My Simple Wednesday Reflection

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These past few weeks have been everything I could have asked for.

I hit the ground at a sprint, meeting my goals for my book—brainstorming, writing, editing, rereading, adding more scene descriptions and action to my chapters. I cranked out four whole chapters and I’m proud of what I wrote. 

Then the weekend hit—the holiday came and this choo choo slowed way the heck down, the steam wasn’t burning anymore and yeah, I sunk into the trap of time-off. I filled my days with trips to the zoo, picnics, outdoor kiddy pool time and well, I relaxed and didn’t think much about my writing.

Monday was an extra gift of time away.

Tuesday was a struggle. 
Now it’s Wednesday, and I’m still struggling to get back on track.

So what do you do when each day becomes easier to stray from what you initially set out to do?

I know that life happens no matter what you plan at times. But is it possible to let Life happen a little too hard? And if it’s true that it happens too hard, how do you see your way back?

Here’s what I’ve found works for me:

1)  I look at things around me that inspire me to move. Old Books, quotes, and not too surprisingly, I hit the gym. The time I spend on the machines helps me brainstorm and sort through my ideas. I can zone out the world with my head phones and the rhythm of the machine so I focus on what matters in my next second.

2) Then I go home. I play with my kids; popsicle time, bath time, books and bed.

3) Finally—I start up my computer and I stare at the screen. I reread a few things I wrote last, emersing myself in my characters and no matter what my mood is, I try it anyway. I push around words, sentences, I put together dialogue and what makes sense to my characters. Before I know it—I’m in.

So the short version? Even when I don’t feel like it, I keep in mind what I want most—my dreams. I do what I have to do to motivate myself and POOF! I may not make my two chapter goal this week, but eh. One chapter is still better than where I was before.

No one will want your dreams as much as you do. So I’m not giving up.

Neither should you.

And by the way, love this quote!

I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.
Michelangelo

About Erika Beebe

Author, dreamer, and a momma to a couple of wonderful kids, I try to live life everyday in hope and inspire others along my way.

Posted on September 6, 2012, in erika b, Erika Beebe, reflection. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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