My Gift to You for Christmas: Free Online Course on How to Tell your Story

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So I officially launched my online teaching program yesterday. The launch course is called “Change your Life: Tell your Story”, and is the prelude to the main course, “My Life as a Story” which comes out in February next year.

“My Life as a Story” is a three-course package; Writing Memoir, Blogging and Social Media for women 50+

Cross the bridge to a life of legacy & creative expression and take this free course!

If you want to express yourself creatively, do some deep thinking about your life and leave a legacy all at the same time then this series of courses could be what you’re looking for. You can take one course or two or all three (for a healthy discount) but the main thing to know is that the thing that sets theses course apart from most other online course is the personal interaction and support from the course creator ~ Me!

You can access the free Launch Course by signing up to this blog ~ “Follow Seona” ~ or if you have already subscribed to the blog you can go directly here to get your course. Happy learning, Merry Christmas and I’ll see you in the New Year ❤︎

Ritual is the rudder …

Your morning ritual is the rudder of your day. What you do in that first hour sets the tone and decides the direction that the rest of the day will take.

Yes, you can change the tone and the direction if you don’t like what’s unfolding for you; but in the midst of the madness it’s not likely that you’ll remember it’s possible to change your experience in the moment.

Try using a mnemonic to help you establish a productive daily ritual. For example I use the letter “P” in mine. I get up, Pee, take my Pill, do my two minute Plank, Pray (meditate), write 10 Pages of words and Plan my Productivity for the rest of the day.

Don’t rely on will power to get you through. Build deliberate habits; habits are habit-forming!! ❤︎ Sx

 

Trump helped me Pin Down my Passion

I am now me. Unequivocally and defiantly.

I am not an American, nor do I live there. But this election result has confirmed for me exactly who I am and what I stand for.

I am an advocate for womens’ voices to be heard. Not just spoken – heard.

I have of course been doing this already in teaching women to write memoir. And to begin to blog for the first time (at 75 in one case!)

Thank you, Donald, for reminding me … for putting me back on track with purpose and passion ❤︎

Daily Challenge: No Internet at Home

So the theme today is internet. Building my business online has involved a lot of time on the net, and I’m grateful to my family for having given me access while I was able to stay with them. In fact the thought that I would not have internet where I was going to be living was one of the main things that freaked me out when I heard that I was going to have to move on.

But it turns out that having no internet at home might even be better for business than I could have imagined.

From spending most of my time online, researching and “fiddling” with my sales platform and “learning new stuff to help me move forwards”, I have moved to a better way of spending the time.

The answer is; planning and doing. Obvious, eh?

In my case, I needed a boot up the bum to see it (or at least to DO it)

I don’t need internet  to plan and create content and courses. I don’t need internet to shoot video. I don’t need internet to read books by the latest contributors in my field (a top method of staying real and informed).

I do need internet to stay in touch with my tribe daily, to post new content to my platform and to upload videos and blog posts.

But these activities can be planned in advance – in my case I have written down what I need to do online on a daily basis on a special card. I now simply write “CARD” in my planning diary daily to remind me to do each and every thing it takes to maintain a tribe, which if done properly is quite a lot!

So it’s simple really; a daily drive to town to coincide with the daily food shopping (daily because home has no refrigeration, only an ice box) and a couple of hours at the local library where wifi is free.

Today there’s a free seat in the children’s section. Tomorrow I might have to sit on the bench outside if there are no free seats inside. But that means I get to do my work beside the Mary River, and if I’m extra luck I get to see a platypus, or a water dragon.

No home internet? Get organised, enthusiastic and creative ! ❤︎

Off Grid

Look out for tomorrows TINS (Time in Nature Sunday) – Footage of my new location on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. Very much “off the grid” living style with lots to be said for leaving “civilisation” behind! See you then … ❤︎

Discipline

I never learned to seriously discipline myself until now; now when I am breaking boundaries in my own life — now, when I am 55. So how did I get where I am today without self-discipline? How did I get through my professional training, my post grad studies, my pilot licence, my career, my life?

Pressure. I function really well under pressure; under the prospect of a tight deadline I can work like a dog from dawn to dusk, and through the night if necessary.

But that’s what I’ve done all my life and it hasn’t got me where I want to be, so “If you want something different you have to do something different” (Anurag Prakash Ray) ~ it’s time to embrace my increasing ability to self-discipline and make it my default mode.

If I do that, I can choose my activities and direct my destiny, rather than allowing myself to be swept up in a wave of self-inflicted (and irresponsible) pressure ❤︎

 

 

5xPs

So at the rate I am going I will be finished my first draft by Feb 7th 2017. I don’t say this to boast, but to share that if I keep doing what I am doing I will write my first 80K word memoir (draft) comfortably and without stressing about finding time to write. How has this happened? I have formed a daily HABIT – I call it my “five Ps” – Pee, Pill, Plank, Personal hygiene and Pages. I get up, go for a pee, take my thyroxine pill, do my plank, have a shower and write my pages. 

The 750 words site that I told you about (I discovered it via Marie Forleo) has been a game changer for me. I don’t even understand why this writing “app” should have made the difference. It’s not very sophisticated and there is no way of organising your work other than by exporting it.

But I don’t need to understand it — it works, that’s all I need to know!

My 750 words takes me 20 minutes, but I usually do more. If I don’t know what to write about that day I start writing anything at all and very soon find myself on-topic with a memoir-worthy memory.  Also, it has raised “feelings”, initiated intense self-reflection and uncovered some potential story direction that I hadn’t considered and didn’t expect. Bonus.

If you’re still struggling to find a way to make space and time for your writing, please let me know in the comments and I’ll try to help you out.

xx Seona ❤︎

 

 

Love or Hate …

This week’s TINS video (TINS 5: see below) touches on the topic of how we manage our interactions with others, especially online. This blog is not the place for political discussion, but the current American election process is, sadly, the best example of bad human behaviour that I have seen for some time.

We are all functioning from the perspective of fear to a greater or lesser extent; fear is a healthy reaction to perceived danger. It’s our heritage from times in a very distant past.

Our frontal lobe is now new and improved compared to these distant times. When it come to how we react to something strange, different, offensive or “NEW” as Mr Crood (The Croods) would bemoan, We Have A Choice Of Reactions!

Next time you have an opportunity to make a choice about how you react (and that occurs every second of every day) think about your options: Who do you want to be … truly??

xx Seona ❤︎