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The energy is rising

The energy is rising

July 2, 2020
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The pace is picking up, the energy is rising, and more and more people are getting active again. Responding to prompts for the first time, or –as I am doing– revisiting them once more, generously (as is wont to happen in The Creative’s Workshop!) sharing insights and questions and cheerings-on in comments to prompts and dailies, engaging with others to ensure there’s ”connectability” once TCW shuts down in 8 days…

and I still don’t want it too!

And yet…
I know. I will be there, every day, until it’s over.
And I know. I will miss it dreadfully, when it does.
And I know. I need it too.
I need the break.
I need digital sabbats. For longer than I’ve been taking them these past months (barely, honestly).

The increase and decrease.
After a massive surge –not least this past month with a lot of work as well– both work and TCW are set to decrease around the same time.
A massive deadline at work in 7 days, TCW ends the day after.

Perhaps, it’s even a godsend?

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Worthy of celebration

May 20, 2020
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100 dailies in a row. Done deal. And, for me, not a feat in and of itself. I do stuff like this. My go-to example is the fact that I did my 2103rd morning seven exercise routine in a row this morning. Now, writing is definitely different from exercising, but since January 23rd, 2013 when I started #blogg100, a 100 days of daily blog posts challenge, I have published 2450 posts. Now, granted, some days I have published more than one post, but not that often, if my memory serves me. January 23rd, 2013, until May 20th, 2020, is 2674 days in total. So, if no posts are published two a day, that leaves 224 days of no blog posts. But say I might have double-posted 100 days… or for the fun of it, let’s say that in these 7+ years, I’ve not blogged for a full year. That still leaves 6+ years of blogging.

But.
That’s. Not. The. Point.

The point is 100 days of absolutely rocking, amazing, expanding, tankespjärn-rich, generous, sensitive, full-on, mind-boggling, laugh-inducing and loving comments, interactions, relationship-building.

That’s what’s so friggin’ amazing about these 100 days of dailies, totally worthy of celebration and cheer!

I have laughed. Cried. Been confounded. Annoyed. Frustrated. Confused. Enriched. Curious to find out more. Impressed. In awe. Sad. Nervous. Perhaps even a touch of anger in there. But more than anything, I’ve been energized. In its totality, that’s the main takeaway I have from these 100 days of The Creative’s Workshop. I have gotten so much energy from it. And I know, I’ve contributed with mine as well. A regenerative community, if ever!

Even though the official part of the workshop – with the 100 dailies challenge accompanied by 31 prompts and a handful of bonus prompts – is coming to its end today, we students are granted access to the space for another 50 days. Luckily. As there is still so much more to do and be here. I have prompts as yet unresponded to, and I have a mind to start over and redo/revisit/tweak my responses to the prompts, not to mention all the connections I want to deepen while the opportunity exists.

But then, after, mid-July, when it is closed, finished, finito, I expect I will be all cheesecake out, in the very best of ways, ready to simply sit back down. Relax. Reflect. Remember. Revere. But not yet! There’s another 50 days to go first!

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30 minutes of daily gardening

April 27, 2020
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In a Zoom call yesterday with a group from The Creative’s Workshop, each of us set an outside-of-work-more-relaxing-taking-a-break-from-stuff daily goal for the upcoming week, and mine was 30 minutes of daily gardening. Realizing now, as I sit here in the morning getting ready to leave for work, that I will have a hard time to squeeze that in today, if I am also to do dailies and blog, besides getting home from work around 5:30 pm and then – hopefully! – having outside choir practice 6:30 to 8 and then guitar lesson 8:30-9:30. Somewhere in there, I have to get some dinner in me as well!

And yet… this is what lures me into these types of challenges, to actually see what I can make possible which, normally, is way more than I (or those around me) sort of think is possible. And very appropriately today’s meditation from the Chopra Center that I am taking at the moment, centered on pure potentiality:

Through the law of pure potentiality I can create anything anytime anywhere.

So there! An added 30 minutes of gardening should be a breeze then, right? And will definitely make for quite a shift in my garden over the next week, that’s for sure! And having taken 15 minutes to get my dailies and blogging done for the day, hey, my 30 minutes of gardening is much more likely to take place. 

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Willing myself into murky waters

March 23, 2020
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Participating in The Creative’s Workshop on akimbo.com I am exposed to two sets of asks.
1) The Dailies, where I and the other players are asked to write and post every day for 100 days in a row. Subject, style, content totally up to each and every one of us.
2) The Prompts, where I and the other players are given a thrice-weekly prompt asking us to reflect and respond to questions, pushing me (at least) far outside of my comfort zone. Asking me to take a stand, to give voice to what I like and dislike, to what I do and don’t do, to what my work looks like and why. 

The different asks give rise to different response within me, something I try to give voice to below.


It’s a matter of focus. Of intent.
Of willing myself into murky waters where the going is far from easy and smooth.

That’s what the Prompts feels like to me.

Whereas the Dailies are more of an easy-peasy sit-down and let what-ever-want’s-to-come-out pour from my fingers onto the screen in front of me.

And. Luckily. It’s not a question of either-or both rather a both-and.

They give me different types of release.
The Dailies get to be lighter, or heavier for that matter, but there’s more flow to them.
Less intellectual effort.

The Prompts speak to the Upholder in me, making me want to respond quite literally to the specific questions asked. Even though I wriggle like a worm on a fishhook now and again, I get through them, slowly and steadily, one by one. A bit behind the release-schedule, but catching up.
In their iterative structure, inviting me back into past prompts, to observe, orient, decide, act (ooda), there’s progress, if by progress I mean movement. Which I do.

Thanks in large part to TCW, my mind is moving.
My understanding is increasing.
The visibility is greater, there’s more and more clarity.
In what it is I want to do, in who it is I want to be.

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Three dailies and two prompts later…

February 12, 2020
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The Creative’s Workshop. 

Jumped in six days ago, the dailies started three days ago, and there have been two prompts so far (Mondays – Wednesdays – Fridays. It’s Wednesday today, so…), and I am already having a blast.

The dailies are about writing something, anything, daily, for 100 days in a row. Been there, done that. Not a problem at all for me.
But never have I done it in a community like this one. Never with so many people willing to share, to encourage, to question, to cheer and hook up with on this journey of ours for the next 150 days or so.

The prompts are a thrice-weekly prompt. Intended to get me thinking, writing, creating. Answering from instinct rather than figuring things out. Putting pen to paper (or finger to keyboard as it were) and letting what-ever-wants-to-come flow out of me.

My calendar is more full than I feel comfortable with. I have a huge capacity for Doing. No doubt. But in the past six-seven years, I’ve cultivated my capacity for Being as well, and with a full calendar, there’s less room for the latter, unfortunately. So I have been low on energy. I’ve been tired. Feeling drained. Putting pen to paper (fingers to keyboards, sure, yeah, of course, but it just doesn’t sound as poetic, does it?) have resulted in… naught. Nada. Zilch.

And now, three dailies and two prompts later… I am buzzing. Alive and kicking! Inspired, energized, On. And very curious to see what want’s to happen here!

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Dailies on #tankespjärn

February 10, 2020
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The other week, on a whim, I got myself a spot in Seth Godin’s The Creative’s Workshop.

It’s not as if I have plenty of time on my hands… well. That’s a bit of a lie, I do. 24 hours per day to be precise, just like everyone else, but what I meant was that it’s not as if there is a lot of unclaimed time within those allotted daily 24 hours. And it’s not looking better anytime soon…
And it’s not as if I need the challenge to be able to live up to whatever runstreak-challenge there is out there, because I know I excel at that.
And it’s not as if I am struggling with what it is I want to do. I do know. I just don’t do it.

Starting today, the workshop features a dailies challenge, asking me to do this:
Not the private Morning Pages that are an essential part of the day for many creators, but a semi-public daily post to create the habit of shipping.

If you’re a writer, share some writing. If you’re a songwriter, share a lyric. If you’re working on becoming a public speaker, share a video. If you’re working in a different medium, share that here.

Every day. Short is fine. Rough is fine. Every day.

Don’t break your streak.

We are set to start the Dailies today, even though some people in the workshop have already kick-started it a couple of days early.
I didn’t, as I was pondering what it was I wanted to do with my dailies. So this morning, when I awoke, I realized what it is I want to use my 100 dailies for. This:

I will not post my dailies here on the blog. (I think.) This is a one-off. (Possibly. Or not?)
But now you know. Now I know you know. And now I know that I am dedicating time and effort to developing #tankespjärn.

To write about it.
To get clear on what it is, what I want to do with it, how I want to do that, what my timeframe is, who my target audience is, the size of my minimum viable audience, and, most likely, a heck of a lot of other questions that I don’t even know now.

 

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