Monday, March 10, 2014

You Wish!

This morning, with Spring and the rainy season fast approaching I took the opportunity to remove the wishes from the Wishing Tree.  I have copied the wishes for you to read below, exactly as they occur on the tags, including any grammar and spelling errors.

People rarely wish for "things" or money though there's nothing wrong with it if they do. Reading so many of these wish tags leaves me with a bitter sweet feeling. It warms my heart to see that people so often wish for things for others.  And some of the things people are struggle with really break my heart. I wish the best for everyone who posted this year, and I wish the best for you too!

I wish for peace determination & Love filled Xmas for those suffering with cancer

I wish that everyone gets what they want and be happy

I wish no one would die painfully

I wish for all the people I love to lead a happy and positive life

I wish my missing dog MAPLE would be ret'd to us

I wish my kids wouldn't grow up so fast

I wish for happiness + healing for our friends and family who are suffering with illness and cancer.

I wish this Christmas and 2014 to bring financial stability to the lives of my children and grandchildren. They need a life with less worry!

I wish I could marry Justin Bieber and the Janos_______

I wish I could be a professional dancer. ♡

I wish for our premier to have the Wisdom to turn the short-term benefit and long term cost of oil & gas development into environmentally and socially focussed new business developments and responsible programs for our province. + A MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!

I wish for Health for all my family.  Carrie from Calgary.

I wish for world peace

I wish all children to be safe, warm and loved

I wish I had a pony

I wish that I didn't start cutting because I thought it would make the pain in my heart go away.

(When I read this wish I felt distressed to know that someone was suffering like this in my neighbourhood.  I tied a note to the wish, urging them to get help.  I wrote the Kelowna Crisis Line's phone number on it, and the phone number of a Psychologist I know who has treated young women with this issue.  My wish is that he or she was able to get some help.)

I wish my dog would stop eating my house and my car.  Be safe and Happy.

I wish for true love

for it to snow more

I wish the girl I'm crushing on will start liking me.  ♡

I wish my son and I could find a way to reconcile in love

I wish that everyone gets what they want for christmas

Together forever

I wish that my son grows up healthy and happy.

I wish for everyone on this earth to be loved

I wish for tolerance & mindfulness for All!

I wish everyone five minutes to stop, breath, & feel gratitude for the chance to do so.
God Bless :-)

I wish that there were cats everywhere that loved everyone.

I wish that it would be easier to move on from him.  And that everyone has a good day.

I wish that unicorns, Narwals and cats would come together and create world Happiness.

I wish to be happy and make others happy.

I wish for humans to be one with the Earth and animals again.  Peace & Love.  Happy holidays. ♡

I wish I wasn't fat.

I wish my Mom ) Dad and family is safe.  friends I wish my family in heaven love too

I wish to graduate and be happy.

Jesus is King.

I wish I was Happier.

I wish to have the strength to pass my post secondary coarse

I wish I could go to Paris  :) ♡ :) ♡

I  wish that I didn't have to have math.

i wish i had that people would stop being Rud.

I wish he'd ask me out.

I wish we had a tree house!

I wish service would work here and world peace.

I wish that I had a Dad I wish that peple will have a good Day

I wish I could have an i-phone5.

I wish for peace.

I wish that I could go to Paris.

I wish for camera:  cannon ft ql

I wish I had a healthy relationship with my mom

I WISH FOR AN elephant!

Miscellaneous Monday

My focus has been on my writing as of late so I haven't been taking many photos, other than a few iPhone pix.  I've scheduled in some time to play with my camera and have a new project in mind so you should be seeing some interesting work (hopefully!) come April.  Hope these iPhone shots will entertain you for now.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Thanks Jerry!

I recently read an article about writing and procrastination.  Coincidentally,  I'd also just finished a long session of procrastination, watching the first couple of seasons of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, so naturally my eye was drawn to a link within the article referencing Jerry Seinfeld.  In that article, Seinfeld described how he posts a year long calendar on his wall, and every day that he writes, he puts an "X" on the calendar.  

"After a few days you'll have a chain.  Just keep at it and the chain will grow longer every day.  You'll like seeing that chain, especially when you get a few weeks under your belt.  Your only job is to not break the chain," the article quotes.

A couple of days later I found myself discussing the "Seinfeld Strategy" with my artist friend Laura, while procrastinating with her on a dog walk. Turns out she does something similar to motivate herself, but with a monthly calendar, using stickers instead of X's.  I believe she referred to it as the Kindergarten Method.  

Later that same day Laura sent me a PDF of a year long calendar she created and my hubby printed us a couple of 18 x 24 copies on his plotter at work.  

Something that stood out in the Seinfeld article was the statement "You'll notice that Seinfeld didn't say a thing about results."  And that's kind of what made the penny drop for me.  It doesn't matter how long you write, or if it's any good, the point is to just write.  

And don't break the chain.

Until I began using the strategy I had a subconscious belief that to succeed I would have to spend a huge block of the day writing, that I wouldn't get anything done unless I treated it like a full time job.  And my results would have to be perfect.  I felt oppressed by my responsibilities of part-time work,  keeping the books for our company, a daily dog hike and general home management tasks (cleaning, cooking, errands).  I thought I had to make sure all of that was taken care of, before I could get to the writing.  And I discovered procrastinating those chores was eating up a lot of time too.  

I am very proud to say that so far, for me the Seinfeld Strategy has been a rousing success.  I started the X's on February 24th and have not broken the chain.  As a result I have completed the second version of my first draft for Reg's Memoir - I had no idea I was so close to completion.  I printed it out so I could do a hard copy edit - 327 pages is a lot more paper than I thought!  Once I finish this edit I'll make the changes to my digital copy and then I'll send it out into the wide world in search of a publisher.  

If you'd like to give the Seinfeld Strategy a try, Laura's given me permission to post her calendar here.  It's a PNG file...can you make that bigger and print it? or can you convert it to a PDF?  I don't know much about that stuff, but the article had a link to a "Year At A Glance" calendar on Amazon. Your local Staples probably has something too.

Good Luck!