Monday Motivation – Short and Sweet and Dreaming

I was stuck in meeting all morning and then there was work to do after the meeting so I am a little late in motivating myself for the week, seems Monday started before I was ready for it to. Because of that, and because my mind both tired and focused, I am going to keep this short and sweet.

This week I am thinking about my dream. I am thinking about the phrase, “don’t quit your daydream”. I never did quit it, in fact I am only just now realizing it. This week I am thinking about what I want to do and what steps do I need to take to get there. Of course that is a hard thing to know but I take feedback from the feelings I get when I step outside my comfort zone to try new things. I listen to my inner-self and move in the directions that only make feel good.

I feel good about writing and I daydream about being creative.

So this week I am going to get back to working on my editorial journal and moving toward writing better and more creative non-fiction. I have recently taken an interest in Brevity Magazine and I saw that they were open for submissions on the subject of gender.

Fun fact about me: I identify as “genderqueer”. That means, for me, gender is not as simple as male/female. I don’t fit easily into either definition and often feel like my gender is both male and female, neither male nor female, or something else entirely. I’m almost 30 and I didn’t know there was a term for how I felt until about a year ago.

I also recently found another magazine looking for submissions too, Hippocampus Magazine. I don’t know much about them but I am doing my research. They are looking for pieces on the theme of “Guilty Pleasures and Vices” and boy do I have plenty of those! The deadline is in May so I have time to get something together.

I don’t have high hopes that my work would be accepted considering how new I am to writing in any capacity, but why not try? Why not put real effort and thought into this and see what happens? I think at the very least it will be a learning experience and will force me to think about writing in a different light. Having my own blog is one thing but writing for submission is another.

I am also thinking about sharing more of what inspires me and what makes me want to be creative even when I don’t have the time to be. I recently read Austin Kleon‘s book, Show Your Work and it made me think differently about what it means to be an artist even when you are not making art. And about ways to share your process even before the process as begun.

In his first book, Steal Like an Artist I learning how to be inspired, or how to “steal” effectively. In Show Your Work I learned that sharing what inspires you is just as important as sharing your own work. So I will be looking for other writer’s and artists to write about, and maybe even interview in the future.

So that’s the focus this week, planning. Planning for moving forward and planning for doing things my future self will thank me for. The daydream is still foggy and out of focus but there is hope and there are options.

What are you doing this week to move you toward your daydream?


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