New Year New Beginnings

With the start of a new year almost everyone comes up with a list of goals they’d like to accomplish. I’m no different. One of the biggest goals I wanted to accomplish in 2013 is to write more. I failed miserably. I know that school had a lot to do with it. Luckily, school will be completed only a month in to 2014 so that leaves 11 more months to write more. I have no excuses.

I did day I wanted to travel more in 2013 and I did accomplish that. So grateful for the opportunity to do something that I love – travel. I believe in 2014 I will be doing less traveling because of 2 graduations, a family reunion, a child going off to college, a wedding and a move of residences. I’m thinking about buying a house but since I do not really want to stay in the Midwest for too many years, I may just rent. That’ll leave things open for when I want to move south or out west.

Also with the new year I want to get healthier. I want to eat right and get in a little more activity than I usually do. Both will be difficult – I love to eat and sit on my butt in front of the television. But when it starts to warm up, I like to get moving. I like to walk outside so I know that will help. The winter always finds me wanting to hibernate in the house. I don’t want to leave the house unless it’s to go to work or church.

What goals would you like to accomplish in 2014?

Nyrobi

 

 

Relax

I used to think I didn’t know what it meant to relax. But I found out that wasn’t true. I knew what to do to help me relax. Actually, there are several different things I do – depending on the situation. I listen to the sounds of the water gliding over the rocks in my waterfall. I sip on a glass of wine and listen to jazz music or read a good book. I sit outside on a warm, sunny day amongst a lot of green (grass, trees, flowers, etc.) and listen to the sounds of nature. I take strolls through one of the local gardens or parks. All these things aid in my relaxation process.

So then I wondered, if I know how to relax then why aren’t I relaxing? Then it came to me…TIME. I don’t set aside the time to relax. My brain is always going. There’s always something to do. Someone always needs me for something. So I wonder…do I need to put ‘RELAX’ as an appointment on my calendar? Will I have to start scheduling times to ‘RELAX’ just so that I can get it in? I really need to start taking better care of myself. I feel like the only time I’m able to hear ‘ME’ is when I ‘RELAX’.

Something else I learned…I’m more creative when I’m relaxed. It’s as if my mind is clear and free.

So let me ask you something:

  • How do you relax?
  • When do you find time to relax?

Much Love,Nyrobi

Time Flies!

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted something. So much has happened during that time.

  • I completed my Web Development class (100%). It was so much fun.
  • I’ve started my last class before I graduate. Boring class. A lot of reading. Can’t wait for it to be over.
  • We moved in to our new building at work. Have gotten through all the opening events. And tomorrow is the big opening and then it’ll be all done.

Know what that means? Hopefully it means I’ll have more “ME” time because I’ve really missed it.

However, in between all of what’s been going on, I’ve started reading Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass. This book has truly been an eye opener. I don’t even read other books or look at movies and television shows the same. I’m now looking for the characteristics that Maass discusses in his book. I’ve only gotten through the first four chapters but I’m already looking to see if the stories have high stakes. It’s actually kind of fun and I feel a good way of learning. I only get to read a few pages a day because of my schedule but some is better than none. Eventually I’ll start working writing back in to my schedule as well. If it’s what I want to do, I have to start making it a priority.

Until next time,
Nyrobi

 

Web Development

I’m currently taking a web development class. It is so fun. I’m up late at night working on my friend’s, Author Lea Mishell, new website. I’m so addicted to web development that every chance I get at work, I work on it. It’s all I think about.

But the thing that surprises me the most is, the more I work on web development, the more I want to write. This boggles me because I don’t see how the two are connected. I’ve been doing a lot of coding, a lot of reading, and a lot of researching. I’m constantly changing something, viewing it, adjusting it and viewing it again. Sometimes I have to scrap a whole page and start all over but that doesn’t get me down at all. If anything, it excites and motivates me even more.

It’s amazing how some failures tend motivate you while others tend to defeat you.

Sorry so short, life has been a whirlwind and I know I haven’t posted in a while.
Classes end in February 2014 and work should be calming down around the same time.Hoping then I’ll be posting a lot more frequently.

Much love,
Nyrobi

It’s My Birthday – July 24, 2013

It’s my birthday! 37 years old! WOW! When I was a child 30 seemed to be old. Now that I’ve surpassed that, no age seems old to me anymore. I still get carded when I go places. People look at me crazy when I say I have a 17 year old. It’s even worse when I’m with my two daughters, 17 and 13, because people assume we are all sisters. It’s fun to see people’s reaction when either of them (both who are taller than me) call out “Mommy” in public and I turn around and answer.

Every year I usually do some type of reflection. The only thing I really have to say this year is live life to the fullest. Enjoy every day as if it’s your last day. Love, Love, and Love. Don’t wait for tomorrow what you can do today. I spent a lot of years not following my heart’s desires because I kept waiting for the “perfect” time or the “perfect situation”. Guess what? The “perfect” time is NOW!!! If you don’t seize it now, the perfect time will never come. It will never be the perfect situation. Life is full of surprises and you never know what’s waiting for you around the corner. It could be good, it could be bad but being afraid to step out there gets you nowhere.

Decide now to be happy and live life!

Have a wonderful day and have some cake – it’s my birthday!

Love you all,
Nyrobi

Writing Prompts

I just saw a writing prompt from The Writer and I thought it to be very interesting. I’m sure that one could think of several historical events that they could write about. This could turn in to several individual descriptions.

History repeated

Imagine you could travel back in time to a moment in history: the invasion of Normandy, the flight of Amelia Earhart, the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Write a description of the environment and capture the tension. Would your presence rewrite history?
(taken from The Writer, http://www.writermag.com/writing-prompts/history-repeated/)

What’s one of your favorite writing prompts?

Nyrobi

Haven’t Been Forgotten

I haven’t forgotten about writing. I haven’t forgotten about this blog. But my life has been CRAZY!! I have so many things going on at once that I feel like I’m losing my mind. Today I had three separate conversations and immediately afterwards I couldn’t remember anything they said. One of the conversations was with my daughter and I swore to her that she hadn’t told me something. Her response, “Mom, I just told you two minutes ago!” I think it’s time for a break, from EVERYTHING!!!

Just got back from a family vacation to Wisconsin Dells that wore me out. However, the kids had an awesome time and that’s what matters.

Looking forward to Riviera Maya, Mexico in four weeks. The only excursion I have planned is some service work at one of the schools. Got to get my volunteering in! Other than that it’s a massage and hanging out by the pool with a drink. Leaving everything right here at home…it’ll be here when I return.

I thought that with being so busy I wouldn’t be thinking about writing as much but I think about it a lot. I’m always thinking of new characters and new stories. Now only if I had the time to develop them and get them done on paper. Oh well, only 4 more classes to go and only 6 more months until the opening of the hospital. It’ll all be over soon.

Hopefully it won’t be two and a half months before I post again.

Nyrobi