Perfect Heroes

Day 12 of the Friday Writes Blog Challenge

The perfect hero is probably someone who loves you for being yourself.

Organization

Day 3 of the Friday Writes Blog Challenge

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Today’s post is all about staying organized. I have a few quick philosophies that I use.  I don’t employ an elaborate method. If you have more than 3 to 5 rules, you probably have chaos.

Side note, I remember when I wasn’t very organized and, I didn’t have a process to sort out my daily tasks or organize items into categories. I relied on my memory and placed things in familiar locations which led to a slow journey to chaos.  During my time as an educator,  I learned the value of truly being organized and I have not looked back since. My go-to philosophies are below.

Number One: Everything has its place. 

Create a place for everything that a space. This is where you sort things and group things that have similar utility. I have a place for financial records; I have a place for writing notebooks. I have a place for fun and leisure time items. Everything in your life needs a place, so things aren’t strewn about or left in unfamiliar places.

Number Two: Use tools to help you stay organized.

Every organized person uses tools to organize their space.  I use notebooks and digital binders to keep up with my writing and filmmaking. I use storage bins to sort out my film equipment and other tools for my household. If your first philosophy is everything that needs a place, then you need to have specific and appropriate tools to effectively store your items.

Number Three: Don’t be afraid to let things go. 

One of the biggest tips on staying organized is not getting lost in the milieu of hoarding.  Getting rid of old stuff and living a more minimalist existence may be what you need to remain organized.

Number Four:  Don’t reinvent the wheel. 

I’ll keep this one short because I was only supposed to list three tips. Look online for great ways to organize your lifestyle, office, email inbox, and writing journey. You don’t have to start from scratch. There are tons of people who specialize in helping with organization, and many of their strategies are free and available to you online. Do some research and let go of the chaos of disorganization.

P.S. The 200 words or less limit is crushing. Write freely, but keep it short. Stay Connected!

It’s Time to Win

A lot of our day to day routine is a relentless cycle brewed by powers we feel we have no control over.

We strengthen this destructive mindset by continuing on the path of the mundane. Forgetting our art and our passion to feel secure in our world and afraid to take a risk to make a difference.

Our urge to seek comfort is a stark difference from the desires of our ancestors who battled and risked their lives to survive winters and gather food for their tribes.

I don’t want to get all preachy, but it’s time to risk something and win. Don’t quit your job, but go after something that will change your life forever.

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This week has been all about organizing my book making process and refining my editing process.

I’ve broken things down to Writing, Editing, and Marketing/Publishing. Each portion is 100% essential to preparing your book for your audience. If you don’t give it your all something will fall flat and you’ll be wondering what happened.

P.S. Have an amazing day. There is love to share and a world that needs the best of us. Most importantly, we need the best from ourselves.

Building Dreams

The best way to cure a long bout with a creative slump is usually a brain dump.

The intellectual offload eases the neural stress load and offers a reprieve to the modern busy world.

Afterward, I’ve always found it’s more fun to categorize and sort the findings for mental clarity. I usually have more fun with the sorting.

In other news, I’ve finished the draft of the second installment of the Dorean Black Series. I’ll be announcing the name in the coming weeks.

This week’s photo is from my efforts to remain invisible in the visible world. I’m always amazed by what you find when you search mundane places for inspiration.

I hope you have an amazing day. Stay purposed and keep writing.

Writing is Life

Believing in yourself is the key to achieving your greatest accomplishments.

Writing has always been my deepest passion, and I don’t feel right if I’m not scribbling words onto a sheet of paper.

For me, it’s always been the thrill of crafting a new story or sharing a dream with others that has driven me to write.

I didn’t have to be perceived as the best at it or the best at grammar and punctuation to continue this calling. What mattered most was that the voice and visions deep inside me had life.

Giving voice to and applying action to your deepest passion is the greatest tool you have on the journey of self-development. Keep building and keep expanding your story on your path to journey to greatness.

P.S. My web series is finally live and I’ve got a new story on my portfolio site. Keep working on your vision. Keep building day by day.

Your Mornings

Your mornings belong to you.

Today may be the perfect day to set the tone for the rest of your week.

Clear the clutter and start your day with a meeting with yourself, two-hours of interrupted time for your art, or creating a list of pros and cons for your goals.

Don’t think about it. Get up and do it.

Your Time

Taking power over your schedule is one of the most significant steps toward achieving your goals.

Often, there is an ongoing battle between our obligations and and time for our art. And sometimes, the obligations win. They stress us out. They can force us into a creative funk.

Luckily, you run your calendar. Invert your day, schedule everything, even fun. I bet you’ll find a place for your creativity.

Photos and Journeys

I took some photos in a old yard this week.

It made me think of abandoned things and aging with grace.

I was never sure why we discard things or make things and leave them.

We tell ourselves stories to justify the separation then someone comes along and finds beauty in things we could never see ourselves.

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.

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.