02.08.16 – End of Day Notes

What I did today: More of the usual – writing projects, read emails… I’ve been having a series of migraines lately so that is putting a damper on getting more done that I’d like to.

What I learned today: My biggest lesson today is not to push myself too hard or too far. I know I have a lot of writing goals, as well as side projects that I am working on, but if my health goes south on me, I won’t get anything accomplished.

What I am most proud of today: Even with these blasted migraines I am accomplishing parts of my goals. The main and important ones. The writing. Some side projects will just have to wait. Mainly the 700+ emails I need to read through.

Share Your World – 2016 Week 6


for Cee’s Share Your World

  1. What is your favorite word? Happenstance
  2. What is your least favorite word? No
  3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? Reading the stories of courageous people, who despite the odds, have overcome adversity.
  4. What turns you off? Political bullshitting
  5. What is your favorite curse word? Fuck
  6. What sound or noise do you love? it’s a toss up between the ocean breathing and ravens cawing
  7. What sound or noise do you hate? babies crying – it breaks my heart
  8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? archaeologist
  9. What profession would you not like to do? oil drilling
  10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? See, I told you it wasn’t your time yet. Now aren’t you glad you stayed?

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am grateful that I got to spend some time with my grand-nieces, Skylar and Autumn. I am grateful that my muse hasn’t given up on me yet. And I am grateful that my health is holding out.

For this week, I am looking forward to *hopefully* catch up on all of the emails that I am a week behind reading. And I am looking forward to watching Season 6 of Downton Abbey that I’ve ordered on Netflix.

#MondayMusings – The Power of Persistence



As a child, I was quite persistent. I had goals and was determined to achieve them. I wanted to graduate from college and be a writer. I worked hard, got great grades and was all set to make something of myself. Those plans didn’t pan out so well. I tried community college, hated my Business Management courses (mother was determined I would take courses to get a job straight out of college), dropped out, got married, lost a child, divorced, and roamed around like a nomad for several years. I didn’t make it back to college until I was nearly 24.

river quote

Somewhere along the way, I got back on track. I became persistent again. I excelled in college, earning three degrees and a Certificate of Advanced Studies. I was well on my way to realizing my dreams. I felt as fluid as a river, flowing along, cutting through rocks and boulders. Carving a path for myself. I was writing poetry, submitting my work, getting published and even won a local poetry contest, earning my first paycheck. A whole $50. But it didn’t matter, I was excited.

And then life got in the way again. Writing is hard. Earning money as poet is even harder. I ended up working several jobs to pay the bills, had very little time for writing and no time to submit my work. Instead of being a river, I was now the rock. Stuck in place, going absolutely no where. It would be years of working dead-end jobs, madness via mental illness, and another failed marriage before I budged.

Dreams have a way of nagging at you. They interrupt your sleep, pester you during the day, invade your thoughts, and creep up on you at unlikely moments. Dreams are persistent. Nearly two years ago, I gave up the rock and surrendered to the river. I had no direction and no path, but I was fluid again. I wasn’t about to let my dream die. And so now, my persistence is paying off. I am writing, constantly. I am not as concerned about publishing these days, that may come somewhere downstream. For now, I just want to go with the flow and see where it leads me.

Have you given up on your dreams? Or are you as persistent as a river? I would love to hear your thoughts.