It’s a Tuesday that feels like a Monday here in Canada (we just had the Civic Holiday long weekend). Usually these types of weeks really wreak havoc on me in that I never know what day it is. I had a busy day ahead of me but hey, writing in the Authenticity Diary is going to help keep me focused. Also, by writing in it, I’m getting to know myself better. Rather than go through the day on auto pilot, it’s making me think more about it.

Books I picked up on the weekend that I plan on doing a video blog about

And you’ll notice a theme in today’s entry. Lots of writing and Civil War popping up. Am I really going to start pursuing this seriously? Perhaps I should…

What is the one thing you can do today to really get closer to your goals?

-Keep writing

Other things you absolutely want to focus on today:

– Writing 

– Working on the novel with William

-Create a page on Medium for Civil War Fangirl 

– Create a Facebook page for Civil War Fangirl

How can you create more value today than you did yesterday?

-Make sure I focus on writing. I felt like I didn’t write enough yesterday. And read…I need to keep reading too. 

– Get another video blog post done

What new approach can you try to come closer to your dream life?

– More positivity. It sounds silly but I think that would help.

What made you feel happy, in flow, recently?

– All the writing I’ve been doing and getting chapters from William to read over. Working on this novel has really made me feel energized. 

– Doing the video blog posts. I proved to myself that I can do it. 

I am grateful for:

– My partner. He’s a cool guy. And patient with me when it comes to how scatterbrained I can be. 

– The friendship I have with William. It’s a really cool thing. It’s amazing how much you can connect with a person having never met them in person. 

-All the people who read my blog, follow me on Twitter and interact with me. I learn a lot from all them and it seems to stimulate my creativity. 

-My daily yoga practice. Physically and mentally it’s so good for me. 

I’m really excited about:

– Reading more of the novel from William and working on it. 

– Going to the Henry Ford Museum on Friday with Jeremy. I love museums. 

-Recording another video blog post about the books I purchased on the weekend. 

– Going to Gettysburg in October

These are the most important habits I’m building:

– Learning to stay focused better

– Setting goals for myself each day. 

-Writing, everyday. 

Stuff I did right:

– Listening to William, who initially pushed me to make a video. It’s opened up a whole realm of possibilities for me, I think.

New ideas:

– Video blog about the books I bought

-Having the Civil War novel I’m writing include flashbacks to the main characters father. I’m thinking of making it a parallel sort of story, if that makes sense. I want to draw parallels between the main characters (Rienzi and Beauregard) and Rienzi’s father Buford and the woman he had an affair with for 20 years (Clara). 

Some things I decide to do, no matter what:

– Yoga, everyday. If I don’t do it, my body and mind don’t feel as good. Some days, it’s tough to get on the mat, but I tell myself “even just 15 minutes will make you feel better

-Read, every day

Things I’ve learned:

– That reading a script (i.e. the new Harry Potter book) isn’t as bad as I thought. In fact, I’m kinda of enjoying it. 

How do you want to feel today?

– Focused and positive

How do you want to treat others today?

Positively and with kindness. I also want to help people see their potential. 

How are you going to reward yourself today?

Reading and writing. And probably a few cups of tea. 

What kind of people are you inviting into your life today?

Those that push me to become a better person, those that I have incredible bonds with and those that make my life a little brighter. People who fill the gaps that are missing. 

What is the single most important thing in your life? 

Love. It’s hard to explain but’s love. Being loved and loving others in many different ways. 

Ask yourself a question that could really move you forward if you had the answer: 

Was I seriously born to be a writer? 

Remind yourself of your vision. What does your ideal day look like?

One where I read, write, blog, make sure I get outside.

What would you do today if you weren’t afraid? 

This is going to seem really random but look into how much it would cost to fix up an old house in a town near a Civil War battlefield and open a Bed and Breakfast. I’d run that AND still write and blog.

When you’re 100 years old and you look back over your life, what would make you think your time was well spent? 

If people had learned something from me. If I had a novel published.

What advice would you give your 20-year old self?

Don’t be afraid to write that novel that is in your head right now. Always write. End your relationship and don’t stay with him until you’re 23. That will be three too long and you’ll realize it as soon as you break up with him.