I’m thinking……

……..about how this blog has been thoroughly neglected and how I can rectify that. There are so many things going on in my head lately that I should use this blog to explore those. I just end up spending my ‘spare’ time on other things, like writing, mainly. Even my frickin Art therapy diploma is all about writing at the moment! I was given some gorgeous art journals for christmas and they would be perfect for starting my creative journey and exploring ideas in a visual way, but again, I haven’t got time.

I wish I could give up work but yes, like that’s going to happen.

How do other people cope with all this frustration?

Am I really that crap at time management? Am I trying to do too much?

Here’s what I want to do, just an indulgent brainstorm and not in any particular order based on preference:

  • art journaling relating to my diploma
  • develop my oracle cards into a complete pack and sell them
  • keep up to date with my Counselling journal
  • take photos everyday and make a blog journal of them instead of just having them on my phone.
  • get to do some URBEX
  • explore the city where I live
  • get pregnant
  • buy a house/flat
  • decorate current flat and buy more interior stuff that looks like it matches
  • The Silent Angels novel
  • develop Lee’s story on my Abandoned blogsite and add other features
  • write more articles for Birds Become Fishes website (www.birdsbecomefishes.co.uk)
  • sort out my facebook page for Birds Become Fishes (www.facebook.com/BirdsBecomeFishes)
  • sort out my online shop on Etsy. It has literally got nothing for sale in it. (www.etsy.com/uk/shop/BirdsBecomeFishes)
  • do some exercise like jogging
  • actually begin the yoga dvd I bought
  • find out what foods I am allergic to
  • make a ‘dream board’ to attract all these things and get it all out there into our marvelous universe
  • find out how to get a job in Canada (the ultimate dream)
  • stop making lists because that will mean I am actually achieving some of these things on it!

HELP?!

Anyone? Please? Any advice or words of wisdom as of how to begin going about achieving?

http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Everything-You-Want-in-Life:

http://www.wikihow.com/Write-a-Life-Plan

http://www.smartselfdevelopmentplan.com/not-enough-time-in-the-day

http://www.smartselfdevelopmentplan.com/how-to-avoid-feeling-overwhelmed-1

I’ve done it here, haven’t I? Given myself too many articles to read which will make me feel overwhelmed with stuff that I have to do to find more time to do everything else!

Oh crap.

Maybe this will help:

Step 1: Happy mood
  • If you happen to read the paper in the morning, postpone your update of the news to the evening, it is often very negative anyway and can have a bad influence on the day.  Being updated once per day on the Snowden Chase should be enough, don’t you think?
  • Listen to some good music instead to get you ready for some action!
  • If you have the liberty, change your environment from where you work! This will charge your inspiration! Go to the bookstore or library, or a coffee shop. Go to the location that works best for you.

Step 2: Daily goals

  • Review your personal goals and deadline for the next weeks. In which direction are you heading? Do you have to present your project to an audience in two weeks time? Then get to the preparation.
  • Write down 4-5 things that you would like to accomplish today. Actions like: finish a presentation, reserve the room, schedule a phone call for an interview etc.
  • Use the tool you prefer for this, whether it is a traditional notepad, or an app. Whatever is best for you, but just stick to one tool! If you like to use an app for this, I have been using Asana, it is works very well for this.

    Step 3: Avoid distractions

    • Put your smartphone out of sight (and on silence).
    • Clean up your desk, if you have non-relevant papers lying around.
    • If you have to work on the computer, only open the windows that you have to work on, not more.
    • To turn off online distractions, make use of Self Control (Mac) or Freedom (PC) to lock distracting sites while you want to get things done (I have not used these personally, but they were recommended to me, maybe you give them a try and let me know!).
    • Postpone your emails to later, be productive first (I admit, this is not so easy to do at first, but once you get past the pain point, it is worthwhile!).

     

    Step 4: Organize your day

    • Dedicate specific time slots  to your productive time, for breaks (!), your email time, your phone call etc. Try to get a daily routine in, that should help you. For instance, schedule all your important phone calls for the early afternoon, so you can work on the most important things in the morning.
    • If your calendar is externally-steered through meetings etc., try to limit the number of meetings to those, which you really need to attend. Learn to say no! Decline those for which they have not sent you an agenda!

     

    Step 5: Focus to Get it Done

    Focus on the first thing first. When you are done, you can focus on the next one. One thing at a time.

    Step 6: Regain Focus

    It happens to all of us. We get distracted nonetheless, and that is fine, if it does not happen too often. Regain focus by asking yourself this simple question: “If you had a heart attack and had to work two hours per day, what would you do?” (Tim Ferris).

    Step 7: Review & Relax

    • Review what you have accomplished today! Probably more than a lot of people would have accomplished in three days!
    • Acknowledge it and be proud!
    • Have a relaxing evening!

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Ok, I admit it. Let’s get down to the bare bones of it. What I am doing now……

 

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I don’t even remember when my last post was.

Instead of trying to retrace my steps back over the last (at least) year and try and catch up, which will be plain impossible, I will just say this:

Presently. Full time job, one evening overtime. Counselling course. Art Therapy diploma.

Say what?

Monday and Tuesday I work from 8:30am til 4pm.

Wednesday I work from 8:30am 5:30pm then go to college for the Counselling from 6pm til 9pm.

Thursday 8:30am til 9pm work.

Friday normal working day.

Saturday lye in, housework, shopping. Evening: Writing for my new book The Silent Angels.

Sunday. College work, writing and chill out.

In conclusion. No time for writing a blog!

Well, I lie. I am currently involved in writing a number of blogs:

Now, about my new novel. Instead of my rattling on about it here, please visit the site:

http://thesilentangels.wordpress.com/

I have also made a site to explore a few other avenues and twists around the Abandoned novelette:

http://abandonedteenagerstale.wordpress.com/

and of course to continue the real life story of Casey, here she is:

http://caseyepapadaki.wordpress.com/

I am thoroughly enjoying this. All of it. Well not so much the work, but that’s another story. One that I don’t want to waste my weekend writing about.

To be continued in the next post….entitled something along the lines of ‘what I wish I was doing now and how can I…?’

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My Short Story for teenagers ‘Abandoned’ is now for sale on Kindle.

Yes, I have finally pulled everything together and published Abandoned after 3 years of drafting.

I began it in the summer of 2009 while I was living in Salonika (Thessaloniki) in Greece. I was all alone with 2 months ahead of me, trying to think how I could creatively enjoy my time off school as an English teacher. I had always loved writing stories and illustrating, and I had been utilising this passion for my Greek students, making up stories for them to help them contextualise vocabulary that we were learning in class, and how to use grammatical structures correctly. It proved to be fun and soon I was writing more and more for them, which made me really happy as I was encouraging them to read and also to be creative as homework tasks were set such as write your own conclusion to this story.

So I spent a lot of time in my study planning the plot and drawing sketches of the characters. I became utterly absorbed in my new fantasy world and would type away from the hours of 9pm to 4am every night; the balcony doors wide open, a gentle summer night breeze bellowing the curtains and my favourite Rock Radio Station playing  in the background. It was the ONLY time that the city was quiet and cool enough for me to focus so I became a night owl. I loved it!

this is typical of my nightly sky views from my apartment

The City streets where I would walk

it was a very inspiring city for the writer

Thessaloniki will always be my Muse. It’s my heart (kardia in Greek) and soul (psihi) and I miss it terribly.

Here is the front cover of my book. I designed it myself using Photoshop.

The Synopsis

Casey is a spoiled sixteen year old. She does not appreciate her parents, her privileged life or anyone who doesn’t adhere to her beliefs or passions. When her father accepts a post as a village Doctor and they move into a beautiful old mansion in the countryside, she is determined to rebel. Bored and angry to have left her friends back in the city she decides to defy her selfish parents, refusing to make friends with neighbours Lee and Lisa, and determined to spend her days alone.
But her bad attitude is about to change.
It all begins with Eliza. She discovers her punk rag doll under her bed, but there is something sinister about her. This doll is sad and torn and makes Casey uneasy and afraid. On a solitary walk she comes across a house that looks exactly like her own, but is deserted and burned out. It haunts her with terrifying feelings which draw her back there again and again. This begins a rollercoaster ride of fear, sadness, love and self-discovery. The house weaves the web which entangles Casey into a series of events connecting the doll, the boy called Lee and her fated future.
Why does Eliza, her doll, keep appearing in that house?
Who is the handsome boy wearing her favourite t-shirt who hangs out in the burnt out attic bedroom. Why is he petrified of her?
Gradually, Casey begins to piece together the sinister clues from her journal entries and sketchbooks that manifest themselves in that house. Eventually they lead her to a terrifying discovery. Can she look deep into herself and mend her selfish ways before she destroys herself and the people she loves?

~*~

You can read two ‘taster’ chapters on my website:

http://www.birdsbecomefishes.co.uk/storiesforyoungchildren.html

 or look inside the book on the Amazon Website. It can also be purchased here:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Abandoned-ebook/dp/B00A1D1E3I/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1352313789&sr=1-1-catcorr

Casey’s life, loves and encounters with the paranormal can also be followed on her WordPress Blog:

caseyepapadaki.wordpress.com

I really hope that my first short story resonates with young readers and adults alike.

There are two main themes running through the plot; Don’t judge people on appearances and Every action has a consequence.

Enjoy, and please leave a review on the Amazon site if you are kind enough to purchase it, or leave a comment.

If you haven’t got Kindle and would like a copy of the story, I can send either a PDF file or Word document file to your email address for the same price as on Amazon~£2. 55 ($4)

Please email me (serenajane72@yahoo.co.uk) or leave a comment and I will get get back to you with payment detail.

Bright Blessings to All!

~S~

A bit of a slow week but absence makes the heart grow fonder!

I hate it when I’m not very productive. It’s not that I haven’t got plenty to do or that I’m not inspired. It has been a combination of having a strange head cold coupled with hay fever, spending time with Fiance, and just generally waiting around for a phone call about a job. It has been like sitting on a bridge half way across. No man’s land.

I suppose it’s not always a bad thing to do nothing. It makes the activities you love more exciting and you see them with new eyes when you finally do get down to them again. Sometimes I have too much to do that I don’t do anything. Overload!

After all: ”The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” ~Bertrand Russell

This is what I have started. It’s the Fire Element Card for the Major Arcana.

This is the last one of the five, having done Air, Water, Earth and Spirit. I’m not sure if I posted the finished Spirit card, so here it is:

I think the cards are looking really good together. I made this image up so that I could make sure they looked like they belonged together. Packs of cards should hold some unity. With these it’s the intricate borders and the angel wings.

Finally, here’s my reading material. Interesting wouldn’t you say? I’m keen to bring some ancient symbols into my jewellery pieces.

So, until next time, stay light, stay bright and don’t feel bad about doing nothing!

Blessings & Light

~s~

and from my familiar:

Please take time to answer this quick quezzie

Hi Everyone,

As you know, I am in the process of getting ideas together to develop my little Arts & Crafts business. As my two passions are Arts & Crafts and Natural Healing, I am looking at a fusion of these disciplines to create ‘Healing Arts and Crafts’ that are both functional and beautiful to look at.

To start with, I would like to know what people are using in the world of Alternative Therapies. There are some disciplines here that I would like to work with, but I am open to others that are not on the list.

I have already created some pieces using Crystals, Aromatherapy, Colour therapy, Ancient symbols & Wicca and Angel Healing but obviously I need to gauge what’s popular out there so I can focus on fusing the right disciplines with my Art. Win-win for me as a business and the customer for their Holistic and Spiritual needs in life!

Thank you for clicking!

                                   

How did I make that Angel Affirmation Healing Wallet Card?

Here’s how!

Enjoy! And don’t laugh at me too much 🙂

Would be great to see some results of cards made by folks…please post a link to a photo if you make one

Blessings and Light

xx ~S~ xx

By the way…I will blog soon, like something profound. And meaningful. That everyone will just HAVE to comment on.

(Haha. Yeh ok. )