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Finding Your Mojo

It is so easy to lose my mojo when it comes to the things that occupy my time during the day. I love to color and listen to audio books. It is a way for me to relax and find happiness in a finished project. But there are days when coloring doesn’t appeal to me at all. I’ll look through books and not see a single picture to inspire me. And so, I put them all away and look for something else to occupy my time.

Jigsaw puzzles are fun. I have one on my kitchen table now, partially worked. This is something I like to do when Finnegan, my cat, is sleeping or having his quiet time…usually when his tummy is full. I can only work on a puzzle for limited time or my upper back begins to bother me. Sometimes I look at the puzzle and it is daunting so I just walk away. it doesn’t interest me.

I enjoy reading but most of my reading is done on my iPad and I choose Christian nonfiction books. But, like reading my Bible, I have to stop and absorb/think about what the author is telling me, so I read about a chapter at a time.

Then there is writing. I have established a writing schedule which is after dinner, leaving my daytime hours flexible. I write until I reach or surpass the daily word count to finish the book on schedule. Sometimes I stare at the blank page with no idea what comes next. If I don’t stick to it, I can easily lose my mojo.

I’ve learned over the years, I’m a person who needs routine. If I stick to my daily schedule, I’m a happier person. But if I miss just one day of writing, or reading, I can easily lose my mojo and become unsatisfied and in a confused state. Not sure if you can relate to this or not, but if you can, I want you to know it’s important not to completely lose your mojo. If you have to miss a day due to life interruptions, don’t quit! Be gracious to yourself and embrace your routine on the next day. It will only happen if you want it to happen.

Morning Thoughts

The Gift of Weaving Words

Lately I have been in a suspended state of lethargy. Don’t get me wrong. I’m feeling great physically, but I’ve lost the passion to do much of anything but read. I’ve always been an avid reader and could lose myself for hours in a world created by the author of a novel.

For the past few years, I’ve found the joy of listening to audio books. This provided the outlet to be creative and at the same time being entertained with hearing the stories unfold. With rising costs, I’ve stopped my subscription to audio books and switched to Kindle Unlimited which allows me to read as many books as I want during each month, instead of being limited to listening to only one.

I do have a library card and can access books to read through that app and even listen to some. Eventually, I will have to use this means for any books I want to read or listen to, and that’s okay. I’m grateful the library offers this service which is perfect for many like me. I prefer to browse the shelves in the comfort of my own home.

My love for stories began at an early age and led into my own journey of writing novels. Recently I put my books back for sale on Amazon. Not as print, but only digital. Maybe someone like me will find my books and get lost in the stories I wrote. We all need a little escape now and then. I hope my stories bring a message of hope and inspiration.

So, this morning, I lift my cup of tea giving thanks to God for the gift of weaving words. I am grateful to all the authors around the world who write for God’s glory.