Something to SEA: My Choice is To Write

In an effort to write more, especially here at SoulSEAker, I’m participating in a writing challenge.  My goal is to publish something every day based upon the given prompt that I receive via email.

As Elizabeth Gilbert writes about in “Big Magic,” I have to find the time to write, even if I have to sneak away for a few moments, like two lovers do.  They find the time, somehow, to be with each other, and I am now making it my choice to find time every day to write something.

Ironically enough, today’s prompt is to write a response to one of six words.  CHOICE is one of them.  Dedicating myself to writing every day is my choice.  I choose to let the day’s to do list sit idly for a while and energize my creativity by writing.  Even if nobody reads what I write, I am still encouraged and satisfied that I wrote.

I’ve had such a spark of inspiration for writing lately.  Not only here, with my blog entries, but in my journals, in some projects, and in my planner.  I have written more in the past week than I have in a very long time.  And there’s still the same hours in the day as before, when I couldn’t find the time to write.  Now I have found it because I CHOOSE to find it.  And what a difference that choice has made.

Another one of the six words for today was REGRET.  I almost chose to respond to that word instead.  However, after thinking it over, I changed my choice.  Someday, I’ll be ready to write about regret, but that’s not my choice today.

Thank you for sticking it out with me and for following me along my journey as I “seak” my soul.  Definitely, to be continued…

Something to Sea: Why I Write

IMG_1455

Prompt: Why do I write?

I write because I have always been very good at putting words together, whether for an assignment, a project, a diary, a hobby, or for professional or personal reasons.

Usually I have many different journals, diaries, and notebooks going at once, both written and typed, of all different types of writing: lists, dreams, memories, ideas, favorite quotes, and more.

A main reason why I write is to remember. As I get older, my memory isn’t what it used to be.  As such, I try to put what I want to remember into words. Photographs also help me remember, but words are different. Looking back, I’m glad I wrote about important times in my life, whether joyful or sorrowful. It’s great to relive the day my niece was born. It’s heartbreaking to relive the day my brother in law died. I’m able to relive these moments because I documented these events with my words.

Another reason why I write is to share my experiences with others. For so long, I thought I was alone in going through different times of trial. However, I’ve learned that many others have gone through the same trials and overcome similar obstacles. Just as some of my favorite writers have inspired, encouraged, and comforted me, I hope that my words will inspire, encourage, and comfort someone else.

Writing is important to me, and the more that I practice, the better I get. I hope that, next year at this time, I look at what I am writing right now and see improvement, while enjoying the memory of sitting here in the library with the sun shining through the window.

Something to SEA: Rainy Day Clicks for 10/31/2015

20151031 Quote

“There is a child in every one of us who is still a trick-or-treater looking for a brightly-lit front porch.” ~ Robert Brault

Hello and Happy Halloween! I am looking forward to seeing my niece and nephews in their costumes, and perhaps tagging along for some trick or treating. While this was another whirlwind of a week, I did manage to save more interesting and meaningful sites than normal for this week’s edition of Rainy Day clicks.

Become What You Believe: Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s new 21-day meditation experience is free and starts on Monday.

5 Days in Dublin: Vivienne McMaster’s recount of visiting Dublin.  Beautiful photographs and she’s one pretty awesome woman! Her inspiration has put me one step closer to returning to Dublin this summer.

Lady Gaga and the Life of Passion: NY Times op-ed piece that both creative people and fans of Lady Gaga will most likely enjoy.

Seven Things I Did to Reboot My Life: by the always sincere and honest Wil Wheaton

The Story of Marlins Man – yes, he’s still in the news, and I still love following his exciting life

It’s OK To Spend All Your Money on Traveling, Says Science: I agree with Science here

Life after Sandy: How the hurricane wiped out one of the great surf cultures of the Jersey Shore: A memoir about the legacy, influence, culture and history of Casino Pier

Choosing Kindness Will Get You Everywhere: I love this!

and finally,

Why We Are All Secretly Superheroes by Jeff Goins. A fitting way to end today’s entry. Happy halloween, superhero!

Until next time,

Jill

 

 

 

 

 

Something to SEA: Rainy Day Clicks for 10/24/2015

20151024 Beach Photo

Hello friends!  It seems like I wrote last week’s clicks entry yesterday, but in reality, it’s already been a week.  No matter how hard I try to enjoy each moment of every day, it gets harder and harder to do so.  I feel like I am trapped by a tornado of papers which gets more scattered as each minute passes, then trying to make sense of it all at the end of the day is an uphill battle that simply defeats me.  When I schedule time to write (or even just to try and relax), I find my brain runs like a hamster in a wheel, or like another tornado, thinking of all that I need to do instead of thinking of what I want to write.  I want to create.  I want to go do something.  I MUST make it happen.  I MUST survive the day’s tornado and stand strong after it passes.

Rain is in the forecast here in New Jersey, so if you’re tooling around, here’s some interesting links from the week to check out.

A Mexican Church Reappears – despite the drought, it’s pretty neat that this church is once again visible

The Stepfather and the Weddings – a follow-up to the story to the wedding photos that went viral

A Crazy Scene from the Oceans of Love Radiothon – an unbelievable ending to an amazing local fundraiser

Better Identification of Viking Corpses Reveal Women Warriors – who knew?

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer 3 – Yes.  I am a proud Star Wars fan.  The trailer confirms and refutes, simultaneously, every theory I have.  My brother and I have our tickets for 7 pm on December 17 (and quite honestly, there’s nobody else I’d rather share this memory with).

A Thank You From Star Wars – gratitude for an exceptional week

The Best Think You Can Do For Yourself – And All The Women Around You – another favorite by Elizabeth Gilbert

and finally

The 2015 Fall/Holiday issue of Jersey Shore Magazine is now online…and I am the proud writer of 4 articles.  A separate blog entry about this will come soon.

Until next time,

Jill

 

 

 

Something to SEA: Rainy Day Clicks for 10/17/2015

20151017 Beach Photo

Another week in the history books, gone way too quickly.  I swear when I wake up it’s Monday, then when I go to bed it’s Friday.  What happens in between is a blur.  I am making it a point to slow down and to find time every day to just sit, be, and acknowledge the present day I am in.  Today I am going to the local Chowderfest and then watching the MLB playoff games…did you realize all 4 of the remaining teams have mostly blue and white as their core colors?

Anyway, here are the week’s roundup of interesting Internet finds.  Find time to enjoy life today!

The Marlins Man:  Paying it Forward:  Article 1 is here.  Article 2 is here.  Article 3 is here.  Article 4 is here. I have noticed him over the past few years at many different MLB games behind home plate as his bright orange Florida Marlins shirt and visor stand out, and I thought he was just a fan.  His real name is Laurence Leavy, and he’s been quite noticeable during many of the MLB’s playoff games this year.  I decided to learn more about him and found out there’s so much more to his story.  Follow him on Twitter and Facebook to see what he’s up to.

What Not to Say to Someone with Lupus – I try not to let my conditions be the focus of my life or my writing. However, for those who do not understand Lupus, this is a good read and explains things way better than I can.

2015: When the Future Was Bright in “Back to the Future II” – mark your calendar for Wednesday, 10/21/15 at 4:29 pm!  Where’s my hoverboard?

Why there’s so many acorns this year – Thanks Tracy!

Famous Writers on Keeping a Diary – Thanks Mandi!

A Guide to Dalkey (Ireland) – Interesting Infographic with my kind of cute little characters that makes me want to go back so badly!

19 Kindness Quotes by Karen Salmansohn

And finally, who knew?

Didi Gregorious’ Artistic Talent

Have a fabulous week!

Until next time,

Jill

 

Something to SEA: Rainy Day Clicks for 10/3/2015

20151001 Beach Photo

Thankfully Hurricane Joaquin made a right turn towards the ocean, but man, are we getting some wicked wind and rain.  It’s the perfect day to lay around in sweats or pjs, read a book, and catch up on the rainy day clicks you’ve missed!  Here are some interesting internet finds for the week:

Malala Yousafzai’s Fight Continues

What Being a Writer Means to Me – wonderful read by fellow blogger ClaireyLove

Father’s Wedding Gesture to Stepfather Tugs at a Million Hearts – as a former wedding photographer, and a compassionate human, this one made me cry

Santa Claus is Running for Council in North Pole – seriously!

5 Ways to Know You Are A Surf Junkie – Aloha, Mr. Hand!

One of my Favorites, Elizabeth Gilbert, and her take on the tragic shooting at Oregon and more…she articulates how I feel

Brene Brown and Elizabeth Gilbert on Big Magic (I finally started reading it and it is so hard to put down…love it)

How to Spend Time Alone in NYC (I had bookmarked this, then Susannah Conway posted the link today too!)

and finally,

Baseball second only to family – A wonderful article about my friend, Roscoe, and his family…Roscoe passed way too soon and made an incredible impact on so many.

Hope you weather today’s weather without any issues! 🙂

Until next time,

Jill

Sea My Thoughts on “The Last Day of Summer”

20150907 Quote

The last “unofficial” day of summer.

There’s not much I can write today that hasn’t been said already…

I’m sad to see summer go.

I’m sad that a friend left our world way too soon.

I’m anxious over the massive “to do list” that begins tomorrow.

However, I am also grateful.

Grateful for the memories I made and experiences I had this summer, and for LOCAL SUMMER, which begins tomorrow.

Grateful that my friend is no longer in pain.  Grateful for how his story has brought so many of us together, strengthening our bond, and for the memories that bring a smile to my face.  Grateful for a new role model in his incredibly strong wife.

Grateful that I have a “to do list,” giving me purpose and focus.

Most of all, I am grateful for the person I found this summer.  She’s no longer afraid to share her story.  She’s no longer on the outside.  She’s on the right path, right where she needs to be.  She knows the importance of NOW.

She is me.  And I’m finally here.

I am looking forward to continue sharing my story with you, and hope you will join me for the journey yet to come.

Until next time,

Jill

Something to SEA: Rainy Day Clicks for 9/5/2015

20150905 Beach Photo

How can it possibly be September already?

For about the eighth week in a row, the weather is simply grand here in the Northeast.  Bookmark these interesting Internet finds for the week, and get outside!  Make memories with someone, or just take a walk by yourself.  It’s too nice of a day to sit and look at links!

The Pep Talk Generator

Send your name to Mars!

The Summer That Never Was

2/11/1972: The Day Surfing Changed Forever

Octopus=Alien?  Who knew?

Elizabeth Gilbert’s Favorite Books About Creative Inspiration

Let’s Go, Fellow Seinfeldians!

What is the American Dream in 2015?

And finally,

So long, my friend.  (Donations are still being accepted to help the Bierbrauer family)

Until next time,

Jill

Sea My “Pebble” Jar of Life

One of my favorite writers/authors is journalist Bob Greene. I have been a fan since I was in high school, a mere 26-plus years ago.

During the summer, some of my favorite books make their way into my reading rotation, four of which are by Greene (and yes, I’m a HUGE creature of habit and most times would rather re-read a book I’ve read a hundred times rather than read something new…one of my many quirks…and it’s tough to read for pleasure during the school year).

Anyway, one of the books I re-read in June is “When We Get To Surf City: A Journey Through America In Pursuit of Rock and Roll, Friendship and Dreams” by Greene. In a nutshell, the book chronicles his time spent touring with the legendary Jan and Dean and Surf City All Stars each summer. However, one page really encapsulated both the idea of holding on to each little piece of summer and to the importance of living our life’s best moments. Greene writes on pages 313-314:

“Once someone told me that we should regard the best moments in our lives as pebbles in a jar. The assumption should be that the pebbles are finite – even if we can’t count them by looking into the jar, we should assume that one day they will run out. We should withdraw them with care, one by one, never doing it by rote or distractedly. If we withdraw them too rapidly, we are being greedy, and will hasten the day when they are gone; if we hoard them, if we are miserly in keeping them in the jar, then we will rob ourselves of the experiences the good things should give us.

So it is with summers. If all of life were summer, then our world would have no texture, no context. Summer would not taste the way it does if we thought it would last forever. There’s no perfect way to remove the pebbles, no foolproof timetable. The closest we can come to perfection is to know just how precious those pebbles are, and to value each one.

I know that Jan [Berry] did. More than anyone I think I have ever known, he never took a single one of those pebbles for granted. He withdrew each one of them from life’s jar with gratitude, and with love.

The plane lifted off. Savor every day, every summer night.” (Greene, Bob. When We Get To Surf City: A Journey Through America in Pursuit of Rock and Roll, Friendship and Dreams. New York: St. Marten’s Press, 1998.)

When I want to really remember a moment, I will take a rock or a seashell from where I am, write the date on it with a Sharpie when I get home, and put it in my memory jar.  In addition to taking the pebbles out and using them, like Greene describes, I also add trinkets that are now memories to my jar.

This is My Pebble Jar…Full of Memories

For the pebbles I have spent, the memories I have collected, and the pebbles left in my jar, I am eternally grateful.

With only a few weeks left in summer, my wish to you is that YOU savor every day, and every summer night.  Use a pebble, then replace it as a memory.

Until next time,

Jill