The Unexpected Wealth and Health in Your Favorite Comfort Food– Daily Quote

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The weather has turned. It is almost imperceptible, but the nighttime temperatures are near freezing, and fog and frost shroud the early morning hours. The sun struggles to bring us bright mornings under crystalline blue skies. Dawn arrives later, dusk descends earlier, and it encourages me to snuggle under my covers where it is warm. I try to resist since it leads to missing out on the sunlight, falling asleep past my regular bedtime, and perpetuates the desire to ignore my alarm.

My appetite has also changed with the season, and I yearn for comfort foods. Two large pots of chili materialized from my kitchen recently, but today my taste buds are demanding Borsch. I haven’t met a beet I didn’t love. Pickled with pearl onion, roasted and served with goat cheese and nuts, boiled, or steamed and tossed into salads, couscous, or quinoa, and even raw, beets are one of my favorite veggies. The bonus is folklore tells us they are a medicinal plant, and Brosch allows me to combine a lengthy list of superfoods into a single delectable bowl.

Besides the beetroot, I include the beet tops, onions, kale, or spinach, potatoes, cabbage, carrots, quinoa or white cannellini beans, and bay leaves into a steaming stockpot of aromatic homemade chicken stock. Brosch is a magical dish that lets me purge whatever is languishing in the fridge or pantry, and it always tastes fantastic. If there is a stray clove of garlic, it gets added to the pot. A little leftover tomato paste? I stir it in. And now science says these ingredients will help keep me healthy, ready to take on the world. I pass it on and serve a bowl of love.

What favorite food keeps you feeling well?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

The 2020 Daily Writing Challenge – November 29

2020 Daily Writing Challenge

Writing is like driving at night in the fog.
You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
– E. L. Doctorow

Today is Day 334 of the 2020 Daily Writing Challenge.

Did you write yesterday?

My year-end countdown has begun, and what a wild ride 2020 has been. The adage says what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. I’m not dead, yet therefore I must be tougher right? The question becomes — How much can I accomplish before we ring in the new year?

It all starts with a well-conceived strategy, and mine includes a master list of 100 activities to help me reach my annual writing goal. It may sound impossible, but many items are almost insignificant and require fewer than 15 minutes to finish. They are micro-actions, minor jobs that, while they are crucial, they are the ones I repeatedly push to tomorrow.

My new resolution is to stop multitasking and instead concentrate on finishing one task before starting another. I have dedicated a cute notebook to collect random thoughts that often distract me from my current job. I aim to eliminate some low-priority habits and devote my time to higher valued assignments. Each evening, I will organize tomorrow’s calendar and schedule my most important activity in the top slot of my To-Do list. I pledge to complete that job before doing anything else. It means moving my daily writing session from afternoons to first thing in the morning. Well, second after my coffee, of course. November and NaNoWriMo begin on Sunday, and I need to incorporate the challenge into my routine.

Are you participating in NaNo? Do you have a plan? What can you achieve in the next few weeks?

Let us know in the comments below.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

Creating Space to Do the Hard Work of Relaxing – Daily Quote 

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve had a busy week. Plenty of hustle, bustle, scheduling home health nursing, physical therapy, doctor visits, and playing short-order cook capped by holiday excitement all piled on top of my typical onslaught of daily tasks. It all leaves me a little – drained. Ragdoll, dead dog, tired. You’ve felt it. Your brain gets fuzzy, you can’t keep your eyes open, and no matter how much you try to stay awake, sleep threatens to overtake you.

I habitually over schedule during this time of the year, knowing I’ll require the help of a team of Santa’s elves to get it all done. Today I have designated my downtime day. My scheduled naptimes are non-negotiable. The only items on the list are the bare minimum must-dos, nothing superfluous. There are various yummy leftovers, suitable for reheat and eat casual all-day grazing. I will wear my fluffy slippers and flannel PJs, pick up a book from my long-neglected TBR pile, settle into my big leather chair with a glass of wine, and see what happens.

How do you relax?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

The 2020 Daily Writing Challenge – November 28

2020 Daily Writing Challenge

Writing is like driving at night in the fog.
You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
– E. L. Doctorow

Today is Day 333 of the 2020 Daily Writing Challenge.

Did you write yesterday?

My year-end countdown has begun, and what a wild ride 2020 has been. The adage says what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. I’m not dead, yet therefore I must be tougher right? The question becomes — How much can I accomplish before we ring in the new year?

It all starts with a well-conceived strategy, and mine includes a master list of 100 activities to help me reach my annual writing goal. It may sound impossible, but many items are almost insignificant and require fewer than 15 minutes to finish. They are micro-actions, minor jobs that, while they are crucial, they are the ones I repeatedly push to tomorrow.

My new resolution is to stop multitasking and instead concentrate on finishing one task before starting another. I have dedicated a cute notebook to collect random thoughts that often distract me from my current job. I aim to eliminate some low-priority habits and devote my time to higher valued assignments. Each evening, I will organize tomorrow’s calendar and schedule my most important activity in the top slot of my To-Do list. I pledge to complete that job before doing anything else. It means moving my daily writing session from afternoons to first thing in the morning. Well, second after my coffee, of course. November and NaNoWriMo begin on Sunday, and I need to incorporate the challenge into my routine.

Are you participating in NaNo? Do you have a plan? What can you achieve in the next few weeks?

Let us know in the comments below.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

Black Friday Extravaganza–my books + courses on sale this weekend

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Happiness is good stuff on sale, amiright?

And I have some marvelous stuff on sale for you!

First off, did you know I just published a self-help book for creatives? It’s called Positively Creative ~ harness the magic of a positive mindset for joyful creative living. I wrote it during quarantine, when creativity was the way I coped with all the difficulties in the world.

I also created a deck of affirmation cards (titled Positively Creative), which work nicely with the book but also are a great tool on their own. Kind of like pizza—pairs well with other foods but also perfectly fine on its own. But I digress…

You can learn more about my two latest products here at this link here on my site >>>Positively Creative.

Both of these products are on sale this weekend! They make great gifts for you or someone you love!!

OTHER MARVELOUS…

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Letting Music, Or A Good Book Wash Away Your Stress – Daily Quote

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Some weeks have an easy flow.  Everything goes as planned, events fall neatly into place, and the world turns on its axis, and the sun rises in the east. Then we experience periods that try our souls. We encounter roadblocks, red lights, and unexpected problems in quick succession. Saying our plans are a disaster is an understatement, especially when there is no obvious answer to the challenges confronting you. We must work, pulling apart the snarls, creating unique solutions, and smoothing the road ahead.

The process is stressful. It requires long hours and produces tension and anxiety. Music is an enjoyable way to relax, unwind, and gain the fortitude to move forward. You can’t hold stress while the music plays. Reading also works, especially as we watch our hero struggle, fight, and succeed in the journey. In music and reading, we find the courage to continue.

Does music ease your day?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

The 2020 Daily Writing Challenge – November 27

2020 Daily Writing Challenge

Writing is like driving at night in the fog.
You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
– E. L. Doctorow

Today is Day 332 of the 2020 Daily Writing Challenge.

Did you write yesterday?

My year-end countdown has begun, and what a wild ride 2020 has been. The adage says what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. I’m not dead, yet therefore I must be tougher right? The question becomes — How much can I accomplish before we ring in the new year?

It all starts with a well-conceived strategy, and mine includes a master list of 100 activities to help me reach my annual writing goal. It may sound impossible, but many items are almost insignificant and require fewer than 15 minutes to finish. They are micro-actions, minor jobs that, while they are crucial, they are the ones I repeatedly push to tomorrow.

My new resolution is to stop multitasking and instead concentrate on finishing one task before starting another. I have dedicated a cute notebook to collect random thoughts that often distract me from my current job. I aim to eliminate some low-priority habits and devote my time to higher valued assignments. Each evening, I will organize tomorrow’s calendar and schedule my most important activity in the top slot of my To-Do list. I pledge to complete that job before doing anything else. It means moving my daily writing session from afternoons to first thing in the morning. Well, second after my coffee, of course. November and NaNoWriMo begin on Sunday, and I need to incorporate the challenge into my routine.

Are you participating in NaNo? Do you have a plan? What can you achieve in the next few weeks?

Let us know in the comments below.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer