Writing – mostly blog posts, tweets and A Heart of Fire notes
As you know from this post, October is probably the most busy month of this entire year for me. Most of the time I’m working – as a lecturer (which means lots of time preparing as well), as a teacher, in the shop – and I try to squeeze in some time for my writing job as well.
I was recently challenged by the mesmerizing Aura Eadon to participate in the challenge Confessions of a Writer Tag. Thank you, Aura, for challenging me! The challenge was given to me, and will be given on, through being tagged on Twitter by another writer. The challenge requires everyone who is tagged to answer the following twenty questions. For more information see A little bookish, a little writerly, the blog in which Nicolette Elzie created the challenge. Here they are… My 20 confessions…
It is finally October, one of my favourite months, and there are lots to do, lots to learn and lots of joy!
What’s happening over here? Well, my timetable is full, that’s for sure. So much happening at once, so many positive changes, and a few wistful ones. This year is literally changing my life.
What does that mean?
1. the act of withdrawing, as into safety or privacy; retirement; seclusion.
2. a place of refuge, seclusion, or privacy: The library was his retreat.
3. a retirement or a period of retirement for religious exercises and meditation.
4. recreational holiday. In this context retreat means to leave everyday business for a few days (weekend-retreat) up to weeks.
Make room in your life for a retreat. Think it as a gift to yourself – a way to connect with your life vision – or perhaps even a way to finish your book…
A few days in, I feel blissful that I chose to withdraw from my everyday for ten days. The location is a holiday house on an island in Denmark, between fields and wild nature. A calm that I had forgotten but somehow still longed for is present in my life once again.
I know it seems like I’m doing nothing, but let me tell you this: Things are swarming behind the curtains. Truly.
My tiny fairies with golden wings are coordinating plots and ideas, tasks and adventures.
My main elf (read: coach), with her cloak of wisdom and white dress sparkling with creativity, is showing the way with her compass, map, wild ideas and wind in her hair.
Happy Monday, dear readers!
This week I want to talk to you about a topic that has been and still is really important to me and has led to immensely positive life changes for me. If you are considering hiring a professional coach to guide you on your way, I expect you to ask yourself if it is a good enough investment to be putting a significant amount of money into it over a set period of time. Let me tell you a little bit about what my experience with having a coach has done for me and my writing career. Here are my personal pros and cons. Continue reading
The creative process takes time. Accept and embrace it!
I used to struggle accepting that the process of becoming a full-time writer is a slow one. I desperately wanted to rush towards my goal and be there NOW. I’ve slowly learned to appreciate the fact that the creative process takes time – and that’s okay!
Let’s take a closer look at the creative process. Continue reading
To Vanessa, who asked me about this, and to every dreamer out there wanting to write a book.
1. Firstly, make sure you really want to write a book…
It sounds odd at first, but think about it for a second. Continue reading
I’m now six months into the coaching program GAL (Get a Life) with my wonderful coach Jodi Nelson. We decided to work together at a point in my life (six months ago) when I finally found myself ready to say YES to doing everything in my power to make my biggest dream come true: Becoming a published writer. Continue reading
There’s a good reason why I haven’t written in a while. I’m a highly sensitive person who needed a break.
Definition of The Highly Sensitive Person:
Dr. Elaine Aron defines the highly sensitive person (HSP) as a person who, compared to the 80% of the population without the trait, processes everything around him/her much more – reflect on it, elaborate on it, make associations. In other words, the 20% highly sensitive persons have a sensitive nervous system that is more aroused to stimuli than that of the 80%. Continue reading