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The Crossroads of Dreams and Imagination

Three Thoughts on Sustainable Blogging Resolutions

I found so much inspiration within this post. Great ideas to keep me motivated and words of wisdom for when things don’t go quite like I imagined they would.

 

How to set goals you’ll be more likely to keep.

Source: Three Thoughts on Sustainable Blogging Resolutions

Indiana Jones and Writing My Way Through Today

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I admit it – I love writing prompts. The “What If” game and the paths that the stories take as they flow from my imagination and down to the page. Today is Day 2 of NaNoWriMo and I’m happy with my success so far. I may never actually get an entire book written in a month but something about NaNoWriMo always gets my motivation speeding down the highway of my dreams.

I have found that for me to write on my primary story I need to get the juices flowing first. Freewriting is helpful but tends to become journaling which isn’t always a good mental place to begin writing my fiction. So I collect writing prompts from anywhere and everywhere. I wish I could say that I came up with the prompts myself but in truth I just am shamelessly using someone else’s brilliant ideas in the hopes that my own brilliant ideas will come out of hiding.

Today’s writing prompt is:  An archeologist stumbles upon a ancient library filled with working spell books.

In my vision I see Indiana Jones fighting booby traps, snakes, and natives to find the library. Then wondering what the hell he is going to do with a library of magic books!

I’m not sure that this piece will ever be more than just a plot bunny in my writing journal but it was certainly fun to write. And I hope the idea takes you on a new adventure as well!

Until next time, my fearless travel companions, enjoy the magic and wonder that appears in your day.

Mirror Mirror on the Wall

Do you ever look in the mirror and wonder who the person staring back at you is?

I know that one of the most important things is how I see myself. I want to see the lion when I look in the mirror but some days that is easier than others.

I am aware that I am not alone in these struggles. And I have so many things to be grateful for I wonder if I should even post this…

Why do we insist on seeing the worst in ourselves? I always look for the best in others. Positive intentions – that’s one of my first thoughts when I’m frustrated or irritated with someone else’s behavior. So why don’t I give myself the same latitude?

It’s a mystery and something that I’ve filled pages and pages in my journals about. I have not yet come to an answer, not really, but I always feel better after having written.

When you get right down to it that is my self-reminder for the day. Writing always makes me feel better. Whether I’m writing in my journal, working on my fiction, or just brainstorming, the act itself helps me to process the world and my reality. And that makes my life run smoother.

But there is still the nagging critic that comes back to haunt me when I least expect it. Dealing with him is hard – I swear he’s a member of the Zombie Apocalypse because he just doesn’t die! But I’m getting better with shutting him up and as I focus on the quiet within myself I find I can hear the murmurs of my Creative Genie more clearly and she’s the one I want to hear. Getting to the quiet and not always peaceful but ever creative land within my imagination is getting easier. And for that I’m grateful.

Tonight my mind is racing and my emotions are all over the place. It’s been an eventful day and I can hear my journal calling me. That’s the lovely thing about writing – it can be shared or kept private depending on the message. And I have definitely written something’s that should never be shared with the world! I’m not sure what tonight’s writing will bring but I’m sure that it will be powerful.

This post did not come out like I’d planned but that’s okay. Someone once said “Life is what happens when you’re making other plans.” I don’t ever remember who said it but feel like it applies. I’ll get back to my plan tomorrow, who knows, I might actually get that post done too!

Until next time, my fearless travel companions, enjoy the magic and wonder that appears in your day.

Being Fiction, Instead of Writing It

I love this post! It says so eloquently some of the things I’ve been struggling with lately. It gives me hope that I’m not alone in my struggles and faith to keep at it.

Source: Being Fiction, Instead of Writing It

Countdown to NaNoWriMo – 31 days to go…

I’m so excited! I feel like I should be singing, except that has never been one of my talents. Only 31 days left until NaNoWriMo and I’m starting a new writing practice today. It’s the beginning of a new chapter of my life. A chapter where I intend to take better care of myself and work every single day towards achieving my dreams.

NaNoWriMo   National Novel Writing Month

For those of you who aren’t familiar with NaNoWriMo it’s a month-long creative writing challenge that occurs in November. National Novel Writing Month is the full title of the challenge but NaNoWriMo just trips off the tongue so easily! I have been participating in NaNoWriMo for the last couple of years and although I haven’t managed to complete an entire novel – it’s always an interesting experiment. The official NaNoWriMo site has tips to survive the month, and tips for your families and loved ones to survive the chaos as well. Anyone interested in writing, and most importantly completing, a creative writing project should check it out. Like I said, I’m not as hard-core as some folks that join the challenge but that’s the wonderful thing about it. Everyone works on their own passions, the stories that spark their creativity, and the only one you really compete with is yourself.

So, we have 31 days until NaNoWriMo and 30 days until Halloween. Plus the weather in Colorado is getting cooler, autumn has arrived and it’s beautiful. I have made a pledge, to myself, to write at least one page every day in October. That way I’m prepared for NaNoWriMo, in theory! Today’s page was focused on outlining the path I think my current work will take and to determine who some of the characters will be. It feels great to be writing consistently again. And I know that as I build the habit back to where I want it to be the words will just flow even easier. Just in case I get stuck though – I’ve been saving writing prompts that intrigue me from all sources. I’m going to compile them so they are more easily accessed and used but I know that I am ready for any Writer’s Block that comes my way.

This is the turning of a page for me. My goal this month is to let go of habits that don’t help me move towards my dreams and embrace those that will allow me to reach it. But I don’t want to overwhelm myself and I don’t want to quit because I’m frustrated with a lack of progress. So for October I’m going to focus on writing one page per day and being aware of how I spend my money. I recently stopped working my second job and although my stress level and health has improved, my finances have not.

I am following Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace program and it’s scary but I have faith that it will be for the best. It’s hard not to be disappointed in myself for letting things get so out of hand but I know that I can make the changes and climb out of my hole. Making any life changes is challenging and I know that there will be ups and downs. I’ll chronicle these bumps in the road and all the fun I’m having for you, dear reader. Hopefully you will be able to avoid making the same mistakes I’m sure to make. And I hope you enjoy the blessings that inspire me as well.

Until next time, my fearless travel companions, enjoy the magic and wonder that appears in your day.

Inspiration of Lists

This week has been filled with an overwhelming number of details, challenges, joys, and irritations. As I try to weed out the junk and focus on this post things keep popping back into my mind’s eye. Normally I enjoy the tangents that my mind explores but sometimes it’s just too much to keep up with. That’s when I find myself making lists. Lots and lots of lists.

Now, if you aren’t a list maker this may not make any sense but something about getting the words, ideas, images, and feelings out of my head and onto the page just makes my day flow smoother. I’ve made lists for everything under the sun at one point or another. Most of the lists are shuffled to the side and recycled the next day or the next week. But some of the common themes and messages from my Creative Genie appear often enough that I can’t help but notice.

For some people making a list and then not being able to check the items off the list as completed is a lesson insanity but for me, lists are a guide. A treasure map if you will. They give me a starting place on the adventure that my day will be. If things aren’t going the way I want them to, I just choose another item on the list to complete. And with that choice my whole day changes.

I have also learned that something’s I put on my list not because I want to do them but because I feel like I “should” do them. As I was reminded from reading Elle Luna’s book the decision of what I must do and what I should do is mine. So my list is now a place where I can weed out the “shoulds” or decide if it’s truly something I want to pursue. And as with all things, my needs, dreams, desires, and musts continue to change. It’s a struggle, sometimes, to accept those changes and let go of things that used to bring me joy, but I’m infinitely happier when I do.

What sorts of lists do you write? I have lists of writing prompts that I love and lists of one’s I’ve never used. I have lists of places I dream of going and books I want to read. I have lists of family members and lists of the paint colors that are on my walls. I have lists of character traits, character names, and stories I plan to write. And I have lists of movies I’ve enjoyed, songs I can’t get out of my head, and people who inspire me. I have To Do lists for this hour, tomorrow, this month, and this year. Hell, I have To Do lists that will never be complete. I have all these lists and if I sat here I could come up with many more, but that is not my point.

So what is my point? That lists are only as good as the action behind them. For some of us they are excellent organizing tools but the list should not be the end result. Remembering to take the next step, the leap off the cliff into the unknown, is where I sometimes get stuck. But this is my life. And the only one I’m going to get. So making the decision and taking the next step is what I am focusing on.

Taking action and making a change is what led me back to this blog. It’s given me a new outlook on my life and a new way of looking at how I intend to reach my goals. For a while now I’ve been drifting, letting other people choose my direction, and a simple list written on the back of a napkin at lunch gave me a new perspective. And the energy to take the leap.

So tonight, I’m going to dust off some of my old journals and take a look at the lists I wrote when I was younger. I know that I have not achieved everything I thought I would, yet, but I also know that what I want has changed. Looking at the bones of my old dreams will give me a chance to revisit those feelings. Embrace those emotions. Celebrate how far I’ve come. And plan for tomorrow’s adventure!

Until next time, my fearless travel companions, enjoy the magic and wonder that appears in your day.

Turning Over a New Leaf

Today is a new day. Cliché I know but it’s how I feel. I’m taking control of my life, my emotions, and my journey. I have lived my life making decisions based on what I thought others wanted. Sometimes based on what I wanted and sometimes against my better judgment. Those decisions have made me the woman I am today and I’m grateful for them. Not to say that I don’t sometimes wonder what my life would have been if I’d chosen differently…but I can’t go back. So no regrets and no pity parties, just open eyes, dreams to chase, and a positive attitude.

I just recently finished reading a fabulous book by Elle Luna called The Crossroads of Should and Must . This book inspired  to revisit my blog, which had been sadly abandoned for more than 2 years. I had reached a point where I didn’t believe that I had anything to say. Nothing to share. The creative well was dry and I had no idea how to refill it. I wish I  say that everything was better now, but that’s not accurate. Life happens and sometimes it’s tragic. When those tragedies strike we can either hide and wish that it would all go away. Or we can acknowledge how we feel, embrace the suckiness of whatever has occurred and keep moving. I’ve done both and although sometimes it feels like I’m marching in place rather than dancing forward, at least I’m moving. Right?

Anyway, back to the book. It’s wonderful! Not only is it a quick read, if you want it to be, but it’s also thought-provoking. By the time I’d finished reading it I had pages of notes and comments written in the margins as well. I highly recommend that if you haven’t had a chance to read book that pick up a copy. The basic idea is that we often do what think we “should” instead of what our heart and soul say we “must”. There are many reasons that we do this and I’m guilty of most of them, but the great thing is, we return to this crossroads many times.

Those crossroads brought me back to my blog. I made a different choice when I stood before the sign this time and turned in a new direction. I’m inviting all of you on this journey with me. I don’t know where it will take me. Or what I find there tomorrow but it will be an adventure. I’m hopeful that I will find to make “who I am and what I do” one and the same.

If you want more information  Elle Luna’s book check out her video.

Until next time, my fearless travel companions, enjoy the magic and wonder that appears in your day.

One day closer

One day closer to my vacation. Thank goodness. I am so stressed out and exhausted. Of course, the exhaustion probably has something to do with only sleeping about 3 hours a night the last few nights. In the meantime work is chaos, family is crazy busy and I really just want to crawl into bed.

Instead I’m trying to find my balance. Making sure that I take care of myself, when I remember, and looking for the positive things that abound in my life. It’s easy to only focus on the negative, but I don’t want to see the world in the dark all the time. It’s time to look for the light – be it the stars, the moon, or the bright shining sun!

Family Time!

Some time with the family before work starts! It’s good to spend time with all of us – and Mom is having a good day. I’m very grateful for days like today – who knows how many more we will get. We need to stockpile these memories for the days ahead. Every day with Mom is a day we weren’t sure we would have so it’s definitely a blessing.

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