Change ‘and’ to ‘or’.

I sent this post over from my retiredguys.net blog.

Derek Sivers…smart guy. Helpful, down-to-earth insights. Shared freely right here in excerpts from his book, Hell Yeah or No–what’s worth doing.

I ran across this one today: Procrastination hack: change “and” to “or”

He saw that he was applying too many ‘musts’ to his list before making time to exercise. Result: Not enough fitness sessions. ‘And’ to ‘or’ made all the difference.

As retired guys, it seems like a good idea to set aside too many conditions and cut ourselves a little slack.

Give it a try.


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Derek Sivers…interesting guy with an interesting question for retirees

Derek-Sivers-Word-Cloud what's worth doing

What’s worth doing?

I’ve posted about Derek Sivers on my other blog, but a number of his messages speak to us folks in this ‘next chapter’.

 

Curating retirement sites…

word cloud with retirement web sites

Been a retiree for a while now. I’m always interested to see what others in my age range are thinking. Here are two I visit two or three times a week and a site new to me.

https://seniorplanet.org  Here’s an article on ‘how to get creative in later life’ via an interview with Julia Cameron [Author: It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again]

https://sixtyandme.com This one is directed toward women over 60, but still lots of valuable info for all readers. This post [How to Develop Creative Ideas and Get More From Life After 60] draws from content from the book Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind by Carolyn Gregoire and Scott Barry Kaufman.

http://thirdage.com I just recently came across this one and I like the balance of topics.  From this site: Four Reasons Being Creative Will Make You Happier As You Grow Older

Act of Kindness writing is more than letters.

LETTER TO ELDER Encouragement WORD CLOUD

Another form of AOK [Act of Kindness] writing.
I used WordArt.com to create this word cloud.

This would be as simple as making the word cloud, printing it out, and sending it to a designated recipient.


Let me know in the form below if you’d like to join me in:

  • sending notes to those who could use a little friendship and support during trying times
  • crafting other forms that stretch your creativity while reaching out to others
  • accessing a few resources that can help you when you get stuck

 

 

I’ll be in touch, fellow creative retirees. [Still looking for another term…]

The AOK writing project continues…

collage of letters to elders

I’m finding it easier to freeform with these notes to folks reached via Love For Our Elders.

It’s also been fun to add page-a-day calendar items to each note. Quotes and pics of dogs have been taking precedence lately,

Let me know in the form below if you’d like to join me in:

  • sending notes to those who could use a little friendship and support during trying times
  • crafting other forms that stretch your creativity while reaching out to others
  • accessing a few resources that can help you if you get stuck

 

I’ll be in touch, fellow creative retirees. [Still looking for another term…]

The Acts of Kindness writing project continues…

kindness notes with calendar pages

As stated before, soon to show up in free mini-course form, as a preface to a community ed course come late September.

It’s been fun and there are lots of recipients out there who would be happy for us writers to reach out.

No, these aren’t perfectly styled, but as I will emphasize in the course, it needs to be fun for us writers or it will soon become a chore.

[I scored these calendars for a buck, figuring they’re a nice addition to my notes.]

Another key point of the project: Writing takes sooo many forms, so find those that work best for you.

[Samples to follow.]

Let me know in the form below if you’re interested in joining me.

 

 

I’ll be in touch, fellow creative retirees. [Still looking for another term…]

Oy…Out of touch with blog, but not my writing

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Okay, I’m juggling too much.

A fault? Absolutely, but honestly, I just like doing lots of stuff.

And then, there’s the garden, which is about to envelop the house with produce.

The tomatoes photo shows about 1/20 of what’s within weeks of harvest time. And the raspberries? Those little hummers kind of sneak up on you.

And I can’t seem to get out of the kitchen. [Could someone please tell me how to cook without making a mess?]

brioche dough
This brioche dough is step one toward CrockPot cinnamon rolls for tomorrow. Thanks to Zoe Francois and Jeffrey Hertzberg [https://artisanbreadinfive.com] for the recipe.
Finally, there is the ongoing AOK Writing project, which will soon show up in one form as a free mini-course, as a preface to a community ed course come late September. [If students ask me to wear a mask during the Zoom class, I might suspect it’s not for health and safety reasons.]

All this while under the watchful eye of Buddy…

buddy watching reduced

I’ll be in touch, fellow retirees. [Still looking for another term…]

Draw-Sketch-Doodle

happy scribbled

I’ve been a little lax in sending you resources and my study of Leonardo da Vinci [Yeah, as if he knows anything…] bore out how important sketching, scribbling, etc. was to his process. It was very much his way of thinking and learning. I’m guessing that somewhere in his thousands of notebook pages he also just plain loosened up with his quill pen on paper made from cloth pounded into a pulp.

sketching journaling

So, here are a few links to nudge you toward putting pen/pencil/charcoal/lipstick/crayon to paper…

By the way–this drawing/sketching/doodling thing? Make it just for you.

Check that annoying purveyor-of-resistance, audience-looking-over-your-shoulder master of self-doubt** at the door. And if all you do is a little doodling to loosen up for your next creative project, bravo!

Enjoy and remember, ‘try new’!

**Sunni Brown, author of The Doodle Revolution calls it ‘The Shadow’. Love that term.

 

 

 

 

If you’re writing memoir…free class on June 23.

I’m currently taking the non-fiction course offered by scribewriting.com. With a number of resources and ample instructor expertise, the logical and methodical approach been very helpful in addressing audience and outlining the larger project. [Tomorrow, we will cover more of the actual writing of the book and on Friday, they are offering a Q. and A. session that will last at least an hour.]

 

These same folks will be teaching a free course on memoir next week.

 

Follow this link to sign up: https://scribewriting.com/bookschool/

 

No affiliation with scribewriting.

Just thought I would pass along the info for those considering a new non-fiction project.

And poof! We’re ‘older’…

worried male face

Has this question

ever popped into your mind?

Sometimes, it’s all I need to get moving on my creative projects.

What spurs you to action? Kicks you in the seat of the pants? Whacks you on the side of the head?

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Book links are NOT affiliate links. They’re a couple of my favorites they’re worth looking at. [I’ve been linking to Goodreads to give a more detailed overview of a book.]

Have a good weekend, re-tryer-ees! Get stuff done!