Merits and Accolades

We often seek merits and accolades more than the tried and true journey of good, honest work.

It’s cool to glance into our crystal ball of expectations and wish our hardest to arrive at the pinnacle of our imaginative musings.

Visualizing can be a good strategy for conceiving your best accomplishments, but at some point, you’ll need to break-ground and clear the debris to make way for your new beginning.

Don’t settle into the notion your imagination will do the work of your hands. Connect your aspirations to your physical world and bring your best art into the world.

P.S. I’m in the final stages of getting my webseries done. The marketing phase isn’t my strongest discipline, but with a little ingenuity, I’m getting things done. I hope you’ve had a good week. Be brave; the day is yours.

Sunlight

The sunlight is our natural space. The grace of morning recaptures our greatest ambition and triumph looms on the horizon of our endeavors.

Some of our ambitions aren’t grand enough for our reality. Wake-up and go for your grandest dream. Time is a testament to the urgency of making the leap. We either remain the same or fulfill our greatest potential.

P.S. My photo shoot went well. I posted a few of the portraits on my IG account. My latest short is also on my portfolio site, and I get my feedback from my test audience this weekend. It’s been a busy month, but I’m enjoying the grind. Back to the hustle, sleep can wait.

The Good Things

Make time for yourself. The world is filled with opportunities to drive productivity, take on tasks, and complete another project.

Meanwhile, time for reflection and rebuilding is the scarce commodity. The good things rest in our choices. Whether we choose to burn at both ends, or discover the power of downtime, we must realize, both the day and night have their opportunities to flourish.

It may take some time to create your ideal schedule, but in doing so, you make space and time for the good things that may need more of your time and attention.

P.S. Stay connected and focused as you take on new and exciting adventures. I’m conducting a photoshoot today. Sharing, if I get something blog worthy. Also, rough cuts of my web series are with my test audience. Awaiting feedback. Eager to get things ready for the world. Keep hustling, the day is yours.

Mediums

A good story is always on the horizon. Your creativity and ingenuity are the keys to building the templates for action and progress on your journey.

The medium matters, I’ve noticed, I write differently based on where I am or what I’m doing. My stories manifest differently based on whether I’m on a crowded bus or in my quiet office.

Space plays an essential role in creativity and finding — or I should say, making — the time and space for creativity is essential to discovering the medium for your best work.

You may find that typing your posts on your phone during lunch is a far better alternative to clanging away at your desk and getting lost in a youtube funnel.

Experiment. Find the medium that makes you most productive and most focused. Leverage the bliss and make something beautiful.

The day is yours!

P.S. Still in the throws of webseries edits. Sometimes, it takes a lifetime to create your first project. I told my speed-it-up brigade, I want to make sure I’m proud of the content. Then I promised I’d be done soon. Have a creative Saturday. Until next week.

A Good Storm

A storm came this week. It was a torrent of wind, air, and rain. The wind battered my windows. The thunder shook my roof. I took the time to listen until I could hear the storm in separate parts. 

The wind sought a new place; its goal, to balanced its temperature. The rain followed its common pattern:  ground to sky then back to ground. The lighting was simple. It sought to ground itself.

It made me think of the days where I try to do everything at once. My phone calls, my emails, my word count goals, it can be overwhelming. 

To find calm amidst the chaos, breathe and listen to the distinct sounds. Not just any sound, the sounds that matter and the sounds that move you forward. 

A good storm is one of the best opportunities to listen.

Photo by Nighthawk Shoots

P.S. I’m entering the endgame of video editing and entering the rough cut phase. Time to let a trusted group scrutinize the work and get it polished-up for the world. “Let’s GO!” I yell out loud. The day is yours. Go and do something amazing.  

Shipping

This week, I was a bit worried. I hadn’t written a word, and I was wondering if a writer’s block was building.

I had a million new ideas for stories and films, but I wasn’t writing them down, because of the more urgent tasks I had to complete each day.

I spent most of my week like this, working on the small, the finite, the urgent. I had my managerial fire extinguisher, and I was ready at a moment’s notice to rush-in and solve whatever problem manufactured by the infinite machine of problems called email. 

It was the middle of the week, when a drop-everything-urgent email arrived.  I glanced over at my notebook, and I realized my latest projects were stuck in the same place, and the world around me, the one of chaos, frenzy, and instant-success was receiving every bit of my time and attention. 

Meanwhile, the pulse of my notebook faded, and I imagined more problems than plot twists for the worlds I built on the page.

There are times we give away our most precious assets, because of false urgency and the frenzy of quick tasks that populate our inbox. While true urgency, may be simply keeping your ship in the right direction.

Photo by Andrey Sharpilo


P.S. My latest short is live today. It’s the newest addition to my series on the crazy world of rideshare driving. I’m experimenting with romance, and it’s just as dangerous for my characters as it is for me

The Test of Patience

I was at my window this week, watching the wind blow, watching the cars pass, watching the weeds grow. I thought of getting out the mower, ready to start a spring and summer and fall, in the South, of mowing, clipping, and composting the yard refuse. Imagining the work, the sweat, and the neighbor women who’d come to their porches in the middle of the day to observe, it made me wonder: why is this important?

Instead of mowing the lawn, I could plan my next book or outlining my next script. But like always, I’d choose the sun, the mower, or the possibility of getting rid of my lawn all together. Who needs things that make more work for you? 

I grew up working in the heat, watching things develop at a slow pace until done. The value was I learned patience and how to stick with something until I finished. 

The outcomes were slow, but the reward of leaving and returning to see the outcomes made it worth the hassle.

So, I dusted off the mower and got ready for my exercises of patience. The walking back and forth, the clean-up afterward, the leaving and coming back to see an accomplishment.  

Photo by Rockstaar

P.S. I hope you are making progress with your next big move. If not, make the phone calls, outline your ideas, plan and make the hustle pay off. I’m taking a crash course in color grading. I’m picking up a few dozen new skills as this web series takes shape. Happy Saturday! The day is yours.

Rain

The rain is a constant reminder of the process of healing. There is the intensity of the storm, the bend and sway of trees, there is light and darkness beneath the blanket of clouds then the storm passes.

After the storm, we return to ourselves, and we have time to reflect on what we have experienced.

For the Artist, the Avenue of Hope is ever present. We need only reclaim our purpose with a roadmap to our authentic place. We do this by sticking with our process, then polishing, refining, and cultivating our very best work.

Inevitably, the rain will come. Our power is in realizing the storm hasn’t arrived to slow us down.

Photo by Geetanjal Khanna

P.S. Through diligence, and a lot of research, my web series is coming along pretty well. I’ve realized that stories, good stories, are a breath of wind you catch each day if you are listening. I hope your pen is moving. Make something beautiful with your words.

Transcend

I commonly work 18 hours a day. Six are for my dreams, 2 are for meals, 2 are for driving, and leisure. The other 8 hold up my world. I’ll never grow frustrated with this circumstance, the gift of purpose overshadows this challenge.

It’s easy to grow satisfied with the hustle to manifest your dream, but often, we never take inventory of our progress and human connections along the way. We’re so interested in the next move. We forget the simple things that are most important.

Take a breath to remember where you are. The world is vast. The air sustains us. Breathe often. Breathe with purpose. Breathe, because, of all the things we do, our next breath is literally the most important task of all.

Photo by Martin Adams

P.S. The world is a beautiful place. Don’t forget the landscape, the pebbles, the alleys, and the small places have the best inspiration. Still editing my webseries and putting the pieces together to make the project whole.

The Heart of Ambition

The artist, the maker, the creator breaks things apart to create efficiently. They find time to focus and commit to their practice, and along the way, their mind, body, and soul develop as they craft their beautiful work in small increments.

Sometimes, we lose our way in bad habits and fears. We end up circling, wrestling with mainstream ideas, talking ourselves out of breakthroughs, and granting opportunities to empty time-wasting.

The best part of reaching the aforementioned life storm, is overcoming the test. We are stronger artists and entrepreneurs, as we become battle-tested and ready to create despite any obstacle. 

The beating heart of your ambition pulses no matter the storm. This is proven true, when after years of neglect, our art still calls to us and we fight the urge to return to our discipline. We must learn to breathe before being consumed by storms. We must learn to listen as we create. We must learn to work in increments. Compile your work over time, and no matter how loud the world becomes, never silence your own ambition.

Photo by Jon Tyson

PS. Another busy week of manifesting the dream. Editing my web series has really changed the way I view television and film. I see the color correction, the lighting set-ups, and now I care about shadows and framing. This author and filmmaking journey has made me see the world in a new way. It’s good to see old things with new eyes and to find inspiration in the smallest facets of life. Keep striving, the day is yours.