Here’s a quick post on some of the things I’ve been working on 🙂
1. Book Writing Project
I wrote some short stories and fiction books under a pen name throughout my twenties.
There was a point in life where I almost gave up writing entirely. In my early thirties, I felt like I needed a change and was planning to embark on a career in the web/UX design field.
As luck and timing would have it, I ended up getting a writer/editor job at Optimal Living Daily (OLD) podcast.
Outside of work, I was introduced to some creative writing books through a journal writing circle.
One recommended book was Juicy Pens, Thirsty Paper by SARK.
I found SARK’s style a bit childish and whimsical at first. But I started enjoying the book’s purpose as I approached the halfway mark of the book.
Being in the presence of these resources reignited my original interest in writing. I enjoy blogging, but I also like the challenge of writing a book.
I have been focusing on approaching my book project in a renewed manner so that I’m positive and constructive with all writing projects moving forward.
2. Dipping My Toes into Vlogging
I posted my first vlog on the pets and personal growth blog post.
I know, I know — it’s 2019. Isn’t it too late to start a vlog??
I did a Google search about the topic and thought about it. Part of my reason for posting a vlog was to push myself out of my comfort zone a little bit. As an introverted writer, I’ve long been more comfortable with communicating via the written word than through speaking.
Vlogging, whether it’s a one-time or long-term project, requires many different skills and lots more equipment than what’s typically required for writing.
While I’m quite careful these days to avoid burnout, vlogging is something I’d like to try over the long-term to add a more interactive element to some of my posts here.
Which brings me to…
3. Digital Minimalism
One of the (many) reasons I love my role at OLD Podcast so much is that it allows me to come across many productivity and life hacks to simplify my daily routine.
My dad — a fellow introvert — was a bit surprised that “digital minimalism” was a thing when I recently mentioned the term to him.
To me, it’s all about being conscious of your technology usage, from mobile devices to social media scrolling.
I haven’t been using much social media over the past couple of years as it was becoming exhausting trying to regularly update and manage several accounts.
In terms of ROI, I try to keep an eye on the bigger picture. Every minute of social media scrolling is a minute that could have gone to something more purposeful.
When I cut down on my usage of technology, it definitely opens up some time and space for other activities that truly uplift my mind and soul.
This, of course, includes…
4. Books / Reading Project, OMG
For the past few years, I’ve concentrated on reading many more non-fiction over fiction books.
In my teens, one of my favorite book genres was fantasy, which moved on to classic literature, and then non-fiction in my late twenties and beyond.
I’m glad to say that I’ve recently been making my way back to some fiction. I feel refreshed reading fiction books purely for entertainment value, instead of selecting and dissecting them based on studying the craft to glean the secret source that makes for successful commercial fiction.
One book I recently finished was Stephen King’s Pet Sematary. What a gripping and exhilarating book! As part of my ongoing reading project, I’d like to post a more extensive review (and post a short / summarized vlog) about it. It’s one of those stories that draws you into the mind of the main character which can only be accomplished by the most talented writers to grace our planet with their existence.
Another book I completed was David Ogilvy’s Confessions of an Advertising Man. I never knew he had such an interesting background. There’s certainly a ton to learn from the legendary advertising giant, no matter what field or industry you’re in.
I also have several books by Brian Tracy on the way. He’s the epitome of a calm, collected, and confident personality. I love his writing because it’s free from fluff.
Rambling? From what I’ve seen so far, it’s a sin of boredom that Tracy has never committed in any of his blog posts or videos.
5. Guest Blogging
I’ve been writing several guest posts in the past couple of months. Here they are in no particular order:
In this guest post for the International Association for Journal Writing, I share some thoughts on what it was like to take part in one of their monthly writing circles.
This guest post for the National Eczema Association lists some of the products I’ve found helpful when it comes to managing eczema.
Sensitive skin has been one of my woes since I was a baby. It started from a shingles episode around the neck. Eczema and/or psoriasis has appeared on and off in other areas of my body throughout the years.
And let’s not forget about: ADULT ACNE.
When I was brainstorming personal finance posts to write about (on behalf of OLD Podcast), I thought about my experiences with battling adult acne.
In this guest post, I detail how dealing with acne helped me to improve my budgeting skills. It also taught me how “less is more” when it comes to skincare, and kickstarted my commitment to maintaining healthier diet and lifestyle habits.
Those are some of the things I’ve been up to.
Oh, and listening to some songs for an upcoming post on the OLD Podcast blog (will update here when the link is live).
Let us know if you have a book recommendation to share with other introverts. I know I STILL have to get round to reading my Oscar Wilde and George Orwell anthologies…some day!
Jess Chua is an INFJ who’s passionate about empowering other introverts to live their best life. She has been quoted in articles on Apartment Therapy, Forbes, and Student Loan Hero.
If you’d like to be a beta reader for Jess’s book project (for…introverts), sign up here!