February 10, 2018- Starting the week with energy and focus

Hello February,

to begin with, I need to go to the supermarket and get some vegetables and fruits. As healthy food as possible!

Decide if I will go to my work’s gym or close to home and just get enrolled!

What else?

Breathe?

Eh, decide about my future self?

I could be less associal, and let some people in to my life. Focusing on work is nice, but still, it’s a bit lonely.

I have a sense of direction, goals to achieve, but why do I stress up in the middle and doubt myself? Why even think about myself in the middle of action?

Three skills I need to develop. What about not being stressed in the middle of a challenge? I might have more in the future if i take up responsibilities.

Concentrating easily to finish my writing? Use deadlines?

Anticipate positive social interactions?

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February 5, 2018- Taking one step a day, with a deadline mid-February

Hello February,

do my dreams have to be far? Can’t they be here right now, so that I don’t have to make any effort?

In a way, they are here.

But then, new dreams come along.

That’s a way to grow.

As long as it’s not just greed 😉

Anyway, I am in the process of writing a piece and I have a deadline.

I wake up early, but there are moments I feel stressed, I have doubts, I am tired.

And I am tired because I stress.

What do I do in this case?

  1. Chocolate – immediate satisfaction, level 100%
  2. Taking a small break (nap, drawing, walking around)
  3. Talking to a friend who seems relaxed (this is an important detail)
  4. Writing in my blog (I also have a piece of chocolate in my mouth)
  5. Going back to whatever I was doing
  6. Doing it!

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January 15, 2017- Monday, Motivation and our life-draft :-)

Hello January,

hello winter Monday, and let’s have a great week ahead!

I have a great conversation with my blog-friend David, who tells me that it’s possible to develop our talents and to live a life of self and global development, in great relationships.

How to?

Let’s start by asking good questions.

Do I feel fine right now?

I had a nice coffee, but the place is kind of humid and I start feeling uncomfortable.

So, let’s finish this blog post and go for a green smoothie and wash my hair … finally.

I am trying a new tool this week, Designing your Life, suggesting that it’s essential to start from where we are, and then build prototypes to get there and try them.

In every possible direction.

A friend of mine told me relationships are like that. You have to write a draft first, until you finally get it right.

And to keep in mind, this is still a draft.

Maybe life on earth is a draft.

Let’s make it the best draft possible!

December 6, 2017- Christmas is on its way!

Hello December,

after being grateful for finding a home, I went back to being afraid: I feel tired, and my goals seem still far. What if I don’t have the energy to do what I want?

My part-time job in the gallery is close to what I do, but it takes my time out of my creative energy for writing?

What if I get stuck there, in a limbo situation?

With half of the boxes from the move still closed, it is easy to think like that.

So, what do I do?

Have morning coffee, to begin with.

Secondly, I am blogging.

And thirdly, I will get an energizing drink, probably green, or ginger and lemon and turmeric to give me some extra energy.

Christmas is on its way!

Energy somehow will come back.

Getting some rest is also important 🙂

The Warrior Creator or how to be relaxed and productive in the middle of a storm

Hello November,

this inspiring post of David Rogers on  The Warrior Creator

is the best way to start the weekend!

Relaxed and busy, how to stay focused on our work even if there is a storm outside.

So I am ready to put to use David’s advice, and be productive and relaxed way:

there is a short story I want to submit this weekend, and my NaNoWriMo novel is advancing, even a few lines a day.

I don’t need to look at the end, I just focus on the next steps.

November 17, 2017- Produce our best work: asking for feedback, not validation

Hello November,

how do we produce our best work?

I heard a speaker on the importance of combining talents and passions: in other words, not only do what we love, but also, use our talents, what we are good at in the process.

If becoming an astronaut looks good, do I really want to hang from the ceiling like this?

But again, what if I love the result and then I can learn to like or to get over certain inconveniences?

Is it a luxury to think about these issues when we don’t have enough to go around the next day?

No, it isn’t.

Long term thinking, is very important. Daily.

I can see that, because I have everyday practical questions to deal with.

But somehow, it feels that I need to focus on the long-term.

And then, only then, look into my everyday questions.

Writing, is my soul’s desire.

Some of the process has become less spontaneous, due to rejections I had from some publishers.

But is there another reason?

Do I expect validation from others for my work?

Feedback is important, but feedback and validation are two different things.

It’s also up to us to discriminate who is capable of giving good feedback.

If not, it is as if you are a goat and you ask the wolf to become your baby’s godfather.

Think about it twice

 

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November 16, 2017- Birthday updates and Publishing

Hello November, Birthday month,

birthdays are like mini new year-eves, am I on a good path, where did I come from and where am I going? What do I aim for?

Is it happiness?

Abundance?

Health?

Love and family?

And all these considerations with huge amounts of chocolate.

A way to see where we stand, is to ask other people around us.

I have identified a fear of publishing and of sending my work to editors, from an apprehension it might not be accepted.

This will not do.

So, apart from writing every day, finishing work already done and sending it to publishers is a MUST.

November 7, 2017- Getting energised when you want to stay under the duvet

Hello November,

this coffee shop looks like an airport with all these people crossing here and there.

So, let’s say that I wake up with a headache and morning walk, or anything of the kind is not working.

Ok, I wanted to wake up early, it didn’t work.

Then, I suggest not to insist.

At least I don’t have any meetings today, and I can work from home, or rest.

How about showing myself some respect and taking it easy.

Let’s give oneself a break, and do something different, read something different, let our mind wander, no matter what.

It feels like I need a change of perspective.

I already started working on the novel, so this is great already.

https://www.wikihow.com/Get-Energized

November 3, 2017- Fear of publishing and NaNoWriMo to face it

Hello November,

I just singed up in National November Writing Month, and it feels so great to announce a novel in a month! Since I have identified the fear of publishing as one of my biggest ones, let’s see how it goes now that I have taken this step.

So, my novel is starting, a sequel to a previous one, and let’s see how it goes!

I already have a title and I am to write every day. One Month, One Novel.

https://academichelp.net/creative-writing/novel.html

November 2, 2017- Flourish in November: Writing Month!

Hello November,

yes, I know this is the time for the leaves to fall down as winter is coming… but couldn’t we flourish as humans despite this fact?

How can this be possible?

Here is a great idea: November, is a writing month. So, let’s put oneself into this novel again!

https://nanowrimo.org