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A Letter to the Writer

18 Sep

It is time to awaken the writer in me. I can’t promise that great works will be flowing from my hands, but I can promise it’s a work in process.

Dear Writer,

When you were five years old you decided you were going to be a writer when you grew up. Now you are almost 25 years old, are you that writer you dreamed you would be or are you watching that dream fall to the sidelines of your life?

There may have been a few things you might have forgot along the way, while you were focusing on Creative Writing workshops, starting a “big girl” job, or getting married…it’s okay because today’s a day you can begin again.

1. For you, writing words have always been better than writing numbers. Numbers could only tell one thing, but words could show people the world. (circa a journal from 8th grade)

2. Ideas are forever running through your head. It’s time to let them play on paper (or the screen). They will never be shown which way to go if you never write words for them.

3. Stop caring about others when it comes to writing. I know you’re worried about offending someone with somethings you may write, but what art doesn’t offend? Like Professor Cooper  once advised, write what makes you uncomfortable because those are the best stories.

4. Write what you know and what you want to know, research. There is always more to learn and observe. Open your eyes and ears, a story will find a way to them.

Go on a write. There’s no excuses anymore.

And when you need to be motivated, I’ll be here.

Nicole

 

Just Do It…before 2013

10 Sep

The fall season is just around the corner, even if in Southern California it still feels like the middle of July. Soon, I hope that 70 degrees will join us soon!

For some reason, I always find myself the busiest in the fall: holidays, family gatherings, my birthday, brothers’ water polo games, hockey, and football. It seems the calendar fills up fast for us. To focus, I am writing 4 simple goals to complete before 2013.

Before writing out this list though, I set some ground rules for myself:

1.  Be simple. Not outlandish. I need to set goals that would be joy and make me feel as if I am accomplishing something.

2. Be realistic. Do not be an overachiever. The goals I set need to be ones that I know I can accomplish.

Goals:

1. Write everyday.  This is probably most important to me, being a writer and all. The days fill up quickly with work, household chores, cooking, and relaxing, sometimes writing takes a back seat. The hard truth in this is, in order to be a writer, one most write.  An hour a day, may someday publish a book.

2. Eat clean, non-processed foods. Even if I am pretty good at this, I can do better and I want to do better. Mostly, it’s snack foods. Microwave popcorn, chips, granola bars…the list goes on. I want to try one “replacement” recipe a week.

3. Organize and Decorate. Over the past two months, we have done a pretty good job with placing things in our new house. There’s still work to be done. See this post. The corner downstairs with all the boxes, has been cleaned up! Progress. Three more rooms to go.

4. Make a list of fall/winter clothes that should be added to my wardrobe. So, maybe this should be done before 2013 gets here, but I need to shop for things I need rather than things I see. I tend to buy things I am unsure of and never wear, if I go shopping without a purpose.

Is there anything you want to do before 2013?

Slowly, But Surely

27 Aug

A month and a half ago (give or take a few days) we moved my stuff and wedding gifts into the house. I’m not going to lie there are still items in cardboard boxes, wedding gifts still stacked in the corner,  empty product boxes waiting to be recycled,  a second bedroom dying to be organized, and an office begging to be used.

Working forty hours a week, finding time to write, read, have fun, cook, clean, and organize is not an easy task. I’m not complaining, it’s just sometimes I wish there were more then 168 hours in a week or that I could surive on 3 hours of sleep like Martha Stewart.

I may have gone crazy, but I am sharing my messy disorganized  quirky house with you. Don’t judge, it’s a work in progress.

This is the downstairs. It is in disarray to say the least. My goal is to buy a new coffee table, get rid of unnecessary boxes, find places for gifts, move the “office” that is on the dinning room table upstairs, and get things organized. I’m hoping that if I give myself two weeks, I’ll get it done in one.

This is the loft area of the upstairs aka the office. More boxes and a desk that needs some TLC (pardon the risers, it needed to be higher) and organization. If I get this done sometime in September, I’ll be happy.

The second bedroom that has become overflow from my closet and other loose ends. To be realistic, this room may not get cleaned up until December….since everything without a place ends up here.

Our bedroom isn’t so horrible. We need coordinating bedding, a home for the shoes, a rug to cover the cable line, and real night stands. Please notice that our bedside tables are cardboard boxes.

Keep an eye out for “after” photos and nag me, if you don’t see any soon. No pictures mean I’m not organizing or unpacking!