Are we optimizing?

I listened to a Personality Hackers PodCast this week on transition and one statement stood out for me and I had to share it as it fits in with what I’m trying to accomplish (and hoping you are too). “We only get so much of this (life) so optimize it.”   They talked about two types of people the first group just want to get through life and the second are optimizing every opportunity and chance they get. We want to be in the second group. The majority of the podcast was about transition and we can fight it or embrace.  If we want to create a life we are excited about then transition is going to be part of it – what do we have to do to get there?  Some times you have to just let go and fall and see where you land.

The Nice Bucket Challenge

Instead of the “Ice Bucket Challenge” we have “The Nice Bucket Challenge”.   Our Food Bank put this seven foot bucket in a mall and encouraged people to donate non-perishable items. They also encouraged individuals to take a “selfie” in front of the bucket and upload to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. They want to create more awareness around the need for people to donate items to Food Banks. This time of year is especially difficult with the holidays and colder temperatures/heating. Fast fact the majority of people who rely on food banks only go one to six times a year.

On our you can always start now journey we have to look at the bigger picture. Not just what is out there for us to explore but also what can we do for our community local and global. It is all about growing in all areas. Let’s start.

Book club anyone? The Book Thief

I am an escape artist and my favorite place to escape is a book.  An adventure, a mystery, a drama I can get lost in any of them.  When I find a character I enjoy, well I can take them along with me on any adventure.  Elizabeth Bennet (Pride and Prejudice) has been to a few interesting places outside of Hertfordshire.

So I thought a book club should be included for us in exploring our possibilities.  A good place to check out book clubs is your local library or start your own at work or with friends.

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Update on NaNoWriMo

Well I have started week two of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).  It started off slow or I should say non-existent as I didn’t start writing until November 6th.  Have written every day since then but still not caught up.  They say to reach your 50,000 word count you need write 1667 words a day, hmm…. I didn’t start until day six so…..

Today I did something I have never done before.  I took my laptop and headed to a coffee shop.  I sat at the Wifi Zone with three other individuals typing away or searching the internet, all I know is that we are all at the same table with laptops.  There were more individuals in the coffee shop alone with their devices then friends talking in pairs.  I found it neat as I felt part of a community just sipping my coffee and typing away.  I would definitely do it again.  Here is the coffee shop, sorry picture is not great.  Was taken before it got crowded.

FYI I wrote more than my 1667 words today at the coffee so there might be hope!   Has anyone checked out the NaNoWriMo site?  If interested you can go to “camp” this summer!!

10 Best Literary Walks from the Lonely Plant!

Hope this gets you inspired.  It did me!!

There’s no better way to pay tribute to your favourite authors or characters than to follow in their footsteps via these entertaining tours.

1. Millennium Tour, Stockholm, Sweden

The march of grim Scandinavian crime thrillers was spearheaded by Stieg Larsson’s novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and this walk in Stockholm, the picturesque Swedish capital, lets you relive the drama. Taking in the hip suburb of Södermalm, home to ace journalist Mikael Blomkvist and rogue IT genius Lisbeth Salander, the walk passes fictional sites mentioned in the Millennium trilogy, including Blomkvist’s home, his local cafe, Salander’s favourite tattoo parlour, Inspector Bublanski’s synagogue, Millennium magazine’s offices and, finally, Salander’s luxury apartment. It’s an atmospheric walk which helps colour in the dark outlines of Scandi noir.

Takes place in English 11.30am each Saturday, tickets 130 Swedish krona. Book via

Don't be fooled by this placid waterside view in Södermalm, Stockholm - a literary walking tour can help you to the city's imaginary underbelly. Image by Merten Snijders / Getty Images© Provided by Lonely Planet Don’t be fooled by this placid waterside view in Södermalm, Stockholm – a literary walking tour can help you to the city’s imaginary underbelly. Image by Merten Snijders / Getty Images

2. Literary Pub Crawl, Dublin, Ireland

This combination of tour and live performance highlights the rich cultural heritage of Dublin, the Irish capital. Weaving between pubs that once hosted great writers such as James Joyce, Brendan Behan, Samuel Beckett and WB Yeats, tour members are entertained by readings, music and song. The tour passes literary sites such as Trinity College, where Oscar Wilde once studied. But the focus is firmly on the drinking holes where so much creativity flowed, from those featured in Joyce’s epic novel Ulysses to Behan’s old local. Raise a glass to their memory on the way.

Departs nightly in summer, cost €12. Book via

The literary superstars of tomorrow? Students and tourists striding into Trinity College, Dublin. Image by David Soanes Photography / Getty Images© Provided by Lonely Planet The literary superstars of tomorrow? Students and tourists striding into Trinity College, Dublin. Image by David Soanes Photography / Getty Images Continue reading →

Do you want a challenge for November? NaNoNo

Starting November 1st at one minute past midnight we start our month long adventure into becoming novelists!  “National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) organizes events where children and adults find the inspiration, encouragement, and structure they need to achieve their creative potential.  Our programs are web-enabled challenges with vibrant real-world components, designed to foster self-expression while building community on local and global levels.”  That is their mission statement!!

Last year 310,095 individuals participated in NaNoWriMo.  Can you imagine being part of that world-wide community?  NaNoWriMo will send us emails of encouragement, have YouTube all day write-ins, you can follow them on Twitter and if we are lucky maybe writing events in our local area.  The plan is to put our fingers to the keyboard and start our journey.  To reach our 50,000 word count we just let rip and send our internal editor out of the room.  There is no going back to edit or have second thoughts.  It is full steam ahead in our creative process. At the end of the month you will know you can do it.  Yes it is only a draft and maybe you will only take one idea or character out of it, but you will have committed to writing for a month and that is an accomplishment into itself!

Starting a blog??

If you ask people who know me they will say I don’t share easily.  So to start a blog!!  Well that is pretty much putting it out there for me.  I have a super talented friend who has a Wandaful blog and I started this blog just so that I would have access to her blog for posting.  So besides “you can always start now” and I guess I am – I am using this blog, or I guess I say my blog, as a practice tool.  So let me know what you think works and doesn’t.  For this post I wanted to see how to insert a picture.  Taken outside Sedona, Arizona.  Love the landscape I have a thing for the desert.  Trip was made with my sister and we both had a terrific time.

Are we ready! Right now!

When is the best time to start?  We all know the answer it is NOW!  So why don’t we?  Why don’t we explore, dream, be open to new possibilities no matter how wild?  Or simple?  Or what others might call mundane? So lets “you can always start now”.  Ready, Set, Go!

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