Showing up…that first 100 words

100 words in calligraphy

Handwritten, not typed.

It’s a variation of Julia Cameron’s morning pages, but I found that setting that simple goal made it easy to squeeze them in before the dog insisted on his morning walk.

Benefits:

I always went well past the prescribed 100 and that last 50 words always seemed to set my mind in the right direction.

It felt good to start shaping my own productive habits. At times, I even forced myself to write that first 100 while my coffee and breakfast sat within easy reach. [Now that’s serious!]

It reminded me I had already created this template that I used successfully…but evidently not so successfully that I forgot about it. [Go figure.]

Next Post: More gold star moments…

Showing up…the key to my reinvention

man at MacBook laptop

Yes, while I, like a ‘few’ others, tend to procrastinate, I have been consistently showing up to my creative projects.

But I wanted to be more mindful about my work.

So I figured, why not issue myself a challenge?

I happened across this three-minute TED Talk on trying something new for 30 days.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNP03fDSj1U

I shrank that to five days.

Why so few?

Four reasons:

  1. I just wanted to observe my process of mindful ‘showing up’–30 days would have been a drain.

    1. There are tons of anti-procrastination tips to try out, but I wanted to create my own, style them after my own inclinations.

  2. There’s no reason I couldn’t move beyond the original five-day target

  3. And, of course, I’m a wimp.

And so, here is Lesson 1 from my challenge…


National Novel Writing Month update: I won’t make the 50,000 word goal, but I’ve accomplished what I wanted. I’ve spent ‘quality’ time [i.e. good focused effort] on two writing projects.

Retirement eCard…have an exit strategy

man lifting another man off his feet

Continuing work on my Incomplete Book of Retirement Wisdom, which also doubles as a collection of eCards.

Save/download the image above and send it to a retired/soon-to-retire friend or family member.
Better yet…

  • call it up in an image editing program [even a presentation program like PowerPoint will work]

  • slap an even better caption on top of mine or add a personal comment

  • export it as a JPG or PNG, and email/text message it to that person.

Retirement eCard…Get in touch with nature.

Retirement Tip nature evening news reduced edited


Continuing work on my Incomplete Book of Retirement Wisdom.

The book doubles as a collection of eCards.

Suggestions:

— Save/download the image above and send it to a retired/soon-to-retire friend.

— Better yet…

  1. call it up in an image editing program [even a presentation program like PowerPoint will work]

  2. slap an even better caption on top of mine or add a personal comment

  3. export it as a JPG or PNG, and email/text message it to that friend.

 

 

Retirement eCard…Yes! A ‘guys weekend’!

Retirement Guys Weekend for RRR cropped



After completing a five-day ‘showing up’ challenge, I’m focusing these next four days just on my Incomplete Book of Retirement Wisdom.

More on the challenge later…

The book doubles as a collection of eCards.

Suggestions:

— Save/download the image above and send it to a retired/soon-to-retire friend.

— Better yet…

  1. call it up in an image editing program [even a presentation program like PowerPoint will work]

  2. slap an even better caption on top of mine or add a personal comment

  3. export it as a JPG or PNG, and email/text message it to that friend.