No Paper? No Problem

The great thing about writing is that it’s always accessible. One thing I used to do before I committed to writing was journal with my finger tip. It helped me process my day and prepare for sleep. I’d do it pretty often. I even made my lists that way. These days I always use a pen or my phone. So I guess it’s not writing that’s always accessible but the ability to visualize. That is always accessible.

Some people speak highly of visualization. What do you think? Do you practice visualization?

I’ve tried it intentionally here and there when it comes to manifesting but haven’t really gotten into that. I definitely do it with the novel I’m working on but it’s natural for me to need to see what I’m writing in my minds eye. So when I’m writing, it’s not as intentional it’s natural or even automatic. Even though I can see it clearly, I do miss details on the first draft. even though The good thing is that as I edit and add detail, the scene becomes more clear in my minds eye.

 I would visualize things coming to me. It would just make me feel better. Visualization works if you work hard. That’s the thing. You can’t just visualize and go eat a sandwich.

Jim Carrey

Quality and Quantity

I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.

Anne Frank

It’s right before before it’s time to write that I struggle to remember how my spirit is reborn after a good writing session. One of those sessions where I’m focused and interested in what I have to share or even question. I’m struggling lately with blogging. I’m struggling with wanting to share much of my inner workings anywhere. I don’t take as much time to think about my inner workings to know what to write about lately. So it’s my own fault that when it comes time to share something, I feel like I have nothing to say. Even in the moment when I say that, I know there’s a million things to write about. But in the moments before I start typing, I’m not really interested in the million things going around me. That’s not enough to stop me though. I still must show up.

Alas, the writing muse isn’t always generous with us with just showing up, sometimes we gotta do something extra. I’m not saying push too hard. I’m saying carve out time, shut off the phone, show our inner writer that we’re ready, then act on it before the inner critic finds out.. For me, anytime I let my inner writer know I’m ready and waiting, a million distractions show up. I’m learning that I shouldn’t let the inner writer know. I should start writing before the inner critic can postpone writing my writing any longer.

Point is, showing up consistently is amazing and more than most. But truly investing in your work regularly, brings quality to your consistency. And what’s better than having both quality and quantity? Nothing at all, I tell ya, Nothing at all.

Writing Inspo and More

You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows that they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift.

— Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

Imagine the possibilities that could come from sharing your story!

I’m so tired. I want to write. Today was long I was grumpy and then I was like I need to shift this, so I reminded myself that I’m working on living in the present moment. That I’m an evolving being. Then I intentionally did something for a moment by myself that makes me happy. My current happy place is the pink side of Instagram. I can not get enough.

To Be

 Find a subject you care about and which you in your heart feel others should care about. It is this genuine caring, not your games with language, which will be the most compelling and seductive element in your style.

Stephen King

First, why does Stephen King have the best quotes?

There’s a lot of subjects I care about but the top two are inclusivity and women’s freedom. There’s a lot of other things that I’m passionate about but they trail behind these two a tad or more. I do feel we’re all oppressed in our own way, so freedom is something I want for everyone and not just women. Buuut I lean more toward women’s mental health and well being than others. It’s probably because I am a woman and was raised by women who needed help but fell through the cracks and remained in situations they shouldn’t have for far too long. And I’ll use whatever gifts and talents I have to stop that from continuing to happen. I don’t know but the health and safety of women is the biggest motivator behind all the work I do.

I hope it gives my work edge. I hope I pull people in with my dream of seeing all women live in a world where they are safe to be themselves.

The Summer of Self Love

I had a great day today. Busy, productive. Lot’s of planning and completing and starting new things. A few years ago, I was really tired and you know what, I was supposed to be tired. I wish I was easier on myself for having such low energy. Healing takes it outta you. But to be frank, tired is depressing. and lonely. But now we’re here on the other side and I’m feeling good. I’m ready to take on all my goals and my daily habits and my dreams and accept it all with open arms. I also had a frozen beverage while listening to all my favorite Disney songs before writing this so…. that could have a lot to do with how I’m feeling.

Here’s to Summer 2022 The summer of self love!!

Intuitive Mind

The Intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.

Albert Einstein Taken from Trust and Inspire by Stephen M.R. Covey

Intuitive minds are sacred and the rational part of our minds are meant to serve? What does this mean to you? To me it allows me to validate the type of person I am and explains why I rub people the wrong way s often. My rational mind comes out when it’s time to edit but during creation, it’s told to find something else to do until it’s welcomed. It took time to learn how to do this with my writing. And I think there’s a happy medium where I can let my rational mind chime in at times rather than sitting it in the corner.

I’m still learning how to talk about the intuitive mind so this is about as far as I can go when it comes to writing about this quote. But maybe next time I’ll find some way to talk about the gift of being intuitive.

Until then, you should totally read through my most viewed post that speaks briefly of the MacDonald Sisters.

New Book Interest

Trust and Inspire: How Truly Great Leaders Unleash Greatness in Others by Stephen M. R. Covey

I couldn’t finish it in the time I was at the library, but I also had a hard time putting it down.

To inspire another person is to breathe new life, purpose, and passion into them. Because when we genuinely see greatness within them, they begin to see possibilities for themselves they hadn’t previously considered—or even seen. They look beyond artificial limitations. 

https://www.instagram.com/stephenmrcovey/

Being Present/ Goal Setting

Your goals are the road maps that guide you and show you what is possible for your life.

Les Brown

I’m due to revisit and set new goals. This summer I really wanted to focus on being present. 😀 I think I’m doing well with it. I’m usually decent at goal setting but I was definitely not so good at appreciating my present state. Something had to change. Which is why I’ve been more intentional about appreciating my resources. Been getting out to local parks and beaches, libraries, the gym at our local Rally Point, spending as much free time that I have with family and doing whatever activities are accessible to us. Being more open to community events and community resources has really improved the time I have to spend with my family.

I think goals are super important but I think they bring more value when you’re intentionally living your best life.

Learning From a Child

Sunday Reflections

Triptych Part Three is in the works. I’m working on a scene where an adult is put into a position where he has to learn from a youth. I appreciate when I get to learn from those younger than me. I’ve never really had any problem with it. I think both young and old have so much to learn from each other. When I add this scene into my story (an adult learning from a youth), it’s not to belittle the knowledge that comes with experience, but to play with the idea that when two people come together for common good, they both can learn something from each other.

How do you think you’d feel if you were put into a position where you’re expected to learn from a child?

Balance Yourself Out

There’s going to be a million times in life when you’re going to have to balance yourself out emotionally. Especially those of us who are more sensitive than others. We get high from what seems like small things, which always comes with a low, kind of like an emotional hangover. We get low from what seems like small things too. Unlike the high though, the lows don’t come with an automatic high afterward. Life is all about learning to manage ourselves through ups and downs. Not manage ourselves so strictly that we miss the experience of feeling. We must manage ourselves in a way that we as sensitives are still productive. We balance ourselves out so that the highs (or lows) don’t hinder our best selves.

Today would be a day where I try my best to keep my chin up, appreciate what I have in front of me and work differently for what I don’t, accept what I can’t change and most importantly move in a way the creates a better world for all of us, including myself. All I can know for sure is that I’m going to do what’s best for my family and my communities.

Here’s the affirmation that’s been keeping mindful of my emotions.

I am an evolving and expanding being with an infinite amount of possibilities.