17 April 2008

Gratitude

Like so many other people in this world, I have a tendency to slip into "lack mode". I don't have this, there isn't any that, blah blah blah. It is pretty absurd when you consider what is happening in Haiti, etc, where scarcity is the only thing that abounds. That said, I would like to acknowledge the things in my life that I am so very grateful for.

1. I am grateful for the abundance of love, support and encouragement I am surrounded by.
2. I am thankful for the abundance of fresh food and water.
3. I am grateful for a warm, inviting and nurturing place to call home.
4. I am grateful for the amazing people who are a part of my life.
5. I am so thankful to have had each experience in my life, good and bad.
6. I am grateful that I have been given the gift and choice to create.
7. I am thankful for my talents and weaknesses.
8. I am grateful for bicycle.
9. I am thankful for the education my Dad is still paying for.
10. I am grateful for the ability and freedom to choose how to live my life.

Got attitude? Try gratitude!


15 April 2008

Knitters Jitters

After spending the last two days researching two new story ideas and getting acquainted with my new software aid (OneNote, fabulous for electronic note taking!),  I spent some documenting all of my current projects on a site for yarn crafters called Ravelry.com. I uploaded some pics on Flickr and Ravelry. Interested in Britt's knits? 

Have a look: http://www.flickr.com/photos/brittunia/
Let me know what you think.

09 April 2008

Practice makes perfect...

...although I don't think it is perfection that I am after. I have spent too much of my life trying to be perfect and avoiding doing anything new for fear of screwing it up (as most beginners do) and looking bad. So, I wrote my first online content article today as a practice run to develop my voice and sense of style. It has been a while since I have really written anything of length or something non-academic for that matter. But I nailed my butt to my desk chair and hammered out an article. It felt good to finally put pen to paper, especially since I had allowed myself to get paralyzed by my own fear. The best way to start writing is to just start. It doesn't matter what it is about or where it appears. Start small and let your momentum build.

08 April 2008

Couldn't have been bothered...now back on the horse

Even though I have technically been here in Manchester since early February, I am just managing to get my ambitions of freelance writing off the ground. There were so many other fun distractions like cleaning our new place, venturing out into the Northern Quarter to check out all the hipster vintage shops, crafty and arty places; unpacking, organizing, and reorganizing; establishing a yoga practice, compulsive knitting, transfering our lives on paper from Canada to Britain, residence permit applications, cooking lunch for my DH who comes home everyday to see me and get a hot meal, stich'n'bitches, trips to the LYS, sorting through childhood memoribilia and reconnecting with old friends, bachelorette parties in Edinburgh, visitors from Germany and bicycle shopping. Oh and then there are the 250 channels on Sky TV that also served as welcome distractions...

As always, I have to give myself some credit and cut myself some slack. This international moving stuff is hard work. There is an adjustment period whether I like it or not. That is what we learned from our move from Germany to Canada. I gave myself a two-month acclimation and settling period before getting on with what I have been talking about doing for the past year now: writing.

About five weeks ago, I began the work with The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron. It is a twelve-week program designed to help one rediscover and unblock creativity. I had started it about this time last year, but with the foundation of the program being daily journaling and a weekly artist's date, I barely made it two weeks. The book is really amazing as it sheds light on the background conversations running in our thoughts that serve as creative blocks. It is really helping me peel back the years and layers of negative thought patterns and deal with some messy stuff that I had no idea was in there. The combination of consistent morning journaling, filling the "artistic well" and working with the chapter exercises has been great. I wish that I had a group to do it with, though. I had found one on meetup.com, but it was too far away for me, the carless wonder, to get to. So I am flying solo and it seems to be going alright so far.

I have spent most of yesterday and today goal setting, prioritizing and laying the groundwork for my writing. I did some preliminary research and idea generation. Tomorrow I will start by writing my first practice article to work on my voice. Any encouragement or input?