Let go of that thing that didn't work? Or shift and try again?

published2 months ago
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The Weekly Thrill

Hi there,

Remember several months ago when I attempted to start The Weekly Thrill? No? You don't even know what I'm talking about? I'm not surprised. I wasn't very good at it.

I do this. All. The. Time. I decide I want to try something new, because that new thing is all shiny and exciting, and seems hopeful and full of promise. Then I try it, and lose steam really quickly.

That's what happened with The Weekly Thrill. The idea was strong, I think. But the format was all wrong. And the timing was definitely off.

But I'm letting go of that tried and failed attempt at something new and returning to the drawing board.

And that's okay... I've grown since then. And I'm ready to try again.

Lesson Learned

There's a lesson in what I tried then, one that I'm trying to teach my daughter, Maggie, who has entered the world of creating for a living.

She graduated from a US College this past spring, and has decided to write for a living.

Actually, she decided to create a long time ago. But now armed with a college degree, that may or may not help her with figuring out her life's work (more on that another time), she's ready to take "creating" to the next level.

Maggie is a brilliant writer. That is NOT a biased opinion. It's NOT! That is 100% fact! (I will tell you more about what she's writing in the future, because I'm a proud mama, but it's not time yet.)

But as with anyone who is attempting to build a career almost (but not quite) from scratch, she admittedly has a lot to learn.

And she's in the early stages of wanting to try certain things to go along with the writing gig. "Should I start a blog?" "A newsletter?" "Should I be more visible on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, or all of the above."

(Definitely NOT all of the above!)

Those are just some of the questions she's asking about one part of the career she has chosen.

And one of the pieces of advice I want to give her is advice I'd give to anyone who is wanting to fit something creative into their other responsibilities and daily lives: When you're searching for creative outlets, choose to stick with only the things that bring you joy. If something becomes a chore, or is too time consuming, or doesn't make you feel good when you're doing it, let it go.

I actually loved the idea of sending out a weekly email to all of you, and having conversations with you in order to get to know you better. I'm still in love with that idea. But the initial format of The Weekly Thrill wasn't right for what I had hoped to do. You, of course, can check out my initial attempts here.

Plus, I created The Weekly Thrill right when my day job was picking up, and I quickly realized I didn't have time. Or maybe it failed because I hadn't fully developed the habit of the weekly email yet. (That reason is possibly worth exploring.) Or it might have failed for a reason that I can't exactly put my finger on.

Have you ever discovered a new hobby or wanted to try something new, and you thought this new shiny thing was going to be a perfect use of your time, only to realize that you grew tired of it quickly? Or maybe, for whatver reason, the new hobby wasn't what you hoped it would be? Or you simply didn't have the time for the new hobby that you hoped you would have? (Hit reply to this email and tell me what it was. I'd love to hear your story.)

So... what's the lesson here? Let The Weekly Thrill fade away as the failed attempt that it was? Or try again?

Honestly, I could do either in this situation. There is no wrong answer here.

However, writing gives me great joy. Talking to you a little more regularly gives me even greater joy. So, I'm going to shift and try, try again.

Because I have things to say. And people and things to talk to you about. I hope you'll stick around.

Until next time (hopefully next week),


Heather Sunseri is the author of nineteen novels and the cohost of the hit true crime podcast, Kentucky Fried Homicide.

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