Weekly Writing Prompt #47

As everyone is starting to head back to work and school, I find myself dreaming about a longer vacation. Unfortunately, the disconnect between our dream lives and reality is extremely common. Equally as common is the habit of brainstorming escape routes in order to find a place in life where we don’t have to sit in an office all day, wishing we were out on the beach. There is another, less common, yet more favorable way to deal with this though. It’s the knowledge that no matter where you are, you you can make it the happy place you are dream about.

It’s all about changing the way you think and letting go of ‘stuff’. For example, if you wake up every morning and say, ‘What a great place I have to live in today. I don’t know about tomorrow, but today is going to be great!’ you have a better experience and and can enjoy what you have without worrying about what you don’t have.

Even if you’re back at work, you still have choices. You can choose to be miserable, or you can choose to feel like you’re still on vacation and focus on the things around you that are beautiful. So much of our lives are dictated by chasing a huge paycheck or achieving a higher level of success. But at the end of the day, what does that really matter? When did work become the only thing that matters? If we can adopt the mentality that work is a means to live the rest of our lives, and that’s it, we can be a lot happier. You only get one life to live. It may be basic, but we could all use a reminder of it every now and then.

So this week’s prompt is to get you thinking about the feeling of a vacation, even if you’re not on one. Enjoy!

Toa Heftiba

Weekly Writing Post #46

Happy New Year! What a year 2018 was. I grew my business, I turned 40, I travelled and I reached my reading goal of 25 books! Did you reach your goals, even small ones like reading or writing more? Reaching these relatively small milestones should be seen as big achievements and celebrated just as much as bigger and more challenging ones.

My goals for 2019 include using my time in a more productive manner. Less procrastination, more time for life and less time for stress. Oh and upping my reading goal to 30 books!

Have you made any resolutions or set any goals for this year? Feel free to share them in the comments below.

This week’s writing prompt will hopefully spur you to begin any goal you want to achieve this year. So, just begin!

Gaelle Marcel

Weekly Writing Prompt #36

I don’t know if you noticed (maybe not because I know your busy), but I completely dropped the ball last week and missed posting a writing prompt. Being busy isn’t a great excuse, in fact, most of us make every attempt to express to others how busy we are everyday. What do you say to the friend you haven’t seen in awhile who asks what you’ve been up to? ‘Good. Same old, busy!’ As a society we've come to glorify busy. We've all been tricked into believing that if we are busy we are important. But that's untrue. We’re human beings, not human doings, yet we always seem to have to be doing something.

That’s not to say that there’s something wrong with being busy. We need to have goals and be working towards achieving them, and striving to create a beautiful life for ourselves and those we love. It gives us a sense of purpose and direction and helps us feel good. But let’s find a way to do all these things and still have time to do the things that bring us joy, like nothing. Do nothing on your own, do nothing with your significant other, do nothing with your friends and family. When was the last time you stopped to just be? Went for picnic or a long walk in nature? With no agenda other than to just appreciate the experience of being in that moment? We invest our precious time on things that we shouldn't and it leaves us less hours in the day to invest wisely, on things that do matter.

So, if you feel like you don’t have time to write this week, that’s ok, but ask yourself why. Make sure you invest your time wisely and make room for things that bring you joy.

Luke Ellis-Craven