When You’re Missing Something

It has been months since I wrote an actual blog post and I miss it terribly. Not having time to write creatively has made me realize how much I enjoy that kind of writing. And how much I miss it.

So, today, as I sit watching the first storm of April 2017 outside my office windows, I’ve decided that I am going to take the time to do some free writing. My hope is that it will be today’s blog post AND that it will spark more regular writing, and therefore more regular posts here again.

When life gets busy the natural consequence is that you have to give up some things. With a new job, finishing my yoga certification, taking some courses, having a new grand-baby, beginning to teach yoga classes. . .it’s the writing that has fallen by the wayside. Throughout the last few months I have realized that I need creativity in my life. Creativity and the space to be creative.

In recent weeks some parts of my job have become particularly challenging and I found myself falling into some old patterns of negativity and angst. Both emotional reactions that can result in an overall sense of unhappiness. I know from past experience that in order to bring stability into my life a creative outlet is necessary.

It is the habits we cultivate in life that make us who we are and we certainly can cultivate negative habits as easily as positive ones. Any habit is the result of practicing that habit, therefore I will need to get back into a routine of regular writing. It is not easy to change habits because it requires a great deal of commitment, will power, and focus. Sometimes a mantra (“Just write” ~ “You can do it”) is helpful and making the time is essential.

Starting small will allow me some feeling of success and that will be a reward in itself. This is a time to let the ‘noise’ of the world around me dissipate ~ listening to the voices that say “not good enough”, “not enough”, “no one cares” will not prove helpful, so I will practice pushing the negative noises away and replace them with affirmations like “I did it”, “every voice is important”. In this way I am creating a sense of positivity related to the habit I want to increase.

To cultivate is to prepare and use something, so in order to cultivate the habits I want in my life I will need to dig, hoe, mulch, and weed as necessary to ensure I am providing the most fertile ground for the habits to thrive in. As the words begin to take root and grow that will be the encouragement to maintain the habit and return equilibrium to my world.

Writing Prompt #160

blog wordle

Today the writing prompt is an image. I may have used this one before, but it’s okay, because it’s a great one.

hands

The artist is Daniel Maidman and I originally found the image on Pinterest.

When I came across it again today I discovered that it originally came from Paper Images.

I love the image – there is something about it that makes me ask questions about whomever those hands belong to.
There you have it – you might write your own questions about the hands, or create the character they belong to, or create a story about the artist, or. . .

Oh, just write!

Writing Prompt #159

blog wordle

I couldn’t decide today between a musical prompt and a ‘phrase from a book prompt’ so I went with both.

First an unusual music video, and then some random lyrics from a song. . .
watch and read and then write whatever comes to mind.

And I’d give up forever to touch you
Because I know that you feel me somehow
You’re the closest to heaven that I’ll ever be
And I don’t want to go home right now
Iris – Goo Goo Dolls

Writing Prompt #158

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rain

In the northeast we’ve had a few days of very chilly wet weather.

Yet, today it looks as though the sun will once again make an appearance.

How will you celebrate and take advantage of the warmer and drier day today?

That’s it, that’s your prompt. Start writing!

sun

Writing Prompt #157

blog wordle

grad cap

It is the time of year for graduations, making me think about transitions and change. While that subject alone might be enough of a prompt, I was feeling the need for something musical as well on this rainy morning. So, I’ve included the youtube video of a number of ‘graduation’ songs for your listening pleasure.

Feel free to go with any of these prompts to get you started writing about graduation (yours or others), transitions, change, hope, the future. . .