DAY 5 BALANCE ~ THE SEASON OF WRITING

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DAY V: Balance

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“Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralyzed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds’ wings.” – Rumi

Finding balance in life can be a challenge when trying to juggle so many different things at once. It’s easy to lose sight of your writing when the responsibilities of being alive come knocking on your door. Tracking down where the balance is between work and fun can also be a challenge, especially if something fun suddenly becomes work instead. When caught up in the whirlwind of fun or imagination, you do have to find your way back to the obligations of your work and your life. There is always a time for both.

YOGA: Meditation is an incredible way to seek balance in your life. Sit comfortably, legs folded however feels best for you. Sit tall, your core open and tight, harboring the energy inside. And breathe. Do not try to push away the thoughts that come trickling in; just let them pass with quiet acknowledgement as you seek your inner balance.

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JOURNAL: Write about your meditation. Were you able to find a balance, even if just for a moment? You can use your journaling as another form of meditation. Let the flow of your words guide you to balance. You will find balance allows those words to flow more freely.

POEM:

At Dusk
At first I think she is calling a child,
my neighbor, leaning through her doorway
at dusk, street lamps just starting to hum
the backdrop of evening. Then I hear
the high-pitched wheedling we send out
to animals who know only sound, not
the meanings of our words – here here –
nor how they sometimes fall short.
In another yard, beyond my neighbor’s
sight, the cat lifts her ears, turns first
toward the voice, then back
to the constellation of fireflies flickering
near her head. It’s as if she can’t decide
whether to leap over the low hedge,
the neat row of flowers, and bound
onto the porch, into the steady circle
of light, or stay where she is: luminous
possibility – all that would keep her
away from home – flitting before her.
I listen as my neighbor’s voice trails off.
She’s given up calling for now, left me
to imagine her inside the house waiting,
perhaps in a chair in front of the TV,
or walking around, doing small tasks;
left me to wonder that I too might lift
my voice, sure of someone out there,
send it over the lines stitching here
to there, certain the sounds I make
are enough to call someone home.
– Natasha Trethewey

Ever grateful,

Juliet & Colette

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Photo: http://myphysiosa.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/balance.jpg
Quote: http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/balance
Yoga Pose: http://yoga-mind-control.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/yoga.jpeg
Poem: http://necromancyneverpays.wordpress.com/2013/03/21/at-dusk/

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DAY 4: CHANGE ~ THE SEASON OF WRITING

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DAY 4: CHANGE

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“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” – Socrates

Through the journey of life, change is a constant companion. Being afraid of change is normal, but accepting the change is mandatory. As your writing continues, do not be afraid to change things; do not be afraid to be unusual. Embrace the changes in yourself, in your writing, in the world. Every day is an opportunity. Just as trees shed their leaves for autumn, nature holds on to its strength, lets go of the unwanted, the unneeded, and is free to welcome all that comes. It is a natural act to change as the world continues through its cycles.

DAILY JOURNAL: Sit down and review something you’ve written. Peruse it for changes, examine alternate possibilities; nothing is set in stone.

POEM:
Change
The summer
still hangs
heavy and sweet
with sunlight
as it did last year.

The autumn
still comes
showering gold and crimson
as it did last year.

The winter
still stings
clean and cold and white
as it did last year.

The spring
still comes
like a whisper in the dark night.

It is only I
who have changed.
– Charlotte Zolotow

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Ever grateful,

Juliet & Colette

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Picture: http://houseppd.com/2014/08/29/beyond-belief-towards-a-new-methodology-of-change/
Quote: http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/525284-the-secret-of-change-is-to-focus-all-of-your
Poem: http://nexuslearning.net/books/PHLit-Copper/change.htm
Photo: Day IV: CHANGE

DAY 2: VISION WALL AT SEASON OF WRITING

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DAY 2: VISION WALL

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A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future. You must break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar and the unknown.
~Denis Waitley

What is a vision wall?

A vision wall is similar to the collages we made as children. Some call them a dream board, magic wall, cluster wall, inspiration wall, mood board, even a treasure map. Find an unused wall in your house, and use it the way it is or hang a magnetic white board or a cork board. For our purpose, a vision wall is like journaling. Brainstorm and fill the vision board with things related to your project or goal. Tap into your imagination using pictures, quotes, and the randomness of the day by using sticky notes. Organize and visualize any project. Create characters, setting, plots. After you’ve had time to look at it, make adjustments, look for patterns, find the commonality within the board. You’ll find there’s no limit to your creative mind.

If you aren’t comfortable putting your ideas on a wall for everyone to see, you can use regular paper, notebooks, or even Pinterest. However, there’s something fun about physically interacting with the vision wall, to enjoy looking at your word art, and to add and/or subtract from it the old fashioned way, with pen, paper, scissors.

Whichever way you choose to create your vision board, have fun with the process. There’s no right or wrong way, only your way.

DAILY JOURNALS:
Look at the fall season, the leaves turning red-orange, the crisp morning air, changes are all around. What do you see? Pick an idea and write about it.

POEM

Moments of Vision

That mirror
Which makes of men a transparency,
Who holds that mirror
And bids us such a breast-bare spectacle see
Of you and me?

That mirror
Whose magic penetrates like a dart,
Who lifts that mirror
And throws our mind back on us, and our heart,
until we start?

That mirror
Works well in these night hours of ache;
Why in that mirror
Are tincts we never see ourselves once take
When the world is awake?

That mirror
Can test each mortal when unaware;
Yea, that strange mirror
May catch his last thoughts, whole life foul or fair,
Glassing it — where?
~Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

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Launch of a New Project: The Season of Writing

Who we are…

The Kinetic Writer/Juliet ~ @kineticwriter & Colette ~ @colettecollects
~ Juliet ~ http://www.thekineticwriter.com ~
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We’re launching a project we are both passionate about, The Season of Writing. We love to write, it’s a part of who we are, but as we searched for inspiration to develop our own work and take it to the next level, what we found was complex and time consuming. We began to discuss the problems we both face during the writing process and refused to let our passion for writing be quelled by a lack of direction, and we know we are not alone. The solution grew organically through these discussions and eventually became The Season of Writing, where we hope to connect with like-minded people.

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With Colette’s younger passionate style combined with Juliet’s older, more seasoned style, we make a good team. We aren’t published, although we have written our entire lives, and have piles of filled notebooks. We don’t have degrees in writing, although we’ve studied writing for years through classes, writing groups, and reading. But we love to write.

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Juliet & Colette

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