My Last Gift for Writers in 2010

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This is it!

It’s December 31st, 2010. We’re just hours away from the end of the new year. Before 2011, I wanted a chance to give you one more gift. And since it’s the last one, it has to be BIG.

So here we go!

TIP #8: Live BIG!

I don’t know if you noticed, but I haven’t been writing here very often.

I actually haven’t been writing anywhere.

I stopped writing. Stashed away my laptop. And even put away my pen and notebook.

Why?

The Importance of Shutting Down

I got sick. In Eastern medicine, the cause of my illness was stress-related. An imbalanced life was to blame.

But the rat race of life put me on a treadmill so intense that I didn’t notice what I was doing to my body or my career.

It’s easy to get swept away into the lure of fame and success. Hop onto Twitter and you’ll be captivated by the thousands of have done more than you in less time.

But there was a gift in my illness and I hope to pass on that gift to you.

You will get to your goals one day. It may take time. It may take late nights. It may take sacrifice and hard work greater than you imagined.

But just wait.

Be patient.

Don’t kill yourself to get to the finish line.

Don’t Fall for False Claims

Don’t fall for false claims like, “Read this and be rich. Buy this and never work another 8 hour day. Or do this and make 7 figures in three months.”

It’s easy to want to be successful fast. But true and lasting success comes with time.

When I went to Hawaii to visit family over the holidays, I found a dusty box filled with old treasures. One of them was a report I did in high school on the job I one day wanted to pursue. It was a 20 page project on copywriting. I had forgotten all about the report. But dream? I’m living it.

Be Kind to Yourself in 2011

The biggest gift I can offer you is to remember to shut down, unplug and be compassionate to yourself on this journey to fulfill your writing dreams.

I’m still on the path. And when times are tough, I only need to look back to see how far I’ve come.

My illness was a gift. It taught me the importance of rest and doing nothing in order to be a better person and a writer.

I hope you will do the same.

Thank you for reading my blogs and being an integral part in shaping my freelance writing career!

Here’s wishing you a Happy 2011!

Quick Tip 7: Use Your Calling

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I used to write the way it felt to run against the wind or swim against the current. I wrote to please. I wrote to entertain (and I hope I still do, knock on wood). And I wrote to prove something.

I wrote against what felt natural to me. And it was a struggle.

But recently I used my calling to write. And when I did, my fingers worked like rapid fire on the keyboard and my words poured out from my heart. A few times, I wrote an entire story in one day and had a cramp because I couldn’t stop putting pen to paper.

If you’re feeling stuck and don’t know what to write, think about what makes your heart skip a beat.

  1. Think about something you can’t stop talking about.
  2. Think about what makes you laugh, cry or get angry.
  3. Focus on what you’ve always known to be true.
  4. Focus on who you are after you’ve stripped away the materialism, the false sense of self, the untruths.
  5. Ponder what you’re favorite book is or your favorite part of the bookstore.
  6. What can you talk about forever to your best friend?
  7. Who do you most admire?
  8. If there is one thing you want to be remembered for in your life, what would that be?
  9. What do you keep coming back to even after all these years?
  10. What would you do if you weren’t afraid of doing it?

These are just a few questions to help get you started. But if you take the time to start really thinking about them, you might reveal your true calling. If you’re a writer in the making or just someone with big hopes and ambition, but don’t know where to put them, then this might help you!

Here’s hoping it does!

My 5 Minutes of Fame

Hi there! Glad you stopped by! 

You’ve found one of my blogs on writing and freelancing tips for new writers and entrepreneurs. I also have one on inspiring others here. If you are in search of a writer to get all of your words in order, I’d love to work with you!

I am a published writer, blogger, and copywriter that can help you with all of your writing needs. You can find out more about me here.

You can also sign up for my RSS feed, join in the conversation on Facebook or tweet me @TheInspiringBee. I’d love to hear from you! Cheers and thanks for finding me!


Sorry I haven’t been around this week! It’s been a busy one.

Here are just a few media related things that have been taking up my time this year:


1. Tonight I hope you’ll join me when I talk to Rich Ideas Radio show host Cory Clay as we discuss inspiration and writing.

2. I’ve also been taking photos and adding it to my photography site.

3. I finally got my hands on a clip from my 5 minutes of fame on Penn & Teller’s Bullshit this summer. Here it is. {I’m 9 minutes 37 sec in.}

What about you? Got a new project your proud of? Just sold your first article?

Would love to hear and share in your great news!

What a Psychic Told Me About Freelancing

I had somewhat of a revelation tonight, which is why I’m fighting back droopy eyes and fatigue to stay up and finish this post. I went to a psychic-something I have done in the past, partly because I believe in it and also because as a writer doubt creeps in and out of my life and I need the validation.

I’m glad I went because what she said really got under my skin.

I was anticipating sunny, glowing tarot cards predicting wealth and a prosperous future (really I was). But my enthusiasm was quickly quelled when I saw dark cards appearing out of nowhere. (more…)

The Importance of Fun in Freelancing

A study by the University of Melbourne in April 2009 showed that workers who used the Internet for fun actually were more productive (about 9% more) than those who didn’t.

Surprised?

I wasn’t. Here’s why:

I recently did an experiment for The Joy Diet (week 6 treat week) where I had to indulge in two treats a day. While I admit that a few times during the week “treats” meant something sweet, a sugar coma eventually forced me to find alternative ways to fulfill the condition. Eventually I realized that all work and no play wasn’t a good thing. In fact, it got me further away from my goals.

I think the difficulty with us work at home, freelancing folks is that we can really never do enough.

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Guest Post: Writing Lessons I Learned Twice

I’m happy to welcome super talented writer and owner of the fabulous a.k.a. writer blog, Jesaka Long! Although I haven’t had the chance to meet Jesaka in person, I’ve had the fortune of networking with Jesaka online and feel lucky to have done so. Jesaka is not only a talented writer, but has become a valuable writer friend. I was honored that she asked me to be a guest blogger on a.k.a. writer, and was doubly excited when she agreed to be a guest on mine. Without further ado, please welcome Jesaka! I know you’ll enjoy reading her post as much as I did. (more…)

An Important Lesson for Writers from Mr. Walt Disney

Walt Disney Family MuseumA writer could learn a thing or two from Mr. Walt Disney. My husband and I attended the Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio area of San Francisco this weekend. You can read my overall impression of the museum here. But if you’re a writer or author, stick around, this post is for you!

I didn’t know much about Walt Disney except for the fact that he created 2 amazing amusement parks, one in California and the other where I got engaged in Florida. I also felt some kind of weird spiritual connection with the guy. In a way, I thought of him as a hero. Someone who aspired to create something magical in the world and was extremely successful in doing so.

What I learned from the museum was that Mr. Disney was a regular guy with a normal childhood. But he had a dream, a passion that fueled his actions. I learned a great deal about him from the exhibit but was surprised by the jewels of wisdom I garnered within myself.

Here are a few treasures I picked up from the museum, which I hope will inspire other writers, artists and creators to keep pursuing their passion and working on their craft.

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Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures…

or do they? With magazines folding left and right, hundreds of staff writers being laid off at newspapers, there’s more than enough reason to panic. After all, if all the good experienced writers are suddenly out of work, where does that leave us freelancers?

Don’t give up just yet! Although it’s tempting to give in to the wave of panic, reacting out of fear won’t make things better. In fact, you might be setting yourself up for future regret.

Think of it this way. Remember when you were single and lonely? Or how about really hungry, let’s say starving? What do you do? You go out and date the first guy or gal that walks through the door or pig out on junk food. Both situations end up hurting rather than helping you reach your goals. You’ll never find the person of your dreams or lose those 10 pounds if you act out of desperation. Instead, maybe we all need to take a deep breath and just believe.

Believe that we’ll get through this hump and stop focusing on that nervous energy telling you that you won’t make it in this industry. The fear is mounting in this country. People are holding on to their jobs like there’s no tomorrow. But we don’t have to give in. Ride the wave of fear and focus instead on working twice as hard. Don’t let it make you desperate. Think positive. And remember, fear is a state of mind. Be one of those people who does well in spite of the economy.