What’s Your Blog?

I’m always looking for inspiration. Online, sometimes I find it on my Facebook timeline, and other times I find it on YouTube or from a link to an interesting article that was sent to me by a friend or family member. I am subscribed to quite a few email lists and blogs, and here are a few that inspire me often. These are my favorite blogs at the moment (in no particular order).

 

 

  1. Positively Present: One thing about following someone’s blog is that you’ll eventually find yourself being led to other blogs that they may recommend, especiallyPositive if they have guest bloggers often. Such is the case with this blog. I was reading another blog (can’t remember which one) and somehow ended up on this page, and I’ve been hooked ever since. Dani (the blogger) is always upbeat, positive and offers great practical advice for everything from dealing with grief to how to break bad habits. Every Friday, she posts a list of her favorite things of the week, including playlists, books, and various websites/blogs.

 

 

  1. Sincerely, Jess: This is the blog of one of my very good friends, whom I met when I was in college. I make it a point to read all of my friends’ blogs just to keep up with what’s going on in their lives, which is why I initially started reading hers.  However, I have found that over the years, her blog in particulaJessr has developed into something more to me than just a place where I can check in on my friend. It has become an inspirational outpouring that encourages me to live boldly. I’m not sure if she actively intends it to be that way or not—I think most times she is simply compelled to get her thoughts out—but I admire the way that she unapologetically puts her heart onto the page. She’s a great example of how letting your light shine can unconsciously give others permission to do the same.

 

 

  1. All the Many Layers: I came across this blog through Blog #2. One aspect that I enjoy about this blog is her “Soulful Beauty of the Week” series. As a part of this series, the individuals that she highlights share whATMLat they believe it means to be a Soulful Beauty and what it took for them to fully embrace themselves, as well as what inspires them. The Soulful Beauties always have great advice and insight on being true to yourself, and it’s very encouraging and inspiring to read their stories. She recently just started a new series called “Inspired By”—enough said.

 

 

  1. Brene Brown: Another person I was led to through Blog#2. She also has a series (The Daring InterBreneview Series) where she interviews individuals who, as she states, inspire her to “show up, be seen, and live brave.” They share fun facts about themselves, as well as their vulnerabilities and how they’ve used those vulnerabilities to succeed in their work.

 

 

It seems that the thing that all of these blogs have in common is the encouragement to live boldly and fully embrace and love who you are, which is an important aspect that I’m discovering in my life right now.

What are some of your favorite blogs and why? Please share!

Gratitude

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I hit snooze about five times this morning. I didn’t want to get out of bed. I wasn’t particularly sleepy, but I just couldn’t find my energy. I contemplated calling out from work, then decided I’d better use my allotted days wisely. Still, having made the decision that I was in fact going to go to work, I still didn’t move. When I finally gained enough muster to get out of bed, it was like I was moving in slow motion. I just didn’t feel “right”. I couldn’t understand it. I had felt great before going to bed last night. I was actually in a singing mood last night. So what was the deal this morning?

 

I slumped into work and upon entering the break room to get some coffee, to my surprise, a table full of goodies reminded me that today was Administrative Professionals Day. Returning to my desk, I found another surprise—a vase of a dozen pink roses with a balloon attached. Boy, did my mood change.

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I felt bad that I had been sulking, especially for no reason in particular. These acts of kindness from my coworkers reminded me that I needed to be grateful. Despite whatever funky mood I was in, there are lots of things to be grateful for: I woke up this morning. I have full use of all of my limbs and a darn good brain. I have a roof over my head, hot running water, a closet (or two) full of clothes, a car full of gas to take me to a good-paying job w/ benefits, where my coworkers show their appreciation for what I do. And the list goes on and on and on.

 

The funny thing is, I had sat down last night to draft a blog post, but I eventually decided against it, putting it off for today. Yesterday, I wasn’t even going to write about this particular topic, which lets me know that it was purposeful that I put off writing the post until today (even though I didn’t know it at the time).

 

I encourage you to think on those things that you are grateful for. No matter what you may be going through, try to find the silver lining. Look for the good, and stay positive.

 

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing,  in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” -1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

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“Stop and smell the roses…”

Aw Shucks! I’m a Producer, y’all!

I went back to school (sort of, and just very briefly) and became a certified Producer at Nashville’s NECAT studios. NECAT is a public access television station that airs “commercial free programming to residents of Davidson County”.
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So, what this means is that I now have a designated place and platform to shoot and distribute/air my Writer’s Spotlight series on a more regular basis. Being a Producer allows me access to the studio and all of its equipment (cameras, audio, lighting, microphones, etc.). Prior to becoming a Producer at NECAT, a family friend was gracious enough to allow me to shoot WSW at her lovely home (and I hope she knows how extremely absolutely grateful I am to her for allowing me to do so).
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Since the station is just local, I’ll still be posting WSW here and on my YouTube channel so that no one misses out on the content. I am very excited about this new development and I can’t wait to see where it leads!
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Me with my lovely classmates

Writing Toolkit

I’m a writer.

Every writer has tools to help them accomplish their task of writing. Here is what I need every time I sit down to write (in no particular order).

Writing Toolkit

 

1. Pen/pencil and paper: Even in this electronic age, sometimes you can’t replace the feeling of actually putting words onto a physical piece of paper. Brainstorming and jotting down random notes feel better to me this way.

 

2. Computer/Laptop: I reserve the computer/laptop writing for when I’m ready to do a draft, edit or finalize.

 

3. Water: Helps keep me hydrated, and it’s more energizing and refreshing to me than a sugary drink.

 

4. Internet connection: For research,  when necessary. I have to be disciplined and stay off of social media though, if I really want to accomplish some writing.

 

5. Goal list: I have to have a purpose for this writing session. I need a concrete goal to accomplish in each session or else I’m just aimlessly sitting at my desk doing a lot of “busy work” and not really accomplishing anything. I try to limit this list to three things per session (and sometimes I only accomplish two), but any more than that, and I get a bit overwhelmed, and still end up accomplishing nothing.

 

6. A cardigan, sweater or hoodie: I’m very cold natured, so I have to have one of these that’s comfy and keeps me warm. Not too warm, as I may get too comfortable and fall asleep. It can’t be too stiff/rigid or itchy. Usually it’s worn-in enough for me, so that I’m not constantly pulling and tugging on it.

 

7. An environment conducive to writing: For me, this means I need to turn off my phone to prevent distractions. Additionally, I need either complete silence or an instrumental soundtrack (usually my String Ensemble or Ambient channel on Pandora).

 

If I have all of these things, I’m usually very productive! I’m actually in the process of improving/renovating my current office because sometimes the space itself can be distracting. Sometimes I look around the room, wanting to rearrange the furniture or clear off extra desk space. But that’s a post for another day. 😉

Committed

Someone I know once defined commitment as “doing what you say you’re going to do long after the initial feelings under which you first committed have subsided” (or something like that). Another person I know defined commitment as being inside of a box with the person (or thing) to which you have committed, and there’s no way out of the box.

 

No matter how you define it, commitment is difficult. We commit to things sometimes without really thinking about what that commitment means. We think something might be fun, or might help grow us, and then once we become deeply involved, we start to experience things we don’t like. Things don’t go the way we expected, and then we want to back out of our commitments.

 

One of the things I committed to doing was posting to this blog regularly. I set an internal goal to post once a week, at the very least. Additionally, I started the WSW series with the intent to feature a writer on my blog once a month. At first, these commitments seemed easy and exciting. And then I hit a hump called “life”, also known as “excuses”.When something happened to knock me off of course, I let it. I didn’t fight to stick to my commitment. I reasoned, “Who’s even reading this stuff anyway? Oh, I’ll do it tomorrow. What’s one day?” Of course, as we all know, that one day turns into another, then another, then another, until you look up and all of a sudden it’s been months.

 

I identify myself as a writer, and I started this blog to hold myself accountable to actually write something on a regular basis and to practice and increase my writing skills (also with the hope of offering something helpful to the world). I haven’t been sticking to my commitment and it’s not okay. So this is me shaking a finger at myself publicly. Instead of making an internal commitment, I am now making a public one.

 

I will post every Wednesday, at the very least.

 

With that being said, today is Wednesday, so here I am, posting an entry. Check back next Wednesday for my weekly Wednesday post!

(and help hold me accountable, for goodness sake!) 🙂