I want you to dream with me the dream writing space

Who did these rooms belong to? One room has a desk surrounded by bookshelves. Another room has stars and planets shining through the walls. I analyzed each room’s items to guess what type of work its owner did. I later learned that Elie Wiesel’s study contained the desk with the bookshelf and that Prince’s studio had the universe shining through the walls.

After looking at some photographs of spaces that famous people worked in, I thought about how I don’t have my dream writing space yet. I was inspired to envision my dream writing space.

Dream with me while I share writing space ideas. If you already have your ideal writing space, how did you decorate and organize your space? These are some of the things that come to mind when I think of my ideal writing space: 

  • Surrounded by beautiful things because beautiful things always inspire me, plants 🪴 and artsy wall prints. 
  • A coaster for drinks, coffee maker or coffee station nearby, bookshelf and file cabinet nearby, window with a view–one that I could look through for inspiration if needed.
  • A comfortable armchair or small sofa for reading 📖.

What’s one of your must-have items in your writing space? Do you have more than one must-have item?

With mucho carino,

Andrea 

p.s. Click here to see Mitch Epstein’s collection of photos 📷 that I mentioned called “The Rooms They Left Behind”.

The secret ingredients to positivity might be

your favorite beverage, a joyful moment and your latest accomplishment. Did I get it right? What are the ingredients of your positivity?

If you’re having trouble finding the good in your day lately, here’s an idea that’ll bring you joy and appreciation: the happiness jar.

You don’t even have to call it the happiness jar. I didn’t. I call mine the positivity jar, but you can simply call it The Jar.

I wasn’t about to go buy supplies to make a jar, so I decided I’d make one from the supplies I have already. I needed a tad bit more positivity in my life.

The benefits of keeping a positivity jar:

What I like about keeping the positivity jar is that it forced me to find something good from my day to write about. If I couldn’t think of something, I wrote down a quote that I’d been reflecting on lately.

Looking for something good from my day allowed me to find the good, even if I didn’t have the best day of my life. Keeping a positivity jar helps you focus on the positive side of things.

The purpose of keeping a positivity jar is to document something that happened in your day that brought you joy, appreciation or positivity. 

I was looking forward to reading what I wrote down after I’d accumulated a lot of notes. Here’s a list of things I usually wrote about (if you need ideas for what to write about):

isn’t this the cutest?
  1. Accomplishments—even the little ones that are part of #adulting
  2. Things or experiences that you’re grateful for
  3. Joyful moments
  4. Meaningful or interesting experiences
  5. Quotes
  6. Things you learned
  7. Your favorite movies, food, magazines, etc.

How to make your positivity jar:

  1. Repurpose or buy a container with a lid
  2. Decorate the container to your liking

I found a candle jar with no lid. So I made a lid with tissue paper, a flower sticker, and a bit of yarn. And ta-da! I DIY’d the jar.

Tips for keeping your positivity jar:

  1. Keep stationery nearby so that it’s ready for you to write daily notes for your jar
  2. Write for your jar at the same time everyday such as when you’re winding down from your day or before you go to sleep so that you don’t forget

If this is something that you’ve tried or might give a try, let me know in the comments. What are your thoughts on the positivity jar?

If you’ve kept one, what benefits have you experienced from keeping one? Do you have recommendations for making a positivity jar?

Regrets of the dying & What’s the Perfect Writer Path?

On having a sinus infection

Life’s been feeling pretty weird lately. Despite the warm weather, I’ve been suffering from a sinus infection all week. Today, I took pseudoephedrine which I think is fixing my breathing problems. I’ve been breathing through my mouth, sneezing, and becoming a bit crabby because of my annoyance with being sick and feeling weak. I’ve also been using nasal rinses, nasal spray, and VaporRub. 

Life feels weird because I’m not supposed to feel this energy-depleted within these sunny days.

New Blogging Mindset

My blogging mindset has changed: I’m finding it easier to draft multiple posts in one sitting. That pressure, that looming deadline of posting four times a week is getting real. Sometimes I have no idea what to talk about. I’m finally seeing how blogging can feel like work.

I’m exploring the paths available for writers. I’m writing about topics that interest me. I’m challenging myself to do more creative writing. What’s helping me keep consistency on the blog is setting boundaries for the writer self of blogging. The writer self needs time off from the internet to actually write, to find inspiration, and jot down ideas. The process of writing for the blog is becoming more precious, thoughtful, and structured. (I have to admit that I sometimes feel like I could have written better and more detailed blog posts had I spent more time working on them without the deadline.)

The Passing of Time

Last weekend, I talked to dad and told him how time has been going by fast. The days blur. He was surprised to hear this from me. I think that it’s because I complain so much about my job: he probably thought I don’t enjoy it as much as I do. Life at work, the school year blur into one day of routine. It feels like just yesterday I was still learning the names of students.

As for my weekends, I think it’s best I try to spend them less online and more time on living my life. I forget that I have to power to make my life as interesting as the Youtubers I love. I’d also like to get back to reading and being disciplined with reading as this always seems to help me become a better writer even without me consciously applying a new writing strategy.

The routine of the 40-day work week is finally sinking in, and the time I spend outside of work is becoming more precious. I often wonder who and where I’ll be in five, ten, fifteen years. It’s clear to me that I might or might not live a long life, and I want to make the most of the time I have to live.

What’s the Perfect Writer Path?

I know that I want to keep writing, so I’m sticking to the blogging schedule. I still find it crazy to know that people actually take time out of their days to read my writing. And I’m continually inspired by all of the writers out there, especially the ones who make a living out of this passion.

In reflection, one of the things that I don’t like about being a writer is the loneliness of it. I think that’s one of the reason why being a full-time writer doesn’t keep my attention. However, I’m curious to learn how other writers form their writing careers while remaining active members of their communities and the world, passionate about the craft, but not isolated. Do you also have that stereotypical image of the writer as someone who spends a lot of time by themselves and has a tendency to become a recluse?

Regrets of the dying

I know that I can’t predict the future, but if someone were to ask me at my dying bed, what is your deepest regret? I think it would be not following the call to be a writer. And so, I want to keep writing and sharing my writing on the blog. I have hope that this will help me find a writing path that works for me.

April 19, 2019, Friday, Online Journal Entry