Establishing a Writing Habit (Day 7) ✍️

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Comfortable with Discomfort

This is the latest I’ve started, I’m a little sleepy, but I don’t feel worried about being sleepy this time.

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Sleepy but Enjoying the Reflective Feeling of Sunday

We had our second family meeting today and it went so much better. My daughter gave a little presentation, we talked about weekly goals, team building ideas, watched a half budgeting video from YouTube and had an open floor for problems, my daughter brought up her friend playing too rough.

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Our Family’s Safe Communication Space is Open for Business

I taught close quarters combat today for martial arts class, we covered heel strikes, elbow strikes (vertical and horizontal), knees, practiced a knife disarm that we knew already in close quarters finishing with a guillotine, we practiced front kicks with an elbow strike in a hallway.

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Writing at Night is Enjoyable in Different Ways

I am surprised at how well I adapted to writing at night. When I started I thought I could never like writing at night as much as the morning, but actually I think I could adapt to either one.

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Learning About Myself, but Have More to Learn Still

So much of who I think I am is just what I’ve already done, when I have to try new things I usually can do them.

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Where am I going?

For awhile I thought I couldn’t make friends, but I just wasn’t meeting the right people. It sounds judgmental, but that isn’t how I mean it. Eventually I met a lot of people who were easy to be friends with, it’s not necessary to have the same preferences to be friends, but if you don’t enjoy each other’s company there isn’t much point to wasting free time.

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With Some People I Don’t Have to “Try” and it Works

I’m thinking about what project is next, if I can keep writing for 14 days I hope to switch from free writing to a particular project, but I don’t have any particular project in mind.

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What do I do with a writing habit when I have one?

I kind of gravitate towards children’s books, but I don’t know, I’m not clearly driven one way or another. I like non-fiction, I like science fiction, I like fantasy. There was an author Joy Wilt-Berry who wrote hundreds of informative books, but in a humors, cartoon style, I perhaps would want to do something similar, but I lack a feeling of providence.

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A lot of ideas, but nothing stands out more than the rest…

I’m not sure that I’ll ever feel a strong pull towards any project, so I feel like just starting with something and getting used to it.

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Always loved martial arts, but does the world need another book?

Perhaps I’ll do something describing martial arts, Bruce Lee was working on a guide to mixed martial art’s techniques when he died. I read the publish notes and have a desire to update and simplify what he wrote. Like Stephen Hawkings, Bruce Lee liked to write about specific information in a way that the common person could understand the content. I really like that.

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With the right imagination, books are worlds that stay with you long after you read them.

I’ve always loved books, but so many books that I am having as much trouble picking one type of topic as I imagine I would to be disciplined to finish a project (or more).

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Maybe I Should Just Read Rather Than Write? I love reading.

Some of the books I enjoyed as a child, “Little House on the Prairie” took me inside other people’s lives and families, others were fantasy but they weren’t pure escape, they were moral and ethical thought experiments like “Tuck Everlasting” about a family that lived forever and the complications of the effect it has on the psyche to watch all your friends and contemporaries pass and live on without knowing your burdens will ever end. Some of the books I enjoyed made me more independent as a female, “Island of the Blue Dolphin,” some made me question society the good and bad sides of it “The Giver,” “Hatchet.” I read zoology, physics, quantum mechanics, chemistry, and plenty of non-fiction. But plenty of fiction as well “The Golden Compass,” “Clone,” “Alien,” “The Color Purple,” “The Color of Distance,” “The Forever War,” “The Princess of Mars.” Some people have a low opinion of fiction, but I always find as much education in fiction as in non-fiction, education about words, ideas, free thinking and humanity.

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Real life can be strange and fiction can have subtle truths.

I became interested in habit change a few years ago, and one thing I noticed was that there is a large disconnect from what we do and want to do and what we think we should do. It isn’t ethical or will power, or not completely, it’s sometimes an lack of surety of how to handle the small details.

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My habits rule most my life.

The interesting thing about books isn’t just the words, the stories, but the ability to try on an experience and also the ability to step outside my normal perspective, sometimes reading leaves me a different person from the person who started reading. Sometimes a better person, but often just subtlety different.

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Is it healthy to seek strength in others vs myself? Unsure.

I think I’ve gathered a lot of courage from reading, seeing people make it through worse experiences than I’ve ever had to go through seems to lend me some strength. I wonder if that’s okay, if my inspiration should be grounded in reality, in myself or if it’s fine to take it from anywhere?

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Each morning I’m grateful for another morning, each week seems to be slightly better than the last week, but I still have an unease about not knowing what the next step will be.

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Ready to take the first step, unsure what direction to head.

I’m just allowing that feeling of unease, I know both that life is sweeter with mystery, that I can’t know the future, that I can only live in the moment, but also that I have a tension of not knowing if I am living up to my potential. I find it impossible to know if I’m living up to my potential without knowing what my real responsibilities are.

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I love my kids, but it feels like they shouldn’t be the entirety of my existence.

I assume it’s taking care of my kids, and I do that as well as I personally can, but it also feels like there is something else I’m meant to do and I’m so unclear about what that is. Over the last two years I’ve become more at peace with the unknown, but the curiosity remains in the back of my mind at some level all the time and some jealousy of the people who seem to know is always there as well.

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It’s nice to have the answers, but some come with time.

I know that mentally, but emotionally I don’t want to wait anymore.

I want to know that I am or am not doing enough, yet there isn’t a loading bar I can see or a swirling circle showing I’m going in the right direction.

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Wish I had a loading bar.

I want some certainty in an uncertain world, some control of the uncontrollable, I want what I don’t have and that is only ever frustrating. But perhaps frustration is good, perhaps it’s a sign of being on the right path, or if not a sign of being alive at least.

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I’ve been getting to know myself more, but I wish to know more that I know (even though I realize that is impossible in the present).

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May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields. 🌞

3 thoughts on “Establishing a Writing Habit (Day 7) ✍️

  1. Lovie Price says:

    good to see you are still at it. As far as reading vs. writing…maybe someday you could consider writing book reviews..i hear there is decent money in it , i’ve seen lots of it in the blogosphere. I am guessing you have to speak with others who have the experience though…i certainly do not. I know that authors are very grateful for reviews. With the kids thing, you are correct to think about your own existence outside of them . That is just common sense..because they won’t always need you as they do now, and having gone through empty nesting myself, i know it was tough not to feel needed anymore..


    • Sakura says:

      Thank you so much for the validation, my husband’ds family is Mexican and mine is mixed Hawaiian so they are very gung-ho about child care importance, which I also, but not to the same extent. Because I see in little ways how the kids thrive off-balanced independence and since it’s best for them I don’t feel guilty about having some space, just a bit confused about what to do with myself. Book reviews could be really fun, I don’t ever read reviews I just read a book and see if I like it, but I realize other people are more crunched for time so one book read means another passed up. Goodreads has a decent generator of recommendations within the same taste, but that wouldn’t work for someone wanting to branch outwards into a new genre. Thank you, you’ve been a candle in the darkness for me since last year! 🕯️

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