The R-Word

This week I’ve changed my schedule at the hotel life as we are training a new manager. My assistant and I are sharing the training schedule. I am very grateful to be able to have a flexible schedule and with my extra time in the mornings, I planned to sit down and get some writing done. I thought I would start a blog post to get my fingers tapping on the keyboard. I thought about my recent post about resistance and I’m interested in Steven Pressfield’s book, The War of Art. I was sloth like to get to the page this morning, but once I started I felt better. Before that resistance was whispering ways to avoid doing any writing before I headed to the hotel life. When resistance is whispering in my ear so is my true self, the part of me that knows my passion is to be right here on the page. My little cheerleader is calling out to me as I am calling out to creativity.

Look in your heart. Unless I’m crazy, right now a still small voice is piping up, telling you as it has ten thousand times, the calling that is yours and yours alone. You know it. ~ Steven Pressfield

Do you hear your still voice? Does it call out to you as it calls out to me? I imagine what my voice looks like in this scenario. I see a hand reaching out from the darkness, and a voice crying out, like the princess from The Never Ending Story;  Marion Ann, don’t stop, keep writing, plllllllllllease keep writing… Sometimes I get shivers up and down my neck as I know this is true. My true self is desperately calling out and becoming louder and louder over the voice of resistance.

I will continue to reread The War of Art to remember that resistance is sneaky and it can slip in without any notice. I am truly grateful to be aware of the nagging feeling that something is missing. Thank goodness creativity never went away thought resistance was certain it had. See, that R-word can blind us with self-doubt and I’m here to let you know I’m onto the ego and resistance and they don’t’ stand a chance!

Until Next Time, Keep on Typing…

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Why Do We Resist?

After I hit publish on last weeks post about barely surviving the A to Z Blogging Challenge I wondered if I was being fully honest. I was truthful but what I wasn’t doing was really diving in deep with the rest of my feelings about the challenge and what journey it took me on. The path was sometimes joyful but other times it was a dark path of resistance.

I have recently bought a copy of The War of Art by Steven Pressfield, to have on my bookshelf. I’m sure the library was ready to cut me off from renewing it again and really a book like this needs to be accessible at any given moment when you need a little reminder or two. I love all the writing reference books I have collected over the years and I’m happy that Mr. Pressfield has joined my collection. If you haven’t read The War of Art, I highly recommend it. The first part of the book is all about the big R word ~ Resistance. One of the many underlined quotes I will share with you sums up the month of April and how I blindly walked away from my Work In Progress to join my ego on another journey.

Resistance will tell you anything to keep you from doing your work. It will perjure, fabricate, falsify, seduce, bully, cajole. Resistance is protean. It will assume any form if that’s what it takes to deceive you. It will reason with you like a lawyer or jam a nine-millimeter in your face like a stickup man. Resistance has no conscience. It will please anything to get a deal, then double-cross you as soon as your back is turned. If you take Resistance at its word, you deserve everything you get. Resistance is always lying and always full of shit. ~ Steven Pressfield

I can say the same thing about ego and really ego is resistance. It puts up a fight and tells you a whole lot of crap to get what it wants. My ego is on a major time out at the moment. I have been meditating a lot since the A to Z challenge wondering how I could do this challenge and stay true to my work in progress? I see other authors multi-tasking their writing projects or are the lying and struggling just as easily? How can one author have two or three projects on the go and then decide, oh I think I’ll do this month-long blogging challenge?! Yes, we prepare for it maybe a few months or weeks before the challenge begins. I wrote most of my posts a few weeks before and scheduled them on the right dates so I didn’t have to think about it. But I did think about the posts. Where they good enough? Where they long enough? Too short? Too Long? Enough content to be interesting? So many questions came to me during the month that I ended up tweaking some of the posts that led me down another path of resistance. A new idea for a story came to me – really!?!

Halfway through April, I realized that I did very little work on my WIP and I was angry with myself. I didn’t want to talk to anyone about my lack of productivity, or that all I wanted to do was go to bed and hide under the covers until the month was over. Wow, resistance really does bully you into your self-sabotaging old self at times. I witnessed all of this and I had to put a stop to the self-doubter. The ego had to be dealt with. So instead of getting upset with the new idea that came to me, I sat down and wrote the idea down, I spent some time with the new characters and their story and once I put it down on paper I felt better. I was able to go back to my WIP and really dive into the chapters that I needed revisions that I seemed to be resisting. Now, I am almost finished revising the last chapters and ready for the next step.

Do you feel resistance at times with your writing? What does it show up as? How do you take on resistance and put in the corner for a timeout? I always love to hear from you.

Until Next Time, Keep on Typing…

 

Barely Surviving The A to Z Blogging Challenge

 

It has been almost a week since the thirty-day A to Z Blogging Challenge, blogging my way through the alphabet. I have participated in the writing challenge for three years and this time I felt I was not at my best even though I loved my theme: When I’m not writing, I’m cooking! I am passionate about cooking as I am about writing. As I wrote each blog I had real intention to show my love of food and preparing great meals, share memories as a child and learn about foods I haven’t cooked with. Like writing, cooking is a creative journey that I love to share.

I have been trying to get a cover designed for my first hospitality memoir: Behind The Kitchen Doors – A Hotel Memoir and I “thought” it would be a relatively simple process. I should never assume. The designer and I are have been back and forth many times on the cover and even though I thought I had the vision of what I wanted in my head, it hasn’t quite come together. I think I have given a good description of what I would like for the cover, but it has taken me a few times to get the right words to share what I am looking for. I am still working with the designer because I have been working at my full-time job and I really should be focused on what matters. So then why is this taking me so long? Why is the ego slipping into old behavior’s “thinking” the project will just happen without any action? I know that work is required and I’m ready to get the work done. So get to it! I tell myself as I putter around the house looking for something to distract me. I am very aware of my procrastination and it is time to kick the ego to the curb and get some work done!

Until Next Time, Keep on Typing…

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Zucchini’s ~ The Great Summer Squash

How many foods begin with the letter Z? Not many, but the first one that came to mind was Zucchini. The summer squash grows to a meter long and is usually dark green but there is yellow zucchini that I find a little sweeter in taste and make for a tasty crispy treat when sliced thinly and lightly seasoned with sea salt and baked for twenty to thirty minutes in the oven.

My first experience with zucchini wasn’t on my grandparent’s farm. They did grow them but I didn’t like the look of them and I imagine my mother appeasing me by not putting the roasted squash on my plate. Now I can’t get enough of the summer squash, the benefits of zucchini are great: they help with digestion, helps maintain eye and heart health, a high source of potassium. Who doesn’t need a little extra potassium once in a while?

I like to roast zucchini with other vegetables and sometimes I will get adventurous and bake zucchini loaf. I hope you enjoy!

Until Next Time, Keep on Typing…

 

Oh, Those Sweet Yams

As a young girl and still today, my imagination is a bit wild. My Grandparent’s lived on a farm and my family would visit my Grandparents farm often when we lived in Ontario, ON. When I was on the farm I had many story ideas from playing in the dirt as I pulled carrots to go with dinner. Or while I watched my grandfather drive the tracker in the corn fields. I also learned a lot on the farm, how to plant seeds, shuck peas and sometimes chase after chickens only to learn they would be our dinner that evening. I learned about different types of vegetables and one of the oddest potatoes I came across when I was seven or eight was the yam. Sometimes my family would call the tuber starch root vegetable, sweet potatoes but now I’ve learned they are different to the yam.

The yellow yam has a darker brown exterior with an orange interior, this is the one many people are familiar with. They have a unique taste, not sweet and not bland and are a great source of potassium, antioxidants, vitamin C and a few good vitamin Bs as well.

When we started to make more plant-based meals for our dinners, yams and sweet potatoes are one of the base root vegetables in our home. One of our favorite yam recipes is from Oh She Glows, cookbook; Vegan Enchiladas with Cilantro Avacado Sauce.  One substitute that we choose is to use a sharp cheddar cheese rather than the nutritional yeast, we are cheese lovers. I hope you enjoy!

Until tomorrow, Keep on Typing…

 

 

X is for ???

As we get to the end of the alphabet it is getting interesting with my theme of cooking. Now it is time for the letter “X”. My first two A to Z challenges I was stuck on the last letters of the alphabet but I knew Xerox and Xylophone would help me out. Food on the other hand. That’s another story. I had to look up what foods start with the letter X and it is not a very long list. The only two I really recognized was Xanthan Gum, essential for stabilizing, emulsifying and thickening foods. Then Xylitol, an all-natural sugar substitute that is extracted from the fibers of berries, birch bark, and corn husks. I’ve seen this option at some coffee shops. I will have to test it out.

Other items of food I found about while researching the letter “X”

I never heard of Xavier Soup, an Italian dumpling soup. Xacuti: a curry from Goa, India. Xigua: an African melon and Xouba: a small, sardine-like fish found near Spain. I was thinking of trying to make the Xavier Soup, who doesn’t like dumplings made with stuffed parmesan cheese?

Until Tomorrow, Keep on Typing…

Than you LivingStrong for the great information.

Watermelons and Memories

 

The first time I had watermelon I think I was really young on my grandparent’s farm. They sliced the melon fruit into pie shape pieces and stacked them on a plate. Pink fruit? Must taste like candy – I’m sure I thought as an eight-year-old young girl. I fell in love with this water-based fruit with a unique taste that I really enjoy when eating in the melon form, but watermelon flavored candies, no thank-you!

Watermelons are not only delicious they are good for us as well. This amazing fruit has prevention measures of kidney disorders, high blood pressure, and heart disease. The healthy or beneficial effects of watermelon are mainly derived from its unique nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and organic compounds. These include significant amounts of vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, fiber, protein, and a large amount of potassium. Furthermore, they contain vitamin A, vitamin B6, niacin, thiamin, and a wide variety of carotenoids and phytonutrients, including lycopene!**

I can’t offer you a favorite watermelon recipe as my husband is not a big fan, so when watermelon is in season I will buy it, slice it up and smile as the memories of my childhood rush in.

I enjoy watermelon in my smoothies in the summertime, simply cut up a half cup of watermelon, half cup of strawberries, half a banana, almond milk (optional), chia seeds (also optional), blend away, garnish with a mint leaf and enjoy!

Until Tomorrow, Keep on Typing…

 

 

 

 

 

** thank you Organic Facts for some great information about the Watermelon