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The juices are flowing

I’m a creative person. Always have been. And when my creative juices get flowing, I can’t sleep at night.

Literally.

I toss and turn and ideas swim in my head and it takes everything within me not to get out of bed and start activating them

RIGHT NOW.

I’ve never been one who’s good at being patient.

I’ve always been an activator, a do-er.

I don’t like pondering. I don’t really like considering. It geos against my grain to “weigh the options.”

As an adult I’ve had to learn how to do some of those things of course. (And I do, htough I still someitmes struggle.)

But the “make it happen now” part of me is just that – part of me.

As I’ve realized that it’s helped me to see my weakness, but also see the strength in it.

Some of the absolute best things in my life have been done on a whim.

But it’s more than a whim – it’s an instinct.

My blog (both my blogs ctually) were started that way – with about… oh, three minutes of deliberation before just DOING it.

One of the best years of my life (spent backpacking in Europe) was a string of spontaneity, one instinctual decision after another.

And even bigger, more significant things too – Judah was conceived like that. I won’t go into details, because that’s just too much information – ha! – but I will say it was a very specific divine moment of decision.

Then BOOM here he was (and I’ve never looked back, we’ve never looked back). One of the best decisions of my entire life.

Needless to say my creative juices are flowing lately. (Thank you blogging and thank you Pinterest.)

It’s making it very, very hard for me to keep to my goal of a 10:30pm bedtime. *sigh*

Why do I feel so much more creative after dark?

STOP. (Totally went over time on this post!! By almost a minute!! Bah!)

 

Q for you: When’s the last time you made a gut decision on a “whim” and it turned out beautifully?

Love,
A

Click Clink Five is a blog by Adriel Booker. | Five minutes a day, unedited. | 2012 All rights reserved. | Adriel also writes on parenting and motherhood at The Mommyhood Memos.


A new blog for a new day

click, clink, stream, stop.

I laid in bed awake last night – New Years Day – when I should have been sleeping. I was thinking about the year ahead and some of my goals and things I’d like to accomplish.

So many.

But one of the main things I really want to do is work on my discipline. There are lots of areas where I need to pull in the reigns: Meal planning, reading, writing, prayer, building in more couple time, getting my body moving.

But there is so little time. So few hours in the day.

I need things that will take me minutes, not hours.

To be a writer (or to get good at writing) I know that I need to write every day. And trust me, I’d like to. (Hello, I enjoy it.) But with a newborn (who’s maybe not even a newborn any more) and a VERY busy toddler, I can hardly find the time.

Because, you know, when they have their one time a day where their naps overlap… I want to be napping to. (My sanity.)

So I thought maybe I could start a new habit, a new blog. As time allows I’ll still wrote for the Memos, and for the Bookers in Missions, and the private ones for my kids, but this one will be different. More raw, more spontaneous. But spontaneous and disciplined both.

One where I set my timer and write for five minutes a day. FIVE ONLY. Every day. Stream-of-conscious. No editing. No time to to be “prefect”. No time for “just right”. No time to plan.

Just sit down and write. Nothing fancy. Just some words on paper.

Virtual paper.

Oh, and photos are allow. But only phone photos. Cuz I want to take more photos too… but not spend a thousand hours editing them. And i finally have a phone that takes phoyos. And i kinda love it.

So here I am, just a few seconds left. My first entry. Day one.

5 minutes. No more, no less. No editing. No subject off limits. No holds barred.

One year. Can I do it?? Can I follow through?? Can I be disicplined enough to stick to the “rules”?

Or will I change them later? who knows. I can. it’s my project. And i’ve definitely not thought this one through.

Just jumping on board. Super spontaneous. Hello, maybe stupid? Maybe brilliant?

We’ll see.

It might be boring. it might be random. It might be awesome. So freaking awesome.

i don’t know.

But I do know:

There will be spelling errors. There will be things that don’t flow. There will be words misused and missing and mangled. There will be bad punctuation. (Worse than I already have.) There will be…

TIME.

I went back and totally cheated. Added in a few phrases. Took two extra minutes. Day one – Fail.

Try again tomorrow. I’ll do better.

I can only get better. Right?

T I M E.

I probably shuld have googled my blog name before I chose it, huh? Yup, prolly should’ve.

What’s done is done. fast.

T I M E!  T I M E!!!

.S T O P.