Take a Stroll

I don’t enjoy the word ‘exercise’.

It just sounds like zero fun to me.

There is an older gentleman that strolls by my house. He uses a cane, or walking stick, and just strolls down the road. One morning he noticed me in the yard, and stopped to chat for a bit.

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He told me about all the weight he has lost. He felt better since he began walking but he walks at a slower pace now because he doesn’t want to lose anymore weight. He must walk less frequently as well because I haven’t seen him recently.

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In Julia Cameron’s books, she recommends walking twice a week. She doesn’t indicate for exercise, she suggests it to clear the mind and become inspired.

I’ve began to stroll my neighborhood.

When you think of it as a stroll instead of exercise, it takes away all excuses. I don’t need fancy running pants, or shoes. When the mood strikes, I grab a jacket or scarf and walk out the front door.

My daughter smiled at me for walking out with my reading glasses still resting on top of my head.

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As I was typing this, I saw a reflection move across the laptop screen. It was that gentleman walking by.

Be inspired my lovelies and take a stroll.

The Writer’s Life

“Writing is an act of self-cherishing.”~Julia Cameron

I believe everyone has a writer in them.

They may choose to use it differently than Blogging, or publishing a book, but it’s there waiting to be released. This year I’m practicing having the writer’s life. What does that look like to you?

The Morning Pages are not nourishing my life at this stage of the journey, but a couple of other suggestions in that book do resonate.

Those suggestions will be Blog topics, but today I wish to share quotes from another book I’m devouring by Julia. Everything she say’s in this book feeds the writer, and we need to feed ourselves.

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For me, writing shouldn’t feel like a chore.

When I strive to ‘think something up’, writing becomes something I must stretch to achieve.

I write for the sheer fun of it, along with the hope of inspiring at least one soul. Stop putting everything and everyone in front of your writing. That’s how we tell ourselves, ‘we don’t have time’ to write.

“Taking time to write in our lives gives us the time of our lives”~Julia Cameron

Maybe you’re not in the mood to write.

Julia says, “Any mood is a good writing mood. The trick is to simply enter whatever mood like a room and sit down and write from there.”

My favorite quote by Julia so far is this.

“It is observing and writing something down, not thinking something up.”

I write what I observe. Thank you Julia for helping me believe that we can live the writer’s life.

The Morning Pages

I’ve added another simple habit to my life.

It’s called, The Morning Pages.

This was daunting to begin. As you know I like my mornings, and coffee is an intricate part. You are to write three pages by hand, as soon after you awake. Or in my case, as soon as humanly possible.

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The idea is to start before the brain starts.

The mind can quickly begin shooting off ideas about my day, so this has been an interesting exercise.

The first day was effortless. My mind wasn’t fully awake, so it felt like my heart was dictating the writing. There must be a small window of time to be in this space, because the next day I waited to begin.

It was a struggle between heart and mind.

So, they key is….do it before anything else.

Therein lies the beauty of the Morning Pages.

Thank you Julia Cameron for sharing your creativeness, and Nadine at Bloomwords for mentioning her and this, in your Blog.