Wednesday, March 25, 2015

It's Working!

One of the reasons I wanted to jump onto the A to Z challenge band wagon was to reestablish my writing mojo-- and it's working!  I have been spending daily quality time working on my memoirs, and the momentum has spilled over into other areas of my life. I won't set any speed records for completion, but I am averaging between one and three hours of work each day, which is a lot of time for me to sit still and do one thing!

I've also wandered around through the list of the Great Theme Reveal and found some blogs I hope to follow  through the month of April. I had forgotten how much fun blogging is and now that I'm back at it, hopefully I won't drop the habit again.

Last night Ornery and I listened to the second group coaching call and a new webinar by T Harv Eker. We got some good information from both events that will hopefully aid us in reaching our goals. We usually get up at 3:00 AM to start our day, so the late evening computer time was a serious infringement on our sleep time.

One young man shared his goal of finding some online business opportunities that would pay well, and the coach said, "Quit looking for something to make money. Focus on what your passion is. All business has the potential to make money, but if you are not passionate about it you will quit when you are faced with the challenges that naturally come to any business." Wow.  That was worth the price of the call and the short night right there!

Ornery is not really all that passionate.  He probably was as a child, but his dad was domineering and didn't give him the opportunity to explore his dreams much. Mostly Ornery was concerned with not angering his dad, and eventually learned to show no emotion at all. That's not a helpful life skill, in case you didn't know.

He is working on learning how to feel and express emotion, but 56 years of programming won't change over night.  And sometimes the concept is so foreign it requires word pictures to figure out what it means. So last night I tried to think about what passion really is. The best I could come up with was that when you are passionate about something, it can overtake your thoughts and almost consume you, but it doesn't destroy you. It's that thing you can work at for hours and hours, exhausting yourself physically but still think about long into the night and eagerly jump back into the next day. He seemed to finally get it.

Not that he has shared anything that is like that for him, but the closest I have seen him to being passionate was when he was renovating our first rental property. He enjoys learning new skills and working with his hands--and tools! He loves new tools!  I am going to wait to see if he comes up with that on his own, but it could be that he has other things he has yet to share or even discover.

I spent some time yesterday afternoon setting up a new journal for my own goals, writing down a few motivating quotes, adding some washi tape to page edges, and putting down all some of the things I want to accomplish with the rest of my life. I do not have Ornery's problem of a lack of passion. My problem is that I have more ideas and dreams than I could complete in two lifetimes, much less in 1/2 of one. So, I will be spending some time over the next few days and weeks honing and refining, then setting up a plan of action.

I didn't get to do any art yesterday, so that is on my agenda for today. I'm feeling the urge to get a little messy.  It will feed one of my passions.  What about you? Do you have something that fires you up?


Arlee Bird said...

Great to hear! Sounds like an A to Z endorsement to me.

Arlee Bird
A to Z Challenge Co-host
Wrote By Rote

betty said...

Great that you have been writing! Blogging seems to be a passion of mine, LOL :) For my husband, it is music (guitar player). So true though about finding your passion rather than just finding something that will make money.


Robyn Proctor Hinkle said...

I'm glad to hear that your writing mojo is back! :)

Dawn Maurice said...

Go Go Go girl!! :)

J.L. Campbell said...

Following you now. Writing is what fires me up and I'm glad I came by and read your post. It's given me some inspiration. Thanks!