I’m always in awe over the creative power of nature. The removal of oneself from the ‘real world’ and the willing delve into the natural, for me, lends a very effective, peaceful removal of the usual morning block that has me putting off beginning an assignment or sitting down to just write something.
On a nice morning, like the one today, where the sky is clear and trees are green and there’s blooms giving color, it’s hard to not find inspiration for a line or a setting, or even a mental state of peace. The mind takes all of this in, and it’s the sensory of the crisp air breathed in and the vibrancy of color, the warmth tinged with the occasional wisp of chill that pushes me to put those feelings onto paper (or to the screen.)
Waking up is the hardest thing when the only person keeping you accountable for waking up is yourself.
It’s one of the things that I’m learning, as I get into a workable routine writing and freelancing, running my own life entirely for the first time since, well. Ever. The bed is more inviting than the desk. It’s warmer, cozy, and some days I honestly have to ask myself if it’s really worth it to get out of the bed when I could just put off doing work for another few hours.
Spoiler alert: it’s always worth it to get out of the damn bed.
Take for example this morning. It was supposed to be a six o’clock day. Nice early morning, get breakfast and tea in me, go for a morning walk. Back home for shower, a little bit of writing, and then out to Barnes & Noble to occupy the cafe for a few hours and do work. Six o’clock ended up being eight. There was no walk, since I was brilliant and forgot to charge my phone the night before, and I like to be prepared when it comes to long, lonely walks in the woods.
That being, the day isn’t lost, merely pushed back. As I type, my phone is charging (or, will be, as a second glance has told me I have yet to plug it in) and I’ve got about three and a half hours before my afternoon trek out to do some work away from home – and, potentially new work to look forward to.
Here’s to a productive work week – and waking up on time.
It’s finally 2017. We’ve gotten over the horrendous hump of a year that was 2016, and are hopefully moving on to bigger, better things. I know for myself, the end of 2016 has brought a glorious halt to a number of frustrating life circumstances, and with ushering in 2017, is paving the way for new opportunities.
I talked briefly in October, I believe (it’s been a bit of a dry spell around here) about working towards freelancing full time, opening an Etsy shop, setting up a Patreon… things that were hopes for 2017 but not necessarily attainable. I was working retail, which gave me time to do some freelancing on the side, but not a whole lot to realistically put the kind of work and effort it takes to freelance full time, run your own business, and manage a platform like Patreon.
I struggled, trying to figure out how I was going to manage my jobs and the goals I wanted to achieve, when I made the choice to move to freelancing full-time, quitting the retail job to put forth all my energy and resources to freelancing, posting here, and most importantly – working on my writing. I’m going to talk a little more about how I went about preparing for becoming a freelancer full time, but suffice to say it’s a choice that I have yet to regret.
So. With a new year, new career track, and goals to make, here’s to laying down what I’d like to accomplish here in 2017:
Consistent daily writing and blog posting.
Finishing the first draft of my novel.
Organizing and launching Patreon.
Engaging more with the writing community, here and elsewhere.
I hope everyone’s New Year is going as well (so far) as mine.