02 January 2015

January 2 #my500words

There's never a loss of topics/writing prompts to inspire a long writing session. But with today's 500 word challenge I want to keep most of the words to myself...maybe because when you haven't written in a long time there's an idea that you will write a lot of bad stuff before you get to the good stuff. So I'm checking in that I wrote...

01 January 2015

7 Ways to Create Healthy New Year's Habits

Vintage New Year's postcard

Every man should be born again on the first of January. Start with a fresh page. Take up one hole more in the buckle, if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances; but, on the first of January let every man gird himself once more, with his face to the front, and take interest in the things that are and are to be, and not in the things that were and are past. ~Henry Ward Beecher, "A Completed Year," 1882 December 31st

I've always loved a new year, the possibilities, the challenges, the chance to better myself. While letting go of the past can be trying I've always loved the idea of moving forward and what better way to do that than with setting achievable goals. And for me there is no way to achieve goals unless I make them a habit. Maybe you have stopped making New Year's Resolutions, you know the ones you make on New Year's Day but then a few weeks later seem so challenging or not fun at all so you drop them?

The all or nothing approach has never worked for me but in 2014 I created several healthy habits that stuck and continuing them helped me reach my goals. In reflecting on 2014, these are the seven ways I created healthy habits. I use the term healthy not only for body health but also for mind, soul and creative spirit. You can also create financial habits such as saving more money or paying off debt. Maybe your goal is to create a clutter-free house so tidying can become a healthy habit. Whatever your desire there are habits you can put in place to achieve your goals, wishes and dreams.  

Habit:an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary:

the habit of looking both ways before crossing the street.

15 November 2014

November for Beginners by Rita Dove : Poetry Magazine

November for Beginners by Rita Dove : Poetry Magazine

Back to Blogging

After a long hiatus I've decided to start blogging again.

Maybe at first only once a week. I don't have a schedule in mind but blogging was always an integral part of my writing practice.

I've missed it. I've missed the regular readers. Missed the comments that weren't spam. Missed the reading and commenting on some of my favorite blogs. The idea that something I shared could be helpful to a fellow creative soul.

For awhile I concentrated on content writing and paid blogging assignments came my way. The money was good but I lost my voice, when you're writing for someone else's blog/website there are of course do's and don'ts and lots of SEO talk and views and Google updates...in the past couple of years I've lost my daily writing practice and blogging is where I started. A warm up of sorts, morning pages not Julia Cameron style ( three pages, longhand, stream of consciousness writing) but a checking in and hitting the keys practice, a journal that is meant to be shared.

What keeps you writing? Is blogging part of your creative writing practice? Do you write morning pages?

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