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To Be Successful, You Must First Be Intentional

What does success truly mean? Honestly, I feel that the definition is continually changing (especially in today’s digital, remote, advanced, and ever-growing age). In the past, success was defined primarily by money, and in all honesty, to some extent it is. But that’s not the only measure of it.

Today, success is determined by many factors—growth, adaptability, engagement—just to name a few. Depending on what your business or message is, you may consider yourself successful based upon influence, change, or even something with no monetary value at all, like personal or customer happiness.

Regardless of how you define success, however, the root of it begins with intentionality. Continue reading

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15 Emotion-Based Writing Prompts For Digging Deep

It’s one thing to write efficiently, it’s entirely different to write effectively, but neither of those would be possible (for creative work) without writing emotionally.

These fifteen prompts will help you to dive into your feelings, challenge you to think deeply about some of the more personal topics in your life, and bridge the gap between your experiences and the characters on the page.

Prepare to be pushed into a more vulnerable realm of thinking and creating. 🙌💡 Continue reading

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5 Tips To Setting (And Accomplishing) Meaningful Goals

 

1. Simplify your task list.

Take a deep breath and evaluate what you need to accomplish. What does your to-do list consist of? Are you adding unnecessary items to feel ‘busier,’ all the while unconsciously stressing yourself out? Are you considering daily ideas/goals that are unneeded when it comes to larger, long term tasks? Are the items you ‘must do’ even mandatory, or are you just pressured to feel that way?

Take a moment and go through your task list. Eliminate anything that isn’t essential, isn’t moving you forward, or isn’t on track with the other items. If needed, create multiple lists for different activities/projects/jobs etc. or based upon time, for example, a list for your weekly vs. monthly goals.

When you can simplify your list, it helps to keep you productive, yet considerably less stressed.
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9 Writing Prompts For Creating Unique, Diverse Content

The best way to expand your mind creatively is to find prompts that allow you to think outside the box, thus helping you make poems/articles/pieces/art that differs from your typical work. Not only does this give you flexibility in what you can market, sell, freelance, etc., but offers you the opportunity to be challenged—a positive exercise regardless of what you do with the final product.

Here are 9 writing prompts to help you think and produce outside the norm. Continue reading

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8 Tips For Fostering Creativity In Your Daily Life

I get it. You’re busy. You have work, obligations, family, friends, and not enough hours in the day. Trust me when I say I completely understand. There’s just not enough time.

But if you want to build yourself as a creator, writer, artist, musician, etc. you have to make time for what matters—pursuing and working on your craft. And that starts by carving intentional space for this in your daily life. Continue reading

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9 Little Ways To Beat Writer’s Block

What is writer’s block? Well, according to the world it’s when you absolutely hit a wall with your writing. Nothing comes out, nothing makes sense, just nothing. But honestly (and as crazy as this sounds) I don’t believe in writer’s block. I think that we build this idea in our heads that we a) aren’t good enough, or b) can’t create, so then we trick our minds into thinking in that direction.

If you’re telling yourself you can’t do something—well how can you?

Our ability to achieve, complete, or master something is largely based on our mindset. And when we tell ourselves we can’t write, well, we’re probably not going to be able to.

Writer’s block, to me, has always seemed like an excuse when we’re afraid to face our fears, or when we’ve had a bad few pieces and feel discouraged, or when we just aren’t creating what we want. (Obviously if there are reasons related to trauma then this doesn’t apply—I’m just talking about the day-to-day creative person here.)

But the truth is, writer’s block is defeated when we face it head on.

It’s defeated when, instead of giving ourselves reasons why writing is impossible, we just put our pens to the paper, our fingers to the keyboard and let whatever comes, come. Continue reading