Writing

Do what you love; love what you do.

 

I know at times the way I write (first person, fast -paced and accessible) and the way I put things in interviews may sound simplistic. I don’t think I’m simple minded (though I have my moments and I can lack common sense at times) however I try to live like my glass is half full, and I do think a lot of us make life and relationships way more complicated than they need to be.  I wish everyone could do what they love in life, every day of their lives. It’s not a simple feat, because so many of us are born into circumstances beyond our control. But in my travels, I’ve come across homeless people who seem perfectly content living on the streets, doing street art or busking–doing what they love.

It sounds simple, but I honestly believe that making the most of what you have to work with, being grateful for it, and working toward a goal of doing what you like to do every day is the key to succeeding at whatever you do for work, and whatever you do for play.

It took until I was 37 years old to realize what I love most –creating books, some with poetry and  photos and some that make people laugh. Once I started doing more of what I loved, I discovered other hobbies that worked alongside them.

Arranging flowers and photographing them is one of those hobbies. I have always wanted to try a lemon hydrangea arrangement, and today I did that, along with making a pitcher of blueberry-maple iced tea.

My hobbies fuel my writing, and it works the other way around, too. One artistic adventure plays off of another and before I know it, I’m writing about a young girl who owns a flower shop in Old Montreal.

Maybe. Possibly. I’m not giving any more away!😜😘

 

6 thoughts on “Do what you love; love what you do.

  1. Yes I agree with every word you wrote. Looking at my life I can see where I let myself down.  I’ve heard myself saying “I want to start drawing. I don’t remember the last time I and it” so many times before.  I realized that now it is the time to MAKE the time and DO it. I stopped thinking words like “Oh, I wish…” Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Whatever you do though, Sylvia, don’t beat yourself up over it. Life is a process; we are all a work in progress. Sometimes you have to do one thing to figure out that’s
      not what you want to do! Sometimes you don’t want to do that thing you always say “I should” do. Make sure it’s really your passion. I kept thinking I “should” write that great literary
      work that everyone talks about – you know the one that a book club would analyze. In the end, I realized no, I just want to write books that help people laugh and escape. If a book club
      ends up studying it, awesome, but that is not my end goal! I’m really pleased to “meet” you and I hope that you start drawing again, and that you love it.

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      1. One of my favorite quotes of Wallace D. Wattles is “Man can form things in his thought, and by impressing his thought upon formless substance can cause the thing he thinks about to be created. In order to do this, man must pass from the competitive to the creative mind; otherwise he cannot be in harmony with the Formless Intelligence, which is always creative and never competitive in spirit.”Dear Heather you chose to serve through the creative mind by following your heart. That means one day your books will be analyzed everywhere around the world.

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      2. Oh my goodness, what a lovely thing to write to me. Yes, I did choose this creative life (or it chose me?) and almost every day, I feel blessed to have it. On the days when I feel like no one even wants my creative works, I try to remember to do it for ME. That’s why I started in the first place. Thanks for spending time here today, Sylvia, and for your beautiful thoughts and hugs across the miles! I can feel them. Best always, Heather

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  2. It is so important in life to be satisfied with who you are and what you do. I’ve learned over the years that you don’t have to have the world on a string to be happy. Gratitude for what you have is a good base to build upon.

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