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Motivation. A word of empowerment that is often elusive, hiding behind a long list of excuses.

My list has been substantial of late, and while the reasons have been honest, tangible and time-consuming, the results created confusion, apathy and a feeling of being completely overwhelmed. As I write this, I have realized how tired I had become and how much I am benefiting from my new regime of walking and taking time out for me.

Last week I was set the task of creating an Acrostic Poem using the word motivation as the prompt. I thought I’d share it with you, along with a photo I took some years ago of Forget-Me-Nots. The two connecting,  reminding me to move forward, reach for the stars and enjoy the journey.

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P1050098Currently I am evaluating 2012 and wondering what the year 2013 should look like.

Setting some achievable goals is paramount to realizing our full potential and it is my belief that many of us set ourselves up for failure before we even get started, by setting the level of achievement way too high.

Focusing on how to reach our potential, over seeing each and every milestone, with small yet solid steps, could result in dreams turning into reality, hopes being realized and the unimaginable experienced in wonderfully creative ways.

Last year was the first year I didn’t proclaim a ‘New Years Resolution’. It was the first year I didn’t fail in my decision-making process within the first month, and I managed to achieve; mind-boggling steps into the unknown, heart breaking conflict as I challenged past mindsets, allowed awe-inspiring ideas to come to light and placed my written thoughts into the hands of a world audience.

The roller coaster of 2012 is fading into the past and it was year of mixed emotions, a year to draw on as I write my way into the future. I boldly quoted Byron at the start of 2012, declaring that there was ‘Pleasure in the Pathless Woods,’ little realizing the power it would have on my life, as I sat and waited for inspiration to come.

Pioneering a new path for my life was not without its pot holes, change did not necessarily suit those around me and while there was a cheer squad urging me on, I very much sensed there were those who became fearful of the new Sandie starting to emerge.

As I write this it makes me sit back, stare at the words on the page and ask difficult questions, ones that probably need an answer.

Am I chasing impossible dreams?

Do I have the courage and stamina to partake in this writing relay?

Am I fit enough to compete in a pentathlon of wordy events and projects?

What do I want to gain from this experience?

What sacrifices will I have to make?

What sacrifices am I prepared to make?

…..the list could go on and on and on.

I am beginning to sense that 2013 is a make or break year for me; It’s time to discover once and for all, my creative gifts and their potential. Working on my 30,000 word NaNoWriMo attempt and bringing it to a marketable completion, is high on my list of projects. Yet somehow, I need to create a balance, where I can enjoy the isolation of my own creative space and continue to build the communicator that lives within, the one who loves to be surrounded with people.

It is a challenging call, one in which I will continue to share with you all as you read my posts in 2013.

A big thank you to those who have come along side me during 2012. As we turn the page and usher in a new chapter for 2013, I pray that we will find wisdom and guidance in all that we do.

God bless you

Sandie

© Sandie’s Snippets 2012

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I’m not sure what I expected when I started this NaNoWriMo adventure. Sitting at my computer for the additional hours has certainly caused my body to rebel as joints have stiffened and my brain has lapsed into melt down mode.

There have been moments of brilliance where I have read through something on the computer screen and thought, ‘Wow, did I really write that?’. Then at other times, every sentence is hard work and I feel like I’m word constipated.

There is nothing easy about this experience, my growing admiration and thoughts go out to those who call this their career, as I recognise that this how they achieve their work. I figure that by the end of this process, I will know where I want this journey to take me. Deciding if I have the skills, drive and stamina to succeed at what has always been a dream.

Attempting my daily word count and maintaining everyday life has also been a challenge, I have to keep telling myself it is just for a month, then I remember that after this comes the editing stage. Currently, I know I am 13,000 words ahead of where I was this time last week and perhaps, by the end of the month, I will have the basis for a complete book.

Dreams are possible – You just have to wake up and make them happen.

© Sandie’s Snippets 2012

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Tomorrow is D Day and I was still undecided.  Should I go for it and give it a go, or put it off for another year?

I registered three weeks ago and have been reading all the comments on Facebook and Twitter but nothing seemed to be spurring me on, or creating an excitement. All I’ve been sensing is my current commitments, the daunting work load and a 50,000 word mountain of my waffle.

As I deliberated over this, I asked myself some tough questions and the answer that seemed to keep bouncing back is one of fear. Fear of the unknown, fear that I would not be able to keep up with the work load, fear that life would drop its bundle and have me racing off in another direction. Fear that I may even succeed and then need to go the next step to rework and edit. The small, four letter word, having the unique ability to hold me back and consume me.

Then a friend sent an email. Apparently only 10% of the people taking part in the 2010 NaNoWriMo completed the assignment. Suddenly the expectations I’d been placing on myself shrivelled up, I could do it and sit comfortably with the 90% that gave it a go. Or perhaps, just possibly, for one of the first times in my life, come out in the top 10%.

I was not going to be back in a classroom, with a teacher breathing down my neck, pointing out my faults and telling me I’d not amount to anything. There was no sports field with hurdles, long jump or relays to embarrass myself in. Just a web site, with a very large data base and a worded marathon to challenge my time management and focus.

What’s stopping me?

Nothing now……..

© Sandie’s Snippets 2012

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After hours of changes and deliberations I posted ( as in, put it in an envelope and stuck a stamp on it posted) my entry for a local short story competition. In the end I had to send it on its way, not because I was running out of time, but because I kept seeing changes I could make, another twist, another word duplicated in the next paragraph and so on. The relief to drop it into the post box was freeing, although I did continue to edit and refine the piece a bit more.

Now I am back to a slightly bigger project. One that will see me having to knuckle down and get on with it. I need to set a goal; one that is realistic and achievable, one that fits into the life of a writer who has a home and hubby to manage, one that also allows me to continue doing voluntary work within my Church and local area.

I think I have a bit of a challenge ahead of me, but I do have a good support crew who will keep me on track and on task. Belonging to a writers group is a great way to surround yourself with like-minded people, so is having published friends and being part of this wonderful online community, that I affectionately call Blogisphere.

Who knows. This time next year I may be wondering how to publish a book, rather than wondering if I could dare to join the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and push myself to the limits.

Now I had better get back to it.

© Sandie’s Snippets 2012

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Why do people blog?

Why am I blogging?

This is the question I have been asking myself as I look back over my posts. It has been three months since I launched myself into Blogisphere and over that time I have come to appreciate some incredible story tellers, read fantastic articles and received wonderful feedback and encouragement.

Coming out of the shadows as a hobby writer and positioning myself in a spotlight, is not something that comes easy for me. Creating a public profile and experiencing this type of lifestyle, is in many ways alien to the me that I have known so well.

So far, blogging has been a great test of endurance and discipline as I’ve sat and considered what each post would be. As I review this, I am feeling rather proud to have 38 posts under my belt, this one making my 39th.

Now I think I’m in need of some vitamin D, as I have been working in front of a computer screen for most of the day. Sunshine can come in a bottle(thanks to the health food stores), but it is much better when taken in the great outdoors.
Post 40 will be coming to a screen near you soon!
 

© Sandie’s Snippets 2012

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I thought I had the perfect post for today until I read and responded to someone’s Blog Post, and then answered an email from a friend.

A question was posted on-line asking about what should be done when a volunteer programme you are working on, doesn’t measure up to its expectations. When instead of being appreciated in your area of expertise, you are challenged, even criticised in your role.

Having done the roller coaster ride of voluntary work, I have experienced many of the emotional highs and lows of this experience. However this week I actually said ‘NO’, to a position that had the potential to promote me into the spotlight. I was even more surprised to hear words coming out of my mouth that expressed some of my deepest feelings.

When explaining why, I was able to say with honesty, that I have hidden within organisations, promoted their platform and glowed with their accolades, for most of my adult life. Now I feel it is time for me to be the master of my own journey, to use my deeply ingrained talents to discover my own form of creativity.

I am coming to the conclusion that for me, taking on these volunteer roles validated my personal needs, as well as fine tuned some of my skills and abilities. However on some occasions they have hindered the potential that is within me. Allowing me (very cleverly), to hide behind a position, rather than face the possibility of giving it a go and then experience the lessons and grief of personal failure.

This is what my ‘Purple Project’ has been all about I think. Not weight, diet, exercise etc, but allowing myself to become the real me. To come out of other peoples shadows, to take a risk and see what happens.

Writing in the public domain is not for the faint hearted and you need a very big umbrella, to stop drowning under the rain of critical comments. But most of the damage seems to come from within, from our very own doubts and fears.

My friends email came with a footnote from Albert Einstein. ‘Today’s problems cannot be solved if we still think the way we did when we created them.’

Well worth remembering, I think.

© Sandie’s Snippets 2012

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