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Pep Talks and Motivation

I talked a little bit about complications in my last blog post but it just hit me that I didn’t really go into how to actually make yourself take that next step.  How do you find your motivation? Are you an external person who looks to others or prizes to move forward or are you a goal-centered person who just really needs to meet the goal, no matter what? I’m kind of a combination of the two.

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For me to really get moving, I need to be inspired. If I’m writing, I have to be comfortable. If I’m planning activities for my center, I want the students to have fun and experience our city as much as possible and build real memories they can take with them. If it’s working on client projects, it’s a commitment that I’ve made and I’m sticking with. That’s all well and good, you say, but how do you actually make yourself do it?

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I’ve always wanted to plan something like this – my bedroom wall would be so amazing!

Great question! And I don’t actually have an answer. Sometimes I have a set schedule: the kid goes to bed at 8, read him a book, get him to sleep, then go work. Other times I have to force myself to sit down at the computer, begrudgingly, leaving the TV turned off, maybe some music on, maybe a glass of wine, and push my way through. Yes, even I do not ALWAYS want to be researching and writing.

But that’s the beauty of this field. I don’t have to always actually BE writing. I can be doing research or searching for new prospects. I can be looking at a webinar or reading books from those who have mastered this field. I can be planning my next step with my business or revamping my website (I need to do this one soon!). However you work it, there is a good bit of work to be done that doesn’t always feel like work.

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Not me, but sometimes I think I look this happy when I’m working on my projects. Or not. Some can be tedious.

And when it no longer feels like work, that’s when you know you’re in the right place. When you enjoy doing each piece and putting it together like a fantastic dinner or a fully completed novel, you smile and that little piece inside of you says, “Look!  I did that!”  Of course, if you top it off with a paycheck, that’s even better, but that feeling of accomplishment is pretty big with me. I’m constantly surprising myself with things I never knew I could do.

What about you? How do you get the wheels moving? Do you give yourself a pep talk? I literally just did, a few moments ago. Out loud. To my empty house. Or do you stick to a schedule where you produce a set number of words per day/week/month? How do you move your business forward?  I’d love to hear it!

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Today’s Word: Complication

There are always times when we think we are on a roll or everything is gonna be smooth sailing when BAM – you’re hit with writer’s block or an unexpected bill. Or worse, a car accident or hospital visit. It seems like life is full of complications no matter how well-planned you think it is. That’s the nature of living, we can’t predict what will happen tomorrow. Heck, trained weather professionals can’t even tell us with 100 percent certainty that it will rain tomorrow. That’s where our fighting spirit comes into play.

 

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But, is it gonna rain??

 

Most of us don’t really have a fall back. Yeah, we take out car insurance and homeowners insurance and medical insurance. But that’s because we have to. What happens when stuff does happen that we aren’t prepared for? Plumbing backs up and you have to dig up your entire yard, your animals get sick, things don’t work out for your young adult, not-quite-grown kiddo out in the real world. You do what you have to.

 

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Ever had a broken washer or dryer? This would be a familiar scene… Ugh..

 

Maybe you take out credit cards or short term loans. Maybe you get a second job and cut out your daily coffee run. Maybe you just suffer through it, knowing that things will work out in the end. Maybe you scream and cry and fight it out. Whatever your response is, that is your way of dealing. And you’re not wrong.

Taking time to figure out what the problem is and coming up with a viable solution can be daunting, especially if it’s a big dollar item, like new central air conditioning. But you do what you have to. If it means a window unit for the time being while you save for the new one or you bite the bullet and finance through the HVAC company, choose the option that works for you. But do your research and make a sound decision.

 

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Check local recommendations and use trusted professionals.

 

Most of what I’ve described is money-related but complications also come in the form of mental health issues, physical health issues, relationship and family issues. I would offer the same advice. Always do your research and make as well-informed a decision as possible. Have thorough conversations with doctors and providers before taking medications. Discuss your problems with your significant other or the family you’re at odds with. A lot of time a simple conversation can resolve what you may have felt was a much larger issue.

But above all, with any complications that jump out at you in life, give yourself a chance to work through it. Knee-jerk reactions and emotional responses aren’t always the right way to resolve conflict. Sometimes they feel fantastic, but in the end they can cause additional problems. Take deep breaths and do what you can to resolve the issue after some thought and conversation. You’ll thank yourself.

Have a lovely, uncomplicated evening.

agenda, books, Inspiration, Uncategorized, Writing Tips

The Day is Over but the Work Goes On

It’s been one of those days that seems like everything just blurred together. From the wake up, hurry up and go, to the commute, to the work day, to the 3 hour training, to driving the kid home, to editing and editing and editing, to finally sitting down for a blog post. Yeah, that was a long sentence. But that’s how the day went. Crazy busy and constant. I kinda love it when things get accomplished on that level though. While I’m exhausted from my day, I’m also feeling like I’ve done some pretty big things today. Like a real adult who knows what she’s doing. It’s a lovely feeling.

 

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How about that? Planning stuff, working it out, like a real adult!!

 

So, the update. There’s so much. Let’s see, the copywriting is going strong. I even got an opportunity to double my part time job income without doubling the work. Crazy, huh? It’s an awesome site I’m writing for and I really enjoy the content so it’s a win-win for me. And I realized tonight that I’m enjoying editing blog posts for the other site much more than writing for their specific topic. It’s pretty cool that all of my clerical marking experience is coming in so handy. Life has an awesome way of bringing things full circle.

 

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Life is awesome. So is this. 

 

As for the book, I’m still writing it back in to my schedule. I’ve been pretty bad about getting the kid to bed on time but it’s still on the to-do list. In the next few days, I’ll be back to Monday night creative, fiction writing. I know some of you are waiting on this one and I plan to deliver! And the April/May projects are also in the works. I have a project that’s in editing. The layout is giving me fits and I keep threatening it but for some reason it just won’t behave. The second project is still in the creative piece, namely, my brain, but I do know what it is and how I’ll be knocking it out. Deadline is May 31st, so hold me to it.  Hint – it’s not your Grandma’s word search!

That’s where I’m at. Currently staying busy but still looking for the next great client who would like me to ease some of their content stress. Also, studying up on my craft daily because it’s my passion. Webinars, recordings, audiobooks, articles, newsletters, whatever I can get my hands or ears on. I’m soaking it in. Maybe I should sleep on the paper copies. Can you learn by osmosis?

 

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The hairnet scientist guy says, No, I cannot learn by osmosis. Dang it.

 

How do you learn your craft? Are you a reader? Paper or audio? Do you prefer a good lecture or TED Talk? Maybe you’re a YouTube fan? Maybe you’re a student of life and have just figured things out by trial and error… How do you go about doing what you do? I’d love to hear it. I’m a mix, really. I love a good book but don’t mind a fantastic speaker. I still have to take notes though. It’s just how my brain works. I’m also a trial and error kinda person. I like to get my hands dirty but I also need soap nearby. Let me know your thoughts!

 

 

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Doing Big Things

Do you ever have one of those days where you’re just like, Wow, I did a LOT today? Today was one of those days for me. It was ultra-productive and I feel like I’m taking big steps forward. Started off with the regular job but with tons of stuff thrown in there, fit in a webinar, and headed out for some training to be a Guardian ad Litem for the local court system. Now I’m getting ready to do some online learning and another webinar before bed. I also got some editing done on 3 articles, so I’d say it’s not a bad day.

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Busy as a….. BEE!  Hahaha – I crack myself up!

What I would have liked to have done today was get back into my book. I am going to remap my time so I have a minimum of 30 minutes with my book as well as the other time for actual paying gigs in the evening. That may mean cutting down on some of the training or reallocating time from one day to another but I need to get it knocked out. I’ve missed my personal deadline of a book a month and I’m behind the 8-ball to get the April one finished and started with May.

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Not the 8-ball, but you get the idea

How do you balance life and work and family? How do you keep all the balls in the air? I’d love to hear your organizational masterpieces! I currently have a paper planner/schedule so I can have a visual reminder. I also set reminders on my phone for webinars since I can listen from the phone and download slides later for most of them. What’s your trick?

I almost forgot, I’m also planning out some proposals! I’m putting information together for a client that could start some of that good ol’ steady income I’ve been hoping to get going. And I’m starting the research on a travel ebook. Fun times!!

Tell me your May agenda. What’s going on for you this spring? Are you powered up by the sun? Or are you a prisoner to the pollen?

Daily Word Prompt, Inspiration, Writing Tips

Day of Rest – Not Really

It’s another beautiful day in the world!  Luckily, I don’t have to drive to the office for a couple of hours but that also means it’s the weekend and I have a whole new list of things to do. Is there ever really a day off? Do you ever go into the weekend filled with energy and  excited to embrace the days doing incredibly productive activities and chores? Yeah, I can’t say that I do. When I use so much energy all week long I’m just wiped out by Friday night. Depleted. Gone. Nada. So I need to recharge.

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Such a beautiful Spring day!! Finally!!

I don’t have any specific way to recharge. I try to sleep in but sometimes I have to work early Saturday mornings. I have dogs who need to go out and be fed. I have a 4 year old who wakes up happy and excited for the day at seven no matter what day it is. And I have deadlines, typically Sunday. So, yeah, sleeping in doesn’t do it for me.

How do you recharge? Do you have a spa day? Date night? Girl/Guy time? From time to time I grab a book and carve an ounce of serenity out of my day. Otherwise, I go out to the backyard and work in my garden. Since Spring is just showing its true face, I’ve got a few sprouts popping up from seeds I’ve been waiting on, and I love it. Seeing nature at work is so peaceful to me. I also really love a freshly mowed lawn, so I’m especially happy if the hubby has gone out and done the dirty work that weekend. I also take the kid and the dogs on walks through our neighborhood. They all love it and my arms get an extra workout because they aren’t well trained and like to pull and walk all over each other. Double win.

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Not my dog, but check out that smile!!

Most importantly, I try not to totally deplete my energy. I try to save some because I don’t really have the kind of time that lets me just relax. That’s a special occasion. And rare. Really rare. So I make sure the kid goes to bed on time and the dogs are fed and relaxing on schedule. Keeping the world around me on a normal routine actually makes life easier for me and makes my nightly writing a relaxing experience and nothing like work.

Tell me in the comments how you refill after your energy is completely depleted. What do you do for you? If anything… Sports? Nail time? Sleep? I’m curious.

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Awakening Outside and In

Today’s daily post talks about awakening.  They talk about their favorite seasons, Fall in South Carolina and Spring in the colder northern states. And I absolutely love that. I love the Fall for many of the same reasons as she listed – it’s cooler here in the South and you can enjoy the outdoors, the garden and the coming holidays. I also really love the Spring the the budding flowers and vegetables poking out of the ground. The feeling of renewal and a new lease on life are so strong as the weather gets warmer and you get that lovely breeze through your open windows. Yep, I love the outdoors.

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Mine are just starting to get to this point. Not ready for the big garden but they’re growing!

But her post also struck me as I’m going through a different kind of awakening. I’m allowing myself to dream. And I’m working toward that dream. And I’m realizing that I can 100% achieve that dream. Isn’t that a funny thing? In the past, I wouldn’t have told myself that I could write copy for an amazing running company or that I could write research papers for mental health providers. Why not? Why couldn’t I? Because I didn’t give myself the room to do it.

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Give it a try! You might surprise yourself.

For whatever reason, I’m allowing myself the opportunity to do this at this point in my life. I love to write. I love to read. I love to research. Sounds like a good fit, huh? And it is. I’m going to roll with it. I’m going to keep sending in my papers and signing clients. I’m going to see how far this amazing awakening takes me. Because I’m worth it. I deserve to enjoy how I spend my time.

What awakenings strike your imagination? Are you in the middle of one right now? Have you gone through something similar?  Are you “woke”?  That last one’s a joke. But you should be. If you want to be. Talk to me. Let me know your thoughts in the comments. Have a beautiful day!