Daring to Move Past Criticism – Daily Quote

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It takes a brave person to share their secret hopes, impossible dreams, or cherished aspirations with the world. We work on cultivating positive thoughts, believing in ourselves, and dispelling our fear of rejection. Then we take our precious babies and announce their existence to friends and family. If we are lucky, they respond with understanding and support, but often they attack our fledgling ideas with criticism, shooting them down before we can fully develop them.

Those helpful individuals are quick to point out all the reasons you can’t, they poke holes in your premise, deem your logic faulty, or claim your plan is ill-advised. No one will ever go for that, they say. Those energy vampires can get their fangs into our excitement and deflate our commitment. It’s not personal, they declare, but the criticism bites us to the core.

This is the season when we contemplate goals, and set resolutions for next year.  It’s tempting to let the naysayers impose limitations on our fondest wishes. Great inner strength is required to push forward, challenge the status quo, and attempt to achieve the unknown. It’s easy to listen to the cants, and buy into the torment they spread. Yet, how rewarding would it be to prove the canters wrong?

Do you dare to share your dreams?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

2019 Daily Writing Challenge December 12

2019 Daily Writing Challenge Day 345

Today is Day 346 of the 2019 Daily Writing Challenge.

Did you write yesterday? Let us know your Day 345 word count in the comments.

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What is the 2019 Daily Writing Challenge? It is simple: Write something every day.

Write a little, write a lot. Just write. You have all day.

It doesn’t matter if you write 5 words, 5,000 words or something in between. The idea is to establish a daily writing habit. If you miss a day, don’t worry. Write today and report tomorrow on your success.

A great journey begins with one step. A great writing habit begins with one word. Go!

Check back tomorrow for the Day 346 Report and let us know how you did.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

The Advantages of Talking to Yourself – Daily Quote

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I have a secret. It’s embarrassing when I am caught, and I discover someone is listening. Talking to myself, in my head and aloud is a normal occurrence. I assure you, my conversations are rather mundane. Where is my phone? Did I pay the bill? Should I buy lemons at the grocery store? Who is knocking on my front door? Why did I come into this room? Those are typical topics I explore almost daily.

Late at night when the house is finally silent, questions fade and grow quiet. The voice changes and my evening adventure begins. I have heard it since I was a child. It has told me bedtime stories, created imaginary characters, and fantastic worlds. It is my trusted companion. Together we work through complex issues, solving the day’s problems. I write the tales I tell myself and share them with my friends.

What stories will you tell yourself today?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

2019 Daily Writing Challenge December 11

2019 Daily Writing Challenge Day 344

Today is Day 345 of the 2019 Daily Writing Challenge.

Did you write yesterday? Let us know your Day 344 word count in the comments.

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What is the 2019 Daily Writing Challenge? It is simple: Write something every day.

Write a little, write a lot. Just write. You have all day.

It doesn’t matter if you write 5 words, 5,000 words or something in between. The idea is to establish a daily writing habit. If you miss a day, don’t worry. Write today and report tomorrow on your success.

A great journey begins with one step. A great writing habit begins with one word. Go!

Check back tomorrow for the Day 345 Report and let us know how you did.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

An Inevitable Holiday Tradition – Daily Quote

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It never fails. I expect it at this time of year. The scratchy throat, watery, itchy eyes, and the achy feeling in my head that makes me wish someone would hit me with a baseball bat because it would hurt less. The timing is impeccable, coinciding with the busiest days before the holidays. You know the pivotal juncture where your plans hinge on expert execution of key details. The week which ensures every beloved family member and each cherished pet will experience a holiday to surpass every other.

The common cold threatens to derail your carefully constructed strategy. Despite astounding medical advances, miraculous modern inventions, they haven’t discovered a cure for this ailment. Doctors say to stay hydrated, get plenty of rest (yeah, right), and drink warm liquids. Homemade chicken soup and brewed tea top the list. My calendar is overflowing, my agenda runs longer than I can manage, and I am clueless how to squeeze in these extra requirements.

The best recommendations say the cold runs its course in one to two weeks. That means I will recover just in time to collapse from exhaustion on Christmas Eve and sleep through until New Year’s Day. Another fabulous holiday preserved forever with photos and my foggy memories.

How do you combat holiday colds?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

2019 Daily Writing Challenge December 10

2019 Daily Writing Challenge Day 343

Today is Day 344 of the 2019 Daily Writing Challenge.

Did you write yesterday? Let us know your Day 343 word count in the comments.

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What is the 2019 Daily Writing Challenge? It is simple: Write something every day.

Write a little, write a lot. Just write. You have all day.

It doesn’t matter if you write 5 words, 5,000 words or something in between. The idea is to establish a daily writing habit. If you miss a day, don’t worry. Write today and report tomorrow on your success.

A great journey begins with one step. A great writing habit begins with one word. Go!

Check back tomorrow for the Day 344 Report and let us know how you did.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

My Changing Definition of Reading – Daily Quote

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December is the month I reserve for reviewing my current year’s progress. I work on big dreams, setting audacious goals, and plotting a strategy to move toward my desired destination. One area I have been analyzing is the number of books I read. This year’s total was abysmal, by my standards. Then, I started thinking about my online reading. I access blogs, emails, newsletters, essays, reviews, and how-to instructions on my laptop or phone, but I don’t include those documents in my goal count. It’s ridiculous.

In the past, I carried physical novels for my downtime, but books are heavy. My cell, tucked in my pocket, is ready to provide me with educational material or a blank screen for my writing. While I enjoy a real book, with my busy life, having one handy is not practical. Dedicating large chunks of time to curl up with a favorite read to meet my goals is a luxury I can ill afford.

The struggle happens when I want to reference a web article, pass the information to a friend or track my reading. So, I am in search of a tracking method. Bookmarks are cumbersome, and syncing across devices is difficult. There are apps like Evernote that can help, but they don’t guard against the dreaded 404 error. I haven’t decided on an approach that works for me. I am adding another task I need to complete.

Do you keep track of your online reading?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

2019 Daily Writing Challenge December 9

2019 Daily Writing Challenge Day 342

Today is Day 343 of the 2019 Daily Writing Challenge.

Did you write yesterday? Let us know your Day 342 word count in the comments.

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What is the 2019 Daily Writing Challenge? It is simple: Write something every day.

Write a little, write a lot. Just write. You have all day.

It doesn’t matter if you write 5 words, 5,000 words or something in between. The idea is to establish a daily writing habit. If you miss a day, don’t worry. Write today and report tomorrow on your success.

A great journey begins with one step. A great writing habit begins with one word. Go!

Check back tomorrow for the Day 343 Report and let us know how you did.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

Enjoying Precious Morning Rituals – Daily Quote

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Waking each morning represents my day’s primary challenge. But hitting the snooze button, and snuggling in my warm cocoon longer than I should, exacerbates my problems, and creates additional challenges. I hate when mornings become afternoons, and I have accomplished nothing on my list. I have fallen into bad habits, going to bed later, and using that to rationalize my late rising. This scenario is coloring my entire day, putting me in a foul mood, and hindering my progress on my goals.

Experience has revealed my prime productivity period is between 9 A.M. and 2 P.M. I’m fresher, more creative, and more likely to pursue my personal-passion projects during my sweet spot. It presumes I am awake, alert, and ready to work. A morning routine required to get me to that stage takes two or three hours. I need a change.

I am planning on adopting the schedule of extreme early risers, with a targeted wake-up time of 4 A.M. I intend to address the things I have been neglecting, reviewing my scheduled daily tasks, and enjoying my yoga workout before it gets bumped for more urgent responsibilities. But first, I need my coffee.

Do you have a set wake-up time?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

2019 Daily Writing Challenge December 8

2019 Daily Writing Challenge Day 341

Today is Day 342 of the 2019 Daily Writing Challenge.

Did you write yesterday? Let us know your Day 341 word count in the comments.

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What is the 2019 Daily Writing Challenge? It is simple: Write something every day.

Write a little, write a lot. Just write. You have all day.

It doesn’t matter if you write 5 words, 5,000 words or something in between. The idea is to establish a daily writing habit. If you miss a day, don’t worry. Write today and report tomorrow on your success.

A great journey begins with one step. A great writing habit begins with one word. Go!

Check back tomorrow for the Day 342 Report and let us know how you did.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer