Welcome to my monthly collection of inspiring and helpful articles, books, and resources plus a mini-monthly review.
- What It Takes To be a Creative Success
- Clinging to the Rock or Swimming
- How to Have Your Own Simplicity Summit
- Positive or Negative? Optimism or Pessimism?
- Want to Save the World? Stop Being So Dramatic
- Just for Fun
- Resolving to Fight for What Really Matters – Reflections on North America After 8 Months Abroad
- Do You Want Your Happiness Now or To Go?
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October in Focus
“Writing a monthly review is like watching the seasons of my life pass by. What exactly have I accomplished this month? Is it of merit? Does it take me where I want to go? I like the measure it provides. I like the way it’s serving me as a monthly wake up call. A reminder of what is real – and unreal. A reminder of passing time and what’s important to me. By sharing my month in retrospect, I hope to inspire you to chart your progress as well.”
-from an earlier post
October was all about Killing the Angel of Perpetual Giving, I would like to say, in one final swoop. That’s probably not the case, but she’s out cold for now. Reclaiming my time allowed me to write and submit a guest post to a major blog and begin to rejig my writing services to focus on editing and evaluating manuscripts for authors, entrepreneurs, and bloggers. Know anyone who might need help with their memoir or non-fiction book? I would be grateful if you would pass my name along.
I devoured Turning Pro: Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life’s Work by Steven Pressfield. You mean I’m not the only one stalled by resistance and fear? I’ll be re-reading the cogent manual for moving through obstacles again and again.
I dabbled in simplicity, deploying my one-step method for decluttering fast and reducing my wardrobe to 33 items. It’s been easy for me to live, work, and play with just 33 pieces of clothing and accessories. I didn’t include the right number of sleeveless tops, given our toasty heat wave of late, so I’ve needed to adjust the composition of my collection. The one in, one out method. Living with less frees up time and space for more happiness and joy to sneak in.
It sometimes feels like climbing a mountain, but I’m learning to respect my limits. I ask myself, “What would I do if I only had six months to live?” This reflection realigns my priorities toward more beneficent actions and away from over worry about this illusory experience called the “self”.
I’m very grateful for YOU! Your comments on my articles are so deep and insightful. It would not be the same place without you. Thank you too for all your meaningful input into my reader survey. Your requests are in the forefront of my mind and I will continue to write articles in response to your wishes. Whether you are able to comment or not, I know you are there and I am writing for you.
Looking ahead: I won’t be signing up for National Novel Writing Month in November, but I do have a specific writing goal. I plan to revise and expand an ebook I prepared last year.
The flavor of October: Breakthrough!
How was October for you? Any special challenges or accomplishment to share? Any special tips on breaking through?
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