Oct 042017
 

Although I have been quiet here with my up and down pattern of writing or promising to write regularly again, I did manage to get an article written last month for April Magazine.

This is the beginning of a series that I will be writing on Spiritual Wellbeing.

In some ways it is rather ironic given my life has gone topsy-turvy lately, but then again perhaps it is just the perspective I need to be able to write something worthwhile for readers. It also seems to be a good catalyst for getting me back on track so that I am not a writing hypocrite. 😛

In any case, it’s a new month. Fall has arrived and I am coming to terms with the concept of ‘cool’ and ‘cold’ that does not involve a blasting AC system. 😉

Still much ahead and the wheels continue to turn in my head with ideas and more ideas and more ideas!!!

~T 😀

Feb 232017
 

Now that I have been able to write fairly consistently for the past three months on the blog (just a few blips in the calendar), I have decided that I need to work on bringing my focus to writing for publications that might generate some income.

This week has taught me that I do actually have time or can carve out the time more regularly to ensure that I write. However, one of the ways that I can do this is to also combine my blog writing time with some of my ‘creative’ writing.

Therefore, I have decided to now incorporate writing on The Universal Asian blog again. It has been just nearly two years since I last posted there – taking a bit of a break and refocusing on what I want to use that space for. Now, with my NYRs in place still regarding my idea of using this ‘brand name’ for the Kindle books I would like to publish, I think that it will be prudent to start writing some of the chapters/stories on the blog. Then, when I feel as if I have enough or perhaps get the feedback I need, I can consolidate them into a small e-book for selling. It sounds like a reasonable plan, now just need to put it into action.

In any case, the plan is to start with a posting once or twice a week on the TUA site whilst maintaining my consistency here. It may turn out that I use this space for a bit of a mental dump/fodder before being able to publish something on the other. However, I know the few readers I have here will (hopefully?) not mind. You’ll get a view into my writer’s brain perhaps – scared yet?! 😉

So, that is an exciting decision – or at least to me! Stay tuned for the first coming installments on TUA. 😀

~T 😀

Feb 102017
 

In the midst of trying to schedule in writing time and really making a decision to focus more on my writing as a way of making income so that when we finally move on to another country, I will not be tied to needing a job in a particular location.

However, in doing so I start to wonder about my skills because my story-writing days are quite slim as I have hardly completed a story from start to finish. At the moment, I am writing essays and in a non-fiction style or perhaps one might call it an editorial or opinion column style. 

Therefore, I am not yet certain what sort of voice I have when it comes to writing myself. I mean, I can definitely write my own story and experiences, but will it be entertaining enough? Will it be good enough?

Surely every writer goes through periods of self-doubt and worry. Still, it is a difficult process to go through regularly when trying to write. 

So…as I carve away time, I also try to find my writing voice and am hopeful that it will turn into the fruition of my dreams!

~T 😀

Dec 102016
 

My yoga teacher said to me in a recent Whatsapp conversation  “I think ur just not a socializer…. I think ur an artist. U need to write and be alone a lot”.

True?

Indeed.

I very quickly have gotten burnt out with the networking activities for business. Now, I know that people say that you cannot wait for the clients to come to you; you have to get yourself out there and promote yourself; talk to people and tell them what you do; etc. I know this is true – in part. In another part, I also know what is true for myself – I am not a talker, go-getter, attention-grabbing kind of person. I never have been and not likely to change that any time soon. Now, this does not mean that I cannot or still should not. However, it does mean that I am not going to like it and if I do not like it, that becomes clear at any event I attend and attempt to speak to people…. Therefore, this is counter-productive to my purpose.

How can I then still get clients and still be me?

Well, one way is through writing and the Internet. Another way is to hire or ask someone nicely to be that person for me. M is a good one, though busy with his own work. There are possibly others I could entice to be a word-of-mouth promoter for me and I shall definitely be pushing that – again nicely. 😀

Still, my passion inclination is to write. I am a writer. Jeff Goins starts his very first book out with this simple statement – First to be a writer you have to call yourself a writer. Just over three years ago I posted about this and had started my way along this path, but got sidelined again. Yet, it continues to return to my mind. Write, Tara, for god’s sake, WRITE!

When K said the above to me the other day, I again came back to YES, I am a Writer! So, start acting like one!

I cannot be a writer if I do not write. Therefore, I have decided that while the time is quiet with the yoga business, I am going to return to working on my novel(s) and look to publish them as Kindle books. It is a free enterprise and though I may only make a small amount of money, I can say I have done it. Besides, who knows…it may just take off!!!

This blog is like my sandbox where I let loose unfiltered thoughts and process in digital writing what I write by hand in my paper journal. So, I am grateful for this space and anyone who actually reads my nonsense regularly. 😉 Now, you may be able to read a whole book by me in the near future! 😛

So…I am an artist – I am a writer!

~T 😀

Nov 272016
 

Just two days ago I wrote about my upcoming article on Aprilmag.com. Well, it was published without my realizing it and is now up on the magazine page!

It feels good to be writing regularly again and I feel as if each time I am upping my game a bit. It gives me confidence again about writing and looking for other ways to generate income doing it. THIS is my dream, after all….

So, I do have my next assignment and need to get myself moving on that. Plus, I am going to look at some other options for writing or generating income on blogging…. Stay tuned for that!

In the meantime, enjoy what April Magazine has to offer. 🙂

~T 😀

Oct 042016
 

_The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity_ by Julia Cameron

I started this book quite some time ago in hopes of getting myself back into writing regularly. It took me some time to get through it as I wanted to be sure that I was ready to make what Cameron said work for me. Many of her tips were quite useful and having finally gotten through it I have made some aspects habits already.

For example, Cameron recommends writing “Morning Pages” each day and focusing on completing 3 pages rather than setting a time limit as I often do. I have yet to regularly fill 3 pages daily, but I do manage to write daily without worrying about the time as much. 😛

She also recommends having a weekly artist’s date with yourself. I have not quite done this lately, but my visits to cafes count for me as my time to write, observe and relax into my artist self.

While the focus is generally for writers, her tips can work for anyone wanting to develop their creative spirits. All too often we suppress our creativity and say things like “I don’t have a creative bone in my body.” However, the reality is that we are all creative beings. We were given beautiful brains in order to create – no matter what the form might be. It is just about finding our creative outlets and then letting that out regularly. 😀

I would have liked to take a class with Cameron and worked through the book together or even have a writing group that used it to support one another. Even though it was published years ago, it goes to show that learning to develop an artist’s way is not limited to time or space.

~T 😀

Oct 012016
 

Remember when I posted about my first paid and published article

Well, the second one is online now!

It has a slightly different theme than the first as I do not always want to seem as if I am negative about being Asian and perceptions held of my ethnic background. 😉

It is exciting to have this opportunity to write fairly freely about issues that are close to my heart. 

The next one is mulling around in my head and may be back to familiar themes. 😛

Hope you enjoy!

~T 😀

Sep 082016
 

I found this empty but titled post in my drafts folder as I was contemplating what to post about today, so thought it was an appropriate one to write on. Sometimes I create a title for a post to remind myself of a topic that I might want to write about later. This one has been in the drafts folder for a few years it seems…strange how things can seem to come full circle at times. Or rather, the truth is that everything happens in due time and for a reason that we may or may not ever understand when we are ready for it.

Actually, this week I met a lovely woman who is looking for English tutoring. Honestly, she really does not need help with her English, but she is interested in exploring the world of writing (in English) which I hope that I can help her with. In speaking with her I felt refreshed with my own passion for writing. 🙂

These past couple of weeks have been more centered on getting my business site up and running rather than on my creative writing, but that has paid off as now the site is ready to go and hopefully the clients will start pouring in. Now, I can return to my regularly scheduled writing program. 😛

I have been proud of the fact that I have developed such a habit that at least I have been able to keep up with this blog posting almost daily, which is an accomplishment all in itself. 😛 So, now I will try to balance posting here as well as regular posts on the business site to keep generating an audience there.

Even better, now, I can also go back to working on my own novel as well as my “column” (if I can call it that with only one published article so far…:P ).

By the way, one thing I have noticed since quitting work is that my English skills have actually increased! I am finding more ‘big’ words to explain my thoughts more accurately. Maybe you have noticed in reading my posts…maybe not. I do feel as if my brain has expanded since leaving the limited world of English teaching where I had to simplify my speech to be understood and used the same set of vocabulary even amongst my native-speaking colleagues. Also, I am reading a larger variety of books (more at once as well), which definitely affects what I can then produce. Therefore, there is this new sense of freedom in my writing. 🙂

It feels good, even amongst the stress and chaos of my life lately, to have this expansion in expressing myself by being on the writing wagon again. Who knows where this ride will take me, but if my visualizations and mantras have anything to do with it, you will be seeing my pen name more and more! 😛

~T 😀

Aug 292016
 

A couple of months ago a friend told me that I should be writing now that I have the time. I was a bit hesitant making some excuses about this and that. However, in the end I realized she was right. 

I also began to look for some freelance work on Upwork where I had previously gotten work writing briefs of stories and thought that I would try it again. However, it was slow going and so I decided to leave my profile as is letting the universe take control of whether or not jobs would come. 

As I let go of active searching I also thought how lovely it would be to find something for Asian women. I have often lamented how growing up I struggled to find role models or information that was relevant to me as a non-Asian Asian. Knowing that I didn’t have enough in me to start such a thing, I wondered why someone else hadn’t yet done something. 

A mere few weeks later I was contacted by the editor of an upcoming online magazine that would target Asian women – natives to expats to dis/misplaced. The universe definitely heard my ponderings! 😛

Thus, I agreed to write an initial piece for April Magazine, which has now been published. You can read the article here.  

I’m happy with how the piece turned out and quite excited to become a regular contributor. It’s a nice challenge to write for a more public and neutral audience than just my blog(s) or academic ones. 

M is pleased that now he can make the SATC dream come alive and he can be “Big”. 😉

~T 😀

Jun 282016
 

Day 3:  What color are you grateful for?

Well, the obvious answer should be purple as this is my favorite color. However, my first response to this was actually red. Now, in a way this makes sense. Without red, there is no purple. Red symbolizes blood, fire, passion and to me vibrancy. So, I suppose this is an apt color for me to be grateful for. 😛

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The other day I was visiting with a friend who was asking me how I have been spending my days. I explained that I keep busy, but overall I am a little bit ‘bored’. She asked me what about all my writing and website projects. I answered that I am trying to do that – get into a routine, think about what I would like to write -, but ultimately I feel less inspired as I cannot go to a café to write due to Ramadan and I am not in my own space. She responded that these sounded just like excuses for not getting things done….

Is it…?

Upon some thinking, I think there is truth behind the excuses and there is truth behind the fact they are just excuses. It is true that inspiration needs to come from energy flows of space, which I get in cafés and will in my new home (as it is my space). However, we are not all always so lucky to have the fortune to pick and choose where we can do our life crafts, so if one wants to really accomplish something, then it should not matter where or how. Just do it, right?

So, I am working on being a bit more disciplined. Seeing the calendar fill up this month with my blog posts definitely helps. Yesterday, I sat down to write and got some starts, though nothing really stuck. However, I shall keep trying. Some more ideas are flowing and so one of them should stick eventually. 🙂 I also made lists for the other website project that I keep pushing to the back burner. Thus, I indeed have plenty to do and keep me busy, just gotta put my head into it and make it happen!!!

~T 😀