Seeking WIP, Must Also Love Dogs: Part Two

(Zero to Hero Day Six assignment continued)

Part Two: The Calling

I am lucky enough to say that right now my days are my own. This in no way means that I am where I want to be yet. I want big things in my life, and I feel called to do more. While many things in my life are still being molded for the better, there are a few constants. One of these is my family—my husband, Jesse, and my hounds, Patience and Ember. My ideal day includes spending quality time with them as they are my greatest source of joy and laughter. My other constants are learning and self-improvement.

I am continuing to study and learn the habits of the successful. These habits include better management of my time, better care of my mind and body, striving for self-improvement, and many more. The habit of discipline is one that seems allusive to me. I resist taking direction from anyone, even my past self in the form of plans written yesterday to dictate today. I struggle with changing this daily. The habit of surrounding myself with the right people is one reason for this blog. I believe building up others and being a part of a community is vital for building up yourself. This is why I am seeking positive, uplifting people with views similar to my own to join me on a path of self-improvement. Together we can do more.

I can feel the next stage of my family’s life coming, something awesome. I do not know exactly what it is, but I know we are heading toward something great. Every year, every month, every week, and every day we are learning. Learning to view things differently, learning to cope differently, and learning to use what we already have differently. While maintaining this drive toward the future, I also whole-heartedly believe in enjoying the now. Everyday I learn to be more thankful for what I have while deepening my desire to accomplish my goals.

So hit that like button, leave a comment, and follow my blog. I will follow you back. I am not looking for quantity of followers, but quality. Be my accountability partner, and I can be yours.

Seeking WIP, Must Love Dogs: Part One

Part One: Defining My Dream Reader

Day Six of Zero to Hero is a tough one for me. It calls for me to write to my dream reader. However, this blog is my catch all, let it be free, anything goes blog.  It’s where I plan to explore my many thoughts, passions, and interests. Where I hope to find some focus by being uninhibited and unfocused—crazy as that sounds, I know. Thus nailing down a specific audience seems like big feat.

Not to mention, every time I think or read “Dream reader” some scene from an 80’s movie cues up inside my head…the lights turn down low and the music begins:

“Ooh dream reader
I believe you can get me through the night.

Ooh dream reader
I believe we can reach the morning light.”

Okay, so it’s actually dream weaver, but tell that to my crazy brain. Some times even I do not agree with its connections. I guess any excuse to avoid my task will do.

Music break over and back to the task at hand, who do I want most to read my blog? I suppose if I go back to the reasons I started this blog, I see that I want to find other like-minded individuals to inspire, and who will inspire me. I consider myself a work in progress (WIP), so I want to speak to someone who feels like they are as well. Someone who wants to work on self improvement and be a more positive and active person. Someone who has a variety of interests, several overlapping mine.

If you could not tell by my blog title, I love my dogs. My love of dogs goes beyond my own hounds. Dogs are my biggest passion, and they have also been my career for most of my working life. I have been a dog trainer, doggie daycare manager, a groomer, a veterinary technician, and a puppy nanny. Of all my interests, this one is the most woven in my soul which means my dream reader must love dogs.

Now that I have an idea of my dream reader in mind, I must write a post to her. So to each dog loving wip, stay tuned!

Thought Investing

“A penny for your thoughts,” is a phrase still known by many, though it is obviously dated. What can you buy for a penny these days? Not much, if anything. Once upon a time, you could buy candy for a penny. Today a gum ball cost 25 cents. However, even with a 1950’s mindset of money this phrase does not give much value, monetarily, to sharing thoughts.

In today’s technological world with so many on the internet and social media, it seems appropriate that the value of shared opinions has decreased with the value of a penny to basically nothing. The world wide web is full of voices, opinions, and thoughts. People share their voice on many different platforms to specific audiences or even the general public, often for free. While the value of the masses is indeed low, some authors, coaches, singers, and celebrities manage to get paid to voice their thoughts. Some are paid moderately, while others are paid handsomely. So just how do you get more than “pennies” for your thoughts? How do you become someone others want to hear?

Back to that in a minute. Why am I talking about this anyway? Well, Day Three Blogging 101, “A Penny for Your Thoughts,” asks bloggers to, “write the post that was on your mind when you decided to start a blog.” There was no one post—just as there is often never only one thought—on mind when I began this blog. My goal for this blog is to create a habit of writing, to self explore, to inspire and drive myself, to find a focus (or foci) for my writing, to creatively express myself, and maybe to inspire others to do the same. Ultimately I know finding a focus or two for my writing will enable me to set a platform to launch myself into a position to be one of the prized few, paid to share what they love.

Ah, now that you know why I’m asking those question, let me answer them. To become someone others want to hear, you must start by offering your thoughts for free. To be paid for a skill, you must demonstrate your mastery of that skill. You must become an expert in a field they find interesting. So I am writing here today to begin honing my thought sharing skills. I am investing time in myself, in my education, and in the mastery of teaching. I am paying myself forward by investing today’s time and thoughts for a future reward.

What that reward will be only time can tell. Perhaps it will only be enough money to pay for my internet. Then again, it may become a full time income allowing me the freedom to use my time as I see fit. I guess that all depends on me now. A girl can, and must, dream big.

What Is in a Name?

Day Two of Blogging 101: Zero to Hero, and my assignment is: “Edit your title and tagline”. This seems simple enough. Heck, this is not even a writing assignment. This will take no time.

Tick. Tock. Oh Gosh, where did the last hour…er two go?! If only things were always as simple as they seem. It is just a name. Truly anything will do. A name is after all what you make it, right? Yes, of course, but having a good name is nice. Other people have found great names, names that just scream, “Awesome!”. I want one of those names. So what sums me up?

Summing up a person, getting their essence, in a few words is terribly difficult. Especially when that person is me.

“In My Life,” was my first thought when  I was setting up my blog. My dear and late friend Jonette requested I use several Beetles song titles for different sections of a website my husband and I built for her years ago. This was one song she choose.  After much debating and brainstorming, I decided I should stick with my first idea. I had just settled on using, “In My Life I Love It All”, simply changing a line of the song to an active voice instead of a passive one. Since I am writing about all facets of my life, which includes a wide variety of things I love, it seemed like a nice fit. Maybe it is not the most original or personal title, but it was good enough. Perhaps I will use it for something someday.

Then in comes one of the loves of my life, my 21 month old Irish Wolfhound Ember. She joins me on the couch and lays in one of her favorite spots, with her head over my feet. I smile contently, like I always do when I look down at my loving companion. For me, there are few things as comforting as having a hound at my feet. Ah, that is it—inspiration at its best. Most of my writing, as most of my days, will be spent with a hound at my feet. Yes, this sums me up nicely.

Something New: Who and Why

Hello! I am an introvert. This means I live a larger portion of my life inside my own head. Some days I am very quiet; however, this in no way means my thoughts are quelled. On the contrary, many days I have more thoughts than I could possibly track.

I am a record keeper.  I like keeping track of, well just about everything in my life. Where did I spend my time, my money, and my resources? How many days this week did I exercise, eat right, and stick to my plan? How often did I take my girls (dogs) out for adventures and exercise?

I am creative. I love crafting things with my hands or mind. I enjoy drawing, painting, taking photos, creating graphics, building websites, solving problems, carving pumpkins, baking and decorating cakes, and waffle art. Wait, waffle art? Yes, I’m thirty one, and I still enjoy playing with my food!

I love to read good fictional stories. Admittedly, I don’t read nearly as much as I did in my teen years. However, just as I always have done, when I do take the time to start a fictional book I will barely put it down until I’ve read the whole thing. I get wrapped up in the characters and the story, and I don’t want to leave that world until I must.

Now that I am older, self improvement has become more important to me. Thus I read more nonfiction books and articles. I spend more time reading these as I want to soak up as much of the helpful information as possible, so I pour over each page making sure not to miss a word.

Spoken word—even in my native English language—does not come easily for me. Speaking aloud sometimes seems like an unnecessary chore. Writing, though certainly not a time saver, has always come easier to me than communicating aloud. I found out long ago that keeping a journal allowed me to concentrate my thoughts and get some of the millions of thoughts out of my head. When composing a written message to communicate with others, I generally have more time to think than I would simply speaking with them. This means among many things more time to choose just the right words, more time to make sure my meaning is best communicated, and more time to present myself in the manner I hope to be seen.

I am visual learner. I process things better when I can see them. I understand words better when I can see them. I can often get myself back to a place I have only been once before even if it has been awhile. I do this using visual triggers as I make my way towards the destination.

I love sharing knowledge I have acquired. Teaching others has always been something I have enjoyed.

These attributes are some of the reasons blogging appeals to me. After my husband plunged into the world of blogging, it was only a matter of time before I followed. His enthusiasm for things he loves is very contagious. So here I am, writing my first post. I have created this blog as an unabridged, anything goes space. It will be my outlet for whatever fancies me at the moment, the variety of things which encompass my varied interests, scattered thoughts and opinions, and some of my occurrences and experiences. I hope it will be an outlet for me to organize the chaos in my head, and possibly stir my creativity. If I enjoy writing here, I hope to start a few more focused blogs in areas of special interest to me.

I am using The Daily Post‘s Blogging U Blogging 101: Zero to Hero series as a challenge to kick start my posts. Today is Day One, and my assignment was to write and publish a “who I am and why I’m here” post. Day One complete, only twenty nine more days to go—wish me luck!