Louise Ramos | Week 1 of 15 Days of Writing True: Being Brave
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Week 1 of 15 Days of Writing True: Being Brave

A few weeks ago, I enrolled in an online writing class: 15 Days of Writing True. It’s hosted by Sofia Cope and Camille Pilar, two people I highly look up to. So once I saw their poster on Instagram, I booked myself a slot.

Screen Shot 2017-05-16 at 6.23.38 PMPoster from 15 Days of Writing True

I honestly was in bad shape during that time. I signed up because I wanted to have a creative outlet—one that will get me to make something everyday. I knew I needed to get back to creating because that has always been how I release emotions (which I clearly had suppressed too much). The line ‘What’s bad for the heart is good for the art’ has always been true for me. The workshop turned out to be something so much more than that.

In just a few weeks, I’ll be starting from scratch again. My week one was a hell of a realization stage. And a story of me taking brave steps. I only have plans for now, but I’m slowly letting things fall into place. I never really share anything personal online where people know me (aka Facebook) because I was always so scared of being judged. But a lot has happened recently—the good eventually outweighing the bad—and I’m finally trying to stop my habit of overthinking.

This set of pictures and threads of words are the best and worst of me. I mostly posted travels and adventures and things that make me happy, but this time, I finally let all my frustrations out. I’m writing true.
And it’s the most raw I’ve ever been.
If one day, the things I’ve done as documented here are just reckless things I did in my youth—then I sure am glad I have something to look back upon and learn from.

Rereading my thoughts as I publish this, I’m still scared. But I learn from this week that it’s when you’re scared that you get to do the bravest things.


Day 1: Leaving Luggages


Day 2: A Responsibility to Awe


Day 3: Mind Maps



Day 4: Slow Travel and Mindful Travelling


Day 5: Sensory Setting


You can follow my 15 Days of Writing True story on my Instagram: @lscrms. I post my entries there as I finish them. We’re currently on the last week, but I’m taking things slowly because I honestly don’t want the class to end. My first week entries were mostly negative, but I feel so much lighter now. Genuine smiles again. Can’t wait to share the rest of my Writing True journey.

For more information on the workshop, you can visit 15daysofwritingtrue.com.

Stay Gold Lou

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