What I plan to stop doing so I can give myself more time to do what I love

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I love taking pictures. Catherine Just’s The Deepening helped me dive deeper into my love of taking photos.

I’ve been taking a lot of pictures of a particular subject. It’s a pasture gate. Here it is here:

I love how it always looks different.

It speaks of possibilities.

I love the big sky and the shadows.

And its stark beauty in winter.

Whether I’m seeing Spring brown ….

Or green.

I plan to do more photography and all the other things that I love and that make me feel at home.

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5 thoughts on “What I plan to stop doing so I can give myself more time to do what I love

  1. First off I want to say superb blog! I had a quick question
    in which I’d like to ask if you don’t mind. I was interested
    to know how you center yourself and clear your head prior to
    writing. I have had trouble clearing my thoughts in getting my thoughts out.
    I do enjoy writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes tend to be wasted just trying to figure out
    how to begin. Any recommendations or tips? Cheers!

    1. Hey Wilson! (if that’s your name) ;)
      You know…I do a number of things. First off, in the morning, just to get my head straight in general, I do a few yoga poses and a quick 10 minute meditation just to center myself for the day–I just don’t feel right if I don’t.
      Boy, a lot of days I just don’t feel like writing…Hah! Probably the #1 complaint most writers have.
      Here’s a few things that work for me…and I know it’s kinda cliche, but like Nike says, Just Do It!
      1) Freewrite. It’s sort of like freedrawing, where you look at your subject, and start to draw but you can’t take your pen (or pencil) off the paper and you keep drawing(or writing) for a set period of time–say 15 minutes–or whatever time you want. No editing, no judging. Just write.
      2) In that vein, set a timer! For 15 minutes, or 5 minutes, or whatever. And, write.
      3) Makes lists–anything.
      4) Go for a walk.
      5) Go look at Tumblr or Pinterest, or any art/photography site for inspiration.
      5) Take a famous quote and riff on it.
      6) Brain dump. It’s sort of like freewriting, but put whatever’s worrying you, etc. and just put it all on paper.
      7) Go back and edit something you’ve already written. There’s usually something that you could improve on, say better, correct (typo!)…
      8) Go back and re-read something you’ve written that you’re really proud of. Sometimes I surprise myself when I go back and re-read earlier pieces. “Did I write that?!” It’s like somebody else wrote it. You can amaze yourself. :)
      9) Go read a really good piece of writing and get inspired. Open to the first page of a best seller, a classic, etc. and read the first few pages…maybe even copy their style–just for the heck of it. (But, Don’t plagiarize.) Who do you like? Grisham? Elmore Leonard? Eudora Welty? How do they grab your attention? Hear their voice, and maybe it will help you find your own.
      10) Read the lyrics to a great song. Hear how it paints a picture.
      I could go on…but I hope this gives you some ideas to get un-stuck!
      Best,
      Jean

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