Staying Positive As You Pound It Out – Day No. 19

A Writing Kind of Day

A Writing Kind of Day (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So, here we are at day 19 in the Write 31 Days Challenge.  And boy is it a challenge to keep writing every day. In fact, it’s so much of a challenge now, that I’m mixing up posts that I had a specific schedule for because I can’t bear to write something specific on a certain day. I am tired, and losing focus. I don’t want to write anymore. I want to take a nap. (this being said as I woke up this morning) I’m having a harder time staying positive.

This is one of those hazards of being a writer. Staying positive as you write day after day. Honestly, I have never been one to work on my ‘novels’ on a daily basis. I will go through spurts where I write for maybe a week, then put it away, the pull out another and you get the idea.  I do not write day after day on a different topic and try to stay focused. I do not know how writers actually do it. How do they do this as a job? And make their mind work.

12107876_10153589361601291_5046273428782243254_nMaybe because my day job is household management and farming, I can’t understand sitting and writing for three hours each day. And yet at the same time, maybe the reason I’m losing focus is because while having to write every day, I still have to do household management and farming.  It’s not like I’m an actual writer in the sense that it’s my job. So I actually am trying to do three things all at once and not get burned out. Maybe if I could cut farming out completely and cut down on the house, I could write every day.  Granted, staying focused is still an issue for me. Me focused?  Has anyone seen Disney/Pixars ‘Up’?  You know the dog?  “Hi my name is Doug, I would like to be your friend, Squirrel!”  Yeah…. that’s me.  And the internet is a very distracting thing.

I’m trying to stay positive and realize that 1. I do not have to finish this challenge if I can’t, and 2.there are only 12 more days of this challenge.

We are under the two week mark. I can do this.  So I am trying to break up the writing with reading. And writing poetry, and watching shows or movies I like.  I’m listening to music that inspires me. Songs like X Ambassadors “Renegades” and Sam Hunt’s “Take Your Time” and more. Those are two current favorites. I’m really starting to like Sam Hunt. He’s like an even cooler, sexier Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan wrapped up into one package, with just a touch of Ben Zorn from the Bachelorette.

Music, books, and movies are always helpful with staying positive. So is painting my nails.

So how do you stay positive as you write? Do you write daily and work on a novel or journalism? Is it you day job?  Or are you in the writing challenges like me?  All I can say is, every woman on the Write 31 Challenge has seemed to have had the same problem as me.  So I get you. I hear you. I can’t believe I’ve held out this long and not cracked.  And I can’t say as I have cracked yet.  But I’m gonna keep plugging away as I want to finish this.

So tell me how you stay positive.  Ironically, I wrote about staying positive at the beginning of the month.

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Kate

Positivity – Day No. 1

Here is day one of my 31 Days in October. Ironically, I chose positivity to be my first post about a month ago. The irony is trying to stay positive knowing as I write this that I have 30 more posts I have to write and I’m not as far along as I had hoped. I have semi started three posts and it’s only  four days until this post is actually going to go online.  (I’m tapping it out on a Sunday trying to get ahead of the game. Yikes!) So here goes.

Positivity is something that seems to be a trait inherent to women. We are supposed to be positive. Have a positive outlook on life. Project positivity in all we do. But sometimes we aren’t. In fact, I would bet you that most women are positive less than 50% of the time. No, this is not an actual statistic; just some common sense and looking at my own life. Men can be moody, and suddenly they are mysterious. Women are moody and it’s PMS.  I’m sorry, but it’s hard to stay positive when 5 days out of every month (this is lowballing it. I would go more like 12 days out of the month)  things are not working quite in tandem with actually feeling good.  (I feel like I should cue Michael Buble and have him sing his ‘Feeling Good’ song.)

I was listening to Joy the Baker’s podcast, No. 125 yesterday…. Okay it was actually in late August…. so yesterday means the 26th of August…. moving on.  In it, Joy and her cohost, Tracy, were talking about how to stay positive when things are getting to you. It all had to do with New Orleans and the ‘stabby’ season. It’s so hot you want to just stab something. (To get the full effect of what I’m talking about, listen to the podcast)

So what do you do when you are not so positive? For me, music is huge. I have my sad songs, my jazz songs, my pop, and if I need a boost, I turn to various songs. I can’t pick anything in particular, but something with a good beat. Lately, my need for music has been higher than usual. I have needed some ‘downtime’ in which I can just chill. Granted, my chilling is while hanging laundry, or cleaning chicken pans.

Sometimes finding the little things in life are good for a positive boost. Like taking a picture of a favorite subject…… for me this is pretty much flowers, flowers, bees, and more flowers.

Flowers fix everything.  Which reminds me of Anna Kendrick in her Miss Adventure for Kate Spade.  See?

 

All ways to keep very positive in my mind.

In the podcast, both the gals were talking about rosewater as a way to stay positive. Personally, while I love rosewater, I won’t use it on my face.  But I love essential oils and they keep my mind happy.  Fresh scents most of the time. I love Rosemary and Lemon. Citrus oils are my friend. All time favorite oil I think is Lime. It smells like you just grated lime peel.  Yep, that’s a good way to stay positive.

And lastly, while these items might seem cliche, they work.   Exercise.  I run, or bike, or yoga.  That endorphin/adrenaline boost  is really powerful.   And coffee. Or tea. You can never have enough coffee or tea in my mind. Men drink alcohol…. women drink tea.

How do you stay positive?

 

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Kate