Just stopping by to say a quick hello. I’ve been busy sitting in my office…working. I’m too driven to go out and enjoy summer, especially when my work is near completion. And really this is only the beginning.
Right now I’m breaking from re-edits to enjoy some music. My protagonist is very Bohochic-inspired and her music tastes are eclectic. She loves bands like Wolf & Cub, Echo &The Bunnymen, and singer Lana Del Rey. Even underneath all this, she’s still very traditional (Bach, Mozart, Tchaikovsky).
When I write scenes, especially with her dialogue, I want my protagonist’s love for music to come out. Why? Because this is what she wants. Music is her escape. It’s a part of her hopes, dreams, goals, and most of all…her way out of the current situation she’s in.
I shared a few songs from this 80’s British band Echo and the Bunnymen before. I think I’ve said this a thousand times: lead singer Ian McCulloch is a brilliant songwriter. If you don’t believe me, read the lyrics from the song TheKilling Moon.
As for The Cutter, I read the lyrics to this song and couldn’t believe my eyes because the word Mustard is mentioned. To be honest, I will not look at mustard the same way now. Gotta love McCulloch’s use of words in lyrical matters.
This is Echo and the Bunnymen’s alternate version of their original song. Some people like the original version, some like the alternate. You decide. As for me… I like the alternate.
I don’t know if you remember, but I like watching time-lapse videos. I truly believe it’s a creative art form. I admire people who share nature’s beauty on the internet, especially for those of us who can’t be there in person and afford to travel.
When I watch this video, I’m reminded of my youth spent on family road trips where Dad would drive us out into the California mountains, and then head towards the upper Northwest region. We would drive, explore, and then pitch up our tents to camp overnight.
Watching these inspirational videos creates a peaceful and calming mood for me, especially when the video is paired perfectly with the right music.
So, I hope you’ll take a quiet moment from your day and enjoy this video. Let me know what you think!
It’s finally the weekend!! I need a little escape so I’ve been listening to vintage 90’s music.
Classic Saint Etienne…a British alternative band formed in 1990. I found them on Youtube and I’m so glad I did! They have that beach/indie vibe that I like. Nothing Can Stop Us is my favorite song from Saint Etienne.
When I listen to this song…it reminds me of San Diego, when I’m visiting my family out there, and cool Adam Brody . I have no idea why.
This same kind of thing happens when I listen toRush and the song Lessons will come on. I think about Las Vegas, Nevada. Yes, I spent some time there too. I don’t know if certain songs do that for you?? Does it make you think of some random moment in your life?
Check out their videos below and all the awesome filters used in filming. All before Instagram was invented. Gotta love it.
Second, I have a bad habit of twirling my hair while I read. I should really stop it because I did this in a meeting one time and a friend seemed… annoyed.
Third, I know I should be reading with more light…another bad habit… and no wonder I’ve been wearing glasses since I was nine. Reading in lowlight and sometimes in the moonlight is not good for your eyes.
Fourth, I’m finding myself sliding off the reading scale. So I put myself on a reading goal of 3 books a week. I used to read 4 books a day…and I don’t know how I ever managed that but those were the days, and now…well, I’m working more.
Fifth, up on my reading list: Good To Great by James C. Collins.
I wish this book was one of my required reading back in business class during college. It would have helped me especially once I started my own business.
I’m not one of those fortunate people who was born with an amazing talent and knew it from an early age. Those people must be destined for greatness with athletic ability, musical talent, being born into a famous family, singer, and even being extremely beautiful. They’ve got it all while the rest of us have to go through most of our life trying to figure it out.
Here’s one passage from the book that’s worth pondering over. It inspires me…and I hope it inspires you too. // Xo, K.
“When what you are deeply passionate about, what you can be best in the world at and what drives your economic engine come together, not only does your work move toward greatness, but so does your life. For, in the end, it is impossible to have a great life unless it is a meaningful life. And it is very difficult to have a meaningful life without meaningful work. Perhaps, then, you might gain that rare tranquility that comes from knowing that you’ve had a hand in creating something of intrinsic excellence that makes a contribution. Indeed, you might even gain that deepest of all satisfactions: knowing that your short time here on this earth has been well spent, and that it mattered.”
-James C. Collins , Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make The Leap…and Others Don’t
It’s like writing a never-ending term paper…but the results…well, it’s yet to be determined.
So as you may have figured out…I am stressed and what am I going to do about it. If you’re stressed too, maybe we have something in common and we can share ideas on how to de-stress.
When I read this article from Harvard Health, it inspired me to make a few changes, as well as this great article from Helen Sandershere. Daily stress isn’t good for you and as mentioned in the article, it can have damaging physical effects on your body such as mood changes, sleep deprivation, appetite, high blood pressure and heart disease.
Since I’m already working on my stress level, one of the biggest things I’ve increased is my hobbies. One of my favorite is Papercrafting (see above photo).
Papercrafting or scrapbooking is relaxing to me. It is a legit hobby. I love buying all that pretty paper, glue, buttons, stickers, and you name it. You can find me inside a scrapbook store when I travel. I can spend several hours inside…just staring at paper.
Some of my favorite writers have interesting de-stressing hobbies. Paulette Jiles enjoys riding horses when she’s not writing, author Jenny Han likes to bake, and Ernest Hemingway enjoyed hunting, fishing, and sailing. I don’t know of any other writers who like to scrapbook. If you find out, please let me know. And if you’re a fellow writer and like to scrapbook, I’m so happy!
So how do you de-stress? What are your hobbies? I’d love to hear!