Losing power isn’t always fun. Okay, whom I kidding, it’s never fun really. We lost power due to the windstorm that came to Virginia around noon on Friday.
We are pretty good at managing crisis and challenges come our way but one thing was clear, when your life kinda evolves being connected online, it can make things a bit challenging.
And clearly, I spend way to much time online and am needing to make the time to disconnect a bit of a priority.
It was pretty scary hearing the wind and the trees dancing in it. Our property is surrounded by trees and a few of them are close to the house which brings a level of fear to the horizon and also some projects we need to address this year.
My son handled pretty well too as he spent time focusing on his art but he too was challenged in staying entertained. The thing for him is that he needs stimulation in order to function and when you take that away it’s like he doesn’t know what to do with himself. And in that reference, we are both the same but I have learned how to cope over the years.
And as we sat in front of the wood stove with a propane lamp trying to keep us warm and entertained, we headed off to another night of little sleep as the wind kept howling.
As the next day rolled around, we were definitely ready for the power to come on but as we tuned into the work that needed to get done by the electric crew we also know it could be a while.
And with that came the concern of the food we would lose, how we would manage our entertainment without losing our minds in the process.
And before I knew it, I was sitting on the couch with notebook and pen and fleshed out a fiction story that came to my mind. I even ran out of ink because I was so in flow with the story that came to me.
There is always something you can do when you are in the middle of a situation that you can’t control. Ours was definitely challenging as we spend our time together in close quarters for the majority of the time.
At my 6 pm Saturday night as I was getting a new pen, the power came on and we danced and celebrated.. ok maybe not like that but it was definitely a relieve in many ways.
Isn’t it interesting how you want nothing more than to shower when your power is out? Or how much time you actually don’t spend together and then when you do, you struggle to keep positive or even pleasant.
How do you manage everything when you aren’t in control of a situation? Have a power outage story?
I’d love to hear it!
And I am off to keep fleshing out the story!
Have you ever thought about writing a book? Is your imagination riddled with plot twists or maybe you’ve overcome challenges worth sharing and you want to show other people what is possible?
And maybe all you know for right now is that you want to write a book because you feel called to do it, or it excites to call yourself an author.
Either way, you’ve been procrastinating because
- you don’t know how to begin
- you worry anyone will read your book
- you don’t know how to get it published
Well, good news because I am going to share with you how to get going so you can stop just wishing and dreaming about a book and get it done!
Find your story
So, let me ask you, do you want to write a fiction or a non-fiction book?
Now that you have an idea of the genre, it’s time to brainstorm.
For fiction books, mind-map your story.
For non-fiction books, brainstorm ideas of the things you want to write about that you have lived through, experiences and maybe you want to teach.
Commit to writing
Now that you have a story to tell and know what you will be writing about, commitment will be key. how many words or pages a day can you and are you willing to write that doesn’t overwhelm your already existing life activities? Commit to that.
Now it’s time to start writing. Whatever you committed to, you need to start taking action. Plan and schedule, it into your week and stick with it. This, not the time to worry about perfection, grammar, and spelling. This is the time to make it happen.
Edit and proof-read your work
Once you have completed your story, it’s time to worry and work through the grammar and spelling errors. Print it out, and read it aloud to yourself. Or you can ask a friend to help you or maybe even hire someone to do this part.
Get it published
The world has changed and we no longer need to wait for rejection letters to our manuscript. Instead, we can self-publish our books through createspace.com or lulu.com and many other places that I don’t know about. The two I mentioned are the ones I use.
Now go and be off and write that masterpiece!
If you want some more guidance about how to write a book, there is a course in the Rebel Soul Connection just waiting for you!
This week’s coloring page is for the Creative in all of us. We know we are creative but find it difficult to own that because it feels foreign and strange – but truly we all are creative.
Years ago, when I started my first business, I had the hardest time calling myself an artist and then again when I published my first book, I found it tough to call myself an author.
But in the end, this is who and what I am
You can get yourself the “I am creative” coloring page, in Create your Colorful Life Membership right here!
And if you like to start using daily affirmations in your morning ritual, here is just one way you can start:
- I sit quietly and take a few breaths.
- I ask what I need to know in this moment.
- The first thought that comes to mind is what I go with because I believe that when we start second guessing, we create it to what we want it to be rather than really looking at what is coming up and requires us to do some work.
- Then I journal about why this came up. I explore past experiences where I may have felt the negative aspect of what I am trying to affirm right now.
This has been super helpful to me in acknowledging areas in my past that needed some healing, forgiving and even rewriting parts of what I tell myself about the situation. I am not rewriting the situation in itself, just my feelings around it.
In using affirmations this way, I allow myself to dive in deeper to get at the root of where I may be lacking confidence and yes even feel the need to empower myself.
Seems like it’s an odd post to an already somewhat established blog and it boils down to the fact that I always like to challenge myself and go to the next level – though I never know what the next level really is. I committed to Blogging for the own journey and I have said some time ago that I wanted to be a writer. I am already an author, but I wanted to be a writer.
But aren’t you a writer when you have already authored a book? Well, yes sort of – kind of – I think.
I don’t practice writing enough and with this, I am stating this goal publicly.
I want to write more.
I also want you to read it. I think I have some things to say that are meaningful to some of you – maybe even inspirational in some quirky way. I also have stories locked inside my mind that need to be unleashed.
But Who am I?
I am a 39 – ok well almost 40-year-old mother who was born in Bad Homburg Germany and lived in foster homes since the age of 2. It has caused me great pain but also amazing victories in life. I became pregnant for the first time at the age of 17 with my first boy and at age 30 I gave birth to my last and fourth boy. I have been to college and attempted to pursue every dream or goal I have ever had – and all too often changed my mind on the dream or goal itself. I am currently doing exactly what I want to do and allow myself to simply follow the flow of the sunrise to sunset.
One of my goals to blog more consistently is to release the inner beast of the imagination but also share some insights that I have gained over the years through various experiences. I find that sharing what I have to say in a public place that I have a way of reaching out to someone who may have had or had similar experiences. I also hope to write short stories of fiction as I continue to challenge my own mind. So, you will probably continue to see a variety of topics on this blog from personal to fictional and even poetry in some form.
By undertaking the commitment to Blogging is that I will expand on my writing skills in the English language. Since English is my second language, my written word often differs from my spoken word and I hope to find a way to mesh the two if for nothing else to be clearer in my writing.
I feel like I’ve been trained too much in academic writing that somehow, I lost my voice with also the tiny realization that I am just now finding my own voice.
So here is to me sharing my world, you perhaps find a way to connect with what I have to say.