ONE WORD – “Release”

benchandarbor     This year I’ve chosen a word I can focus on that will remind me, direct me and guide me through the year.  My word for 2014 is RELEASE – A word defined as recover consciousness, flourish again, and cause experience to return.

I plan to let go of expectations in my writing and my life whether I like it or not. It’s now time for me to rediscover, revitalize and release so that I can invigorate my writing. My commitment is to find me again amidst the seasons of life that have a tendency to suck the life out of anyone. I’m going to concentrate on living each moment, of letting the little things go that bother me and find the positives in each step God has planned for me.

Release is a great word. It’s liberating. Now as the days roll on, I’ll have my word posted on a card bedside, on the bathroom mirror, beside my keyboard and written across the top of my monitor. I plan to step up, take risks, dream and then take action.

I started this weekend and feel better already.  I drove off for a local writing meeting and came home to my entire kitchen being rearranged, uncluttered, streamlined and cleaned. My husband used the 5-S system the Japanese use within their industry. A space for everything and if it’s not used it’s removed. I will admit that *release* became a mantra equal to the OOMMMM of meditation. I am still working on letting it go, but I figure it’s a blessing. I have a neat, clean kitchen which now means I have to shift my mindless routine and think, search and rediscover within a space I’d refined over seven years. Heck, why bother. I’ll find some coffee, head off to my office and release the space to him. My writing is now a priority. RELEASE is working already.

As an update…my word RELEASE has helped me stay focused, let go of anger and shift my priorities with ease. Try it. I’ll share may word.

What about you? Have you chosen one word that can help you focus and refine your year? Share it and maybe you’ll find someone else using the same word. If you’d like a tribe of other people using the same word, go check out



Boots jan11-2014                           

Everyday my cats teach me something about the writing life through their own brand of Olympics. Here’s a list…. 

Patience EventHave you ever noticed how a cat can sit and stare at the same spot for a long time? They can stare at the bird feeders and hope for a bird. They’re willing to sit still as if they were frozen when a curious bug crosses their paths. We can all learn from them. Writing is at times an angst ridden chore of “what ifs”. If we practice the sit and stare we can usually decide and move forward.   

Boots             Cat Leap Event — They are master hunters, so any movement is an exercise in agility. How high, how far and how successful are they at capturing the prey—my foot. It’s humorous to watch Boots, our 9lb cat arc across a king size bed to land on my foot. I often wonder if she’ll sail over the side.  At a mere 5lbs, Neo has mastered cat leap events as a game. He’s fast, has an eagle-eye and uses all four legs to make sure his prey isn’t leaving the bed. Meanwhile, my foot, trampled, grabbed, clawed and chewed, was thankful for a thick blanket. When writers tackle a new project, they feel trampled, pummeled, clawed and chewed up. A little agility and risk usually solves the fear involved in seeing a blank page. Exercise provides a clear mind to solve any pesky plot issues.

                       Neo asleep                          

          Relaxation Event— Cats nap. Sometimes they insist on a nice warm lap for their respite and when that is not available, they resort to furniture. Whether the cat condo or the reader recliner, their artistic side prevails. Writers have the liberty to work long hours, but it takes a toll. Cats have the right idea. A few naps along the way, some added stretches and an hour later, we’re good to go. Back to the words shaping up as we move forward.

It doesn’t take a lot of effort on our part to stimulate the imagination. While I’d love to join my cats basking in the sun, rolling on the floor tossing around a toy mouse and stretching my body, I must sneak off to write while they’re relaxing. How do you offer your body a breather so that you can continue writing?