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Writing Challenge – November


I am far from being a new blogger, as this blog is my first blog and was started 7 years ago. My main challenge has been writing consistently during this time. I would say the past 18 months have been a real on and off affair. But my love for writing has never gone awayūüėä

So last month I said I would just write for both my blogs and I am really encouraged by the results.

Between my two blogs I posted 28 times! That is the most I have ever posted in a month since I started Yay!! The increase is against October’s traffic.

Clearly I had to change a number of poor habits and these were a few things I applied in order to change:-

  1. I wrote when I was inspired to write.
  2. For the times I didnt have an idea I looked into different types of Prompts.
  3. I had a note book handy to capture ideas otherwise, I would forgot the idea and flow if I left it. (That did happenūüėä)
  4. I went back to blogging basics. Read tips to refresh my memory.
  5. Made time, to read blogs and interact.
  6. Decided to experiment and try new things. Poetry is an area I need to do more in and explore more of.
  7. Became more clear in the purpose of the two blogs.

For now I think I will continue to just write when I am inspired. December of course will have holidays but I will still keep this momentum going and look at what I can do to cover over the holidays.

Thank you for your likes, follows and comments it’s been so encouraging. Here’s to December Posts!

If you have over writers block I would be interested in any tips you may have?

Until my next post. Keep being the change you want to see.

Gloria (Aquene7)

Daily Wisdom – Quote Of TheDay


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Aristotle Quote – Google Images

The Wisdom Challenge felt right up my street when I decided to take part, Tuesday evening. ¬†I thought, “put your best thought forward and give it a go!” ¬†However, time eluded me, with work and everything else I had going on and I missed the submission date. ¬†However, nevertheless, I thought post it anyway, so here it is:-)

So I considered the quote and what the reasons could have been that laid behind what Aristotle said? Who was it he saw or came into contact with that made him decide on these wise words? Someone, it seems had made such an impression, that he felt it was worthy to note.

Anyone who has ever tried to persevere against their own thoughts, impulses and desires will relate to the wisdom in this quote.

It takes an immense amount of discipline to control your own desires and impulses.  Many of use struggle with the evidence of our own, out of control excesses today. Over eating in carbs, sugar, salt, and calories. Over spending via store cards and credit cards, often not out of purchasing what we need but simply fulfilling our wants, etc.

To overcome your own desires requires a decision to put your own needs or wants aside for a bigger cause other than yourself at that current time.

I have heard it said by Brian Tracy in identifying 5 key steps to wealth and success – that being able to save for the long-term and being able to delay your gratification is pivotal to gaining wealth. ¬†Most people who work, earn and spend their income continually, never truly saving. ¬†This behaviour tends to be that of the majority – ¬†around 98%, whilst the top rich live in the top 2%. It’s a bit of an eye opener that in spite of many years of working and service, very few people can say if they lost their job tomorrow they have sufficient savings to tide them over for 6 months or more. ¬†I know this also sounds fanciful and like wishful thinking and we can all find the reasons why we don’t have and can never have. But whenever I have listened to the story or testimony of someone who has become wealthy/successful, they say how they took time and delayed their own gratification. ¬†As they earned or gained money they didn’t spend every single penny immediately on clothes, or shoes etc. But instead, may have invested back into their business in order to expand, but they tend to put their own desires in check for the bigger picture of success.

Overcoming your own negative thoughts, impulses and self indulgences is extremely hard. You can be strong today but your emotions could get the better of you tomorrow. Simply because your desires know your weaknesses and vulnerabilities.  Your desires are internal and private. No one has to be privy to them. If you choose to deny them you can. But it is a brave person who owns up to their weaknesses and works hard to keep them under control, so they cannot dominate their lives.

By using the words Braver and Conquer you envisage a battle and the bravery it requires to overcome your enemy. Your desires can be as good as or equal to having a personal enemy, because they are not always in your best interest and they can be at your own expense. ¬†I think that’s why when we see people who overcome huge issues in their lives we can react really emotionally. We may even refer to them as being strong and brave. We too become admirers of their courage, just as Aristotle did.

Blogging 101:The Creatives That I Love


Well today, I just wanted to share a few artists that I love.  I think their work is amazing and I would definitely have any of their pieces in my home, but for now the dream sits in my bucket wish list (prints mind you lol!). I am not art expert, I just know I love colour and I love art, photography and design.  I discovered these artists at different times but as soon as I discovered them, that was it, I was sold:-)

The first was a child prodigy called Akaine. ¬†I watched a TV documentary about her life a good few years ago and at the time she was around 8 years old or so. No one taught her to draw or ¬†paint she just had the most amazing and inspiring gift, that was at a level beyond her years. There¬†are so many I love, but the one that first impacted me was ‘Wonder’ which she did at the age of 8. The Power Of Prayer, Regeneration, Found, The First, Young Sage, oh my word they are simply stunning!

This is her website for you to see for yourself.

https://akiane.com/

Another one for me is Ben Heine. Once again self taught his work just mesmerised me. I just find myself looking and looking. Pencil vs Camera and Digital Circlization are the ones. His use of perspectives just play with my head. Each to their own, but once again see for yourself.

http://www.benheine.com/index.php

My final joy is a photographer Peter Lik . I came across his work quite by accident really, but once again, his use of colour, perspective and his Black & White shots of Towns & Cities, are something else, and I just say wow when I look at them!

http://www.lik.com/

I find these artists inspiring. I love the gifts that they have.  For me they chased and honed their dreams into the incredible levels skill they now work in.  I think their work is time less and will continually grow in popularity, as more and more people discover them outside the rich and famous over the years.

 

Blogging 101: Prompts – Leveraging My Productivity!


Photo – Alan Cleaver Flikr via Creative Commons

Writing

Prompts….never considered the word or the meaning before today’s challenge but once again, it has made me think differently about how to write. It has moved me outside of my comfortable and familiar box of how I think creatively, and brought me into a new space.

Prompts? “What are they for me?, “How can I?’ and “How will I use them?”

The word itself has a number of meanings depending on the context of how it’s used, but my focus is on the following definition of the word:-

  • To move, to act; to spur; incite
  • To give rise to; inspire
  • To assist; To cue, To remind

www,freedictionary.com

Blogging 101 has certainly be ‘a spur’ in my writing,which has made such a difference. It has increased my productivity and in so doing raised the number of Followers and hits received. ¬†This has, in fact been my most productive month in every way. Which has shown me that I can do more than I thought I could, even with a busy working day and all the other norms I have going on, making demands in my life at various levels. Just by being more flexible – waking up earlier and using my a.m. time differently or using my lunchtime not just for eating. ¬†Makes me think of that wonderful bit of wisdom people throw out at times as an encouragement , which depending on its timing is either welcomed or frowned up.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained!

A prompt is anything you see it as for yourself, that cause you to do something. ¬†It’s the ‘opportunity’ you see. The more prompts I see and recognise as a reason to respond back to in my writings, can only be a good thing. Because it widens the topics I can cover and broadens me as a person and a writer.

Prompts can apply to anything in your life really. “What would increase your productivity in work?” “In your business?”, etc.

The key is, that its inspiring. It takes you into something new, but as pointed out for blogging, you need to anchor it somehow, so you don’t go off in a tangent. Prompts are good, but don’t lose sight or focus of what’s fundamental to you. (Note to self ūüôā

So now, I will be look at things differently for the purpose of my writing. If something jumps out at me, I will ask myself why? ‘What has it triggered in me?¬†And instead of just leaving it there as a thought, I will explore the fact of writing something.

I hope you are encouraged as I am in my writing, exploring change and being the change you want to be in this world.

 

Until next time.

 

Aquene7

Blogging 101:’Boost The Signal – Yes I Will!’


Love this and such a great idea. It’s such a nice way of giving back to fellow bloggers. I am very pleased to have found your blog hope you don‚Äôt if I take up your example?

And so the inspiration begins!

Yesterday, I discovered a new blog called Pilcrow & Cedillas and the post that got my interest was entitled ‘Boost The Signal.’¬† I simply loved the idea because I thought ‘I can do that!’ ¬†How often have I read posts that have really resonated with me for all kinds of reasons and I have liked, commented on them and followed, but that’s it. ¬†They may have many followers or they may be just starting their blogging journey, but there the knowledge share ends. Light is a wonderful thing because Light gives light. Inspiration is like a candle – I am sure there’s a wonderful analogy that goes something like ¬†‘the flame of one candle can light hundred or thousand candles’…well something along those lines, you get the picture?

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In the post five blogs which have meant something to Dean that week are listed, with a short review to give you an idea of the blog and what he found interesting about it. ¬†His comments a short but enough to peak you curiosity as a visiting reader. For him all credit belongs to the writers so he acts as an ‘Ambassador’ bringing them to your attention and providing their links so you can visit for yourself and make up your own mind.

Its everything today’s assignment is about. ¬†I thought it was a wonderful way to step up in my recognition of other writers and a way to regularly give back. It fits so well into me, as my blog is all about encouragement!

Dean kindly, responded back to me and provided me with the blog where he was inspired by the idea ‘MuseHack’ and I have subscribed to that blog also:-)

Since I started Blogging 101 I have learnt so much to the point where I have created a ‘Creative Toolbox’ for myself. Its made up of links to blogs or web sites provided via 101 to enhance my blogging skills and help me grow as a blogger. Where would any student be without their favourite things like essential books, research sites and equipment to use in crafting their work?

I have yet to decide on what to call this category in my blog, but I may just keep the same title of ‘Boost the Signal’-¬† I kinda like it:-)

 

Photo from: https://creativecommons.org/

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