Write and Wrong

So, if you don’t know, I really love wordplay. I love a good pun and I love how you can liven up a story with some good word usage. I did say that I would write every day, or at least definitely try to, so here I am (whether you like it or not)!

Today’s topic is Write and Wrong, and how to be a more effective writer. I am still a rookie in the blogosphere, but I have many years of writing articles, essays, speeches, and more that have helped me to communicate my point very clearly. So today, I’ll share a few tips with you, dear readers, on how to communicate a bit better through your writing and to have a more receptive audience of whatever it is you choose to write about.

THE WRITE THING TO DO

  1. It’s great to speak aloud as you write, and not just stay in your own head. Although it is fine to be a quiet writer, it does help when you read what you write aloud, or have someone else do that for you. You will have a far better time conveying your message and you will hear what simply doesn’t sound right. If something is too word-y, too technical, or just off-putting, you’ll hear it when you (or someone else) says it out loud. You’ll also hear what parts can be confusing to whoever may be reading your work.
  2. I really hope you have a good understanding of whatever it is you choose to write about, otherwise, you run the risk of losing credibility. Credibility will help you stand out in your field, in your work, and your audience (notably, your beloved readers) will trust and like you even more. We all have wisdom in certain topics, and it’s great to share that knowledge with others (especially when you have years of experience and expertise).
  3. It is better to write because you want to make someone smile, share some wisdom, have people consider your point of view, BUT please be wary of writing for the sake of attention. This honestly brings the value of your work down and can make you look desperate, and no one wants to look desperate. Great work does come with time and patience, and you will be able to make people smile, share your wisdom, and have them consider your point of view.

THE WRONG THING TO DO

  1. Please don’t take yourself too too seriously and stifle all the fun and joy that writing can give you. Please don’t be so harsh on yourself that you can’t even bring yourself to writing the first chapter of your novel or book. We can be our own worst critics sometimes, and instead, we just need to realize that we are all learning and growing, and the world (although it is very big) does need your special insight that only you can deliver.
  2. Following all the rules ain’t fun. It’s good to learn the rules, y’all, but it’s also good to know which ones can be broken. You’ll likely find that it’s so much more fun to write this way, when you’re not afraid of the grammar grunts, the colloquialism kooks, the punctuation police, or whatever else.
  3. Don’t stifle your own creative spirit by neglecting it because you’re worried/afraid/frightened or whatever else. Your DREAMS ARE BIG, and if writing is what speaks to you, DO IT!

Thank you to all who have read this, and Happy Sunday! I myself am working on a book (you heard it here first, folks) and I hope that whenever I am finished with it, it will bring not only myself joy, strength, and happiness, but also to my readers as well.

A verse for you… Psalms 28:7 🙂

Create Every Day

It’s so easy to be creative, but it’s so hard sometimes to just create, especially when you consider that others may see it later on. However, when you truly think about it, no matter how private or personal a piece you do might seem to you at the moment, there is no telling where that piece will be 50, 100, or even 1,000 years from now. Will it be in a museum? Will students be engulfed in what you do, deciphering what your work ‘truly means’?

The term ‘art for arts’ sake’ truly comes to mind in this. Think far less about your audience, because you will never truly know who your audience will be, at least in the long run. Sure, right now, you may only have a few followers and feel like you’re just shouting into the void, but that may soon change. Do art because you want to, because you enjoy it, and share it, even if you feel like no one’s listening or paying attention (because one day, you might have hordes of people sending you fan mail, hoping you can write back to them someday).

I will make every effort to write every day, even if I don’t feel like writing (okay, maybe if I don’t feel like writing, I won’t write). I won’t get so caught up in the metrics, the numbers, the figures, or the charts. What matters more to me is that I simply write, because I enjoy doing it, and who knows, maybe that will give me a much more rewarding life. Actually, I know it will give me a rewarding life.

Also, I won’t just create through writing. I also enjoy playing instruments, drawing, sketching, and painting. There are countless ways to create and enjoy art, and I will make a point of it to not just absorb and take in other’s work, but to also create work of my own.

I know I haven’t been on WordPress in eons, but I am back now and I will continue writing. Many thanks to those who are still following me even though I took a very long hiatus. Have a great weekend 🙂

Welcome to Stellar Society

Imagine a wonderful place where you can truly be yourself among your peers and learn and grow with one another and become better every day. A community where everyone feels like they have something valuable to contribute (because we all do) and a place where we can get really good, honest feedback.

Welcome to Stellar Society.

Stellar Society is a place where artists, philosophers, educators, yoga instructors, and really anyone who wants to become a thought leader within their realm or even just want to support one another can do so. We can all learn something from one another, and this is why Stellar Society was created.

We shall respect one another and this can be a place where ideas can be formed and shared as well as a place where dreamers can continue to dream and share that dream with others. We are a passionate group and are all striving for greatness in our own everyday lives.

If you are a new to Stellar Society, I welcome you and I invite you to join my e-mail list, and once a week I’ll send out an inspiring message that can help make your week even more stellar.

All in all, I’d love for you to be a part of this, so what are you waiting for?

3 Ways To Build Resilience Now

What is one of the best tools to have in your soft skill arsenal that will catapult you into your even better self and get you to the next phase of your life that you’ve been dreaming of for a long time? Resilience, of course! Resilience is the ability to take a failure and learn from it, and become better, rather than wallow endlessly and pity oneself. Resilience is key if you need to achieve the seemingly impossible, because resilience is that ability to keep going, despite the crazy things that can throw us for a spin, either internally or externally. Resilience is the ability to keep going, and to turn obstacles into growth opportunities. Resilience is a muscle, and it can definitely be honed, and I’ll even give you a few tips that can help you improve your resilience today.

  1. Stop giving into your fears, but keep listening to your gut. Your gut will be the one that can either save or kick your butt, however, your fears only want your butt to stay stagnant and in your “comfort zone.” Deep growth lies outside your comfort zone, beyond what you are used to and familiar with, but is nothing to be afraid of.
  2. After you’ve had a moment to reflect, get back out there. Don’t think about the past too much and get so wrapped up in it that you forget that you’re in the present and can make changes right now that can help you out in the long run. Just get out and keep going.
  3. Remember the bigger picture. What initially got you into this idea, notion, project, activity, etc.? Was it so that you could be recognized in that field? Was it so that you could support yourself while also doing something you enjoyed? Please remember that not every moment will be one that is glamorous or lovely, but every bit of effort you put into overcoming obstacles will manifest itself into awesome experiences and your realities will soon become better than your wildest dreams.

The Importance of an Action Plan

When was the last time you actually said you were going to do something, and then actually did it within a reasonable time and felt a great sense of accomplishment? If it feels like it has been a while, or maybe you’re a bit less motivated than usual, then you’ve come to the right place.

An action plan is an awesome way to get out of your own head and better organize your thoughts. An action plan is a way to have a better sense of how you can best use your time, and it can be a very effective means of motivating you to accomplishing your work, or at least getting started on it.

In your own head, you may have some really awesome ideas, but you may also have some subconscious fears that you may or may not be aware of that are currently holding you back. Getting all of your thoughts down on paper (what do you want to do, when do you want it done by, what is the best way of tackling this, etc.) is a great start and can make something that seems so daunting actually not so bad after all.

What does a great action plan have?

  1. It lists what you need to do. Even if it’s something that’s not due until a month from now, that is something you need to start working on now. Keep it short and specific.
  2. It has specific due dates. What are the small steps that need to be considered and when should those be done?
  3. It needs to have your absolute commitment. You need to commit yourself to your plan and not let any distractions get in the way.
  4. It needs to have rewards or incentives. If you accomplish X by 2:00pm, maybe you’ll reward yourself by booking that trip.
  5. It helps you kick your own ass. The plan motivates you to get all your work done, while at the same time reminding you of how strong you are and that you are capable, by setting expectations that are do-able for you.

Simply put, a great action plan can be your best friend when it comes to getting sh!t done and making the most out of your time. It can help provide greater clarity and focus since you can have it in front of you, and not just in your own head. YOU GOT THIS.

Reflections on Hard Work

     Hello, there! Thank you for joining me and I hope you stay a while. Have you ever had a time where you felt so exhausted, especially after working really hard, and just hoping that it either ends or that it pays off? Me too.

       However, what I’ve come to realize is that hard work can be something to enjoy, and it helps me remember what I love and what’s important. Work hard, play hard. There are many times where the work seems like it’s too much, too complicated, too droll, perhaps even the straw that could break the camel’s back. But at the end of the day, it’s what you make that matters.

      Making someone’s day, making a beautiful ceramic sculpture, making flash cards, whatever it is, you’re pushing towards something bigger. Yes, that will take consistent hard work, and it will pay off. It may not be immediate, but like a seed planted in good soil and in the right conditions, it will grow and may become much bigger than you could have ever imagined.

    So the next time you’re working hard and you hope it pays off or that you want it to be over, just keep going above and beyond. 

“The work that challenges you the most is the biggest opportunity for you to learn and grow.”

-Stella Leanne

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