Affirmations 4.25.20

  • Two minute journaling is kind of nice when most of your brain cells are shut down. I’m finding hope in it! Trying these three questions to keep it simple:

What am I grateful for today?

What did you accomplish today?

How I can I improve?

  • I wrote poetry this week. It isn’t much during this busy time, but it’s something. I celebrate that. Short journal entries and haiku writing is becoming a good source of motivation for me, as I am able to finish the work in one sitting. Usually that’s about all I get right now to write. Baby steps.
  • There’s so much poetry out there. I’m out of the loop on contemporary poets that I decided to start educating myself and reading what’s current (I’ll give the dead ones a break). So many wonderful practitioners today that I don’t know where to start! Found a good list of poets I want to look into. Saving for later…
  • Speaking of poetry, Guy Garvey of Elbow, is a tremendous poet. I’ve been listening to his lyrics more closely and he never disappoints. Lately, I have been looking out for more Elbow live performances on Youtube, this interview/session is kinda nice as Guy shares some bits about the inspiration behind the album, The Seldom Seen Kid: their friend Bryan Glancy. It reminds me of the album’s strong sense of place, and how powerful a love note to a friend can be. It makes me realize how vital it is to infuse your own community and where you come from to the work you’re creating. All about the specifics. It makes me want to make a pilgrimage to visit some of the places that are mentioned in their music. Maybe after this is all over.
  • The Creative Drive Podcast will keep me active this weekend as I try to record my first submissions! I can’t wait to get this project going to provide a showcase for the folks in the #writingcommunity on Twitter and beyond!
  • Overall, my head is not in the right place. I’m overwhelmed. I’m exhausted. A combination of work stress and lack of time for family and creative life. I need sleep. Anytime I try to stay up to make stuff, it ends up derailing the week. It’s okay to accept there’s only so many hours in the day. There’s only so much that can be done. The paperwork at the office can often wait a just little. Just breathe. The script, with its aggressive, unrealistic deadline, can be postponed a day or so. Go easy on yourself, because after all, we’re in the middle of a pandemic that is indiscriminately upending our society’s norms. Work and life expectations are not the same, and as we are dragged in the riptide of this wave of anxiety and uncertainty, we must believe: We deserve a moment of rest.

Be well and stay safe. Much love,

j

Published by J. Alejandro

I put things on paper. I also hit the REC button. I believe in you, and I believe in your work.

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