Your Mental Blueprint

Visualize this thing that you want, see it, feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blue print, and begin to build.

Robert Collier

If there’s one thing I want to work on, lately, it’s my visualization. I work on my nobel daily, but I’ve been juggling so much that taking intentional time to visualize it all finished hasn’t made onto my radar until writing this post. I understand the importance of visualization. I understand that it’s probably where some of my greatest inspiration lives. The challenge now is to set some intentional time aside to do it.

Have you visualized your finished wip while you’re writing it? I’d love to hear what you see if you’re willing to share.

I see a box of books and conversations from people who’ve read my book.

Does it Get Easier?

 You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.

Maya Angelou

The more you create the more creativity builds. So the less you create the less the creativity you have. Until you explode of course. If we take time to fill the creativity bank everyday, will we have what need to get things done? I think that’s good question. I blog everyday, it doesn’t feel like it gets easier. On the contrary the size and scope of posts I write, seem to expand and grow in complexity and length with the more time I have to spend on my writing. But I have noticed if I miss a blog post or two, it’s much harder to come up with something to write. Like sit and stare at the screen for hours hard to write. Writing is an interesting beast. I don’t think there’s point in which your finished writing. Do you think once you win an amazing prize you feel finished and satisfied? I do wonder.

What do you think? Do you agree that the more you use creativity the more you have? When you write more consistently, is it easier to come up with something?

An Affirmation For You

You are Amazing!! I can believe you’ve accomplished so much. You’re capable of great things.

It’s the small daily habits and the little things that are so worth celebrating.You are worth celebrating!!

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.

Anatole France

It’s Not About Perfection

Leadership is a series of behaviors rather than a role for heroes. 

Margaret Wheatley, writer, teacher, and speaker

Leaders are heros but the series of behaviors part is a huge part of leadership. Self discipline, consistency, respect, boundaries all these things come together to form an amazing leader. Not with the expectation of perfection but showing enough consistency to be reliable in those areas is a great goal.

Leadership isn’t some schmuckadelie barking orders. It the one working beside their team or even more so willing to do the dirty to see their team rise. I’m lucky to some amazing leaders in life who have impacted me in ways that are priceless and will last lifetime and more.

Loneliness

 I found that with depression, one of the most important things you could realize is that you’re not alone.

Dwayne Johnson

Alone? During my darkest days, I didn’t want to be around other people. I wanted to be alone. So when I read quotes like this, I thought I couldn’t relate. Once I shifted my perspective from loneliness as in being with others to loneliness as in lack of connection, I could finally understand the quote. Connection feels good. Made me think even more about how good it can sometimes feel to be understood. That’s when quotes like this one began to make more sense. To be understood, to be heard, to be listened to, that is what takes away the loneliness. You could be in a room full of people who share the same hobbies and life experiences but you’re going to feel mighty lonely in that sea full of people if no ones listens to you or takes time to understand you.

We eliminate loneliness by creating an authentic connection.

That doesn’t instantly cure loneliness or depression but it does help others feel a little less alone. And these days, with all the loss we are experiencing, every little bit counts.

Quick Bit

We need joy as we need air. We need love as we need water. We need each other as we need the earth we share.

 Dr. Maya Angelou

Let yourself enjoy the pockets of sunshine in your life. They don’t last forever. I used to be so focused on the fact that the good moment would end that I didn’t allow myself to fully enjoy it. Now I try my best to enjoy my good moments to the fullest.

I Just Wanna Have Fun

Never, ever underestimate the importance of having fun.

Randy Pausch

2023 goalsssss!!! How can we make this more fun, is what I’m going to ask myself this year. I’ve gone long enough with so much seriousness and sadness and even some anger sprinkled in there. Now I wanna focus on good clean life long fun! I think I’m off to a good start for sure!!

What do you like to do for fun?

Axe Throwing

When you are enthusiastic about what you do, you feel this positive energy. It’s very simple.

Paulo Coelho

I’m going axe throwing with my family tonight!! I’m so excited!! I’ve never thrown an axe at a target so we’ll see if those kettlebells exercises last week will give me the strength I need to get em on the bullseye. It’s more about fun and bonding with my family than anything, but wouldn’t it be a delight to throw a couple bullseyes!!

Any weekend plans for you?

Bookstore? Do You Mean Paradise?

I have always imagined paradise will be a kind of library.

Jorge Luis Borges 

Bookstores and libraries whisk me away from it all. They are, without a doubt, my paradise. What kind of things can you do in a bookstore? I’m glad you asked. You can judge books by their covers, then give your favorite book cover a quick skim see if it hits you the same way the cover does. You can test books by their first few pages, after a few do you wanna keep reading? You could revisit books you’ve already read. Have a stranger give you a book suggestion. Run your finger over every book in your favorite genre and see if you feel any different once you reach the end. The opportunities are endless.

Ok your turn, what do you do at the bookstore?

There’s a Time for Everything.

Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.

Dale Carnegie

This girl right here, (the one writing this blog post) is a woman who strongly believes in good healthy rest. But when you wanna see things come together, especially with writing, you gotta get the reading in and the words down. I’m really feeling that right now. I’ve been slacking on my reading. Not so much slacking on my writing. I can always do better but truthfully writing will swallow me whole. Which probably isn’t so bad and the entire sound of it kinda excites me.

Point being, you gotta write to be writer.