Fitness and the New year

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‘Tis the season for New Year resolutions!

And the top, most requested goal/wish for the new year is becoming a healthier version of yourself.

I love-making plans for the new year, mine usually start on my birthday (which is in November). I make a few small goals to finish out the year and then save my bigger plans for January 1st 🙂

What kind of goals do you usual make for yourself?

How do you set yourself up to crush them?

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Writing them down is always great step towards making them stick and helping them come one step closer to reality. 

Some people also suggest sharing the news with close friends or family as a way to help keep yourself accountable. But I’ve also heard about the “working in silence” strategy too-  Keeping the main goal (and reasoning why) to yourself to avoid negative remarks and unwanted comments. Understandable.

Today is seems even those wanting to be fit and healthy are getting shamed and treated like complete outsiders.

I love fitness and I’m in the process of making it more than just a hobby. I’ve been into fitness since way back when I first watched  The Biggest Loser  as a preteen and fell in love with Jillian Michaels  way of training 🙂   Around that same time I became a life long fan of Zuzka Light ( at that time she only had Youtube videos. Easy, but effective, at home High Intensity Interval Training- AKA “HIIT”. )   Since then she has grown immensely evenly in her training and business.

I could talk for hours about who I derive motivation from, but those two bombshell women will always be at the top of my list and my most inspiring idols.

So back to the fit shamming …. Do you have Instagram? If so, simply looking up “Fit” in the hashtags will show you a huge assortment of fitness loving individuals and their amazing journey while they become healthier and grow in the fitness field.  Then if you go as far as reading their captions (which most people fail to do now in this quick paced world) and further by reading the comments …. You’ll not just find motivated and loving comments meant to inspire the individual who made the post, but you’ll also find those lovely trolls who feel like everyone needs to feel miserable and unhappy no matter what they’re doing.

Personally, If you appreciate your sanity and like to believe that people cannot be so nasty towards other people trying to turn their health around or working their bums off to reach a goal… I wouldn’t dive to deep into the comment sections.

But that’s just my opinion. 

Today it seems we have to work even harder to keep our mental health in check while trying to grow and live our lives.

And no, I don’t believe – “If people stop putting their lives on Social media, they wouldn’t have to deal with trolls and hate…”.  Because this kind of hate is everywhere right now.   It’s at work, in our homes and schools. Heck, you can get heckled just walking down the street.

No. I believe this is all the more reason we must talk about what we love and learn to grow confident in what we have to share and say.

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Either way, Stand for who you are and what you believe in.  And don’t shut others out just because they think differently than you do.  Stay open-minded, and willing to learn why others love what they do and who they are.

I feel like I have jumped ship a little here, but when I get talking you never know which way I’ll end up going. lol

Long story short-  You do you boo, You do you!

 

Jen

Traveling, life and writing

I’ve actually been writing a blog post everyday this past month and saving them in my drafts file until I’ve had the time to properly edit them.  I’m aiming to post something each day during November, some will be life related and or course, writing through NaNoWriMo . 

We’re so close to Nanowrimo that I’m getting all the feels as October comes closer to an end.  

Have you decided if you’re tackling the challenge yet?

If so, have you declared your novel already?

The first year that I joined the 50,000 word mark, I did it all “offline” vs really getting involved with the site. I wasn’t sure If I’d enjoy it, or if I’d fit in… or if I’d even be able to manage it. I honestly didn’t want to commit to it and look like an idiot if I failed.

But failing is a part of the process. 

And you never know if you’ll fail or succeed if you don’t put yourself out there and try.

A writers time is now

“We’re not meant to be normal”

I’ve heard that so many times in the last week, in regards to writers and the overly creative hearts.

We really aren’t meant to be normal, not even a little bit. We can pretend we enjoy the nitty gritty of the real world and work right along with the best of them, building our name, climbing the ladder of success.

But are we truly happy doing it?

We can justify the money, the acknowledgment and the sense of achievement we get from moving on up in the real world…. but are we really truly happy and fulfilled?

I feel, in most cases, we are not.

Not unless that ladder and those achievements revolve around our need to be creative. Because that is our real world.

Some of us are not meant to feel fulfilled working the 9-5 gimmick.

I honestly end up feeling so stifled and hushed once I reach the point in my muggle job where things are running in an autopilot mode and I no longer feel challenged.

In some cases, I like it. The more I run on auto at work, the faster I get things done and (in reality) the sooner I am released to focus on my writing.

But In most cases, that isn’t how things play out.

I usually end up with more on my plate simply because I’ve proven myself to be a reliable asset and dedicated worker .

If only they knew I really just wanted to leave , sip on some tea and get lost in a few far away worlds.

I know this started off as smart and turned into a ramble rant lol but heck, that’s how my mind has been running lately.

Might as well just go with it

Jen

This is what words look like? lol…

Same old, same old with me.

I’ve been working a lot and not spending as much time as I need to be spending on my writing or my current TBR pile… I’m afraid I’ll not reach the end of these books anytime soon…

I’m really hoping to spend this weekend working on a few revisions and some edits for a new project of mine.      I’m excited to see this one through to the end. It’s only one of a few stories I’ve come up with that I honestly have no idea what the ending will be like, so It’s bringing up a few new challenges and struggles for me.

I’ve been tinkering with the idea (and doing some light research) on finding a literary agent for my books…  Not sure what will come of this just yet, but it’s an idea that has come to mind a few times and I feel it’s worth the energy to look into a bit more.

On the TBR pile note: I’ve stacked up a good …12…16… I honestly lost count lol       

But! I’m determined to finish at least one before the month is over!  So I need to get cracking on it!

My reading pace has slowed way down since this time last year…ugh… I need to work on bringing it back up to snuff

 

Anyway! There’s my mini life update 🙂 

Jen

Why must we (as writers) explain our need to write?

Ok, so writing-related post here (of course, why am I even stating it?) I don’t know lol.

Anyway, writing.

Or better yet, What I’m writing these days.

Right now, I’m working on my next book series (7 in total) along with two other novels.  I’m hoping to have completed the 2 novels by the end of this year and to have most of my 7-book series, somewhat laid out and organized.

It’s honestly been rough trying to find the time (an energy) to sit down, relax my brain, and focus on my stories lately.

I’ve felt very stifled recently.

It seems the more I try to focus on my work, the more I’m needing to explain myself and the importance of my writing. I do believe no one really understands the creative process or how much it means to someone until they themselves have tried to create something they’re passionate about.

And It’s not like I’m completely shutting myself off from the world (even though I’d love to do that right about now). I’m honestly trying my hardest to balance it all.

Yes, I’m still young enough to believe it is fully possible to do what you love, hold a steady job (if it’s not your passion you’ve turned into a thriving business) and still manages to have an active social life.

I see all these writers on social media out having a blast with their friends, traveling to book conventions and enjoying writing seminaries, all while still managing to put out new content and publications.  And I’m always left feeling very underachieved and behind with the times.

And then having to justify why I want to spend an hour reading or why I like to spend time/money in a bookstore, just makes me even more irritated and frustrated with life.

Ugh!

Lol, I’m not mopping right, to be honest.

I’m just venting out my frustrations in the hope I’m not the only one dealing with these issues.

The life of a writer, I suppose.

Rant over lol

-Jen

Traveling thoughts/Ramble

Do you ever have those moments where you are driving down the road and suddenly feel extreamly small and overwhelmed by either the scenery or the traffic?

If the highway goes from 2 or 3 lanes to 6 … I become stressed out and my anxiety is on high gear.  Even if I’m only a passenger and not the one currently in control of the car 😳….🤦🏻‍♀️

But take me to the country side (or mountains for this matter) and the feeling is quite different. I don’t feel overwhelmed in a way that scares me, but in a way that leaves me completely at awe.

0739CEA4-E1E1-45EC-B8FB-F60993EDF3FBI’ve promised myself that I will take few epic sunrise shots during my travels, but so far I’ve just enjoyed them vs fighting the camera filters. 

I’ve driven through this section of Tennessee / Kentucky twice now , and both times I was left completely jaw dropped at its beauty.

The first trip the colours of fall were still very vivid and mesmerising 😍 This trip the green of spring has finally settled in.

Watching the mountains roll along and listening to the breeze and sounds of nature always leave me feeling calm and inspired ✨

I’m not the preachy type, or churchy type for that matter. Over the years I found that I feel the closet to God simply sitting out in the world he created.

Something about the breeze, the chirping birds (and the occasionally bug bite) make me feel like he’s taken the time to sit down and enjoy the view right along with me.

🤔 Now that I’ve rambled on a bit and seem to have lost my original train of thought 😅

Here’s a short video I took with my phone while we drove through ☺️

Are we even still around?

It’s been a long, long time since I sat down and let the voices in my head run freely onto the page (or screen)…

I believe they are starting to question my love for them and if I still care enough about them to ever set them free.

 

So, with that being said.  I’m sitting here sipping on my second cup of green tea while I try to figure out what exactly made me give up and stopped writing so much.    I have an amazing (If I toot my own horn- Toot Toot 😉 lol ) story sitting in my briefcase halfway through the second draft, and countless other notes and partial stories sitting right alongside it.  So why am I not diving into completing them??

I keep saying its “Life” and getting too caught up with working versus relaxing and taking the time to “work” on what I love and what one day I hope will be one of my main sources of financial stability. But the fact is, or what I now have come to terms with, is it’s not “Life” that is throwing a wrench in my brain train, its that I’ve lost my sense of privacy.

I’m a very private writer, I like to lock myself up in my house (or room… or car… or hide in the woods.. lol whichever fuels my thought process) and since I’ve switched jobs and have been spending more time traveling and not really having a set schedule to go by, my mind just doesn’t seem to feel as free as it did when I was home.

It is far beyond time to change that.

It’s been a while….

So, I’m no longer in Georgia with access to a lovely poolside view 😔…

Nope, I’m currently in South Carolina! 🙌🏼 After staying for a month in a “ok” hotel, I’m now set up in a cute little farm house out in the boonies lol.

(Seriously, cell service and internet connection vary depending on the weather).

And speaking of weather.

For about 2 minutes it snowed down here yesterday! 😳 Yes, snowed.

Only after it rained all morning though and then when that brief 2 minutes of snow ended… the ice pellets began to fall and the roads became slip-n-slides.

Gotta love the south for their random weather 🤷🏻‍♀️😂

Here’s a little peak out my upstairs window.

More pictures to come as soon as I remove the work related photos from my SD card 👌🏼

Jen

A day in the life (writing edition) 

Lord have mercy I made it! 🙌🏼

I’ve edited over 30,000 words in 2 days 😊

Extremely nervous and excited to send this off to my mentor and good friend 💚  This will be my first Solo Book…. so I’m both leary and anxious about the criticism. 

To give a tid bit about the novella: It’s a modern day romance, focusing around the life of a small business owner named John. 

Honestly, it almost reads like a cheesy hallmark movie. Those quant old fashion hallmark romances 😊   But it has its twists. 


Still working out the finally kinks and twists. But soon… very soon this child will be out in the world 💚
Jen

Changing things up 

Hey guys,

So if you’ve noticed, my website has (well still is) going through a bit of a change. 

Some of it is intentional and some was not 🙈 … yea, I won’t pretend to be a website guru or act like I understand what all those side bars mean.  So needless to say, I made a few errors and I’m trying to fix it lol 😊 

Bare with me and hopefully by the time I’m finished I’ll have a decent webpage 💜

Jen