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What I love the most about doing the Ultimate Blog Challenge is that it gets me back into my daily habit of writing. Writing is a process. It’s a practice. It’s something that you can’t make time for usually. You just show up at the page. I can’t wait for inspiration, I have to write to be inspired. That’s what I’ve discovered.
Even if I feel like I have writer’s block, I don’t allow myself to dwell in it. I will look at a photo and try to get ideas. Often, that is how it happens for me since I’m so highly visual.
I used to journal every day, but now, I’m finding that I am using that time to write blog posts or other content for my website, newsletters, or other on-line projects. I do turn to my journal when I need to process my feelings and emotions.
I’ve decided to make writing a daily habit. I figure I brush my teeth every day. I workout pretty much every day. Why would writing be any different? (That’s how my logic goes anyway.)
Writers, what about you? What do you think about writing being a daily habit? What’s your process and path with writing? I’d love to hear your thoughts here. Feel free to comment.
On a side note, many thanks and much love to all who read my blog posts this month and left comments. I so enjoyed “meeting” everyone in the Ultimate Blog Challenge. It’s my second time completing it, and each time, I’ve learned something about myself, as well as others. I’ve so enjoyed reading your posts too! Thanks for the generosity too with retweeting and sharing my posts. You guys rock! Love and hugs!
Lisa, Punk Rock Psychic™
(This is my post #31, completing the Ultimate Blog Challenge.)
Hi there! If you recall, I’ve done the Ultimate Blog Challenge before. I successfully completed it a while back. (Read my post about what I learned: http://punkrockpsychic.com/uncategorized/blog-challenge/) I highly recommend that if you’re a blogger that you try this out. It will bring all kinds of learning and blessings into your life. Along the way, I’ve met some cool people on-line that are involved in many fun, wonderful things.
I just finished up my submission to Hay House as part of Movers and Shakers. I sent my video and book proposal in a couple of weeks ago. It was such a relief. I feel like a ton of weight has been lifted off my shoulders. Now, I can focus on other areas in life for a while. I’ve decided to still write my book, even if I don’t “win.” (Later, I will write another blog post about my thoughts on being a part of their competition.)
Back to the Ultimate Blog Challenge though. All participants agree to writing at least one blog post per day. So, just to let you know that you will be hearing from me more during this month of July 2011. I am hoping to develop a daily practice of writing again by participating in this challenge.
I love writing! I’ve realized that I waste too much of my fun, creative side posting on my personal Facebook profile. I need to channel that energy into my blog here. Blogging actually is one of my passions. It’s so fun to connect with you here!
Anyway, I’ll be keeping this post and this upcoming weekend’s posts short since it is the holiday weekend in the United States due to the Independence Day celebrations.
Thanks for your support,
Lisa, Punk Rock Psychic™
I woke up this morning silently saying, “Yesssss!” to myself. (Feel free to hear it the way Napoleon Dynamite says it, by the way! Yes, it’s time for a giggle, so you can share in my delight!)
I completed the Ultimate Blog Challenge. This month (April 2011), I wrote 30+ blog posts in 30 days. Be sure to check out the two awesome ladies’ stuff who run this Challenge (Michelle and Michele). They really rock by supporting others in their businesses.
I rarely take the time to stop and celebrate when I’ve accomplished a goal. Instead of sprinting to the next goal of mine, I’m going to bask in the lovely feelings that I have from putting my writing out there in the world more.
By the way, I’m so very grateful to the organizers of this Challenge, but also, to the many wonderful, supportive people who were kind enough to stop by my blog to read and comment. It was great to feel so supported by others. I highly enjoyed reading others’ blog posts too. I learned so much about life, business, writing, blogging, marketing, and other fun topics. Thanks to everyone who blessed my path this past month. I’m so looking forward to continuing the journey together.
(By the way, I peaked at my stats to see if my website ranking went up. Wow, it went up tons! Nothing like sweat SEO, similar to sweat equity when you buy a house!)
This Blog Challenge came at the right time in my life. Have you ever noticed that what you need in order to learn and grow will come right to you when the timing is right? I was feeling trepidation about the book proposal that I have in progress. It’s due the end of June.
Prior to this Challenge, I was really worried about what others would think of my ideas and my writing. By showing up at the page each day here on my blog, it has helped me with some of my stage fright. I won’t say much about my book topic, but it’s a bit different (are you surprised?).
I’m human, so I get scared from time to time. I have spent many years working to heal my lack of self-confidence issues. I’ve discovered along the way that the only thing that has ever helped me gain confidence in myself is just simply taking action to expand my comfort zone. I’ve found that you can’t wait until you feel 100% confident in yourself. Just take a baby step today, and then, another baby step tomorrow. Then, repeat it thousands of times.
I suppose some of the worries about my book proposal were due to my writing being so near-and-dear to my heart. When something means so much to you, it’s sort of like your baby. You don’t want anyone to say that your baby is ugly. I don’t think many writers want someone to tell them that their writing sucks. Of course, constructive criticism is welcomed, if requested.
I recently realized that some of my fears about putting my writing out there more were due to an incident I had about a year or so ago. I sort of auditioned to be a regular blogger on a women’s website. The owner approached me actually. I sent her three writing samples, as she requested. She waited until the very last minute to talk to me on the phone. Our phone conversation was a bit intense for me. I found this woman to remind me of Meryl Streep’s character in the movie, “The Devil Wears Prada,” except she wasn’t trying to be a mentor through tough love at all. I found 99% of how she treated me to be very disrespectful. I won’t go into details since I don’t want to dishonor someone by revealing the details of our conversation. I told her that I had to sleep on it regarding whether I’d like to write for her website.
The next day, I emailed this woman to tell her, “No thanks.” Well, despite my diplomacy, kindness, and gratitude for her time, she fired back an angry email that said how mad she was that she wasted so much time with me on the phone talking about my worthless writing. She also said something along the lines of: “You’ll never work in this town again.” I’m not sure what that meant.
I didn’t respond to her insulting email. But, this all happened during a very emotionally trying time in my life. I was literally writing and giving psychic readings to be able to eat. I had to lay in bed for a while after all of this. I was really depressed.
I think for a while, I stopped writing as much when it came to publicly viewed writings of mine (blogging, articles, etc.). I had temporary feelings that perhaps, my writing wasn’t good enough to ever imagine writing a book. I mean, I suck at grammar, never really comprehending certain rules such as when to use who/whom and the like. I’m sure English-savvy readers wanna get out their red pens when they read my content. I also suck at punctuation. I know that is why they have editors, but still, I’m self-conscious. I don’t like to write junk, you know?
I found healing from doing this Blog Challenge, seriously. I felt like a real writer again. It was nice to wake up each day knowing that I would get to hit that “Publish” or “Schedule” button here on my blog.
I have realized too that this Challenge was another stepping stone on my path, especially with my book proposal. I showed myself that I can have focus and commitment. I used to only write when inspired, which meant my writing was sporadic. Now, I just show up at the page and see what happens. It’s much less stressful. A while back, I wrote a freebie mini e-course too. I challenged myself to make an outline prior to writing it, which was so stressful for me since I really despise the idea of outlines. I wanted to prove to myself that I still had a good right and left-brain balance. Stretching beyond what feels comfortable is always a good thing in my book.
Just wanted to share some of my thoughts here about the Blog Challenge, along with my writing process and how I overcame blocks. Thanks so much for reading!
Blessings and thanks,
©2011, Lisa, Punk Rock Psychic™, http://punkrockpsychic.com
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Not to sound dramatic, but lately, I’m spilling my heart out quite a bit. I’m expressing myself in relationships from a very heart-filled place. I feel my heart open more and more with this practice.
I notice that I’ve been spilling out my heart in my writing frequently in my writing as late too. At times, I feel as though I’m bleeding onto the page. (Sorry for the visual.)
I guess that this is the path of the writer, artist, and musician. It feels intense at time though since I’m a sensitive type of person. I feel like I’m letting people see my soul while part of me really prefers to be hidden at times.
I start to wonder if the work I’m doing here on this blog really matters. I start to wonder if it helps people. I start to wonder if I should hang up my psychic hat and just get a day job.
Yet, something stops me from quitting.
This is a very personal post, in case you didn’t notice. I am sharing again from my heart. I wonder if you have ever felt this way? Do you ever feel like you’re baring your soul and no one is caring or noticing? Do you just do it anyway? Feel free to share here.
Thanks for reading,
©2011, Lisa, Punk Rock Psychic™, http://punkrockpsychic.com
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There’s an old saying in music that all you need to write a song is three chords and the truth. This idea is sometimes attributed to an early country musician. I also have seen it attributed to a blues musician. In any case, it’s about keeping things simple. There’s a formula when writing a song. But, sometimes, people will make up their own rules when using their creativity.
The thing is though…Life is busy. Between work, family, friends, hobbies, and self-care, I’m sure that your plate is full. That’s why it can be helpful to find a focus for your life.
I think of the three chords being your passions. What are your 3 top passions? (Please don’t list your family members and/or spouse in this count since they are a given.) What 3 things light your fire? Take out a sheet of paper and list them. Here, I’ll be vulnerable and honest and share mine: 1) Playing electric guitar 2) Writing 3) Music.
All of my decisions are based on my passions. I ask myself if my decision leads me closer or further away from my passions.
Next, I have another important question for you. It’s about that truth thing. What is your inner truth? What would your personal mission statement read like? What are the guiding principles of your life? Again, I’ll share from my own life. My inner truth is that it’s okay to be the real you. This might sound simplistic, but that is how truth works. It’s simple that way. But, feel free to expand on your inner truth. Write down more, if you feel guided.
If you were to write the song that describes your life, you would need chords and lyrics. Some people like to use 2-3 chords. Some people prefer 5 or more chords. It’s up to you. Also, your truth might take some time to develop. You might still be evolving or learning and this is okay. It’s a sign that you’re alive and growing. Good for you! Keep up the good work!
What’s your three chords and the truth look like? Feel free to share here. I’d love to hear your answers!
©2011, Lisa, Punk Rock Psychic™, http://punkrockpsychic.com
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If you have been following me for a while, you know I’m a huge music fan. Music is my life! Of course, just check out my branding–not to state the obvious.
I play electric guitar. I also am a writer. Creativity is life force. It’s what makes me feel alive. I eat, breathe, sleep music and all things creative. I’m even a bit domestic, enjoying knitting, home decorating, baking, and cooking.
Recently, in a meditation, I asked my divine team to show me what would help me with my writing process. I saw the word music, but it was spelled muse-ic. I found this to be interesting, so I did a search engine check for the spelling, muse-ic, discovering that others had used that same terminology. (By the way, I don’t think it’s copyrighted. I couldn’t find any rights to it, so apologies in advance if I didn’t use the correct attribution. Just let me know and I’m happy to add it, if necessary…Okay, enough legal disclaimer!).
So, I tried it. I turned on my satellite radio as I wrote. Another day, I had my mp3 player on shuffle as I wrote. It seemed like the perfect songs were selected for my writing. It felt good to enjoy two of my favorite things at once. It sort of felt like having a mocha. Coffee and chocolate together and writing and music together seems like a good idea! What a treat!
I know that you might only think of me as a psychic. I’m not in this business to just give your answers. I’m here to help you on your spiritual path, embracing your own psychic gifts. I also think of myself as a motivational speaker and writer in training. This blog here is part of my laboratory. At some point, I will take my writing to the next level, creating a new site to go with my author on-line presence. Until then, you get to enjoy my experiments.
Speaking of experiments, why not try your own? Pair your creative endeavors together. Or, try playing music (muse-ic) at work. See what happens. I’d love to hear your results. Feel free to share here by leaving me a comment. I’d love to hear from you.
Sending you much inspiration and blessings,
©2011 by Lisa, Punk Rock Psychic™, http://punkrockpsychic.com
Even though it’s April Fools’ Day, this is no joke. I just joined the Ultimate Blog Challenge.
Oh, goodness, I’m sharing this publicly! (By the way, if you are a blogger and want to give extra oomph to your own blog, check out this Ultimate Blog Challenge.
Speaking of public declarations, have you ever noticed that when you share that you’re working towards achieving a goal that you are more successful? Whenever I’ve talked about doing something publicly, I’ve found a certain level of accountability that I can’t always find inside of me. Knowing that people will know of my endeavors seems to make it more real and do-able. I always love to have support when working on something important.
I’ve seen people such as friends, family, and clients have greater success in achieving their goals by sharing them publicly with others. These areas of their success have included weight loss, finances, and many other projects.
So, here it goes, ready, set, go! I’m going to write 30 blog posts in April! So, get ready to rock with me. I’m going to post about some personal things and lessons in my journey as usual, but I expect to also add some fun content about the psychic world, along with how to navigate your own intuition.
Fun, fun, fun!
As I type this, I feel April as being a very inspiring month. Maybe it has something to do with new beginnings with spring here in North America? I know don’t what it is, but lately, I can’t hold myself back any more. It’s becoming too painful to procrastinate. Prior to committing to this Ultimate Blog Challenge, I finally called to schedule guitar lessons. I’ve studied before, but I have been putting it off. Of course, guitar is very important to me. I don’t get at times why I do this to myself–procrastinate, that is!
Anyway, I also committed myself to getting my book proposal done (ready for edits) by the end of April. Yikes! I need to get rockin’ and rollin’.
Thanks for the support and allowing me to be of service to you via my writing!
Please feel free to share here about your own experiences. I’d love to hear your story about how sharing a goal publicly helped you to achieve it. Let’s inspire one another with success stories!
Blessings and gratitude,
©Lisa, Punk Rock Psychic™, 2011, http://punkrockpsychic.com
I've reclaimed my muchness!
Wow, it’s been over a month since I wrote. Time flies it seems. I’ve been working on so many projects. I realized that I’ve neglected my blog here. I’m back!
This past month has been about me returning to balance. I had running around in circles for about eighteen months prior. Life was chaotic. During this past month, I let myself rest a few times. This is when I really felt my tiredness, fatigue, and exhaustion. It really made me stop to listen to my body. I had to slow down. It meant getting more sleep.
Now realize that getting more sleep for me is sleeping in…until 8:00 a.m. I’m a bit crazy, I know.
During my recovery, I got caught up on some popular culture. I rented some movies. I don’t think I had rented any for about 2 years prior to this. At first, it was a bit difficult to sit down to relax for an extended amount of time. I am not used to long breaks from my work and projects. Soon though, I became used to vegging out. Well, just enough to watch the movies.
One movie I rented was Tim Burton’s version of “Alice in Wonderland.” What is not to love? My inner child was so happy. Lewis Carroll’s books had always appealed to me as a kid and teenager. I found this version to be brilliant and funny.
I did some therapeutic channeling of the Red Queen. At times, it can feel really good to get out some frustration by yelling “Off with their heads!” It became a reflex and a bit of standing fun activity in our household.
On one hot day in June, some tree trimmers working at the neighbors behind me accidentally hit a power line. I was without electricity for a bit. Channeling the Red Queen verbally helped me to get into a better place to call the electric company. Wow, I do a really good Red Queen. It must have been because my hairdresser put more red tones in my hair this time around. That is my excuse and I’m sticking to it.
One particular thing stuck out for me as a result of seeing the movie. The character Alice talks about the idea of thinking of impossible things (at least six before breakfast, of course). I had to stop and ponder. I realized that I hadn’t done any dreaming or impossible thinking in a long time. Oh no! I lost my “muchness.”
I had to do something about losing my muchness. Naps, meditation, planting flowers, playing guitar, singing, dancing, attending live music, and painting my toe nails became a necessity in between work and other duties. I feel much better and most of my muchness has returned.
During my muchness recovery, I did some organization of old writings. I am slowly digging myself out of paperwork and getting things in order. I discovered a partially written book. It was like finding a treasure. At the same time, it made me look at the direction of my blog, business, and other sharings. I will be writing on a more personal level, sharing things from my life. I want to save some of the good stuff (life lessons) for my book that I’m writing.
I promise though not to write about too random of things. I could bore you with guitar stuff, about my backyard squirrels, the meals I cook, the cupcakes I bake from time to time, and my obsession with glitter. But, I won’t…
Before I end this posting, I have to ask you some questions. Have you ever lost your muchness? What did you do to reclaim it or recover it? What advise do you have for others who have lost their muchness?
© Lisa, the Punk Rock Psychic™ 2010, http://punkrockpsychic.com
(Disclaimer: neither me nor this blog is affiliated in way with the “Alice in Wonderland” movie or any other ancillary products, people, events, etc. Please refer to the movie for exact quotes. The movie is copyrighted and that copyright does not obviously belong to me.)