Quote Monday on a Tuesday

Although yesterday passed before I had an opportunity to post, it’s still early enough in the week to share some inspiration. ¬†In fact, today is my Saturday, so if you work odd shifts like I do, then it really doesn’t matter what day you choose to celebrate #MotivationMonday. ūüėČ

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We are our biggest critics, so it’s good to be reminded that we can also choose to be our biggest supporters. ¬†No matter what you’re passionate about, if you’re chasing your dream, then believe in yourself that you can and will make it happen. ¬†In the end, should we succeed or fail, it is up to us.

There’s another quote I’ve shared before that I feel is a good bookend for the above, “What would you do if you knew you could not fail.” ¬†Believe in yourself and find out!

Quote Monday

There’s so much going on in the world right now that it’s hard to stay sane and not want to escape into our creative worlds full-time. ¬†I have things I want to say, and while I’m not sure I want to put it in this space, as I keep this blog as a journal as well, I may have to break my silence. ¬†I’m still pondering the idea, so be forewarned. ūüėČ

This is why I feel today’s¬†quote is so very apropos.

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If you feel like I do, keep your chins up, my friends!  And try to have a wonderful and productive week!

Quote Monday

Hi everyone! ¬†I’m back after a crazy week of Gishwhes, and a week of recovery.

I like to do a recap of the week’s events, and as you may have noticed the odd post about Miss Jean Louis, an item for this year’s hunt, it tends to get a bit weird and challenging. Because my memory is so fragmented, this blog has become a resource for me to keep track of things, so I’ll share Team Falkor’s antics later this week.

As for today, it’s time to get back to routine and progress!

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In light of the creativity that abounds during Gish week, and the post I wrote just a few days before it started about how I was feeling burnt out, I am now seeking out alternative means for creativity. ¬†I’m looking to surround myself with people who are passionate and creative, because the above quote is true.

I have found myself inspired by other’s creativity, and I think that is a wonderful side effect to the creative life. ¬†So let’s be a creative force and make beautiful things!

Quote Monday

I’m going to ramble for a moment, so please bear with me while I vent.

In last week’s Writing Prompt post I mentioned how I was struggling with choices. Before the end of the year, I was doing some hard thinking about plans for the future. ¬†The Sis and I moved back to Las Vegas a little over a year ago for a number of reasons, one being that she finish her undergrad and then we move on. ¬†Unfortunately, she has now found a job she truly enjoys, she’s making friends, and getting herself together. ¬†She’s currently taking the semester off.

It seems unfair to uproot yet again, but I don’t want to stay here. ¬†I don’t like Vegas. ¬†Never have. ¬†I’m tired of moving…we’ve moved so. many. times, but I want to find a place to call “home”. ¬†I’ve only felt that sense of home once, when I traveled to England for the first time. ¬†I felt it¬†before we even landed. ¬†That’s when the obsession began. ¬†And, that’s what I’m looking for. ¬†As much as I’d like to do a final move across the sea, there’s just no way that’s even remotely possible in my current state.

So here’s “the thing”, the thing that’s been lingering at the back of my mind, the thing I never want to say out loud. ¬†I want to be a screenwriter, but all screenwriters know it takes at least 5 years to make any headway (once you legitimately hit the pavement – so I still have about 4 years), and I don’t want to flounder in this state, without purpose, without direction, for upwards of 5 or more years. ¬†I don’t want to hold down a menial job that I loathe until things work out. ¬†Yes, I’m still trying to remain positive, hence the lack of the dangerous “if”.

I want a job I enjoy. ¬†I want to buy a house. ¬†I want to plan for the future but I feel as if I’m destined to remain in this perpetual state of limbo. ¬†It all comes back around to choices. ¬†I’ve made choices that have led me to where I am, but I’m finding it difficult to make choices that will encourage¬†change…in part because I don’t know¬†where¬†to begin.

Do I suck it up and make it work where I am, or do I continue to seek out that thing that I know is out there? ¬†How does one move forward when they’re kind of stuck due to obligation and circumstance? ¬†How do people get their act together?

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Any advice from fellow creatives would be greatly appreciated.  How do you make it work, find balance, and stay sane?

In Need of a Proverbial (or Actual) Kick in the Backside

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Yesterday I started a blog post that was a little on the bitter side. ¬†Quick version: Bad job = poor wages = self-imposed restrictions = bored. ¬†After writing it, I thought on it for a while and decided to wait on publishing it. ¬†That was a good decision, I think. ¬†I don’t want to put that out into the world, and I know you don’t want to read it. ¬†As creatives, we have to keep hope alive, against insurmountable odds, and often times without the support of those who truly understand what our lives are like. ¬†When I was still living in Los Angeles, I had my writer’s group, but since moving back to Las Vegas, I have lost my writer friends, those who “know”. ¬†I miss them.

Work has got me down, and unfortunately, that’s affecting my creative life, which is usually where I escape. ¬†I’ve been skirting the start of the pilot, but I don’t know why. ¬†I have pages upon pages of notes and ideas, and now they just need to be organized and fluffed, but I’ve lost steam. ¬†Hence, the proverbial kick.

I read this quote today, something about people who are optimistic all the time are delusional. ¬†It made me giggle, because although I try to be as optimistic as I can, especially in this space, as writers we are constantly afflicted with a variety of emotional states and the stress of the balancing act of our multiple lives, so it’s okay to not be happy and perky all the time.

I know this attitude shift is mostly because I’m looking for a new¬†job, again. ¬†There is also a teensy bit of regret that I have so few skills other than food and beverage service. ¬†I feel as if I’ve been perpetually looking for a job for the past 5 years. ¬†I’m ever so tired. ¬†I don’t have high expectations, I just want to make decent money to support The Sis while she finishes school, and I’d kind of like to look forward to it. ¬†That should not be asking too much.

I would love to hear from you, my friends.  How do you survive the daily grind in order to maintain your creative life?  How do you maintain your sanity?

Tips, tricks, and inspiration welcome!

Have a great weekend!

*So, this post isn’t that negative, right?

Quote Monday

I hope you are all well and ready for another week of creativity crammed within the confines of our “regular” lives, unless your creative life is your regular life, then good for you! ūüôā

This week’s quote is something I struggle with…what others may think, in regards to all aspects of my life. ¬†I need to actively fight the urge to be concerned about any and all of it because as RuPaul says, “it’s none of my business”.

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Be brave!  Make bold decisions!  And have a great week!

GisHWheS 2015

The first week of the month was the crazy, creative/inventive, do-gooding time known as the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen aka GisHWheS.  The Sis and I participated again, our third year, although due to a maddening work schedule, I had very little hand in doing much this year.  My only contribution was an item that required we make an evening gown out of construction paper, and a minor role towards the completion of a couple other items.  The rest was all The Sis.

LeiaBreadonPlateShe did an amazing job of making Princess Leia out of bread, an Italian landmark out of food on a pizza, a kale hat, Hoover Dam out of cake, a Winter Soldier arm for our cosplay, and my personal favorite, a dog of mass destruction which we based on an episode of Doctor Who, entitled A Town Called Mercy, and a few other things like doing an impression of June Cleaver vacuuming the lawn, making a video called Tai Chi Breakfast, and writing a Yelp review for the hunt.Loki Cyborg Gunslinger

If you’re interested in finding your creative side and discovering how far you can push yourself in a week to go out side your comfort zone and do things you thought impossible, visit the website to learn how you can become a part of the madness. ¬†The teams consist of 15 people, but if you don’t have 14 friends who are willing to be as crazy as you are, you will be matched with a team, or you can create one with those you do know, and by the end of the registration period, the¬†empty slots will be filled with those other abnosome people around the world who want to be a part of it.

It’s a great time that is really hard to explain. ¬†Here’s my Yelp review for a little insight. ūüėČ I wrote it with about 15 mins to spare.

GisHWhes RevIEwYou don’t need to wait for this one time of year to be creative or do nice things for others, but you’ll find yourself more inspired to continue to do such for quite sometime afterward. ¬†The event sort of changes your perspective and you’ll make great friends with people you may never meet, but find you have¬†a lot¬†in common with. ¬†You’ll look at mundane objects differently, wondering if you should save them for next year’s hunt, just in case. ¬†You’ll consider buying a stormtrooper costume, want to learn¬†how to sew, and begin stockpiling random information that may prove useful in the future. ¬†Seriously, so much fun and so exhausting.

As next year’s hunt starts registration, I’ll send out the word again, and maybe, we can work together!

Have a great weekend everyone!