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Getting My Creative Juices Flowing

Getting My Creative Juices Flowing

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Hello everyone! It is a sunny fall day in Cincinnati Ohio! It’s 51 degrees here and though the wind makes it a little chilly, I’m so thankful for the sun! I’m not ready for winter because that means colder weather and grey skies. I’m thankful for every bit of sun we get, and since I know it won’t last forever, I’m soaking it up as much as possible today. With extra time this afternoon, I decided to use it to explore a part of town I have driven past, but had not had the chance to stop by before. It is nice to be in a new space and find places where I can sit, enjoy the weather, watch the people and simply relax. I suppose this place is busy during the summer months, so the slow movement is enjoyable. There’s plenty of people out, without feeling overwhelming or crowded.

Here at Summit Park, which used to be the Blue Ash Airport, is a beautifully designed outdoor and indoor space for community. While enjoying my surroundings, I’m allowing my mind to wander, contemplating my next month’s creative endeavors. In November, I will be participating in NaNoWriMo, which is the National Novel Writing Month challenge. In this event, we are asked to complete a novel, or at least cover a good portion, by writing 50,000 words! It’s kinda crazy, and I’ve attempted to participate in it for several years, but have struggled to complete it in an organized manner. This year, I’m going to be writing about my experience to Paris, and the process that lead me there. I want to share my story in a fun and new way. I want to chronicle this event so that I can remember it for years to come. It will be wonderful to have it all in one place and be something that I can go back to, almost like a picture book, but with words. I love using Shutterfly to make photo books for special memories, and this memoir will be a similar goal. In this next month, I hope to write a story about my own travels and the impacts they’ve had on my life. With it, I will include previous travels that I’ve been able to experience in my life and how they’ve lead me to Paris.

In my efforts to prepare for this creative endeavor, I wrote out what this process means to me. My hope is that by having a strong reason, it will help me push past the discomforts and help me reach my goals. Here’s part of what I came up with:

As the writer, I am simply sharing my story. I suppose it’s not so simple though because with it, I hope to unfold my discoveries and perspectives. I wish to share this story with my readers as if we are sitting at a cafe, talking and catching up. My writing is very informal, it’s relaxed, and with that, it’s vulnerable. My goal is to share my inner feelings as I process through my trip to Paris. I plan talk about what lead me to this path, and what steps I had to take to make this dream a reality. I will show the anxieties and the stressors that I had during the trip, and what I did to overcome them; I will share my insecurities. Ultimately, I hope to show how I’ve bloomed and transformed through the process. Going through this process will remind me of how I was able to be mindful and expressive in so many ways! I was creative without even thinking about it! If I succeed, I will take my readers on this journey and share with them all the beauty I saw in a small part of the world. For this memoir, it’ll be more focused on a specific time in my life, with hints of the past. My past is not the focus though. Being mindful during the trip has given me the desire to focus on the “present” and the experiences of being “in the moment”. If a revelation comes up that is connected to the past in a genuine and authentic manner, then I will be ok to share it. However, this memoir is meant to be a light-hearted expression of transformation into my adult and professional life. I’ve believed for a long time that being 28 years old was a milestone of a different breed. It wasn’t the typical milestones, but this was a big year for me as I reached several personal and professional goals. This was the year I believed would have a big impact on my life and change the course of my future.

Blogging through my NaNoWriMo will be a great way to stay accountable throughout the month. I am still figuring out how I will do it, but I might share what I’ve written each week. This might be hard because if I don’t write in order, it might get confusing, but we shall see what happens. I’m really excited about this year’s NaNo and really believe I’ve got a story that is not only in my head but also in my heart! I’ve felt for a long time that I’ve had a story inside of me, and I’m eager to see what happens when it begins to come out. I used to think I was an aspiring writer, but I’ve come to realize I am a writer. I may not be a great writer, and I’m definitely not a successful writer, but I am a writer nonetheless!

I am creatively conscious. I am actively spending my days seeking ways to be expressive and allowing creativity to experiment. I am a woman who emphasizes a life of passion, expressed through personal style, leisurely pastimes, charm and cultivation of life’s pleasures (aka: quaintrelle). I am experiencing life as it comes and am aware of how each experience is impacting my life. I’m excited with what’s come out of my life at this time and I am so eager to see how this challenge will progress my creativity!

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Nearing the End of NaNoWriMo

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