Personal Reflection

Believe In Your Work Ethic

There’s so much in this world that you can’t control. But you can control your work ethic.

Work hard. Work harder than anyone else you know.

Believe in your work ethic. Believe in yourself.

Put in the time. Pay your dues. You’ll be rewarded soon.

The journey you’re on is beautiful, but it’s also ugly. Keep going.

You will fall down, and when you do, get back up. Brush the dust off. Wipe the dirt away.

You will laugh. You will cry. The lows will make you appreciate the highs.

You’re not alone. You’re not on your own. Others have been there or are there right now.

Share your burdens. You don’t have to bear it all.

Make sure you continue to grow. There’s always more to learn.

You’re doing just fine. You’ll be all right.

Do what you want. Do what you love. Do things your way. Do things on your terms.

Love people, places. Don’t hate. Stop feeling ashamed for loving anyone or anything.

Never settle. Always remember you deserve the best.

Respect yourself first and foremost. You are who you are.

Your scars may fade, but they’ll never go away. You remember. They are a reminder.

Live the life you deserve to live. You don’t need anyone’s permission. You don’t need everyone’s approval.

Learn to forgive yourself for messing up. The world won’t end if you make a mistake. After all, your past doesn’t dictate your future. It gets worse before it gets better.

Walk a mile in other shoes, even and especially ones that don’t fit you.

Have hope. Be positive when negativity arises. Find your confidence when you lose it.

Dig deep. Go deeper. Believe in your work, your ethic, and your work ethic.

Personal Reflection

Make Time For Yourself

You have to make time for yourself. It’s okay to look out for your best interests. It’s all right to take all the time you need.

Do what you need to do, whatever that means for you.

There’s nothing wrong with being alone, being by yourself.

We’re more connected than ever before thanks to cell phones and social media. Sometimes it’s hard to put technology down and not stare at a screen all the time. That being said, human connection is necessary.

You’re a human being. Believe it or not, I’m human too.

You aren’t a machine. You need to interact and communicate with others. But know your limits. Remember them when you need to put your foot down.

Don’t be afraid to listen to your heart and your head. Because at the end of the day, you have to make yourself happy.

People respect you if you respect yourself first. At least, the people who respect themselves will. It’s tough though. But you live and learn. That’s how life goes.

Some people might not understand. Don’t worry about them. Worry about yourself.

Do what sets your soul on fire, even if you were the last person on earth.

What’s something you look forward to? What’s something you love more than anything else in the world?

Never let excuses run or ruin your life. You only have so much time.

Hold onto your values, your beliefs. Only change for the better.

Make time for yourself, so you can take care of yourself.

Writing

Respect Writers

Respect writers for their time. For their energy. For their work.

For the stories they share.

For the characters they create.

For the worlds they fabricate.

Just respect writers, okay? It’s not that hard. 

If you’re a writer, respect yourself. Love what you do because no one else will.

You deserve to be respected by others. But ultimately you deserve to be respected by yourself.

Writing

10 Pieces Of Writing Advice

  1. Respect your readers.
  2. Express yourself clearly.
  3. Never waste words.
  4. Strive for consistency.
  5. Perceive the world.
  6. Punctuate with purpose.
  7. Overcome all obstacles.
  8. Find your voice.
  9. Enjoy the journey.
  10. Love the craft.
Blogging

So This Happened…

This happened.

I’ve been debating whether to share this or not.

It’s for a university class so I don’t have all the freedom in the world. But maybe that’s a good thing. I have plenty of freedom here and look what has happened, what is happening, what will happen.

That’s supposed to be a self-defeating comment since I felt very self-serving today while writing my two posts for class.

I figured if anyone is going to be honest with me, it’s you. My followers, my readers, my friends.

How much do I sound like a pretentious jerk?

I will warn you not to read anything I write on that blog because I respect you.

Writing

5 Sins You Don’t Want To Commit As A Writer

As a writer, there are sins you want to avoid at all costs.

  1. Making excuses. You aren’t too busy. You have the time.
  2. Copying someone else. You are your own person. You don’t need to steal ideas from anyone else because your brain is perfectly capable of coming up with some yourself.
  3. Whining. All that time spent complaining can be better spent doing something productive.
  4. Disrespecting others. How hard is it to respect people?
  5. Not writing. Words won’t start writing themselves. Forget waiting until you’re motivated or inspired. Forget feeling ready. Just start.

You can do this! You’re a writer, remember?

Blogging

5 Things I Learned From Blogging

5 Things I Learned From Blogging

I came up with these 5 lessons not long after I began blogging. But I never got around to editing the draft to my liking. Until now.

2 Years Ago

Look at that I created a draft for this post a little over two years ago.

Time truly flies by.

So what did I learn?

How to write well.

And forgive myself whenever I didn’t write so well. People get better. Writers are no different. Improvement is what I strive for.

How to beat writer’s block.

Or whatever you want to call it when words don’t flow right out of your fingertips onto the keyboard.

How to keep blogging.

Momentum does wonders for your motivation.

How to be a good friend.

At the very least, how to be someone people respect, even just a little.

How to act responsibly.

Character is king. It trumps a lot in life.

If I listed everything blogging has taught me, this post would be as long as a book.

Maybe I should write a book. Come to think of it, I’m doing exactly that this November.

No matter what you’re doing (or not doing) next month, I wish you all the very best. I will continue to send you good vibes!

Reading

Giving Book Recommendations

I need to vent.

Don’t ask me to give you a book recommendation unless…

  • you respect my opinion
  • you understand that I’m human too
  • you go in with an open mind

Otherwise, forget it.

In simpler terms: don’t disrespect, distrust, and disregard.

Venting complete.