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Inspiration from a quiet place

Nighttime is quiet, other than the low hum of the diffuser, which large amounts of steam escape through the pin-like hole on the top. Drops of eucalyptus oil swirl around inside.

I’m awake, too miserable to sleep. The coughs come quickly, yet profusely. I look across the room, dimly lit by the one lamp on the table. My reader sits awaiting that next page to turn. My knitting sits beside it.

It’s 3:00 am, the clock tells me. Far from time to get up. I twist my neck to the side, take in a deep breathe. Ouch. Will this night ever end? Eventually, I hope to sleep. In the meantime, it’s me, my thoughts and my iPad.

Ever have those sleepless nights where it’s your own worries, a cold, or other ailment that keeps you awake? It’s probably the best time to reflect. Take a moment to think of all the things that inspire you. Clearly, it’s the quiet house that makes your mind go crazy, your thoughts to run wild.

I rally around those thoughts, and wonder what next year wil look like for my design business. My writing. What inspiring thoughts can I have that will be effective in creating the inspiration for the (master) plan.

Do you know what I mean?

I can feel the cough subsiding, the essential oils doing their thing. My eyes are getting tired, but now my mind is moving.

2016 feels like the year to up the anti with my business. Create another facet to the ever popular Dishcloth Diva, me. Reaching into the vaults, or my computer archives and pulling out those patterns I love so much and recreating them. Repurposing them, if you will. Inspiring to be that next superstar in the fiber industry.

Oh wait! I am!

Or maybe writing that next novel, memoir, or industry type of book. Spinning tales of my yarn business, how/why it’s led me to where I am.

Sigh…it’s time to close the iPad, turn off the lamp and attempt to get some sleep. It feels like a good time to say, thanks for being my loyal fan, my reader, or however you have come to me. I appreciate you. I know we all have inspirations. For me, apparently, they come in the middle of the night.

Night all!

Deb

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Love What you Do, and You’ll never Work a day in your Life

You know that old saying, don’t you? It’s what we all wish we could do, right?

If your work involves something you’re passionate about, you’re one of the lucky ones. Particularly, as it can bring joy to your working life and your day. However, some people have to “put up” with having a “real job” that doesn’t satisfy them, this makes going to work drudgery, though it pays the bills.

I get that!

If your life is going this way, take a step back and think again. I’m not saying every hobby can become a job, but I am one of those “lucky ones” that it has. And it can be for you too.

I’ve compiled a list of 10 tips that may help you in thinking toward loving your job and never working a day in your life:

10 fun ideas to think about

(1) Maybe you paint, knit, blog, or even play in a 3-piece band, find a way to showcase your talent for others.

(2) Research has found, that the more people engage in their hobbies, the more likely they are to come up with a creative solution.  Perhaps making it their “career”. So, do (more of) what you love. Get good at your hobby.

(3) Hang out in groups on Facebook or Instagram that have like-minded individuals. See what they’re involved with. How they are making a living doing what they love?

(4) Are you open to taking a risk? If so, it may be time to take that plunge. Do your research. Publish a book, pattern, or write an article for a magazine.

(5) Teach others to do what you love? You can do this by creating your own class, doing a webinar, or teaching through a college or continuing education program.

(6) Teach the business of your hobby? For example, if your hobby is magic, teach marketing to magicians. Maybe you love cooking, you could teach others how to get their cooking book published, or teach them a new skill in the kitchen.Do you love to travel? Write an ebook on the best places to see or send in an article to a travel magazine.

(7) Speak or write about your hobby – Hobby-related topics or stories are always of interest to small groups, small papers. Maybe asking to do a guest blog post.

(8) Fix “things” related to your hobby. Maybe your hobby is computers. Most people don’t have a clue how to “fix” them when they break. I know I don’t. Offer your services. Are you a knitter? There is always a dropped stitch (ask me how I know). Offer workshops to show them how to “fix” their work.

(9) Sell your work at craft fairs, local events. Set up an online shop such as Etsy, to showcase your work. (I’ll be doing a post in the coming weeks on setting up an Etsy shop successfully. What I’ve learned along the way.)

(10) Most of all, be enthusiastic about your hobby. Love your hobby or hobbies. Seek out others in your chosen hobby “category”. Friend them, ask them questions on how they got started?

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“The next time you find yourself confused as to how to generate income from your hobbies, search out the most successful entrepreneurs in your area of interest and study their business models and revenue streams.” ~Forbes

Ask them where their income is coming from. Products? Services? What is their pricing strategy?

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Not everyone is going to be a super-star by turning their hobby into a career, but it will ensure us that we will love what we do, because it will nourish us. Feeding your creativity brings joy, excitement, and a positive attitude toward our chosen hobby. So, what’s stopping you from seeking out the possibilities.

It’s a fact!

I love my job! You can too.

I’m curious, and I would love to get some feedback. What can you add to my list? Tell me your hobby? Are you an artist, writer, journalist. Do you knit, crochet, or sew? What do you love to do? Let’s chat.

Live a Creative Life,

Deb

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The Power of a Morning Routine

“I’ve never been a snooze button person. If I could afford to waste my time with a snooze button, I would just set my alarm later.”

~Ben Brooks

I have to agree with this statement.

Creative people can struggle to get things done because our minds are in constant forward motion. Right? So, why waste your time hitting the snooze button.

What is the power behind a morning routine?

Successful people have one thing in common, they treasure their morning routines.

Ritual is very important to me, but so is my sense of adventure. My ritual helps motivate me for the day. How do I inject creativity into my morning routine without loosing my focus? I try to keep it loose; sipping on my coffee, reading my emails, and working on social media. I then head to do some yoga. That for me, seems to clear the mind and open it up to creativity.

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The alarm clock goes off around 7:00 am. I don’t seem to linger long in bed, though, I have been known to stay in a bit longer than I want, at times. This never is a good thing. The Keurig pops on at 7:00 am, so I know by the time I get down there it will be ready for me. I make my coffee, grab my ipad and head to the chair in the corner by the windows. There’s something about an open window that draws me in. There seems to be another blog post in that last sentence. 

I will usually put on some music or my favorite podcast as I scan email. After that, I work on a knitting project, whether it’s a new design or my own knitting. I won’t allow myself to sit there longer than 9:00am, where I then head to my loft and work out the kinks with yoga.

What is your morning routine?

The early morning hours are my most productive. I’ve been know to shut down around 3, or grab some coffee, and just sit.

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You might think, what does she do all day? Well, for me, each day is different. I like to sit and plan with my notebook in hand. The early hours of the day allow me that flexibility before the demands begin.

As a creative person, I have many facets to me: knitwear designer, quilter, drawing/coloring (is my new favorite), and reading when I can focus long enough. My job is a knitwear designer.

So, what are your thoughts?

Creativity is the ability to transcend traditional ideas into new meaningful ones. Imagination is the key. The important thing is, you find your ritual that will motivate you.

The main benefits of a morning routine every day is that not a day will go by without you thinking about your goals, which in turn, helps you achieve them. Be creative in your morning routine, friends!

Deb

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Growing Through the Seasons

Would you agree that growing takes you to that next level?

Absolutely!

Would you (also) agree that if you don’t, you could lose site of what your ultimate goal is/was?

Absolutely!

Why, you ask, am I asking these questions?

Because we all go through this one time or another. It’s the ever changing seasons of life. I believe in the process. I believe there are four seasons. I believe that the dreaded winter precedes beautiful spring. I believe there’s a time and place for everything. I also believe when you feel “stuck”, it’s the opportunity to grow.

There’s more to just winter, spring, summer and fall. There’s the ever changing reflection that takes place within us. You must take personal responsibility. What is it that makes you tick? You can’t change the season, but you can change yourself. Time will pass and seasons come and go, but it’s the changing within ourselves that pulls us up and out and allows us the opportunity to grow.

Yes, I am there. I’m in the sweet spot of my life; the place I feel there IS that next step. I’m an entrepreneur. I’m a knitting designer. I’m an author. I’m a writer. I love to photograph “things”. I love what comes next…

Growth!

What season are you in? What makes you tick? I feel that knowledge is power, and when faced with the decision to grow, it’s important to have ammunition.

So, as I always say,

Write On!

Deb

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NaNoWriMo WINNER

I’m so excited to announce, I did complete the 50,000 word challenge.

Finished with 50,013 words!

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My plan is to post a journal like entry, about my journey, through the entire month.

It was fun.

It was challenging.

It was, at times, impossible.

Yet, I finished. And a day early. Thursday night, Thanksgiving night, in fact…

So, as I always say,

Write On!

Deb

 

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NaNoWriMo Day 26

Wow! is all I can say. The fact that I can’t wait to get the next chapter written even though my story is character driven and Morgan drives the plot, well, it’s a thrill.

I spent a couple hours at Starbucks this afternoon, sipping on coffee and water and writing the next chapter. Yes, I’m still behind, but slowly creeping up. I’ve been able to write 2 chapters a day to catch up before Thanksgiving Day hits. That’s an average of about 3500 words a day. Now, why didn’t I manage to stay on target with only 1667 words a day. How much easier would that have been?

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I must make it difficult, I think. 

Nah…It’s all good. 

I have really enjoyed the writing process. I must confess. Just last Wednesday, my husband looked at me and said, “I have to tell you something, and you may not be happy with me. You will finish this NaNoWriMo. You will. I need you to feel this sense of accomplishment. You need to feel this sense of accomplishement. You started this to get your writing mojo back. You can do this. So write.”

Or something to that extent. That’s what I heard him say, anyway. 

So…I write. And write. And write.

I’m listening to Nora Jones and typing away at my craft table in my basement where I just finished the 2nd chapter for the day. I’ve written 41,854 words since November 1st. I WILL have 50,000 by Saturday. That’s ONLY 8,146 words to go.

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Check out the meter. We are almost done. Well, I am anyway.

Are you?? Are you?

So, as I always say,

Write On!

Deb

 

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NaNoWriMo Day 24

I know. I know. I haven’t posted anything in about a week. Life happens, right? 🙂

The release of my second (knitting) book happened on Friday, but I spent much of that week cleaning things up with it. *squee* Too excited.

My 50,000 word novel WILL get finished. I promise you that! I have the ambition this year to finish, a well written novel, at that. I’ve done much editing, despite what they say should happen. I’ve taken a few days off, despite what should have happened, yet I will finish. And on time. I have never EVER got this far in 30 days. Huge accomplishment for me!

Winner! Needs to be the word come Sarurday night.

I’ve been writing 2 chapters a day for the last 2 days, and will do that until I’m caught up. I have left Thursday, Thanksgiving, to only 1 chapter. I have to cook the meal and my family will be here to eat it. 

I find I write well in a coffee shop for the first chapter, then pack up to come home. I knit for awhile, then finish up the next chapter for the day at my dining room table. 

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How are you doing? I mean, really. I would love you to leave a comment so I know I’m not alone in this.

Word Count Accomplished: 33,459 (words remaining 16,541)

So, as I always say, 

Write On!

Deb

 

 

 

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Stalled

*sigh* You know what I’m saying, right?

You’re cruising along with your WIP, in this case, NaNoWriMo, and life sticks its foot out and trips you up. Image

Ouch!

I can sit and knit all day, think of potential scenes, but the moment that foot flies out, bam!

So, how do we get it back? Some people say, just do it! Others say, how ’bout a writing prompt? Others say, I get it, I’m watching for your followers to post their responses.

What gets you moving in a forward direction when your WIP stalls, or trips you up? I’d love to hear…

So, as I always say,

Write On!

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NaNoWriMo Day 14

It’s been a few days since I’ve updated you all.

I AM making great progress. I did have a small hiccup this past weekend when my husband, who had been on a business trip for a week, came home.

In walks distraction. (a good one though)

I did get caught up on Monday, then had another one on Tuesday. I didn’t write at all. Oops. So, Wednesday was spent writing 2 days worth.

Done. I decided to have lunch at one of my favorite coffee shop/cafes, Nemo’s, on Wednesdsay. They provide home made food and music I love to listen to.

Word count accomplished.

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I then headed back home and wrote the rest from my chair.

Again, word count accomplished.

It is now Thursday, where I woke up excited to write. I think it has something to do with the fact that I now know where I’m taking the rest of this story…or at least some of it anyway.

In walks distraction: On my way to my writing place, I decided to stop at a new shop, used womens clothes and accessories. I snagged a Vera Bradley bag for only $20. Score.

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On the road again, and headed straight for Panera Bread to find the perfect booth and have the perfect lunch.

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Word count accomplished: 23,424 (26,576 words remaining)

Yes, I’ve verified the word count on my NaNoWriMo page. Have you?

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Music is always playing, though this time, NOT on my ipod

Beverage(s) of choice: Mango tea, Herbal Hibiscus, water, iced coffee

Place(s) I chose to write: My comfy chair in the corner, Nemos Coffee/Cafe, Panera Bread

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So, as I always say,

Write On!

Deb

 

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NaNoWriMo Day 11

Did you notice something? Yes, I missed Day 10.

By design.

Not from the lack of my husband prodding me all day, but by the lack of motivation on my part. I could come up with ten reason why I chose not to write, but not one would make any sense.

Fast forward to Day 11. Done. Word Count Accomplished!

I have to say it’s getting (a little bit) more difficult to keep the story moving forward. You’ve read books like that, where the author gets so stuck, the same scene continues and continues. I guess it’s not that bad, but when you sit in front of the blinking cursor, you quickly realize there’s nothing there.

Sigh…

I managed to move it forward with ease, once the fingers started clicking and I stopped over analyzing it. I think that’s where I get into trouble.

I’m also finding my character, Morgan, talking to me more. I know, some of you think that may be weird, but it really IS the case. She knows where this story is going to take us and it will be a happily ever after despite all the “stuff” happening.

It’s a romance. It has to.

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Words completed to date: 18,341 (31,659 words remaining)

Yes, I’ve verified the word count on my NaNoWriMo page. Have you?

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Music playing on my iPod: Smooth Jazz

Beverage of Choice: Iced coffee

Place I chose to write: My dining room table.

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So, as I always say,

Write On!

Deb