive.

    Of course, that's not to say writing, or more broadly "creation," wasn't a priority. A break from a typical medium of your creativity does not equate to total abandonment of your passion or interest. In the time I have been away, I have been able to dive into more editorial roles, writing book proposals, editing books, crafting website copy, communication strategy drafting, micro-journaling, and embracing the art of capturing fleeting thoughts with vague words in my iPhone notes app. I have also grown in my work roles elsewhere, and extended myself in the areas of health and relationships. I am proud of the work I have done, even if it may not all live in this digital space.

  2. It makes you appreciate what’s going on beyond. Whether that’s in your mind, in your personal life, or simply behind the scenes. Sometimes it’s nice to give that undivided attention to those private aspects of our lives—the sacred moments and the deep impact we are making in the ‘real’ world that we choose not to share so publicly.

    Writing, in any form, is a reflection of the self. What is written on the page is a reflection of the life we are living, so it's important to take time to live that life, to take in the day to day, and to come back to writing when it feels most supportive and complementary. Step away from the lens of content creation, fill your cup with experiences, and let your thoughts mature.

  3. It brings clarity to your why. There have been so many moments these past two years where I ached to get back to my online space. The ache was good. It meant I wasn't completely done, that I still wanted this blog to play a part. That old saying applies here (and I am groaning at the cliché): what is meant to be will come back.