Wednesday, January 6, 2016

IWSG AND SMELL THE ROSES

This is the first Wednesday of January, the first Wednesday of 2016, which means ...

The Insecure Writer's Support Group
To learn more about the group go here.
 
Alex J. Cavanaugh is the founder of the IWSG. His co-hosts for January 6 are  L.G. Keltner, Denise Covey, Sheri Larsen, J.Q. Rose, Chemist Ken, and Michelle Wallace
 
Visit the host's and co-hosts' blogs to see what they have to say.
 
Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

 
 
A NEW YEAR, NEW THOUGHTS
 
Am I insecure? Maybe, a little, but I'm going to think positive, rather than negative.
My goals are to do the best I can and not worry about things that are out of my control.
This includes writing, promoting, submitting, and my personal time.
 
Yes, I need more me time to relax, play the piano, take long walks, and read. Oh, and to play with my cats. Tiger loves to play ball. I roll it to him. He rolls it back. Patches grabs the ball and won't let it go. Fun. Yes. Me time. Lately, I've let my writing take priority. No more. It's important to me, and I love to write, but I want time to smell the roses too.
 
I plan to enjoy the little things, a butterfly, a bird, a nap, watching the clouds and the stars. So go away insecurities. I'm having fun. How about you?
 
Tiger says playing ball is tiresome. Time to nap.
 
Patches took a minute to read the newspaper.
 
 
Happy Reading and Writing.
 
 

 

34 comments:

  1. Yep, much better to have me time in there indeed. I've basically said screw marketing this year and just writing away and that is it. Ball sure looks tiring haha

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    1. Absolutely, Pat. That's a good thing to say about marketing. Have fun with your writing.

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  2. Your cats are adorable! I completely agree with carving out 'me' time. It can be tough to balance it all, but when we do it's awesome. Here's to balancing and me time during 2016!

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    1. Thanks, Sheri. My cats are good company. We can do it, balance, balance, balance.

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  3. Great advice, Beverly! Enjoy your "me" moments!!

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    1. Thanks, Karin. I plan to enjoy the me moments. You too.

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  4. Writing should not be our entire life. Nothing should. (Except God.) Take some time to enjoy other things in your life.

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    1. You're so right, Alex. I think God would agree too.

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  5. Yes, we need to do the best we can, then see what happens. If you sit at your desk writing all the time, you miss out on adventures. When we take the time to smell the roses, ideas can come.

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    1. Very good thoughts, Janet. If we take time to look at the birds and trees, people and animals, we'll discover all kinds of stories to write or simply to enjoy.

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  6. Happy New Year!
    I love cats and I love playing my piano also. I wish you all the best for 2016.
    Shalom,
    Patricia

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    1. Then we have cats and piano in common. Yay. Happy New Year to you, also. Have a great 2016.

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  7. I think that's a great ambition. It's part of my effort for this year too--just letting go of the things that stress me out and focusing on the moments and small things. Here's hoping we can both do that goal justice.

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    1. Wishing you all the best with the small stuff. Enjoy each day and the magic of each moment, a butterfly, a raindrop, the simple things in life. We can do it.

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  8. Yes! I completely agree with you! I don't have cats to play with but I do artwork - just because I enjoy it. Sometimes I spend hours and hours doing it. It always leaves me feeling refreshed and happy to *see* what I've accomplished. No one's in charge of our happiness except us, and we'd all be better off if we spent more time playing ball with cats, doing artwork, or smelling the roses. Great post, Beverly! :)

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    1. It's wonderful that you have a talent for artwork. Seeing what you've created must be so exciting and fulfilling. Thanks.

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  9. Doing the best you can and not worry about thins out of our control is the right attitude.

    We all need to enjoy the little things more often.

    Cute cat pictures. :)

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    1. You're right, Chrys. Worrying never solves anything. So why do it? Little things are important too. Thanks.

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  10. Yes, living in the present is a MUST. We miss out on so much by worrying about the past and the future...

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    1. We do. I think one time before I said we can't change the past and we don't know the future, so take care of the present. A lot less stressful.

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  11. Oh, your message was so timely. Thank you for reminding us that life is made up of the small stuff. Hugs and Happy New Year!

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    1. Great, Darby. Happy the timing is good. Yep, the small stuff keeps us sane, I think. Happy New Year with hugs back at you.

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  12. Great post Beverly and those cats are awesome.
    Yvonne.

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    1. Thank you, Yvonne. My cats are very dear to me, even when they meow and meow because I don't do what they want me to. :)

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  13. I had a tabby named Tiger growing up. He looked a lot like your Tiger. I love playful cats.

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    1. Tiger just seemed like the right name. He showed up on our patio one day, and was in terrible shape. A few trips to the vet and he's been here for 7 years. He's a sweet tempered cat. A tabby's markings are so neat.

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  14. Good for you, Beverly! I hope you always find time to play the piano, play with the cats and just enjoy the moment. Happy 2016!

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    1. Thank you, Claudine. I'm already feeling more relaxed. Go away stress. :)

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  15. Anytime I have a passion, I am in danger of it consuming my life. For three years, I put work on a novel above everything else. When I shelved it this summer, I decided I would build in downtime to any new projects. Commitment is good, but only with a balance. Sounds like many of us are on the same page!

    PS Cute cats!

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    1. You sound like me, Allison. When I start something, I'm determined to finish it and hate to give up when it doesn't work out like I hoped. Yes, I guess we all face the same problems. Thanks for stopping by.

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  16. Definitely important to have time to relax and smell the roses. Sometimes we get too caught up in our lists and what we need to do. Great reminder to enjoy the moment. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. We do, Jess, and that's what I hope to work on this year. Be lazy if I want to. :)

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  17. Its important to stop and fill our creative wells(as someone important said).

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    1. Yes, Nas. I totally agree. Thanks for stopping by.

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