For years, my mother talked about how she wanted to redo our family room. It’s the room in which she spends most of her time at home. It’s got our TV and everything. Finally, a couple of months ago, she finally started moving forward with a plan she’d been formulating for ages. She scheduled the contractors to take down the dated wood paneling, shopped for furniture, and ordered a bunch of stuff online from IKEA. Things were going pretty good. Then, we encountered hiccups. Those hiccups, while not major, did serve as a solid reminder that things don’t always go as planned.

Things Never Go Smoothly

One of the things I’ve learned over the years is that things hardly, if ever, proceed according to plan. That’s as true for renovations as it is for anything else you may try to accomplish. Take this blog post, for example. I’d originally intended for it to be another post about how difficult it can be to put words to paper. Or on screen, really. I tend to not write by hand.

Instead, I figured it would be fun to try and share some of what’s actually been going on in the Land of Tegan. The past few weeks have been full of IKEA assembling and sorting out exactly what my mother wants to do with her space. She had one plan that didn’t quite pan out and has had to make a few revisions. Needless to say, things have been a little unsettled as we wait for all of the pieces of our grand design to fall into place (or be delivered to our house).

While the process has encountered some challenges and has been, on occasion, very frustrating, I’m just glad that we finally got things started. If there’s one thing I’ve noticed about getting anything done, it’s that starting on a path can be the most difficult thing about it. Once you get started, continuing with things is much easier. That’s why I often try to post things on this site even if those things aren’t perfect.

Momentum: More Please

For me, the first sentence is always the hardest. I’ll just sit there and stare at the screen, willing words to fly from my fingertips. If I could just capture the perfect turn of phrase, the rest of whatever it is I’m wiring will be perfect. Of course, the more I sit and stare, the more difficult it becomes to get anything typed out. When I do finally get started, though, that’s when the magic really happens.

Sometimes I think all of the fretting and worrying I do when it comes to putting down that first line ends up making things so much more difficult. I get too wrapped up in the idea of perfection that I forget that cardinal rule of doing anything: just starting. If you never start, you’ll never make any progress. Even if you don’t think your first sentence or first brushstroke isn’t the best thing ever, you still need to get over that hurdle.

I’ve been working on this blog post for the better part of a week, believe it or not. I agonized over the first line and everything associated with this. With my January funk, I started losing steam and subsequently losing momentum. It was a combination of losing a battle with my long-time nemesis of Writer’s Block and just dealing with my own internal demons.

As January drew to a close, I decided that enough was finally enough. I had to get my crap together. I had to get this site back up and rolling. I’m glad you guys are still here to continue this journey with me.

We’ve got plans for the Just Tegan empire and I couldn’t do this without having people for whom I generate content. On a completely random non sequitor, I just want to mention that it’s really difficult not to end a sentence on a preposition sometimes. Restructuring the sentence accordingly just makes it sound awkward.

Anyway!

Back to thanking you all for your support and understanding as we get things back to normal. This year is going to be great. I’ve got a feeling. Things might not go according to plan, but they’ll be fabulous no matter what. So, thank you for being here and feel free to toss some money at the Just Tegan Patreon Page. Every little bit helps keep this site up and running and gets us closer to bringing you guys some new and exciting stuff.

This blog post got away from me. I had such great plans for it. Oh well.