I’m sitting in a salon chair, under a dryer, watching Julie and Julia on my iPhone. The movie is based on the life of Julia Child and Julie Powell, a New Yorker who has a passion for cooking and writing but, as she states when in bed with her husband, believes she has a serious case of A.D.D. Julie is a writer who wrote half of a novel and stuffed it in her desk drawer. Julie has goals but feels inadequate and makes excuses to finish said projects. Julie is the Caucasian version of me, minus the love and relationship shtick and Dominican booty.
I have yet to finish my book, Love Trips, which will be a collection of personal essays based on my love journey. By revealing my relationship stumbles, I hope to teach women to love themselves enough to make smarter choices in love. But it remains untouched, stored on my Mac and Documents-to-Go iPhone app, which I purchased just so I could write while on the go. Instead, I write relationship advice, stories of singlehood, and reflective blogs for LoveSujeiry.com. It is my website after all, so why not?
Because I have a serious case of A.D.D.
I make excuses and distract myself with anything and everything. Sewing projects, grad school applications, charting my future plans on Excel spreadsheets: all subconscious ploys to not finish Love Trips. I should be writing, living, breathing, mastering my book, not writing short pieces for websites and blogs.
Enter The Love Trips Book Project.
I am literally taking a page from Julie’s book and writing a daily blog. Unlike Julie, this blog will be featured on my website, LoveSujeiry.com, and will focus on my journey as I write Love Trips (the book), not while attempting to cook French cuisine. I will set a deadline to complete the book. A countdown will keep me disciplined and focused, if only to save me from embarrassment. I do hate letting people down. Ultimately, I will use my need to please, fear of rejection, and the cultural stigma of el que diran to my advantage. This, pepitas*, will be the year that I do as I say and commit to completing a project.
I do hope you join me daily and become an active enabler of this countdown. And who knows? Maybe I will inspire others to tap away on their keyboards for the sake of fulfilling a disregarded endeavor. And on that note, I am off to write!
*Pepitas: Sujeiry’s term of endearment for her female followers. Comes from the word pepa otherwise known as vagina, va-jay-jay, flower, punani, etc.