An Eve of Spendor

I have some work to do, but I limit myself per day to preserve my sanity. I’m sure my creatives can attest to this maddening cycle of self-doubt and anxiety. Right now, I sit with wine while making casual glances at the oh-so drool-worthy cuisine in one of my favorite local magazines. I kind of feel like a ritzy local. Kind of.

So, naturally what feels like a Sunday is actually a Monday and on Sunday’s I would normally be questing my toon in a game that I escape to every now and then (this little gamer girl over here!). I didn’t last night and I am not now because I am pleasantly and surprisingly inspired to empty my colorful thoughts in digital ink, pressed into a format that, well, hopefully reaches the best of my readers.

This is the open-thoughts part of my blog- a rarety, at that.

Lately I have been longing for a scene much different from the last 9 months. All I wanted was a clear blue oceanscape with sea water as my perfume and comforting sand as my footstool. Within the last week or so, my mind had detoured into the carefree west, driving until pavement turn to dirt and hiking up mountains so high that all you know is what’s infront of you. It litterally stops your breath, breaks your concentration, forces you to feel the penetrating glow of natures swan song. It’s really an invigorating effect.

 

So, because I have the most amazing husband ever, that’s just we did for four days. We explored the untouched parts of Maine and all of its spendor. We ate authentic seafood from places off the beaten path, we hiked up mountains and hills and rocks that lined the ocean, ate wild raspberries and blueberries and just lived. We live. This is the importance of where we are now verus where we were a year ago.

This evening, home is so present. Its form is real and alive and welcoming and branching out. I love where I live. I wish this for everyone in life. It is so important.

 

 

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Engage, Entice, Exist: 3 Ways to Stand Out

When I first started out as a freelance writer, I dabbled in many genres-from health and fitness to real estate and, well, plumbing! Most of this ended in failure because I was so new that I had thrown all of my eggs into one basket each time the basket was passed to me. But like many other successful freelancer writers in my clique, I never gave up, just gained mounds of exprience that I still find pretty useful today. I learned from Carol Tice, a brilliant freelancer and entrepreneur who was/is on-point about basically anything freelance related. If you get the chance to take a workshop or two, she really gives you more bang for your buck. She is accompanied by inspiring assitants and helpful bottom-liners that will encourage you along the way. You do not need to be an aspiring writer, as I found her tutorials to be of universal help.

Before we go into the meat and potatoes, let’s devour a few appetisers, shall we?

What are you passionate about (i.e. caretaking, children, petsitting, coffee, cleaning teeth, comfortable footwear, etc;) ?

Have you done any research (in your geographical area, web search, general info)?

These questions will help you determine what you want from your job(s). You may find yourself straying in a completely different direction or hating the orignial idea altogether but you will have an idea, on paper, and in your fore-front. So, start there.

Engage

Experienced or not, you know what you love to do, and more importantly, what you do best. Flaunt it. Wear it like your favorite outfit and expect compliments, expect questions and be ready to answer, engage, and offer. Your passion is your name badge, not just a decal on your bumper. Be your own agent. I love when I run into a person who knows their stuff and isn’t afraid to confidently tell me something about it. Engage with your supermarket attendant, your child’s school teachers, church groups, and people walking passed you in the park.

Entice

You are not going to win everyone over- and you don’t need to starting thinking that you have to! The right people will be enticed to follow. You can offer them something that they might want and need, but there is no need to convince someone that they need your service, product, etc;. Your love and driving force behind you will entice the right person. I never randomly give out my cards in hopes that i’ll get hired. When they compliment my scent, I have a sample oil ready. When they ask what I do, I tell them that I make their business stand out among the rest. done and done:)

Exist

I have come across many freelancers who have steady clients and when they take on new clients, their existance with their old-timers tend to dwindle, lack communication, or maybe isn’t as important. This isn’t saying that we don’t care about our faithful firstcomers, but the excitement of newbies takes over and we tend to pay more attention.

Don’t do this. Give every client the same attention, especially your current clients. Exist to be a part of their world (oh, Disney, you had me there) and offer to get to know them better and better each month/year.What works for me is taking a monthly phone chat with my clients, checking up to see how they’re doing, and just catching up with thier lives. You’re not bugging them, you’re helping them. They’ve hired you to be their hawk, persay. They are entrusting a piece of them with you. A monthly check-up call is the perfect way to show you care and to simply exist.

 When you’re ready to make your passion your life, you will have plenty of options to perfect your craft. If you have any questions or want to share your freelance experience, please do in the comments below! 

 

 

 

 

Standing still 

No one is moving from the homestead today as we prepare for what is said to be the biggest 2017 blizzard to hit New England. And I am very excited. I went out and bought super cheap Hanes sweats so my work day was exceptionally comfortable. We live 50 feet from a market/cafe and Swain just stocked up on our fine cheese and wine for this evening. I have so much work to do today, that I am grateful to stay home and be surround with such lively beauty. After each client project, I take a break to shovel the deck. It’s relaxing! 

Later when it gets raw and windy and visibility is at a minimum, we are all going to play in the snow. As the snow gathers around my window, clings to the screen, and drifts in all kinds of directions, I tear up with gratefulness and thankfulness to Jesus who gave us something even better than we ever planned. New England get’s a different kind of snow storm, unlike the southern parts of the north where we’re from (Ohio, NY). Since we’re nestled on the coastline, tucked along the bay as well, we get hit with some intense storms, they say. And it’s not letting up!

To all who never gave up on what you truly wanted,  what passion and love has driven you all of these years to,  your goals. You’re doing it,  and you’re getting there,  much like myself. With hard work and no taking breaks from the worlds reality. You face it,  you give a smile,  and run head first into it. 

Cheers! 
 

 

Reignite, Respect, and Rethink

*WARNING* Lots of ‘inspirational’ quotes in this thread ~

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So,  I’ve  been  expected to take on a whole new realm of work. It is demanding, it is trying, and sometimes just plain exhausting.
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I scroll through Pinterest every night, trying to get inspiration from like-minded people. I try to find articles and interviews from famous writers that tell stories on how to keep and nurture a creative mindset.
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To quote one of my all-time favorite people:

“.. I think creativity is really about opportunity and whatever you attach to it is ultimately going to be an impediment. So you’re standing in line at the 7/11 and you have a really great idea and you don’t think it’s important enough to write down or stop what you’re doing, you’re kind of sending a signal up to the universe where your priorities are. So when you say something like, ‘I like to be near water to be creative’, that might be a preference, but if at some point you think, ‘Here I am standing in the desert, how am I going to write this chapter?’, that’s you, that’s not divinity.” Billy Corgan during a 2015 interview. Side note: I had the pleasure of seeing  him live in plainsong *swoon* he’s still got it!

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Some of it (the research) has worked, and some of it has not. Everybody is different, we all know that. We all have different ways of learning, getting creative, and finding solace. So, as I was gathering all of this information, and going through my own doubts of lacking creativity, I came up with some not-so-average ways to generate creativity and keep it going, whether you want to OR not.

Sip Wine

Yep. According to a study in 2012, a test confirmed that when one consumes a specific blood/alcohol level (.075), tasks were performed quickly and with sudden insight. I am going to follow this up with, all things in moderation, of course. In my recent observations, when I am stumped and I just can’t afford the time to be stumped, I sip red wine, and when I feel slight altered, my hands move across the keyboard like…

Sit by water

A good friend of mine saw my recent struggle as I enter the tea shop, in dire need of something to settle this restless feeling. “Go to the water. sit. Don’t think about a thing.” It seems simple, and it’s not as if I haven’t considered it (or have done it), but it just made sense. And it worked. Wherever you reside, a stream, a river, a lake, or an ocean are the perfect setting for a complete creative do-over. Let the trickling water take over!

Take a break

The best way to get back on track is get out of it completely. I have read and talked to many creatives, and their advice has helped me take a whole new look.

Read poetry
When in doubt, read what other genius writers were writing back in the day. From Robert Frost to Hemingway, you will be inspired by the raw and uninhibited emotion. OK so here I bring up my other love, Billy corgan, and his sensational book of poetry that has inspired me, ‘Blinking with Fists’

Read on, muses!
Read the Dictionary
No really, open a physical page or a page on the internet, and just pick random words. It will spark a creative balance that is ready to set fire to the flame of your next creation! There are so many words to discover!

Scramble it up
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This is me. After several hours of squeezing creativity from my brain and getting nothing, somewhere during my move that last day in my condo, the wind was blowing, the palms were swaying and the mood was exciting. So I sat on the furniture and wrote. Switch it up! Change scenes and let your surroundings do the giving from now on.

The Best Workout

The adventure never ends. I love it. The Apoxee Wilderness Preserve in West Palm Beach Florida. Our hiking continues as we face windy, cool, and wet bumpy terrain, unexpected tornadoes, and maybe a crazy thunderstorm thrown into the mix ❤ Last week we got our workout as we unknowingly hiked 8 miles through an alley of crocs, gorgeous grazing Roseate Spoonbills, and a few red ant hills (those things hurt for days…). Here are some beautiful candid shots to show for (with the exception of a few, all photos were taken by my talented hubs, and can be found here ).

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Another adventure awaits this Saturday (and probably Sunday), as we gather our hiking gear and discover another new location ❤

A Slight Turn of the Page

So, this is Christmas. What have I done? I have been running around in panic, working through projects for clients, selling tea, and moving merchandise. All in a days work. Well, as most of you know, I am a freelance writer. I focus mainly on health and fitness, with a few travel reviews throw into the mix, but have been known to venture off into other fields.

As 2016 vastly approaches, I have decided to outstretch my services via blogging and social media, making it possible for exhausted and busy business professionals to come to me with a plan and deadline so that they do not have to worry about sitting down, muddling through their thoughts as they force the content for their blogs/webpage/social media events etc.

I will customize engaging content for you (the frustrated and busy entrepreneur, that you are) and have it ready in a speedy fashion, without sacrificing the look and feel.

If you didn’t know already, I have several ezine publications that demonstrate my ‘words of art’.

Travel

Hipmunk

Azcentral

Livestrong

(more links and portfolio are available upon request)

So, I am open for business, and ready to help take the load off. Contact me for details, policies, and rates!

Merry Christmas!

 

Serina

 

 

Crazy in the Coconut!

Why buy the coconut water when you can get it for free?!?!

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These delicious and nutritiously hydrating gifts from God just fall from our palms. While I was on a treasure hunt the other day, I spotted a bunch of coconuts just sitting on the side of the road. A wonderful gentleman helped me pick out the ones that were ripe and ready to be opened. So do you know what I did? I bought a machete, & I cut these bad boys open.

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It wasn’t difficult to do either.
And afterward I bottled the water and chilled it in the fridge.

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I love taking advantage of the elements 🙂

~S~