Joy In Your Spirit

The beautiful thing about writing

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(photos: 5 x 365 = 1,825… five blogs a day every day for a year equals 1,825 blog posts per year; times six years equals 11k posts… a writer has to write)

The beautiful thing about writing a lot is that you can call yourself a writer if you want to. And it’s not an inflated label.

What’s more amazing is the fact that if you take your writing seriously, and it gives your joy and helps others… well, you also develop a deep conviction that you are a writer.

From the personal experience of writing five daily, differently-themed blog posts about life’s five big choices, please know that there are many types of writing.

Many styles.

Many topics.

A writer has to write.

But if a writer isn’t inspired to want to write, then no amount of desire is going to help.

Write to create your art about what you are insanely passionate about.

Writing about anything else will feel like work.

And it will tempt you to stop writing.

Quit or write?

A writer has to write.

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jeff noel Used To Not Have Faith That He Could Be A Decent Writer

Barreling down life's highway was a good distraction to keep me from stopping to do what I promised.

Waiting 49 years to become a writer is a sure sign of a lack of Faith. What a difference three years and 5,000+ blog posts can make. Dear Son, you’ve been creating stories and ideas since you first learned to write. Your doubt will manifest itself somewhere else. Trust me on this one. And then find a million ways to slay that dragon.

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Guest Blogger Erika Liodice

Don't Drop It
Don't Drop It

“The Juggling Act of Life”

By Erika Liodice

As we get older, life, it seems, becomes increasingly filled with commitments and responsibilities. Most days I find myself running from one task to the next: eating lunch in my car as I frantically run errands over my lunch break, squeezing in phone calls to family and friends during my ten minute drive to work, and agonizing over work assignments and deadlines while I sleep. My car is my virtual office, my Facebook page is my only connection to my loved ones and I tend to think of life in key strokes, wishing I could CTRL + Z (undo) my error in judgement the other night when I added too much detergent to the laundry and found myself swimming in a sea of bubbles. Sometimes it feels like my mind and body never truly rest. And I’m not even 30.

Former CEO of Coca Cola Enterprises, Brian G. Dyson, describes it best, “Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling five balls in the air. You name them – work, family, health, friends and spirit – and you’re keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls – family, health, friends and spirit – are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life.”

So how can we all do a better job of maintaining balance in our lives? Here are a five simple rules I try to live by:

  1. Decide what’s most important in your life and don’t take those things for granted.
  2. Learn the beauty and the power of the word “no.”
  3. Respect your time; don’t waste it on things that don’t matter to you.
  4. Do your best and learn to accept when that’s just not enough.
  5. Don’t take anything personally.

Erika Liodice is the author of Beyond the Gray, a motivational blog for anyone chasing a dream, and a regular contributor to travel e-zines Lehigh Valley Insite and The Savvy Explorer.


Same Thing Different Words

Chicago Tribune Building
Chicago Tribune Building

Ever heard someone say what you say, but in a different way?

How’d it feel?

Some might feel threatened, because they thought their thoughts were original.

Some rejoice because it validates their thinking and belief system.

For me, it’s the latter.

Click here to go to Brian K. Rice, and his LeadershipConnextions blog. Brian quotes some of Gail Sheehy’s thoughts on Mid Life.

The purpose here today is simple – provide you with links, offering the same thing using different words.

PS. Tomorrow, we’ll revisit yesterday’s question.


What’s You Biggest Dream?

Brain Power to Dream
Brain Power to Dream

It’s fun to dream big dreams, isn’t it?

We did this constantly as children, a little less often as adolescents, and even less as teenagers.

Well, maybe we dreamed more as teenagers, but mostly about  sex relationships.

But when did we stop dreaming about flying, or becoming an astronaut, artist, inventor, teacher, parent, Olympic athlete, President, CEO, farmer, race car driver, explorer, adventurer, writer, etc?


When life started to get complicated.

When we can return to simplicity, our dreams will start to flourish again.

How do I know?  Because I’m writing this for you to read.