If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I’ve spent the last five days in the woods. I have been hiking and biking on what I would call a wandering retreat. I planned this trip a long time ago to spend a week on the beach, but coronavirus thwarted my plans. Instead, I ended up on the exact vacation that I needed.
See, I’m working on a book with a publisher. I needed time and wide open spaces to figure out why. People would tell me a lot growing up, “Oh, there’s a book in there. There’s a book in you.” I never felt that once. I struggle with long-form writing. I never became a writer thinking a book was the finish line for me or that my book mattered. I think deep down, some part of me wondered if my story mattered. If what I think matters. If I matter.
In asking those questions, I realized I’m not alone. I’m not the only person who asks questions like that. I’m not the only person who seeks out other stories to try and know what life is going to bring me. I’m not the only person who finds comfort in stories where I can say, “Oh, me too.”
I’m definitely not the only person who wants to know that they’re not the only one.
That’s who I want to write a book for. People who ask the same hard questions. People who want a little inspiration so they don’t need 26 miles of walking in the sun to clear their minds like I did.
Maybe a great book could do that. Maybe my book could do that.
For the first time, I feel like my book is worth the time.
I started editing my book of letters just like this during vacation and I realized that this is not going to be easy. It’s not going to be like cranking out a blog post. I’m not taking it lightly.
With that said, I need to apply my emotional energy accordingly. That means I need to take a break from these letters for a few weeks.
Writing is not something that I take lightly. It doesn’t come without emotion. It doesn’t come without feelings, especially these letters. These letters require inspiration.
So with that said, I need to apply my inspiration accordingly. I need to apply my inspiration to this book so I can write something worthy of big life questions. Worthy of people seeking inspiration without a long, long walk in the woods.
I know I’m going to miss these letters. However, for now, I’m committed to applying my energy to this book in the hopes that you’ll be able to read it this holiday season.
In the meantime, take care of yourself, stay healthy.
Thank you for listening. Thank you for reading every week. If you need anything in the meantime, just book some time with my calendly.
Katrina (Kat) Kibben [they/them] is a keynote speaker, writing expert, and LGBTQIA+ advocate who teaches hiring teams how to write inclusive, unbiased job postings that will get the right person to apply faster.
Before founding Three Ears Media, Katrina was a CMO, Technical Copywriter, and Managing Editor for leading companies like Monster, Care.com, and Randstad Worldwide. With 15+ years of recruitment marketing and training experience, Katrina knows how to turn talented recruiting teams into talented writers who write for people, not about work.
Today, Katrina is frequently featured as an HR and recruiting expert in publications like The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and Forbes. They’ve been named to numerous lists, including LinkedIn’s Top Voices in Job Search & Careers. When not speaking, writing, or training, you’ll find Katrina traveling the country in their van or spending some much needed downtime with the dogs that inspired the name Three Ears Media.