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The Path of Passion

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One of Meg Cabot’s characters advised in her latest book, ‘No Judgments’: “Find what it is you love to do, and then do that thing as much as you can… That really is the meaning of life.” This quote really impacted me this week. Last year, I learned how valuable it was to follow the path that worked the best for me. It led me to better jobs, but also a revival with my writing. I have always loved writing, but I felt I had finally found more time to focus on my writing, and took a different approach to improve my skills, especially storytelling. I made the decision to make my writing more a priority. I’m working towards making progress towards becoming a full-time published author. Writing is my passion, especially creative writing. I don’t want to stop.

I’ve found what I love to do. I want to write as much as I can. Passion has led me here. I believe passion led you here as well. Now that we have found what we love, what do we do now? That is where we have to put in the effort as much as possible, even if it feels like there is no time in the day. This is why the pomodoro technique is helpful. Focus on your writing for 25 minutes, even if you don’t write for another sprint, you’ve written something today. It’s helpful to do several of these writing sprints a day whenever you feel you have a short amount of time, or you need to focus on what you’re working on, even revising. After the sprint, you can take a short break, and come back later. Another aspect that can help is to plan ahead. I don’t mean every aspect, but the big ideas written down. It provides a map for you to figure out what to do as you’re writing and revising. As I mentioned in my previous blog entry, even meditating and journaling before you start can get your mind focused on the task ahead. There are different tips and suggestions, but remember we’re all unique, and we are continuing to grow. So you need to figure out what works for you. At the end of the day, it’s about making progress with your writing.

I’ve been inspired lately not only with my novel, but to write short stories for two friends of mine. I don’t know what I plan on doing with the stories after they read them, but it’s been a wonderful adventure coming up with the ideas and bringing them to life. It’s another reminder how much it matters to me to find stories that people want to read and worth reading. Even though I’m writing with them in mind, I have found that I’m expanding my writing skills. So it isn’t only a gift for them, but for me. I look forward to having them read the stories. It also helps to be working on these stories as I wait for news on my novel. I have found it’s important for me to keep writing. It is what makes my life worthwhile. I hope writing, including mine, impacts you to keep doing what you love and bring meaning to life. – Christy

The Value of Taking Risks

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Jeremy Jordan once said, “A risk isn’t a tiny step, it’s a leap. A leap blindfolded while having a parachute ready to go if need be.” He continued by talking about how reaching a bit outside our comfort zone every day will help us grow and change us. I’ve taken leaps in different ways in my life, but thankfully they have lead me to grow. When things weren’t working out in my life, I made changes. When I realized what I needed to do to reach my dreams, I took chances and made them come true. Taking risks isn’t easy. We don’t know what will happen when we take that leap. It’s like when Jeremy has talked about with auditions. He doesn’t play it safe. He brings all that he’s got, and hopes for the best. It’s something that can be applied to with life, but also with writing. You can’t hold yourself back from letting your writing reach it’s full potential. Sometimes holding back can be the negative tapes that you’ve allowed to run through your mind, and other times it’s not making the steps towards submitting your work.

It can be scary. Not as much as being fearful of physical dangers. That fear or doubt can stop you from being the best version you can be, and especially the best writer you could be. You have to stop comparing your work to others, and reminding yourself that you’re unique and have the power to improve. You can’t let the thoughts that others might think that you’re impatient and quick to submit your work. There is no rule that applies to everyone with writing. No matter what anyone says. If you’re ready, you need to take that risk, even if it means that you learn that you needed more time. Most of all remember, the best writers have already had years ahead of you and teams to work with. Even their work that they submit isn’t perfect, it’s the best that they can do and they are willing to work with others to improve it. So what do you do? Some cases it’s taking an effort each day to meditate and journal out your thoughts before getting started. In other ways, it is accepting you’ve done the best that you can do, and taking that chance because you never know what will happen.

I’ve submitted something recently that I’ve been working on for awhile, but recently put in a lot of effort to revise and edit to make it ready to submit. I’ve grown to enjoy not only the process of writing, but also refining my work. Especially more so when I create a deadline for myself. It pushes me to get more done and take chances. When I submitted, I felt it was the best that I could do on my own (with a bit of feedback). I still feel that way. I’ve realized that every time I’ve submitted something, I’m proud of what I’ve written, but I know with more help, I can make it even better. The act of submitting my work will provide me more feedback, but most of all, I hope to receive more help towards accomplishing my dreams. We need to be open to feedback and assistance because eventually even writers need a team, filled with supporters and people wiling to put in the effort.

I’m thankful for the team that I have so far, but I know needs to expand. I hope others will be willing to take the risk to help me become the best writer I can be. If you know me, you know I love this quote, “Teamwork makes the dream work.” The best team is always there to support you and work with you to make incredible things happen. Stay tuned. I hope to share good news soon. In the meantime, I plan to create more blog posts. Thanks to everyone who has supported me so far in my writer’s journey.

30 Poems, 30 Days 2020: New Normal (Day 30)

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When we return, we’ll be in the new normal

Let’s not rush there yet until it’s safe

We’ve lost too much already

It will take planning, work, and time

I believe it will be worth it when we do

We can see the changes now

A lot of people being more cautious

Technology used for good more than ever

We need it to educate, work remote, and connect

Yet not everyone has access and we must change that

Our new normal means wearing masks until a vaccine

Social distancing is the key, as much as we can

We can’t be part of intermission forever

So we need to create space in each building

Blended learning could be an educational revolution

We’ll need to be creative to change how we work

We can’t go back to the way things were

Only look back to the past to see all we’ve overcome

That even our difficulties lead us to victories

That even we cannot imagine yet

I’ve studied enough history and stories to know

We’ll find a new normal that changes the future

It’s up to all of us taking the best steps forward

I believe it will lead to better chapters ahead

By Christy V.

30 Poems, 30 Days: Lucky (Day 29)

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He was fortunate to find a home at my aunt’s place

As time has passed details have drifted away

As my aunt’s life changed for the good

He had to find a new home

Before then when my aunt and uncle were away

I found myself making sure Lucky was okay

Did he have everything he needed?

As if I was serving a king

Even as a noblewoman, I still had some power

Nothing like my mother who’s anger he understood

He was mischievous when he was alone

He knew he was free to do as he pleased

Knocking things down or making a mess on the floor

But he knew he was fortunate to have a caring home

Everyone enjoyed his charming presence

When he wanted to be around others and pampered

Always there when we needed a bit of self-care

I wish my aunt had been able to keep him forever

As he was the only true pet I’ve ever cared for

As I was never given a pet like a cat, or a dog, as

My dad will never let me forget what happened to the fish

And insist that we still don’t have the space

But I know now Lucky wasn’t free

It would cost me a lot to have one like him

Even though he rested everywhere almost all the time

Maybe someday I’ll have a pet worth the cost

For now I’ll do my best to remember

One of the best, as Lucky will always be favored

By Christy V.

30 Poems, 30 Days 2020: Writing Zone (Day 28)

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When you’re a writer, even a poet,

Time seems all that you want

You write like you’re running out of time

When given the time, the space to write

You dread the blank page or finding errors

You don’t want perfection, but something that matters

Something that feels real, even if it’s fantasy

Your favorite space is when the words flow

Being in the zone is what you want

Imagining your characters telling you to finish

Hearing a voice that has something to say

Emotions that break through the page

Writing in your own way, no matter what,

If you’re not writing, it doesn’t feel right,

You find reading solace, especially for inspiration

When you have time, you want to be

Busy writing or reading because

That’s your favorite place to be

No matter where you’re at in space and time

Never interrupt Emily’s writing or mine

By Christy V.

30 Poems, 30 Days 2020: Learning Curve (Day 27)

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We’re living in the future, it’s a learning curve

Teachers and tutors are working from home

The world is breaking outside, home feels safe

There’s so many heroes sacrificing their lives

Even though things are new and tough

We’re the lucky ones to work from home

We’re finding ways to teach in new ways

We’re performing on a virtual stage

While audience feels distant, mostly focused

Students stressed about how they will learn

Sharing computers and finding free Wifi

Finding time and figuring how to live

We’re all trying to find time to get things done

We feel like we’re working more than ever before

We don’t know what lies ahead for us

We keep moving forward as best as we can

Making self-care a priority to have the strength

Teachers and tutors do all they can

To help others with less pay because

Education matters with everything

The learning curve is worth it at the end

By Christy V.

30 Poems, 30 Days 2020: Almanac Fantasy (Day 26)

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At the sparkling city by the bay

There is a woman who grew up dreaming

To be an author of stories and poems

She ponders now about walking about

To see and hear the art downtown

Where down an alley you might find a cat

On the street you might find walking a lost dog

Where there is no Victorian architecture

Every building works for those who need it

Now many areas, as the border, silent

Or at least less quiet than in the past

She imagines walking around not in heat

But weather cool and cloudy, with enough

To grow purple daisies in the wild

And a rabbit emerges from its home,

See the baby turtles reach the sea,

And waiting to bake Christmas cookies

Romance for her is a fantasy novel

Desiring to find a loyal giver that

Will take her, in a tea length dress,

For British tea and Jammie Dodgers,

Adventures to see to her favorite artist,

And explore her favorite locations

Someone who will be sincerely hers

And find resources for distance learning

Love like flying on a pegasus without getting hurt

Everything she imagines now seems like fantasy

By Christy V.

30 Poems, 30 Days 2020: Dyad (Day 25)

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She went back to the island that had connected them

Even though people, including her friends

Didn’t want her to go, she went anyway to stay

This time she wasn’t running away or hiding

She knew that she needed time by herself

She lost a part of herself that was a part of him

Even though she knew he would always be with her

It didn’t feel like it was enough, no one understood

She knew that he sacrificed everything for her

She wanted to believe there was a reason

She would learn in nine months time

Why she survived to birth two who looked like him

A boy and a girl, it was like history to repeat

Later he came to her as a ghost to tell her it was time

She found her babies training in defense, and

She told them it was time to get off the island

They were needed to defend the galaxy

Just as the dyad did years before

His ghostly presence stood next to them

Which made them four, ready to take on the future

The flowers she had gathered awaited on the rocky shore

By Christy V.

30 Poems, 30 Days 2020: Blueberries (Day 24)

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Blueberries in the supermarket

We forget where they come from

Unlike how they are seen in the wild

Lucky are those who plant blueberry bushes

As they are always available when they’re in season

Did you know you could grow blueberries in a container?

Protected from the elements until harvest or you move them

Usually we only think of one blueberry, but there’s a variety

Even those that are pink, and used in many ways

Leaves made as tea to strengthen our blood

Best as a snack, or baked within a pie

But no one asks why they’re blue

By Christy V.

30 Poems, 30 Days 2020: Bright Idea (Day 23)

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Bring your bright idea forward

Right you may be, but you may never know

Invent something unique or create a different path

Go farther with listening and working together

Help those who need assistance to create

Try to imagine what the future holds

Image between art and science

Definition by design

Eager you may be to start

Achievement is more than success