The Writer

A Writers to Go Tool Kit


As a writer I never leave home without a pair of headphones, a pen/pencil, a charged phone & a journal. I love listening to the sounds of the city. All the bustling back & forth, your ears that pick up incohesiveness of multiple conversations being merged together, and the flow of crowds as you watch from a comfortable distance. When I am not in the middle of a crowd, people watching is pretty interesting & can teach you a few things about human behavior.

So why the pair of headphones? Well it helps me to focus. It helps me zero in, completely, on one sound. This one sounds I can either pay closer attention to or it becomes such a strong point of focus that all sound becomes irrelevant & its almost like watching the world as a silent motion picture; except it’s live.

Pen or Pencil, nothing has to be permanent when it comes to writing. Words & meanings can change. I am never without a pen or a journal, on the off chance that a new idea may come to me. A charged phone can also come in handy, although I try to resist using it. Why? I want to resist editing my work as I am writing. I would rather all my thoughts, and the feelings I wish to convey, flood the page, before I go looking over it with editing eyes.

3 reasons why people are the best source for inspiration: Free, Highly Complex & they have Impact.

Whether the music is on or off, once I am in the zone I begin to create space for myself & allow the feelings that I may be sitting with to come up. Most of the time, depending on where I am & what I am listening to, it hold some influence over the mood & flow of what I want to convey. The feeling is the ocean & I choose to float with & against its currents. As a writer I have been reflecting on what it is I want to say. What is my message? Where does my story truly begin, where did it end & where does it continue to live? How does it fit in the small & vast world we find ourselves in?

people gazing affords me the opportunity to renew my hope for humanity. when the act of kindness is offered without having been asked. when the act of love lives in the smallest gesture of human and nature interaction.

A Writer’s Toolkit Playlist

Meditation Challenge: Day 3

We started March 11th & it has been over a week now. I have reset & find myself on day three reflecting on recreating & adapting more of a sustainable system for all the projects I find myself taking on.

Discipline. It is a word that is ringing loud and clear in my mind. I need to reground myself & practice discipline.

Engaging in the #30DaysUp challenge has been helpful in providing:

  1. Clarity
  2. Relaxation
  3. Grounding

Which is giving way to the understanding that a little more discipline, rigor & focus will provide me with the breathing room, I’ve been looking for, in order to knock tasks off this growing to do list.

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Day 6: Breathing 101

Sometimes when I wake up it can feel like I’m suffocating. It feels slow & each breath makes me feel even more exhausted than my last. I wasn’t sure what it was attributed to until I realize that I have this annoying habit of holding my breathe in moments of incoming stress.

When does it catch me?

  1. When I’m in deep thought.
  2. When I get upset.
  3. When I’m looking for something.
  4. At the beginning of the cleaning process.
  5. When I have to actually pick out an outfit.
  6. When I’m cooking a new dish.
  7. When I feel numb.
  8. At the take off & landing of the plane.
  9. When I think about how far the fridge is from my room.
  10. Knowing I have to meet up with the fams soon.

These are just the 10 ten that came to my mind naturally. This habit, brought on by any number of triggers, can be a problem when I am in the middle of something important that requires me to THINK with INTENTION.

Breath = Thought Flow

If the flow of oxygen is cut off from my brain, and the rest of my body, how can I process my emotions, my thoughts, how I can move in the ways that show me at my best instead of my not so charming other half?

The reality is you don’t. Focusing on breathing is the surest way to begin bringing myself back to the process of re grounding myself. It’s not just vital to being able to live. It is also the vital choice you make in order to make the best prosperous decisions for yourself & those around you.

Take sometime today & pay attention to your body. Remember to take a deep breath in & slowly exhale completely, if you:

  1. Feel nervous.
  2. Feel scared.
  3. Feel doubt.
  4. Feel embarrassed.
  5. Get easily excited.
  6. Tend to get distracted.
  7. To calm oneself in the midst of sorrow.
  8. Trying something new.
  9. Meeting new friends.
  10. Taking up a leadership role.

Breath = Choice